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Derek Lombard

Posted 7/23/12

Age: 38

Why did you select your profession?

I wanted to do something that allowed me to be creative [and] was attracted to human resources (specifically talent development).

Where do you see yourself professionally in 10 years?

I want to keep doing what I am doing, but I want to be a published author as well.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Don’t wait so long to get your master’s degree.

How do you keep a work-life balance?

That is the million dollar question. … I am still working on the answer. Perhaps that will be the topic of one of my books.

What one thing in your professional life would you like a do-over on?

On my first day of work at Embrace (then Advanced Financial Services) back in 1996, another employee heard I was a good runner and challenged me to a race around the building. Rounding the last bend, I tripped over the curb, skinned my knee and, most disappointingly, lost the race. … If I could do it over again, I would’ve walked the race course first. •

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