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Professional Spotlight: Marcia O'Connor, President, The O'Connor Group

Marcia has more than 20 years of Talent Acquisition experience. She is an industry leader and innovative thinker with more than a decade of experience in human capital, organizational development and public accounting.

Prior to starting The O’Connor Group, her previous experience includes service at Arthur Andersen, first as an auditor, and culminating in her role as Director of all Philadelphia recruiting. Marcia was also in charge of Campus Relations for Andersen Consulting in their Business Process Management Group. In addition, she was the National Recruiting Manager for the Hay Group, a leading Human Resources Consulting firm. Marcia then joined the executive search firm, Salveson Stetson Group, as a senior consultant.  She then went on to become the Director of Human Capital Practice for the Philadelphia office of Resources Global Professionals, a leading global provider of project professionals.

Marcia graduated from Widener University with a BS degree in accounting and an MS degree in human organization development from Villanova University.

Q: How many years have you been in your line of work?

A: Over 20 years

Q: What is your educational background?

A: BS in Accountancy, Widener University; MS in Human Resources, Villanova University

Q: As a graduate of Villanova, what advice do you have for current students?

A: Believe in yourself and focus on what you love to do in life

Q: Any words of advice for graduate students planning to join Villanova?

A: Just don’t take classes, get involved, get to know people.  Ask questions – go outside your comfort zone.

Q: If you had to pick just ONE area in which you would label yourself a rock star, which area would that be?

A: Matching a person’s skill set to the perfect position/matching people with complementary employment/environment/business

Q: Would you share something New/Good in your personal life?

A: Very proud of my family – my son in particular who excels in math and sports.

Q: Would you share something New/Good in your professional career?

A: The O’Connor Group has been ranked the 14th among the fastest growing, privately held companies in the merit-based 2012 Philadelphia 100.

In both 2011 and 2012, The O’Connor Group was ranked in the “Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Q: When you’re not working what organization or activities are you a part of in your spare time?

A: I volunteer my time in a number of business associations as well as charitable endeavors.  This includes:

  •         The Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society (served as Past President)
  •         Past-President of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of SHRM
  •         Past Area 4 District Director for the SHRM State Council
  •         Partnered with four other SHRM area chapters to create the now seven year old Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year
  •         Advisory Board for the accounting department at Widener University
  •         Advisory Board for the human organizational development master’s program at Villanova University
  •         Board Member for Bringing Hope Home, a non-profit that provides resources for patients going through cancer.
  •         Board Member for Chester County Futures, a non-profit that helps students attend college

Q: How do you balance your personal life/interests with professional work?

A: Some days are harder than others – figure out your priorities

Q: What is the best way to network with you (LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+)?

A: LinkedIn

Q: How do you stay connected to colleagues?

A: I have an iPhone glued to my ear?

Q: What is the best word of advice that you’ve ever received?

A: Failure is not an option

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