In this episode of mChats, meet Lena Tamarkin, Global Head of Human Resources, and learn about her 14 years at Millennium, the importance of mentorship, and what she enjoys most about being back in the Firm’s new headquarters.

What do you enjoy about your role at Millennium

I’ve been with Millennium for 14 years!  I enjoy the empowerment I have to continuously improve the organization in a myriad of ways. In our work in HR, the challenges are endless and I enjoy solving problems and working with a phenomenal group of people across the Firm.

How has mentorship played a part in your time at Millennium?

Mentors are critical — and can come in all shapes and sizes. I have found mentors all over the Firm in different capacities. In my 14 years here, I have found that a mentor can be a peer, colleague, a senior contact in another department, or your manager. I hope to continue to offer my own mentorship to others.

Please share your top advice to young professionals

As a young professional, it can be common to think “what’s next for me”?  Patience, resilience and personal reflection are such important competencies and I think important to keep in mind. Take the time to reflect on what you have learned, what you enjoy, and talk to a mentor or manager about where you can apply your new skills within the company you are in. Be open to feedback and think about how it will make you that much stronger!

What excites you about being back in NYC’s new office?

I love the energy of being in the office. It’s not possible to connect with human beings in the same way via video vs in person. I find the on-the-fly conversations and quick huddles to be very effective in person and helpful to keep the creativity flowing. I do enjoy those couple of days at home for a slightly different pace!

What’s on your playlist?

I have such a small range!  On the way to work I love to listen to the NYTimes podcast, The Daily. Even if you think you know the topics they are covering, the depth of their research is eye-opening. For music, I’ve become a big Taylor Swift fan!

You live in Brooklyn with your family. How do you spend your weekends?

We split our weekends between being in Brooklyn and visiting our vacation home in upstate NY. When in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I do lots of walking around and shopping with my kids.

How do you take your coffee?

Brooklyners love our coffee!  I’m a drip coffee lover with almond or oat milk.  Like a strong kick to the coffee!