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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mJanisHoyt,theChiefPeopleOfficerofTheHonestCompany.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE2/27@4:30pmET.

Janis Hoyt
Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company

Your questions will be answered on Tuesday, February 27th at 4:30pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi! I'm Janis Hoyt. I'm the Chief People Officer of The Honest Company, which was launched in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a happy and healthy life.

As Chief People Officer, I oversee all people functions including the HR, Talent Management, Recruiting and Workplace teams. I've been working in HR for over 20 years, and have held leadership positions at major companies in the Healthcare, Consumer Packed Goods, Retail, and Technology industries.  

Prior to The Honest Company, I was Vice President of Human Resources at Blue Shield of California where I was responsible for driving people strategies for all corporate functions and leading several key initiatives in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Mergers & Acquisitions and Talent Management. 

I'm a certified Executive Coach and deeply believe in coaching business leaders, as well as developing high performing teams.  

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California Berkley and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from University of San Francisco.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, February 27th at 4:30pm ET.

THE HONEST COMPANY BACKGROUND

The Honest Company is a mission-driven company that provides 100+ trusted and delightful products across a wide range of consumer categories, including baby, personal care, home care, and vitamins & supplements, to a passionate community of consumers united by values and style. Honest products are available across the U.S. via honest.com and honestbeauty.com, as well as at a wide range of retailers across North America such as Target, Whole Foods, Costco and Ulta Beauty. The Honest Company is privately held and headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Since its inception, the mission-driven Company has donated over fifteen million products and over 15,400 employee participation hours through it's Honest to Goodness program. Honest has been honored with a wide range of recognitions and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Los Angeles Region, ACG Award for Social Responsibility, PC Magazine’s Seal of Consumer Approval in Tech, three Allure Best of Beauty Awards, as well as the Pioneer in Sustainability Award by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.   Honest is honored to be named top 100 innovators in Diversity and Inclusion.

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  • Dawn123
    3mo ago

    Good read! 

    Good read! 

  • Nicole Green
    3mo ago

    It is so refreshing to read through these questions and answers.

    It is so refreshing to read through these questions and answers.

  • Juli
    Juli 🙀
    over 1 year ago Brooklyn, NY, United States

    What is your #1 advice for young HR leaders who are scaling their teams from dozens of employees to hundreds of employees?

    What is your #1 advice for young HR leaders who are scaling their teams from dozens of employees to hundreds of employees?

  • Ahyanah Mincy
    Ahyanah Mincy Business Student
    over 1 year ago Jersey City, NJ, United States

    As a woman in power have you ever faced sexism or unequal pay??

    As a woman in power have you ever faced sexism or unequal pay??

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Unfortunately, sexism is something that many women in the workplace face. It is a big problem and completely unacceptable. I was fortunate to have strong women mentors to help me feel confident in who I was and recognize that I had a choice when it came to working for companies that believed in equal opportunity for all. I am proud to be focused on moving the needle for women to receive equal pay and opportunity. At The Honest Company, we just launched our first employee resource group, WELL (Women Excelling in Leadership and Living), which aims to give women the confidence and resources they need to succeed. When companies have these types of resources it leads to a much more diverse and inclusive environment. 

      Unfortunately, sexism is something that many women in the workplace face. It is a big problem and completely unacceptable. I was fortunate to have strong women mentors to help me feel confident in who I was and recognize that I had a choice when it came to working for companies that believed in equal opportunity for all. I am proud to be focused on moving the needle for women to receive equal pay and opportunity. At The Honest Company, we just launched our first employee resource group, WELL (Women Excelling in Leadership and Living), which aims to give women the confidence and resources they need to succeed. When companies have these types of resources it leads to a much more diverse and inclusive environment. 

  • Default
    Guest
    over 1 year ago

    What is your advice to those who have been looking for a job for a long time? How do you not get discouraged? 

    What is your advice to those who have been looking for a job for a long time? How do you not get discouraged? 

  • josiebatres
    josiebatres SVP, Director of HR Programs
    over 1 year ago Pasadena, CA, USA

    it was mentioned that a leadership development program would be introduced. In your opinion, what is the main objective of the program and how are you engaging the existing leaders?   Thanks and congratulations on your new venture!  

    it was mentioned that a leadership development program would be introduced. In your opinion, what is the main objective of the program and how are you engaging the existing leaders?   Thanks and congratulations on your new venture!  

    • Nicole Green
      3mo ago

      Every company has ups and downs, but as far as the Honest Company is concerned, I am still buying their products today. This is to say how much I admire what they have been trying todo. Thanks everyone, Mogul and the Honest Company!

      Every company has ups and downs, but as far as the Honest Company is concerned, I am still buying their products today. This is to say how much I admire what they have been trying todo. Thanks everyone, Mogul and the Honest Company!

  • Danica
    over 1 year ago

    How has your Bachelor's in Sociology helped in your career?

    How has your Bachelor's in Sociology helped in your career?

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Studying sociology gave me a great background in understanding people, societies and cultures which has been instrumental in my career. Thank you for the question!

      Studying sociology gave me a great background in understanding people, societies and cultures which has been instrumental in my career. Thank you for the question!

  • Lucy Chen
    over 1 year ago Chicago, IL, United States

    What is something you wish you had known when you were in your twenties? Is there advice you can give us? Thank you!!!

    What is something you wish you had known when you were in your twenties? Is there advice you can give us? Thank you!!!

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      As a woman in my twenties (especially as a working Mom), I wish I would have been more confident in myself, in finding my voice and knowing my strengths. 

      As a woman in my twenties (especially as a working Mom), I wish I would have been more confident in myself, in finding my voice and knowing my strengths. 

  • lifeisbeautiful
    over 1 year ago

    Hi I first want to say I really like The Honest Company. It's a neat concept. What are the latest trends in HR and hiring in general? Would you say it's now more competitive than ever to get a job? 

    Hi I first want to say I really like The Honest Company. It's a neat concept. What are the latest trends in HR and hiring in general? Would you say it's now more competitive than ever to get a job? 

  • Alana Higa
    Alana Higa Head of Mogul @ Work // President of Fordham University
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    Aloha Janis, it's so nice to have you here today! What do you think are the most crucial components to creating the foundation of a good company culture?

    Aloha Janis, it's so nice to have you here today! What do you think are the most crucial components to creating the foundation of a good company culture?

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Aloha, @Alana! I'm so happy to be here. I believe that creating the foundation of a good company culture begins with fostering effective leaders and encouraging employee engagement. Great leaders/people managers that make meaning for employees can be key to setting the tone for the type of culture that you want to create. At every point of the employee lifecycle there are activities and events that leaders can use to help make meaning for their employees and help guide them as well as remove barriers to their day to day challenges. Effective leaders look for opportunities to grow and develop their people and are champions of diversity and inclusion, which creates a culture of development and opportunity for all. 


       Another important thing for building a good company culture is ensuring that people have the ability to develop relationships within an organization. Working together requires each of us to understand ourselves and the relationships we have in the workplace. Developing communication skills and collaboration skills help us solidify those relationships and ultimately makes our work stronger and more enjoyable. 

      Also, the ability to stay focused and aligned on the company mission is key and critical. That is our north star and at the end of the day that is what we are here for, to deliver on our mission. When employees are aligned to a purpose and are part of a mission they are happier and more likely to succeed.   

      Aloha, @Alana! I'm so happy to be here. I believe that creating the foundation of a good company culture begins with fostering effective leaders and encouraging employee engagement. Great leaders/people managers that make meaning for employees can be key to setting the tone for the type of culture that you want to create. At every point of the employee lifecycle there are activities and events that leaders can use to help make meaning for their employees and help guide them as well as remove barriers to their day to day challenges. Effective leaders look for opportunities to grow and develop their people and are champions of diversity and inclusion, which creates a culture of development and opportunity for all. 


       Another important thing for building a good company culture is ensuring that people have the ability to develop relationships within an organization. Working together requires each of us to understand ourselves and the relationships we have in the workplace. Developing communication skills and collaboration skills help us solidify those relationships and ultimately makes our work stronger and more enjoyable. 

      Also, the ability to stay focused and aligned on the company mission is key and critical. That is our north star and at the end of the day that is what we are here for, to deliver on our mission. When employees are aligned to a purpose and are part of a mission they are happier and more likely to succeed.   

  • Leah 94
    over 1 year ago

    What is your advice on what makes a strong cover letter? Should it be in email form in today's market or still an attachment with the resume? 

    What is your advice on what makes a strong cover letter? Should it be in email form in today's market or still an attachment with the resume? 

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      A cover letter should be concise and to the point, but it should showcase what may not always be highlighted in your resume such as your personality, your passions and how you can contribute to the company's purpose and mission. I would always recommend including your cover letter in the body of an email as well as an attachment so that it doesn't get lost as it flows through an organization. 

      A cover letter should be concise and to the point, but it should showcase what may not always be highlighted in your resume such as your personality, your passions and how you can contribute to the company's purpose and mission. I would always recommend including your cover letter in the body of an email as well as an attachment so that it doesn't get lost as it flows through an organization. 

  • Danica
    over 1 year ago

    Hey Janis. I’m a huge fan of Jessica Alba and I think she is a great example of the fact that women should never be afraid to change gears in their life and change careers. What advice do you have for a woman whom is in the middle of her “work life” that decides she wants to change fields?

    Hey Janis. I’m a huge fan of Jessica Alba and I think she is a great example of the fact that women should never be afraid to change gears in their life and change careers. What advice do you have for a woman whom is in the middle of her “work life” that decides she wants to change fields?

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Thank you for this question! I agree that Jessica is a great example that women can take on new challenges at any point. My number one piece of advice is to find a mentor in the field you want to move into. Seek out opportunities to really understand the field and use your network. Mentorship and networking are key, especially when you are looking to make a big change. Remember, it's never too late to do something you are passionate about! 

      Thank you for this question! I agree that Jessica is a great example that women can take on new challenges at any point. My number one piece of advice is to find a mentor in the field you want to move into. Seek out opportunities to really understand the field and use your network. Mentorship and networking are key, especially when you are looking to make a big change. Remember, it's never too late to do something you are passionate about! 

  • Dave
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    What was the biggest difference between transitioning out of Blue Cross and into the Honest Company? Also, what is your advice to brands/companies that base themselves on a mission? Do you seek talent that aligns with the Honest Company's broader mission? 

    What was the biggest difference between transitioning out of Blue Cross and into the Honest Company? Also, what is your advice to brands/companies that base themselves on a mission? Do you seek talent that aligns with the Honest Company's broader mission? 

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Hi Dave! Transitioning from Blue Shield of California to The Honest Company was easy because they are both mission driven companies and they both strongly believe in providing better for you products and services. In regards to talent aligning with our mission, absolutely. It's crucial that talent aligns with the mission. 

      Hi Dave! Transitioning from Blue Shield of California to The Honest Company was easy because they are both mission driven companies and they both strongly believe in providing better for you products and services. In regards to talent aligning with our mission, absolutely. It's crucial that talent aligns with the mission. 

  • alliealliem
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi @Janis Hoyt - as someone who has been in HR for over 20 years, what are your top 3 interview tips for candidates? What are some things/answers that have made lasting impressions on you?

    Hi @Janis Hoyt - as someone who has been in HR for over 20 years, what are your top 3 interview tips for candidates? What are some things/answers that have made lasting impressions on you?

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Such a great question! Here are my top three:


      #1 - A candidate should be able to speak about a challenge or obstacle they have faced, how they approached that challenge, and how they applied their key learnings/take-aways in their profession. It's important that they are not only able to paint a picture of their experiences and specific tasks they drive, but the outcomes of those experiences and any challenges or obstacles they faced along the way. When someone is humble and able to talk about a true challenge or even a failure, it always makes a big impression. 

       #2 - I think it is important that a candidate is able to articulate and showcase their passions. Even if they don't have the specific work experience required, how does their interest and passion for the work really drive them in their professional career. 

       #3 - A candidate should understand the importance of collaboration and the need to continuously learn from others, even if they're 20+ years in their career. We can and must continue to learn from each other and support each other in order to be successful.


      Such a great question! Here are my top three:


      #1 - A candidate should be able to speak about a challenge or obstacle they have faced, how they approached that challenge, and how they applied their key learnings/take-aways in their profession. It's important that they are not only able to paint a picture of their experiences and specific tasks they drive, but the outcomes of those experiences and any challenges or obstacles they faced along the way. When someone is humble and able to talk about a true challenge or even a failure, it always makes a big impression. 

       #2 - I think it is important that a candidate is able to articulate and showcase their passions. Even if they don't have the specific work experience required, how does their interest and passion for the work really drive them in their professional career. 

       #3 - A candidate should understand the importance of collaboration and the need to continuously learn from others, even if they're 20+ years in their career. We can and must continue to learn from each other and support each other in order to be successful.


  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, USA

    Wonderful honor to have you here, @Janis Hoyt ! What are some of the major trends you see emerging in the field of Talent and Culture, that is creating and shaping a "new culture of work"?

    Wonderful honor to have you here, @Janis Hoyt ! What are some of the major trends you see emerging in the field of Talent and Culture, that is creating and shaping a "new culture of work"?

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Hi Tiffany! The first major trend that I see is an increased focus on obtaining organizational flow, which is ensuring that all parts of the business are aligned so that you have enterprise agility. In today's culture, especially in start-up organizations, change happens rapidly in every aspect -- from the types of jobs needed to the skill sets required to be successful in those jobs. That leads me to another major trend which is about being riveted around your talent, which requires driving crucial talent management that focuses on capability, capacity, and culture that will ensure business objectives are being met. 


      Another emerging trend is managing multiple generations in the work place. It's important to understand how to engage people with different modalities and employee experiences. To be an employer of choice, we have found that it's important for us to be transparent across the board, from connecting everyone to the strategy, to the finances, to the challenges we face, all of which helps drive employee engagement and ensures the right talent for the future.   

      Hi Tiffany! The first major trend that I see is an increased focus on obtaining organizational flow, which is ensuring that all parts of the business are aligned so that you have enterprise agility. In today's culture, especially in start-up organizations, change happens rapidly in every aspect -- from the types of jobs needed to the skill sets required to be successful in those jobs. That leads me to another major trend which is about being riveted around your talent, which requires driving crucial talent management that focuses on capability, capacity, and culture that will ensure business objectives are being met. 


      Another emerging trend is managing multiple generations in the work place. It's important to understand how to engage people with different modalities and employee experiences. To be an employer of choice, we have found that it's important for us to be transparent across the board, from connecting everyone to the strategy, to the finances, to the challenges we face, all of which helps drive employee engagement and ensures the right talent for the future.   

  • Maddy Bernstein
    over 1 year ago

    What is it like to work with Jessica Alba? I really look up to her. 

    What is it like to work with Jessica Alba? I really look up to her. 

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Hi Maddy! I also look up to and admire Jessica. It's incredible to work for someone who is as passionate as Jessica. Her drive to start the business came from her desire to help people live healthier, happier lives. Because of her authentic experience, she leads with passion and sets such a great example for all of us. She's actively involved in the day to day, drives business decisions, and spends quality time with employees. She has been an inspirational leader!

      Hi Maddy! I also look up to and admire Jessica. It's incredible to work for someone who is as passionate as Jessica. Her drive to start the business came from her desire to help people live healthier, happier lives. Because of her authentic experience, she leads with passion and sets such a great example for all of us. She's actively involved in the day to day, drives business decisions, and spends quality time with employees. She has been an inspirational leader!

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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi @Janis Hoyt! What is your advice to college students who want to get an internship, especially at The Honest Company? 

    Hi @Janis Hoyt! What is your advice to college students who want to get an internship, especially at The Honest Company? 

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Before applying to an internship meet with your career center to refine your resume, ensuring it highlights your experience, passions, and professional interests. If you don't have the work experience that the internship requires, showcase your relevant experience via passion projects, school projects, extracurricular activities, etc. Don't be afraid to show your personality through your resume and cover letter - at the intern level passion is much more important than experience! 


      Once you have your resume, reach out to the company that you are interested in to determine if they have an internship program, when the internship program is and when they begin accepting applications. The Honest Company's internship program is in the summer and we begin reviewing candidates in February so it's important to reach out well in advance. 

      Before applying to an internship meet with your career center to refine your resume, ensuring it highlights your experience, passions, and professional interests. If you don't have the work experience that the internship requires, showcase your relevant experience via passion projects, school projects, extracurricular activities, etc. Don't be afraid to show your personality through your resume and cover letter - at the intern level passion is much more important than experience! 


      Once you have your resume, reach out to the company that you are interested in to determine if they have an internship program, when the internship program is and when they begin accepting applications. The Honest Company's internship program is in the summer and we begin reviewing candidates in February so it's important to reach out well in advance. 

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    over 1 year ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    You are so so amazing @Janis Hoyt ! If I wanted to transition from being a software engineer to becoming an HR leader, what would be the steps you recommend for me to execute that internal transition?

    You are so so amazing @Janis Hoyt ! If I wanted to transition from being a software engineer to becoming an HR leader, what would be the steps you recommend for me to execute that internal transition?

    • Janis Hoyt
      Janis Hoyt Chief People Officer of The Honest Company
      over 1 year ago

      Hello! Making a career transition can be really scary so I commend you for taking the steps to make it happen! First and foremost, I would reach out to your internal HR department to find out more about that function. By talking to your HR partner and finding a mentor within the field, you can get a good sense of what the role actually entails and make sure it is something you really want to do. Once you understand the role you can determine what skills you currently have that are transferable and what skills you may need to gain. Quite often you may need to take on a lateral or developmental role when changing disciplines within a business. 


       A mentor can also help you determine what discipline within HR you want to pursue, for example do you want to be in compensation, talent acquisition/recruitment, talent management, learning and development, or an HR business partner? Honing in on the specific area will help you determine what skills you may need to acquire. Once you know what skills you need, utilize your mentor to help you figure out how to develop those skills and create opportunity. If you can't find a mentor within your own organization, don't be afraid to reach out to HR professionals in other organizations. I find that people are always happy to help mentor people!  

      Hello! Making a career transition can be really scary so I commend you for taking the steps to make it happen! First and foremost, I would reach out to your internal HR department to find out more about that function. By talking to your HR partner and finding a mentor within the field, you can get a good sense of what the role actually entails and make sure it is something you really want to do. Once you understand the role you can determine what skills you currently have that are transferable and what skills you may need to gain. Quite often you may need to take on a lateral or developmental role when changing disciplines within a business. 


       A mentor can also help you determine what discipline within HR you want to pursue, for example do you want to be in compensation, talent acquisition/recruitment, talent management, learning and development, or an HR business partner? Honing in on the specific area will help you determine what skills you may need to acquire. Once you know what skills you need, utilize your mentor to help you figure out how to develop those skills and create opportunity. If you can't find a mentor within your own organization, don't be afraid to reach out to HR professionals in other organizations. I find that people are always happy to help mentor people!  


Janis Hoyt
Chief People Officer of The Honest Company

Janis Hoyt is the Chief People Officer of The Honest Company, which was launched in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a happy and healthy life. As Chief People Officer, Hoyt oversees all people functions including the HR, Talent Management, Recruiting and Workplace teams. [...]

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