Broadleaf has long been recognized as a premier provider of total talent and workforce management solutions. But who are the people behind-the-scenes that help make our success possible?
In this edition of our “In the Limelight” series, meet Tha’Wann Mallard, Talent Acquisition Advisor. With vast experience in the staffing and talent acquisition space, Tha’Wann has developed a knack for building relationships and connecting candidates to suitable employment opportunities. Her background in contingent workforce program management has helped her to become a trusted talent resource in supporting some of Broadleaf’s largest West coast clients.
Humble beginnings in the Midwest
I was born and raised in Gary, Indiana—which is located about 30 minutes southeast of Chicago. Early in my childhood, I lost my father, who passed away when I was two years old. Just over a decade later, my mother passed away when I was 13. While these losses were unbelievably heartbreaking, they ultimately helped to shape me into who I am today. People expected me to use my parents’ death as an excuse, but I was committed to making both of my parents proud through successes in my personal and professional lives.
A rockstar role model
My biggest role model has—far and away—been my older sister, Kimeka. After the death of my mother, my sister selflessly dropped out of school to take care of me. Kimeka is as strong as they come, and her ability to transition into the matriarch role was wholly impressive. She made sure that I was able to live a comfortable life. Because of her tendency to put others before herself, I will forever be grateful to her.
Higher education in the Hoosier State
Growing up, I always dreamt of attending college outside the state of Indiana, but the GI Bill hindered my out-of-state college aspirations. I eventually decided to attend Ball State University, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and my Master’s degree in public administration. While many people with this background decide to pursue a career as a police officer, I knew this path wasn’t exactly for me. I longed for a different kind of experience—one that was more people-centric.
A fresh start in the desert
After my fiancé—and now-husband—got down on one knee and proposed to me, the two of us decided to settle down in Arizona. At this point in my life, I was ready to embrace this sudden change. Newly married in a new city, I knew it was time to pursue a new work opportunity. After I approached the recruiting team at Acara Solutions looking for employment options in the Phoenix area, the recruiter who I was working with—Raquel Zarate—asked if I wanted to be considered for a receptionist position internally. I ended up getting hired for the role, and loved every second of it!
Promotion from within
One of my husband’s favorite sayings is, “Preparation is the separation.” These words have always stuck with me, and I consider this saying to be my professional mantra. I always enjoy separating myself from the rest of the pack with my willingness to prepare myself for any challenge that comes my way. This mindset allowed me to take on new positions within Acara. I rose from receptionist to staffing coordinator before taking a new position with Broadleaf as a program manager. I knew that once I got my foot in the door within the organization, my hard work and dedication would take me places!
Reaching the five-year milestone
I recently reached my five-year milestone with Broadleaf, and oh, what a fun ride it’s been! I am so thankful to be working for such a supportive and uplifting company—one that saw my untapped potential and provided me with opportunities to flourish. When I think of Broadleaf, I think of a company culture that allows its employees to thrive. My colleagues and I are blessed to be able to take advantage of different personal and professional growth opportunities. The relationships that I’ve made with our team members that live all around the country have been special. Broadleaf is truly a wonderful place to work.
Life outside of work
Some people might not know that I’m active in the local Phoenix community as a group fitness instructor. I regularly teach Zumba and Dance Party classes a few times a week. I’m someone who is full of energy and loves to dance, so working out through these classes gives me the chance to yell, scream, and channel my passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And I love the opportunity to help people embrace their love for fitness. To me, teaching has been the ultimate gift—one that I hope will continue for years and years to come!
Volunteering for veterans
I’ve also been blessed to use my platform as a fitness instructor to raise money for U.S. veterans. My father was a veteran himself, and I’ve always had a soft spot for these soldiers and their families. To honor his legacy, I’ve participated in group fitness fundraisers that raise awareness for veterans who are suffering from homelessness. Being able to give back to our local community is a blessing, and any time I can combine my love of fitness with my adoration for veterans, I will always choose to do so!
To learn more about Tha’Wann, connect with her on LinkedIn.
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