No matter what Angela Galloway is doing, she’s usually helping OPPD employees be their best.
The senior organizational development consultant doesn’t have a “typical” day in her job, but she said that’s one of the things she likes about it the most. Depending on where OPPD is in the annual talent management cycle, she could be helping the utility focus on performance reviews, assessing talent, succession planning for key roles or conducting coaching on development.
Galloway’s first job at OPPD was as an IT trainer, which allowed her to learn about the utility through teaching computer skills classes and helping to solve problems. Ultimately, she found it wasn’t a good long-term fit.
“I liked the gray and dealing more with people, not the computer systems,” she said.
In her role in Human Capital, Galloway said she essentially gets paid to have conversations with people.
“I often joke that coffee chats are my favorite way to get business done,” she said. “but I find that people are more honest in a casual setting.”
Through those conversations and other interactions, Galloway said she is able to help people grow in their careers. That help can be interview tips, improving communication skills or helping project teams align their strengths.
Looking at those components helps OPPD grow to meet the needs of the future.
“The skill set is changing in all of our positions,” Galloway said, “and I am there to make sure we have the right people doing the right work.”
This approach means much of Galloway’s work remains behind the scenes, but that’s just fine with her. She said her work is to let others shine because of the skills they have learned.
Galloway has a background in political communications, so she knew working in the heart of a company would be her best fit.
“I have the talent to be able to take concepts or processes and make them real for others,” she said.
At the 2016 OPPD Women’s Network annual meeting, Galloway was honored for all of her work when she was awarded the Women of Achievement award. Galloway has also served as president of the employee resource group and is active in many other activities promoting OPPD in the community.
Outside of work, you may find Galloway holding a camera. She said she loves taking pictures when not chatting with friends, reading, seeing movies, walking her dog or spending time with her family.
“I have always loved catching the moment,” she said. “Sometimes, when I am without a camera, I have to remember to capture it in my mind and really live in the moment.”
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