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Mike Sessions | Photographed by MANICPROJECT

Mike Sessions | HR Achievement Awards 2024

Mike Sessions | Photographed by MANICPROJECT
Mike Sessions | Photographed by MANICPROJECT

VP, Human Resources | USANA Health Sciences

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What is the most rewarding thing about working in HR?

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my HR experience has been the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. I’ve assisted people in getting college degrees, helped others succeed in new or existing jobs and enabled access to care that has saved lives. I understand that my role is often just to enable these things, but I appreciate that HR allows me to do that. 

Was there a pivotal moment in your life that brought you into your field?

I had intended to become an engineer. My first year of college was in engineering, and I decided to work at a structural engineering firm during that year. I found that I liked the technical problems you deal with in engineering, but I didn’t belong in a field where people barely talk with each other. A day of work at an engineering firm is quiet. The discovery that I enjoyed hard problems and needed to work with people led me to HR.

Savannah Beth Withers Taylor is the assistant editor of Utah Business and a graduate of the editing and publishing program at Brigham Young University. Beth has written content about travel, academics, and mental health for Stowaway magazine, BYU College of Humanities and United Way. She enjoys traveling, reading, eating, and mercilessly defeating loved ones in anything competitive.