An Interview with Michele Haddad: Stevie Award Winner for Female Executive of the Year
Blog: The Tibco Blog
Michele Haddad, TIBCO’s SVP of global human resources, was recently recognized as a Female Executive of the Year at the 2016 Stevie Women in Business Awards. Michele, along with talented women around the world, won a Stevie Award in the Female Executive of the Year: Business Services category in the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This honor reflects Michele’s industry expertise and innovative approach to delivering TIBCO’s successful HR programs.
“Michele’s leadership ensures that TIBCO’s culture contributes to our success. She is business savvy and people smart, and I’m proud that she’s being recognized for her contributions,” said Murray Rode, chief executive officer, TIBCO. “Michele has established many innovative HR programs at TIBCO, such as the TIBCO Women’s Network, while ensuring our global workforce adapts and responds to the growing opportunities in front of us.”
Under Michele’s leadership, TIBCO’s HR team supports a global workforce of more than 3,000 employees across 30 countries. Michele has helped build foundational programs to support TIBCO employees, such as TIBCO’s first-ever Learning & Development program, a formalized Performance Management Process, and Employee Engagement. She was also a founding sponsor of TWN—TIBCO Women’s Network—which launched in 2016 with a mission to increase recruitment, development, and retention of women through connection, education, and experience.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2016 awards received entries from 31 nations and territories.
Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.
Get to know Michele—find out what makes her tick, what she’s proud of, and hear her advice for others—and love her like we do here at TIBCO.
The TIBCO Blog: What does the Stevie Award Women in Business recognition mean to you?
Michele Haddad: As a Stevie Award Winner for Women in Business, this is an acknowledgement of my contribution as a senior leader within TIBCO Software. Yet, sitting in the awards, I realized how many women are taking success to a whole new level. Our collective accomplishments represent the fact that women are not letting anyone hold them back.
TTB: What is your proudest moment at TIBCO?
MH: Being given the opportunity to head up HR, a function that was entirely new to me—with support from many people in senior management—was a great moment.
TTB: What motivates you?
MH: Working with a strong team and seeing us achieve milestones as we work towards a challenging but realistic goal is really motivating for me.
TTB: What’s a little known fact about you?
MH: I’m a native Northern Californian and a certified SCUBA diver.
TTB: What is your leadership style?
MH: I enjoy data and appreciate a direct approach. The more clearly facts are presented to me, the more clearly I can discuss and address the topic at hand. Most people who work with me understand this.
TTB: What is your key to success?
MH: Hard work is a given. Building relationships and taking risks has helped, but at the end of the day, it is about follow through on my commitments. I also made a point of volunteering for opportunities, which led to new opportunities being offered to me—and I took them all.
TTB: What is your advice to women in a male-dominated industry such as technology.
MH: Volunteer for things that may feel uncomfortable—do it anyway. Don’t be afraid to interrupt. When you have something of value to say, say it. Push your own limits and it will push others. You will always learn something or build a new relationship. A willingness to learn and building relationships are valuable assets for everyone in life.
Congratulations, Michele! The entire TIBCO team is so proud of your hard work and accomplishments!