Hattie Hill Enterprises Opens Arkansas Office
Arkansas Native Hopes To Help Local Companies With Diversity
Northwest Arkansas Times, February 2, 2006 (Fayetteville, AR)
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, February 5, 2006 (Little Rock, AR)
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Carole Smith (left) and Hattie Hill (right) visit with Brenda Turner (middle), Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's Chief of Staff, to discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace.
Smith and Hill appear on KNWA Today, Fayetteville Arkansas's early morning show on KNWA-TV (NBC) during a media tour in February.
Hill and Smith met with Cyd King, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette High Profile editor, during a media tour in February.
CAROLE SMITH NAMED PRESIDENT OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTING FIRM
Hattie Hill Enterprises Opens Arkansas Office
LITTLE ROCK, AR (January 30, 2006) – Hattie Hill Enterprises Inc., a management and human relations consulting firm headquartered in Dallas, has named Carole Smith president and announced the opening of an Arkansas office in Little Rock. The 20-year-old consulting firm, which has global clients and specializes in diversity in the workplace, was founded by Arkansas native Hattie Hill, who serves as the firm’s chief executive officer and will split her time between Dallas and Arkansas.
The firm provides counsel in leadership, customer service and diversity in the changing workplace. It helps companies better organize themselves and coaches employees on how to work better as a team and on how to better understand fellow employees. Among its clients are Southwest Airlines, Carlson Worldwide, McDonald’s Corporation, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Texas Instruments, Cendant, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Hill, who has provided counsel in 42 countries, is internationally recognized as a diversity specialist.
“Diversity in the workplace is big everywhere, but in Arkansas, it is huge,” Hill said.
Hill cited several examples.
- Hispanics in the Arkansas workplace are growing at such a rapid rate that it is difficult to keep accurate totals. According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, our state has over 37,000 Hispanics in the workplace. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 88,000 plus Hispanics living in Arkansas.
- At the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 72 countries are represented from their employee base of 9,000.
- Minorities (consisting of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, American-Indians, Alaska natives and others) are the fastest growing segment in the Arkansas workplace. First is Hispanics (276% growth rate), then Asians (43% growth rate), then African-Americans (7% growth rate). The number of Caucasians in the Arkansas workplace is slightly declining (less than 1% decline).
- Females in the workplace are increasing in number faster than males - almost a 5% increase for women, against a 2% increase for men.
- The number of disabled people in Arkansas is above the national average. In 2004, Arkansas had 21.5% of our population (age 5 and up) considered disabled, against the national average of 14.3%.
“While this was a big reason for establishing our Arkansas office, it was not the sole reason,” Hill stated.
Hill cited the current economic boom in our state, the fact that Arkansas is home to five Fortune 500 companies and that an experienced executive (Smith) was available to run the Arkansas office as other factors in her decision to locate here.
“There’s never been a better time to live and work in Arkansas,” Hill noted.
Smith is well known in central Arkansas. Before assuming the presidency of Hattie Hill Enterprises, she was the first female to hold a senior-level position in what was then the state’s largest bank (Worthen). A successful entrepreneur, Smith owned and operated two retail stores for a combined total of 13 years. She has served on the Leadership Greater Little Rock board for over ten years, chairing it for two years, and her service to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce is widely acclaimed.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a Masters in Business degree in from the University of Arkansas and a Masters in Banking degree from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. A North Little Rock native, Smith has served on the boards of Leadership Greater Little Rock, the National Federation of Business & Professional Women, Ballet Arkansas, March of Dimes and Civitan International.
“For the past 30 years, Carole has proven herself to be a highly effective executive with outstanding human relations skills. Now as a counselor she can share those insights and skills with organizations of all types and sizes. She is a perfect match for our corporate vision,” Hill said.
Fulfilling a business dream
Smith said the new position provides an opportunity to fulfill a business dream.
“While there were many rewards to owning my own businesses, I’ve yearned for the opportunity to put my management and leadership skills to work for larger corporations. This is exactly what I will be doing at Hattie Hill Enterprises and that is exciting to me,” Smith said.
Smith has spent the past few months with Hill, consulting existing clients and conducting training and developing strategies in various locations throughout the country. Smith will be actively involved in client service, business development in Arkansas and around the country, helping place the 20-plus independent consultants who work with the firm and developing local talent.
Good business is good human relations
Hill noted that her company is unique from many management consultant firms in four ways. She touts the firm as also a human relations firm; her firm provides turnkey services (assessments, consulting, strategy, training and followup) – not only counseling; her firm has no single branded product but instead customizes each service and monitors its progress.
“Good business is good human relations,” Hill concluded.
Hill is highly regarded not only as a management and human relations consultant and trainer, but also as a professional speaker and author. She is frequently quoted in publications such as Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Dallas Morning News
As an author, she has helped management deal with change. Her fourth book is scheduled for publication this spring. She is a popular choice on the professional speakers circuit, with Successful Meetings magazine naming her one of their national “Hot 25 Speakers.”
Hattie is a native of Moro, Arkansas and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Arkansas State University. She serves on several boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the World Affairs Council and Society of International Business Fellows.
The Little Rock office phone is 501-944-7298 and the Dallas is 469-374-0444. The firm’s website is www.hattiehill.com.
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