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Elizabeth M. Rice is truly an extraordinary individual and my personal mentor. She helped me realize my potential and supported my growth by encouraging me to learn about human resources practices and training and development. She continues to inspire others every day and has been instrumental in making temporary employment a respectable and soughtafter career path for many individuals in the workforce, especially women. The president of San Diego's largest women-owned company, Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), Elizabeth has dedicated herself to raising awareness and recognition for the temporary employment profession.

Born and raised in Boston, Ma., Elizabeth began her career in 1982 as a recruiter for Innovative Employee Solutions (formerly TOPS Staffing), a firm that specializes in providing outsourced payroll and HR administration services to companies nationwide. She was promoted to HR Manager, then to Vice President of Human Resources. I became acquainted with Elizabeth in 1995, when she hired me as a recruiter. The training and development skills I learned led me to a position with the company as an Operations Manager, where I trained employees at various offices throughout California. In 2000 she became the company's Executive Vice President. I admired Elizabeth's values and business acumen so much that I chose to become her Executive Assistant shortly after her appointment to Executive Vice President. Four years later, in June 2004, Elizabeth was appointed President and I continue to work with her today. Understanding my interest in HR, Elizabeth gives me autonomy to lead the HR team, further strengthening my knowledge and skills.

Elizabeth's community involvement is also something that is to be admired. She has spearheaded the company's community outreach programs. She also gives generously of her own time, through support of meaningful organizations such the YWCA, Planned Parenthood, and the Sierra Club, and is planning to participate in the upcoming Jenna Druck Foundation's Young Woman's Sprit of Leadership Conference; Turning Strength Into Leadership. In addition, she serves as the President for the board of directors of the Temporary Staffing Insurance Limited (TSIL).

Elizabeth holds a business management certification from the Executive Management Institute and has earned a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Society for HR Management Institute. In 1996, she received the YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award, an honor recognizing women in the community for their achievements in business and industry.

Submitted by Tania Fiero, PHR

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