Leslie Sowles, PHR

Firm Administrator/HR Director

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I started working full time at an accounting firm when I was in college, before I had a complete education or any idea what I wanted to do.  After graduating, I went with the flow, moving through roles of increasing responsibility and complexity, but still not knowing what my passion was.  In 2008, I was a global manager at a large, international consulting firm when the economic downturn hit.  Suddenly, we were looking at hard times for the company and the possibility of having to make devastating decisions that could affect employees’ lives.  It was during this tumultuous period that I came to understand the value of a strong HR presence within an organization.  I knew this was what I wanted to pursue.  From my perspective, HR is there to advocate on behalf of the employees to leadership and to represent leadership interests to staff. The goal is always a balance of needs and support for everyone.

It occurred to me later that all of my experiences had led me where I wanted to go, even when I didn’t know where I was headed.  Whether as an administrative assistant, a global manager or an HR Director, my job has always been the same – to make sure people have what they need so they can focus on their work, be successful in their jobs and get where they want to go.  I like to think I’ve spent my entire career preparing the space where the magic happens.

Education and Licensing

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, California State University Los Angeles
  • PHR Certification, HRCI

Professional and Community Activities

  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • Portland Human Resources Management Association, Member
  • Northwest Lift Project, Co-Founder and Former Board Member