Tracy Burns

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Tracy Burns
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Location: Concord, MA
Founded: 1986
Industry: Nonprofit

Tracy Burns

Northeast Human Resources Association

Tracy Burns says her greatest inspiration is her grandmother. When Burns was in high school, she saw her grandmother lose both of her legs to a blood disorder. Even though she was already in her 70s, Burns’ grandmother learned to walk with prosthetics. Today, Burns uses that inspiration as CEO of Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA). Under her leadership, NEHRA provides more than 30 programs each year in support of HR professionals in the region. The programs ensure that these HR professionals are well equipped to handle the challenges of today’s business environment.

Quick Tip: “Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”  – Mother Theresa

When NEHRA was founded by John D. Erdlen, its goal was to provide a community for HR professionals to help them grow and learn. Today, NEHRA supports that vision by giving HR professionals access to tools and resources, and offering progressive educational programs. In addition, the nonprofit provides college scholarships to high school students who display an affinity for leadership at their schools or in their communities. During Burns’ tenure, the scholarship has grown from $1,000 to $5,000 per student, thanks to the generosity of sponsors.

Burns serves on the Work Without Limits Advisory Council, which increases employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She supports budding HR professionals by offering advice on curriculum at Bryant University, and connecting with students who are preparing to graduate.