CAA VIPs: Meet Gretelle!

CAA VIPs: Meet Gretelle!

2022-08-04T09:03:49-04:00July 15th, 2021|Capital Analytics Associates, HR|

2 min read June 2022 – Gretelle, human resources manager for Capital Analytics, shares her background and exciting experiences. Gretelle also touches upon how her views on life have changed over time and what she hopes to accomplish at CAA.

Where did you grow up, and how did you end up where you are now?

I was born and raised in the Philippines, which is halfway across the world. I grew up in a small village somewhat like the suburbs here, so I have always wanted to work in bigger cities, for a change. After I graduated college I went to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, where I stayed for five years. I started as a call center agent but eventually transitioned to human resources, and have had progressive growth in my career. After five years of working there, I moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). I got an opportunity to work for the biggest bank in the region, Emirates NBD. They were opening up a subsidiary, Business Process Outsourcing setup and were looking for someone who had experience working in human resources in a call center environment. The organization is called Tanfeeth, a start-up organization where I started as an HR business partner, was promoted to senior HR business partner, and the last position that I held was HR manager. I was lucky to see the growth of the organization from 200 people to approximately 2000; even luckier to have worked with brilliant minds in the industry. I then decided to leave for the United States, where I volunteered for the Society of Human Resources Management.

In the U.S. my first organization is the Humane Society where I worked in the same capacity as an HR manager. I definitely enjoyed my time there, it’s full of purpose! After over 2 years, I received an offer to go back to Dubai to work for the World Expo. It was a project-based role that was different from anything I had done before, so I decided to give it a try. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a mega-event? The project was only for six months, but I was there for 9 months. I was one of the Workforce Managers who helped manage over 30,000 volunteers. I gained a lot of knowledge, a different kind of exposure and gained a lot of friends. When the event was over, I decided to come back to the U.S. and join the growing family of Capital Analytics.

What was your favorite thing about Dubai?

My sisters live in Dubai and work for the banking industry; so I love being able to spend time with them, it feels great to be around your family. On top of that, I was able to tick one off my bucket list: skydiving from 16,000 feet which was so cool because Dubai is the best place for that adventure. It was a great experience to be in the melting pot of the world. 

What is the coolest country you have ever been to?

As of now, I have been to 35 different countries. Switzerland was beautiful. I got to see the Matterhorn in Zermatt, which is the mountain of Toblerone chocolate. It was surprisingly calm and relaxing to paraglide over the top of it. Czech Republic is also one of the most interesting countries to me because the buildings there are ancient and historic but they’ve been greatly preserved. You can still see how they looked hundreds of years ago. On another note, I think that Paris, France is overrated to be honest, well that’s just me… haha.

How has your outlook on life changed over time?

As a woman, I used to look at life like a typical cycle. You are born, you go to school, you land a job , you get married, you have kids and then you age. In my country, by the time you reach 25 there will be a push for you to get married, you’ll feel the pressure from society. But as I get more exposure to different cultures, I discovered everyone has their own timeliness and it’s okay if you’re not following the norms. You can be a trailblazer. I’ve met different people with different perspectives about success, women who are entrepreneurs, not married but happy, women who are career-focused and stay at home mothers who are happily married with kids. It really depends on your priorities. You do You. Also, my favorite quote would always be, “The enemy of a great life is a good life.” Everytime I start to see myself get into a position where life feels good, I try to push myself to be out of my comfort zone because I know I won’t grow there. 

What do you hope to achieve at Capital Analytics?

This will sound cheesy but I owe it to the world to leave a good legacy behind. I’ve been blessed to work with a good working environment eversince and CAA is no different. In my previous organizations I’ve always created tangible results that the organization benefits from. In this position, I have the opportunity to expand the team by bringing in talents that will take us to the next level. I also want to understand this industry better and figure out how the HR department can partner and add more value to the organization’s trajectory.

If you were to be an animal, what animal would it be?

I would say that I was probably a bird in my past life, haha. A bird flies freely and can go wherever they want to. I love my freedom! I’d like to think that they are no drama animals and I think if I had to choose which kind that would be a dove because it is white, which is my favorite color, and in the Philippines it symbolizes pureness of heart, peace and love.