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For Stratifyd HR Associate, Halle Little, music has always been a huge part of her life – so much so, that she even has a single on Apple Music and hopes to record more in the near future.
Little started singing in the first grade and was heavily influenced by many different genres. Some of her best memories are of her family blasting Michael Jackson, Prince, and Whitney Houston in her childhood home.
“Both of my parents secretly love to sing,” Little said. “Now that I think about it, everyone in my family is musically inclined. I guess It’s just a part of who we are.”
She's always been a fan of singing, but not of performing, so she went to Florida A&M University to pursue the business side of music. While at school, she joined a music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), in which she held several leadership roles, such as VP of Membership and corresponding secretary.
She credits SAI and her sisters for forcing her to overcome her stage fright, instilling leadership skills, and gifting her with a new get-it-done attitude.
“I had no idea that I possessed any type of organizational skills until I joined SAI,” Little said. “I have so much pride in my organization. I wanted to make us the best we could be, and those skills come with the logistical aspects of planning events and teaching new members.”
Those skills have come in handy in her current role, which she thought to pursue after a conversation with a friend from SAI in January. Said friend mentioned that Little’s giving personality and organizational drive align perfectly with the HR industry. She researched the necessary skills and requirements for an HR role, and was immediately interested.
While working towards her MBA for HR, she searched for a full-time role in the industry and came across Stratifyd. She connected with the culture and vision and joined the team in February.
One of her favorite parts about working in HR is the one-on-one interactions during the onboarding process for new employees. She finds joy in helping them transition into the company culture and making sure they have everything they need to thrive within their teams.
Little appreciates the emphasis on work-life balance at Stratifyd because she’s a mother of a funny, confident, and headstrong 1-year-old named Reese.
“Being a younger mom helped me find an inner strength I didn’t know I had,” Little said. “Everything I do is for her and she is my biggest motivation now.”
Q&A with Halle Little
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Charlotte?
A: I appreciate that Charlotte is progressing and expanding. It’s becoming a place where young people want to move to after college, yet it still has that traditional feel where you’d want to raise a family. Although I’m new to the Queen City, the abundance of opportunity and diversity makes me proud to live here.
Q: What sparked your interest in Stratifyd?
A: I’m currently studying to get my MBA in Human Resources, and I was looking for jobs in the field. When I came across Stratifyd’s opening for an HR/Recruiting Assistant, I researched and learned that essentially, Stratifyd works to ensure that businesses hear the consumer’s voice. Although I’m not a techie, I am an advocate for useful technology. As a new mom, I’m always looking for the most efficient products, apps, and hacks to give me more time to focus on the important things in life. Stratifyd offers a service every business could utilize in order to ultimately improve their products. I also loved that it’s a startup and is progressive in its workplace culture.
Q: What is your favorite brand to follow on social media and why?
A: Rihanna’s makeup and skincare line, Fenty Beauty, is interesting to follow on social media because you can tell she personally picks out the names of products, has a hand in the visuals, and that it’s her overall vision being brought to life in every product that’s released. I’ve always been a fan of her music, so it’s exciting to follow her journey dominating the cosmetics industry, especially with her core focus of being inclusive.
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: I’ve always wanted to go to Spain because I’d have the opportunity to utilize my minimal amount of Spanish-speaking skills, and I also deeply appreciate Latin culture.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: “This too shall pass” is a quote I try to live by. Life goes on no matter what happens so don’t dwell in sadness for too long and appreciate good things while they’re there.
Q: What's one thing you can't live without?
A: I can’t live without my 15-month-old daughter! She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. She’s the funniest, sweetest person I know!
Q: What's the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A: I’d say the bravest thing I’ve ever done is making my mom drop me off in Tallahassee, Florida to enroll in Florida A&M University – where I knew no one – to continue my undergraduate schooling. Growing up, I always wanted to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and I nervously chose to transfer from the school I was attending in Rochester Hills, Michigan so I could gain that experience. Graduating from FAMU is something I’m proud of because of everything – good and bad – I went through while going to school there. HBCU’s are sacred spaces for people of color and although there are many people who don’t see or understand the value in them, I consider it brave that I made the decision to attend and graduate from an HBCU. My experiences there helped me become who I am as a young Black professional.
Q: What’s your spirit animal and why (this can also be a person/role model)?
A: My spirit animal is a bluebird because they’re songbirds and I love to sing. My favorite color is blue and birds, in general, are considered to be observant animals, which is also fitting.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: I would choose to teleport! I’m always on the move, but I hate commuting and the process of traveling altogether! I wish I could snap my fingers and be anywhere in the world. That would be so ideal.
Q: One cause that you’re passionate about?
A: Education is so important; knowledge is one thing no one can take away from you. Ensuring all kids have access to a quality education should be a national priority. We should appreciate our teachers and administration by giving them the funding needed to successfully guide and nurture our children’s educational and social development.
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