In the world of global development, the journey toward growth and sustainable change is marked by a commitment to learning and collaboration. Join us as we catch up with Eunice Kabahikyeho, Chief People Officer at Strong Minds, to explore its journey as members of a thriving community of engaged and supportive peers and the invaluable insights it has gained along the way.
The HR executive’s role in building a solid foundation for growth
As the Chief People Officer, Eunice’s primary goal is strengthening Strong Mind’s human resources (HR) function. Her role includes standardizing processes, introducing new and evaluating existing policies, and cultivating a positive organizational culture. Speaking to this point, she says, “You want to ensure that we are [all] on the same path, implementing the same strategy, and wherever our people work, they all feel that they are part of one global organization.”
Eunice’s previous experience includes roles at FHI 360 and Action Against Hunger. It was during her time at these organizations that she was first introduced to Humentum, as both are members of this community. This familiarity gave her valuable insights into the practical solution-based approaches for learning and development (L&D) professionals in the sector and the advantages of being part of a global network.
Staff retention and attraction
Eunice joined Strong Minds during a period of significant growth when the organization needed a sustainable staff development strategy. An internal staff survey showed that most staff (aged 25-35) had expressed a strong desire for learning and career growth opportunities. Despite this enthusiasm, budget constraints and fears of investing in training, given potential staff turnover, posed challenges. Nevertheless, the leadership team recognized the importance of adhering to industry best practices, leading to a review of their policies and operational methods.
Drawing from her experience with learning-focused organizations, Eunice suggested collaborating with Humentum. Recognizing it as a centralized resource hub, Eunice appreciated its role as a one-stop solution, with the ability to connect them to a vast network of expertise. She describes this streamlined approach as a way to avoid reinventing solutions, instead allowing the team to tap into the sector’s collective knowledge.
How to deliver training courses without a full team
Through Humentum Learning Services (HLS), Strong Minds has compiled a comprehensive catalog of over 800 courses within a few months. Its goal is to cultivate a leadership mindset among all staff members, with a particular focus on the younger demographic within the organization. To achieve this, Strong Minds is designing specialized learning pathways that enhance staff roles and chart out clear career progression. Eunice underscores that the HLS learning management system has proven to be a game-changer in this regard.