In this week’s installment of our Women of NetMotion series, we have the pleasure of introducing Christina Balam, our VP of Human Resources.
As the VP of HR, Christina is responsible for all aspects of recruiting, payroll and facilities. But that’s just the official job description. Christina describes her role as making sure that everyone at NetMotion thrives.
To say that Christina has played a pivotal role nurturing NetMotion’s culture would be an understatement. Since joining the company over four years ago, she has helped to make culture a central part of who we are as a company. It impacts every aspect of our work, no matter which team we belong to. And it can be seen in everything we do; from the way we value our customers, to the way we treat one another every day. It’s an attitude of respect, genuine humility and strong team spirit. And it’s a big reason why we’re among the best companies to work for.
Not just what’s in the job description
Outside the typical HR role, Christina is also recognized for her leadership in charitable initiatives within NetMotion. In recent months this has included everything from donating to Australian wildfire recovery and carbon offsetting efforts, to helping the homeless in our communities through organizations such as Food Lifeline and Unicef. This month alone, Christina has organized a company-wide matching program in support of several charities that serve people and first responders in the US and beyond, including the Solidarity Response Fund, the Social Emergency Fund in Europe and a Save the Children Covid-19 Crisis Appeal in Australia.
After completing her undergrad and Master’s degrees at Washington State University (go Cougs!), Christina set out to find administrative positions where she would have opportunities to support internal teams. Early in her career she worked at a start-up where the owners empowered her to experience multiple roles within the company, including accounting, payroll and HR functions. As the company grew, she started to focus on accounting more, but realized that she didn’t enjoy it. It was at the same time that Christina discovered that she wanted to work more closely with people. So, as soon as an opportunity came up within HR, she applied for the role and has never looked back.
Drawn to people
Drawn to people
I arrived at NetMotion the way most people do—I applied when I was looking to make a change. But, what really got me interested is how excited I was coming out of every conversation. Most of the interviews I’ve ever experienced can be a very de-energizing experience, but I loved the authenticity of the interactions I had and wanted more of that.”Christina Balam, VP of Human Resources, NetMotion
Balancing short- and long-term goals within any organization can be a challenge. That’s especially true during uncertain times like these. Christina takes it all in her stride. When asked who she looks to for inspiration, she instantly recalls both of her grandmothers, but for different reasons.
My paternal grandma was a total firecracker who always spoke her mind. On the other side, my maternal grandma was the most loving person and a great example. She gave all of herself – not only to her family, but to anyone in need. I remember one time in particular when she welcomed an immigrant family into her home to stay until they got settled, and she had never met them before.”
Also on Christina’s list of trailblazers are names like Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou. With role models like these, it’s little wonder that Christina is blazing her own path. We’re happy to be along for the ride.