His commitment to mentoring others, combined with his finely honed aptitude for optimizing processes, makes Parker exceedingly effective in his current role at Blue Shield of California. He oversees four teams that manage programs to develop leaders internally, facilitate mentorship, and assess and coach executive performance.
It is a role that Parker finds supremely rewarding. “I know how much I’ve appreciated the opportunities afforded to me, and I love that I have a role and team that enable this type of work every single day,” he says.
While Parker relishes his work in human resources, it’s not where he started out. His background is in operations: He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management at University of Phoenix and then his MBA elsewhere, and he worked in banking before joining Blue Shield 11 years ago. Through the Pride ERG, however, he connected with the head of HR at Blue Shield and took a lateral move into the department as a program manager.
“I was able to utilize my operations background and my newfound HR background to help coach leaders,” Parker explains. “It just has progressed nicely. Now I’m helping develop leaders throughout the entire organization.”
And according to Wade, he’s doing it very well. “He is one of the most authentic, genuine leaders I have ever worked for,” she says. “He is fair, thoughtful, engaging and a great mentor.”