Tell us about your role at LS3P. My title is HR Leader; however, I’d say that I am a champion of our people. Our employees are our greatest resource – our HR team works to advance | support them. What’s inspiring you right now? The conversations across all groups that we’re having within the firm about leadership, mentorship, values and culture. What is your superpower? Homemade lasagna. The sauce takes about 4 hours and is better made the day before. What are the greatest challenges we’re facing in the industry? Talent – attracting and retaining, developing, and elevating. What place have you visited that changed you the most? My grandmother’s house. My great great grandparents built it, and my grandmother was born there. She taught me how to lose gracefully at poker (still working on that one), how to pop a wheelie with my bike, and that the best brownie in the pan is the gooey one in the middle. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in your role? If people don’t fascinate you, this likely isn’t the right path. What is your favorite hometown restaurant, and what should I order if I go there? Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet, SC – get the grouper with the lobster risotto. You won’t regret it. What previous job taught you the most? I was the HR Director at a continuing care retirement community for a number of years. Watching our team care for residents who were unable to care for themselves was very humbling. The generations who came before us have stories to share, and don’t always have someone to share them with…one of our residents, Beth, would often come have coffee with me. She shared her love of piano (and that her children didn’t), told tall tales of her son’s impressive career in the CIA, always beat me at crossword puzzles – it was a highlight of my week. What is your all-time favorite song? “Old Blue Chair” by Kenny Chesney About Heather Heather Pierce, MBA, PMP, serves as LS3P’s Human Resources Leader. Pierce brings over 17 years of comprehensive HR experience, including significant leadership roles in the AEC industry. In addition to holding the highest accreditation by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP), Heather holds a Master of Science in Project Management as well as a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hollins University. Her expertise includes Human Resources theory and practice as well as project management.