Mark Fogel’s background includes almost a decade and a half as CHRO at Leviton Manufacturing, The Marcum Group and The Success Academy charter school network, as well as co-founding Human Capital 3.0, a boutique HR advisory firm. Mark spent his early years at Macy’s and Limited Brands where he moved from Operations to his first roles in Talent Management.
Mark has been honored by SHRM nationally as their Human Capital Leader of the Year in 2007, and by HR Executive Magazine as an Honor Roll recipient in 2010 and “Best HR Ideas” in 2012. He has also been a recipient of SHRM’s Innovation in a Down Economy award in 2009, Adelphi University’s Teaching Excellence award in 2013, and named one of Long Island’s 50 most influential business leaders by Long Island Business News. His HR teams have garnished numerous national and local awards for HR innovation, wellness, and employee engagement.
Mark speaks regularly at national conferences on topics ranging from E/R to Global HR. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi’s Graduate School of Business where he gets to give back to the next generation of industry leaders.
10.5 QUESTIONS WITH MARK FOGEL
- The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants. Go..
I have spent most of my career as an “insider” in HR, and the last 14 years as a CHRO. So, I have a unique viewpoint having fought the battles directly within the C-suite. My organizations have been market leaders and my last was the most controversial education reform entity in the country. So, I am no stranger to HR under the microscope and dealing with adversity and stress. My voice resonates with many readers, I feel their pain, their desires for change, and their vulnerability. I have done what most only dream about and have the scars to prove it.
So, I am the voice of those in the HR community who don’t have one. I am an HR activist with an eternal optimism about the profession.
- Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living..
I am currently a member of the “Gig” economy, holding multiple positions including: Adjunct Professor of HR at Adelphi University’s Graduate School of Business, Retained Search Managing Director, Executive Coach and HR Entrepreneur. I work remotely from my 4th bedroom on the north shore of Long Island and the driver’s seat of my Volvo.
- One more question that everyone expects. What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)
“I am a people person damn it!” Well actually I fell into it about 20 years ago after an early career in retail operations at Macy’s. I ran the staffing function for Macy’s Herald Square, the world’s largest department store, and fell in love with the function. Now a couple decades later I still enjoy the work and, yes, the people too….and for the past few years I have been able to give back by teaching and speaking at conferences and now get to reach folks by writing on a national platform. I want to see HR thrive in the future and we all need to do our part for that to happen. Me included…
- If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate. If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?
Metallica – Master of Puppets….there is nothing as ferocious as the first 60 seconds of guitar playing and machine gun drumming. Like a 100 mile an hour fastball…
Hold onto your hat and your bat!
- Let’s stick with the baseball theme. If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music. The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar, as a means of attempting to crush them. If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?
Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight…if you know the song…no explanation is necessary. If not lock yourself in a room and listen to it for an hour or until you swear off drugs and alcohol.
- Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…”
They look at me with the twisted puppy face, head tilted a drop to the left…and they go silent for 10 seconds after an answer they didn’t expect.
- Name the actor/actress who will portray you in the movie about you. Why the heck is that a fit?
Johnny Depp….it’s the depth, diversity, quirkiness, and the fact that you never know what to expect until afterwards….then you’re left speechless.
- List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…
- Anything by Michael Crichton – I liked Prey, Timeline, and Jurassic Park the best, but every book he wrote was great!
- Moneyball by Michael Lewis.
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.
9. List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Life moves pretty fast…I love his ingenuity.
- Anything Marvel or DC Comics
- Lost in Translation – You don’t need to go to Japan to have a communication breakdown…or sing karaoke in a bar at 3am, but doing it in Japan seems like a lot more fun.
- Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership. Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?
The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight was my favorite rap song at college…they played it every Friday night at the favorite bar my senior year about 1am in the morning…everyone got up and danced…and sang along. Followed by Blondie’s Rapture (a great one-two music mix, and the first Rap video ever broadcast on MTV in 1981). Alright I know I listed a group—actually 2—not an individual, give this old guy a break.
10.5. My first car was a <blank> and here’s how it defined who I am….
1986 Ford Mustang (metallic blue)…fast, loud, and ferocious…but terrible gas mileage…there is a metaphor in there somewhere.