Courtney Gardner – A COE WARRIOR!

Courtney Gardner, our HR Business Partner, is our most recent COE Warrior. She was given the honor due to her large role in maintaining the company culture and because of her strong leadership, especially through the pandemic. We congratulate her on this great honor. Please continue below to read what winning this honor means to Courtney.
What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It is truly an honor to be recognized! I strive daily to give 110% and to be chosen proves that my efforts are noticed and my work makes an impact.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

Someone who demonstrates our core values, goes above and beyond and works extremely hard, but does not always get the recognition for all they do.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has helped make me a better leader by giving me all the necessary tools and resources, as well as, the empowerment to make decisions, and the encouragement that as a team there is nothing we can’t achieve.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

From a personal standpoint, COE has always been wonderful at promoting professional growth and a healthy work/life balance. From an operational standpoint, I would like to see the HR team continue to evolve over the next 5 years and ideally get to add a member or two to the team.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

Employee engagement has always been one of my favorite aspects of HR. I enjoy seeing people get recognized and I love that something as simple as a birthday card from the CEO or a ‘Welcome to the Team’ gift card can make someone’s day. Without employees’ companies cannot thrive to the best of their abilities and I think it is important to remind employees just how valued they are.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

I think just being able to say that we are the first Employee Engagement Partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins is such an awesome accomplishment for COE. It truly is a testament of the great things that we are implementing for such a well-respected organization to want to partner with us. From a personal standpoint, I mean, who doesn’t love going to a game.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

This one is hard to chose but if I had to chose just one, especially with the state of the world at the moment, I would have to choose safety. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged me in more ways than I could have imagined but I knew I needed to be on the top of my game to ensure I was helping keep all our employees and their families safe. And if this whole HR thing doesn’t work out, I might have a calling in the medical field from all the in depth knowledge I now have that I definitely did not want (totally kidding).

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I have two beautiful daughters who are my whole world; Avery and Vivienne. I was a 1,000-point scorer in high school and was offered a basketball scholarship to play in college, but turned it down for a full academic scholarship instead. I am an only child. During the pandemic, I discovered a hidden talent and now spend a lot of free time making a variety of chocolate creations. 