Human Comes Before Resources (Tom O'Brien)

Episode # 36

Jan 24, 2024

Through a decades-long career and “Hero’s Journey,” Tom O’Brien has learned that human precedes resources for good reason. He shares with us what he’s learned in leading thousands of people, emphasizing a heart-centered approach to human connection.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Tom O'Brien has built a long career in the field of human resources, currently serving as the VP of Human Resources at Trinchero Family Estates, a winery in Napa, California.

“ You got to lead from the heart. You got to lead from caring about others. ”

Tom O'Brien
Tom O'Brien

Tom O'Brien has built a long career in the field of human resources, currently serving as the VP of Human Resources at Trinchero Family Estates, a winery in Napa, California. 

Prior to Trinchero, Tom served as the Managing Partner at O'Brien Partners and held senior positions at Constellation Brands and Constellation Wines, leading the global HR function and playing a crucial role in transforming the company. Tom also served as the SVP of HR at Barton Incorporated, a beer importer and spirits manufacturer. Additionally, he has held HR leadership roles at Rexam Beverage Can America, The Clorox Company, Nestle Beverage Company, Nestle USA, and Nestle Foods. 

Tom O'Brien holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Sharon Richmond

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy, and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

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  • Guest: Tom O'Brien
  • Host: Sharon Richmond
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Assembled by: Andrew Chapman
  • Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
  • Making our host sound great: Home Brew Audio

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