Leslie Granston

Leslie Granston
Director, Inclusion Strategies and Employee Relations
Time Inc.

"It's worth the trouble. It's worth the time and the investment, if you are motivated to learn. The program couldn't be designed more thoughtfully for professional people. It's a wonderful balance of the recognition of a professional schedule and demands and the rigor of the program. And the two years just fly by. I don't even know where the time went. It flies by."

The short version of the long story is that I began my career as a magazine journalist, a writer and an editor for mostly women's magazines. At one point, one of my former HR professionals actually asked me to join her staff as a recruiter at my current company. And so that's how I made the change into HR. I began in staffing and eventually migrated into my current role.

I always thought I would get a master's; I never dreamed that it would take me twenty years to circle back and do it. I was sent for training to Cornell's extension program in New York by my first boss in my current job to help me get an academic grounding in the theory and practice of staffing and the best practices. And that was my first experience with Cornell. And I loved it. I’m sort of a school person. I like school. So it just reinvigorated me after this many years of being in the workforce to be back in an active learning role for its own sake, which was great. And I just wanted more. I had to wait another couple of years until the time seemed right again. Was I going to stay in HR? Was I going to go back to journalism? I think that was a question a lot of us had, including me. And I discovered this is a pretty good living. I think it's a noble way to be in corporate America. It helps me feel good, to be working with the people. And when the time was right, I asked my employers to support my going back to pursue my full master's in the Cornell MPS program in New York City. And that's how I began the program.