Volunteer Spotlight

May Volunteer Spotlight

Orielle Ellis Hope, PHR

Orielle Ellis Hope is an energized human resource professional who began and developed her career at a local North Carolina managed care organization. Here she served in many roles including Quality Management and Compliance Analyst. Orielle switched her focus to human resources working in mental and behavioral health care and later senior living communities.

Orielle has over fourteen years of experience in human resources, strategic planning, quality management and corporate compliance. Orielle is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at the Housing Authority of the City of High Point.  Orielle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Winston-Salem State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources (Business and Industry) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At A&T, Orielle was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi reserved for the top 10% of graduate students achieving a 4.0 status. She served as the 2013 President of the Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management (WSSHRM) and various WSSHRM Board of Director roles throughout the years.  Orielle remains an active board member currently serving as a Member-At-Large. Orielle received the 2011 WSSHRM President’s Award for her commitment and dedication to the chapter and the human resource profession. She also received the 2014 HR Professional of the Year Award. Orielle has been active with North Carolina SHRM as a previous SHRM Foundation Co-Director. Orielle also received the esteemed designation as Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®).  Orielle is a past recipient of the Race Progress Promoters Program Business Award from the Efforts Club of New Bethel Baptist Church and was recognized as one of Winston-Salem State University’s Inaugural 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumni.

A servant leader, Orielle spends her time volunteering at her local community food bank and providing career counseling to professionals in transition. Orielle enjoys spending time with her family and giving belly rubs to her dog Chuck!

What is it about NCSHRM that makes you want to volunteer?

I am passionate about helping to advance the HR profession. Volunteering is a way to stay connected with colleagues and to ensure we are getting appropriate programming and other opportunities that will assist us HR professionals in acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform our jobs well. NCSHRM is a way to connect with other professionals across the state. Throughout the years I’ve built lasting friendships that I treasure because of NCSHRM.

What brought you to the HR field as a career?

The desire to help employees understand policies and the why behind procedures. Prior to becoming an HR professional, I was a regulatory compliance analyst. In that role I was responsible for interpreting rules and regulations and ensuring the company complied with any changes. In this role I was able to work closely with the HR department. It was then that I knew I was interested in playing a bigger part in ensuring that employees have a good experience at work by communicating effectively and understanding the culture. After obtaining a graduate degree in Human Resources, I was ready to begin my journey in HR.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work and your HR volunteer roles?

Volunteering at the local food bank, cooking, reading, spending time with my husband David and my furbaby Chuck!

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