EPISODE #70 || Amy Rangel, Director of Human Resources at RAPP


Amy Rangel, Director of Human Resources at RAPP, gives us a look into the perceptions and realities of HR. Hear about the state of HR in the industry today, how to get the most out of your relationship with HR, how her identity as a queer woman of color has shaped her career, how she's applying takeaways from ADCOLOR to her D&I work at RAPP, and understanding your own strengths.

Topics Discussed

  • How she went from being a high school dance teacher to working in HR, the qualities that make her good at what she does, getting to known RAPP, and what her role at RAPP entails.

  • The state of HR in the industry, when HR functions at its best, and the way to get the most out of your relationship with HR.

  • How her identity as a queer woman of color has influenced her career, not being a squeaky wheel, and the evolution of her being out at work.

  • Her takeaways from ADCOLOR, and how she’s integrating it into the D&I work she’s doing at RAPP.

  • Finding the strengths within yourself, and paying attention when people compliment you.

Mic Drops

“I think HR having a seat at the leadership table and being part of those conversations before they take off is really helpful. At the end of the day, HR isn’t responsible for making those business decisions. Granted, we often end up being the messenger. And so I think that even in the messaging, and delivering the messaging, when having conversations that are difficult, I think it’s really important to empower your business leaders to stand behind their own decisions.”

“You have to be intentionally inclusive. If not, you will be unintentionally exclusive. And now I’m like, oh my gosh, I have to think about this so differently. And I want to make sure that I’m really being inclusive of everyone.”

“You are your own publicist. Nobody knows what you’re good at, unless you tell them what you’re good at. You have to show us, you have to show your stuff."

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About Amy

Based in the Los Angeles office, Amy is responsible for HR in the LA, Chicago and Dallas RAPP offices. With 15 years of business partnering and generalist experience – from startups, to agencies, to corporate – she's done it all. Currently, Amy also oversees diversity and inclusion for RAPP domestically. Amy joined RAPP from CBS interactive, where she managed the entertainment group covering CBS.com and All Access. Prior to CBSi, she was at Razorfish in San Francisco, where she partnered with the Managing Directors for the SF, Portland, and LA offices. Amy has been married to her wife Hannah for 4 years and they have twin 1 year olds - Joaquin and Luna.