Episode Description

Susan Schmitt Winchester is SVP, CHRO for Applied Materials, with 30 + years of HR experience, previously as CHRO for Rockwell Automation and prior to that multiple leadership roles for the Kellogg Company. She is a National Academy of HR Fellow, the highest professional honor for HR leaders. She is a Board member for the HR Policy Association, member of the Executive Committee, Peer Roundtable for CHROs, Vice Chair Leadership Advisory Board for the Dean of Engineering, U of Michigan & Forbes HR Council member.

She is also the co-author of the book, Healing at Work: A Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve, with Martha I. Finney. 

Talking Points: 

  • Susan's role at Applied Materials as CHRO
  • How Applied Materials worked through the pandemic and return to office for different positions
  • Managing hundreds of global people leaders within the organization
  • How to maintain a calm presence during difficult times
  • How your childhood can affect your work life
  • The stressful reality of perfectionism and people-pleasing
  • Adult Survivor of a Damaged Past (ASDP)
  • Unconscious responses to co-workers behaviors' and understanding emotional triggers
  • "Bumper car moments" concept (23 min)
  • Competency models vs. suitability model
  • What's one thing most people don't know about Susan


Episode Transcript

Tom Finn

Tom Finn

Podcaster & Co-Founder

Tom Finn (he/him) is an InsurTech strategist, host of the Talent Empowerment podcast, and co-founder and CEO of an inclusive people development platform.