Vanessa Alvarado has dedicated all her professional life to the Human Resources field. With over 25 years of experience in the Medical Device industry, she is currently the Talent Management Leader of Global of the Americas South Region, for Stryker. Among her previous employers are Roche Diagnostics, CooperVision and Essilor. All these years, she has been attracted by the organization’s mission as much as the job itself, knowing that each day she can improve the quality of life of hundreds of people. Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resources. During her career she has received many significant recognitions, among are: Gold and Platinum Global Awards for People Development at Stryker, 40 Under 40 of Caribbean Business – who recognizes 40 of Puerto Rico’s most promising young business leaders of tomorrow, ASTD – Training & Development Professional of the Year Award, and with her team, SHRM – PR Chapter’s Manuel Laborde Human Resources Professional of the Year Award. This is the highest recognition in the Human Resources field in Puerto Rico.
Most importantly for Vanessa, she has been able to give back through her voluntary work. Since she was in college, she held leadership positions for the SHRM Student Chapter. Once she started her professional journey, she distinguished herself in several roles, including Director of SHRM South Region. She also led the Educational Committee for the very renown Annual Conference held yearly in PR, and in 2016, she became the President of Puerto Rico’s SHRM Power Chapter. SHRM has provided her the opportunity not only to invest in Puerto Rico talent development efforts, but also in many nonprofit organizations via their social responsibility programs.