Carla Reed WeLead Class of 2009-2010

Carla Reed headshot

Carla Reed
Director of Human Resources
The Raben Group

The most valuable thing Reed learned from WeLead was the value of community.  To this day, she does her best to support the work of fellow WeLeaders, whether that's a campaign or a fundraising happy hour, or giving back to WeLead as a speaker and mentor.  

Reed said “I really enjoyed the professional development sessions.  As an HR professional, I valued having the opportunity to practice presentation and communication skills during mock interviews with women who were well established in their careers.  I also enjoyed the day that we took professional head-shots.  WeLead provided me with my first professional head-shot, and to this day I advise all early career professionals to invest in professional photos.”

Reed advises the current class to “be intentional when establishing connections with your fellow participants and session presenters.  Many of these women will serve as mentors and go on to impact the world in ways that you can never imagine.  And, often they'll want to bring you along for the ride.”

As the Director of Human Resources for The Raben Group, Reed oversees compliance, talent and performance management, as well as employee relations.  She brings nearly a decade of progressive human resources experience in the non-profit sector.  She is also passionate about leadership development as well as women’s advocacy and routinely coaches women on the next best steps for their career trajectories
Acknowledging the importance of professional development, Reed serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Campaign Fund, and led the Women’s Information Network as Chair during the 2011-2012 executive committee term.

Outside of work, Reed is an ultra-runner and street-style photographer.  A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Sewanee: The University of the South.  She’s also a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).