Helen Scalise

Head of People

What are your credentials and past experience for working in your position?

With my Master of Science in Organizational Development, I built up my work experience by working in various sectors in many countries — including the United States, China, Costa Rica, France, and Germany.  

I have spent time in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sectors throughout my various roles, focusing on developing people and organizations.

What do you like about working at S44?

I love working at S44 because there is a culture open to new ideas. I can push myself and my team past our current limitations and always think about what’s next.  

The CEO deeply cares about our people and values inclusion and belonging - which is fantastic as an HR business partner. I can advocate for our team members’ well-being and improve productivity.  

I’m in a position to offer my support and be supported in an environment where collaboration is celebrated and we’re all motivated to do our best. 

What’s your background?

I was born and raised in Germany but emigrated to the US in high school. I have lived on both coasts of the US, and I love nature and my animals to keep me centered. 

I’m a mom of two wonderful daughters and love spending family time together. Before working for S44, I worked for the NYC Government.

What are the values that drive you?

I want to support every person to help them grow and reach their potential. I make sure that there are structures to help people find their ideal place and see where they can go. I am a strong advocate for equitable pay and ensuring everyone has a sense of belonging and trust at S44.

Favorite Books:

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni

Favorite Podcast:

WorkLife with Adam Grant

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