VP - Leadership & Organizational Development
Many just continue a position in our industry based on job assignments. Those successful at Lear are creators of careers, built on attributes that have more to do with character than a toolkit. Executing at a high level requires qualities such as enthusiasm, teamwork and applying good judgment to pave a path amidst constant change.
Some of Lear's noted achievers began as interns and Noelle Valente served as one during the summer while in law school at Washington and Lee University, approximately 200 miles southwest of Washington, DC, where she focused on employment and labor law. After graduating, she did take a position in commercial real estate lending with one of the world's largest financial services firms but, as she remembers, "an opportunity at Lear soon became available and I jumped at the chance."
She joined Lear as the Expatriate Program Manager, helping Lear team members relocate to global sites where growth beckoned. After four years of divisional HR roles for Electrical, she had spent a year in Paris as the Regional HR Manager before returning to Southfield to work for Electrical once again. At the beginning of 2013, she was promoted to Global Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, a new position highlighting the company's commitment and driving culture change with a focus on learning and communication, emphasizing coaching and feedback. Continuing her stewardship of these efforts, Noelle achieved her title of Vice President in 2015.
"What's hugely significant is to recognize the rewards in challenges," Noelle says. "As an example, we necessarily think 'global' at Lear. An initiative that might originate here in Southfield is based on encouraging input worldwide and can only succeed by collaboration, since it fosters a spirit of ownership."
She notes that the new year will see further efforts dedicated to expanding existing programs as well as rolling out newer initiatives building on recent momentum. "What underpins everything we do is telling the story of the One Lear way of what it means to be a leader and engaging our employees with fresh and new experiences so we are even stronger as a team by developing individuals even more effectively," she adds.
She notes with pride the volunteer service performed by Lear in the Detroit area and globally. "In addition to growing this great business, we're helping rebuild our great city. That's a legacy of leadership here that genuinely cares about our employees, their families and our communities as well."