Rhonda Gibby Named Distinguished Alumna
recognized and encouraged her to pursue her passion for learning.
“We must be learning agile. We must make plans for how to get from point A to point B in our education and our career. I remember former Office Systems Technology (now Administrative Office Technology) instructor Judy Read talking to me about scenarios and contingency plans—how to get from point A to point B with multiple options. That advice has served me well in my career,” said Gibb , who has been with Kimberly-Clark since 2005. In her current position, she supports two divisions—Kimberly Clark Health Care and Kimberly Clark Professional.
As one of the Top 100 leaders of this Fortune 500 Compan , Gibby is involved in the global business and HR strategy for the company. “I am able to engage with business and human resource colleagues around the world as we put together strategic business plans and a people strategy that enables us to win in our marketplaces, as well as be a great place to work, maintaining a culture of integrity that values employees and their successes,” she said. Rhonda Gibby and President Booth O ne of the most gratifying and inspiring aspects of Rhonda Deaton-Gibby’s job as Vice President of Human Resources for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Atlanta is the opportunity to meet and mentor employees, helping them to navigate the professional and personal paths of their learning journeys. After having the opportunity to work in various areas of business, including manufacturing as well as sales and operations, it is the people component that keeps bringing her back to the area of human resources. “One of the highlights of my role is the opportunity to interact with my peers and exchange best practices. I also coach and mentor associates and work with folks at all levels within the compan , gaining insight and understanding about what is important to them. This provides us the opportunity to check and adjust our policy and practices as needed,” she said.
As a student at Tri-County more than two decades ago, Gibby fondly recalls the investment made in her by instructors who
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She says Tri-County instructors inspired her as a recent high school graduate who was unsure of what her long-term goals were. “Acquiring an education was my goal. At Tri-County I found a well-informed faculty and staff who gave me the tools and direction to achieve my goal,” she said. She began as a day student but switched to the evening curriculum when she gained full-time employment.
“I always tell folks that I learned how to learn at Tri-County. Learning how to learn is a competitive advantage. Things change very quickly today. Content can be old in 30 days. I learned to be learning agile,” said Gibb , “and I learned to set priorities.”
After earning an associate degree in Office Systems Technology and while working at Clemson Universit , she developed an interest in pursuing roles in leadership and attended University Transfer classes on her lunch hour while continuing to work full time.
After earning a B.S. degree in Human Resources at Southern Wesleyan Universit , she took her first job in the industrial segment with Dempster Equipment. Later she pursued a master’s degree in Human Resource Development and Business Administration at Clemson.
While living in Oconee Count , she worked in human resources at Orian Rugs and later Kendall (now Covidien). It was during this time that she was instrumental in establishing the Orian Scholarship through the College Foundation and went on to advocate for establishing Kendall’s scholarship, as well as the start-up of their tuition reimbursement program.
Gibby says one of her proudest career accomplishments was the establishment of these Tri-County Technical College scholarships because they have provided others with the opportunity to pursue an educational goal that may not have been possible otherwise. “Lifelong learning is a passion of mine. It’s a way to help people to bridge gaps. You can’t underestimate the power of education.”