Location: Vienna, VA
Industry: Professional services
VP, Talent Services
Years in role: 15
Years at company: 2
INSPIRING THE TEAM: Michelle Businger, VP of talent services at Vector Talent Resources, does her best to lead by example. Often, that means sharing positive experiences that can serve as inspiration, or negative experiences that can turn into learning tools. Businger also makes sure to stay involved with the company’s services by helping team members build internal metrics and processes. In doing so, Businger situates herself as an effective bridge between the executive team and the employees she mentors.
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES: Businger took on her role in the midst of an intense growth phase at Vector, which created new challenges for her. “I look back and wonder how I did it sometimes, and [have] determined it basically came down to planning my work and working my plan, being thoughtful in every task and taking life one moment at a time with a positive attitude,” she says. “The experience set the bar high, and so the challenge to outperform is real.”
FUN FACT: “People are always surprised to learn that I am a grandmother.”
STRONG RELATIONSHIP: Businger shares a strong relationship with Marc Berman, Vector’s CEO, and says he is the best business person she has ever known, calling him kind, fair and honest. “I am thankful to work with him, and the staff, to make his vision a reality. Our relationship is very collaborative and enjoyable. We love our work and it shows,” Businger says.