What it all comes down to for Aly Fischer is the relationships she’s built at Brookdale. It’s the mentors, friends and support she’s encountered that have kept her with the company for seven years, and helped her earn promotions that placed her in leadership roles.
“Thanks to Brookdale’s continued focus on our culture, my relationships with other associates have been built on a foundation of compassion, respect and integrity,” Fischer said. “Partnerships built on this foundation make an enjoyable work environment. I have also had a lot of great mentors during my time with Brookdale that have helped me grow and develop as a professional.”
Fischer’s career path is just one example of the opportunities for growth Brookdale associates find in our Human Resources department. She planned on becoming a teacher and while attending the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, took a different direction that crossed paths with HR.
“Growing up, I always thought I’d be a teacher,” Fischer said. “By my sophomore year in college, I realized I didn’t want to teach and, in a panic, I took a class for undecided majors. Through this class, my personality and skill assessments kept showing HR as a good fit. I did some reading and met with HR professionals and eventually changed my major to Human Resources. I liked the idea of working with people and helping people with their career. I also liked all the different paths I could take in the field.”
After graduation, Fischer moved to Milwaukee to be closer to family and begin her own career search. She joined Brookdale in 2011, starting as an HR Generalist, and was quickly promoted to Senior HR Generalist and then to HR Manager. In late 2016, Fischer was promoted to her current role as a Regional HR Director (RHRD).
“What has helped me grow with Brookdale has been taking advantage of opportunities to learn, ask questions, and propose changes when I saw an opportunity for simplification or improved compliance,” Fischer said.
In her current role, she provides support to communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her responsibilities include monitoring compliance with Brookdale policies and procedures and regulatory requirements; assisting with coaching and developing associates, investigating associate concerns; responding to questions from communities and associates, and helping to promote and support the Brookdale culture in our communities. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and will graduate this May.
“In my new role, I have the opportunity to visit communities more often, which is one of my favorite parts of the job,” she says. “I enjoy meeting our residents and getting to know our associates who care for them. I love seeing our associates’ faces light up when they talk about how much they love the residents they care for. Those relationships are really special. I learn something new about Brookdale or our field every day.”
Other HR leaders in the organization have served as strong role models and mentors as she’s grown her career.
“Jan Teuscher, Vice President, Field HR, was a leader in the Milwaukee office when I began working at Brookdale and she taught me the value of making personal connections,” Fischer said. “Jan took time to connect and celebrate each associate, which was very impactful early on in my HR career.”Share this: