Women's History Month: Meet Human Resources Rock Star Toni Thomas-Stacey
Women’s History Month: Meet Human Resources Rock Star Toni Thomas-Stacey
Toni Thomas-Stacey's team is the official MIA welcome wagon for new employees. This week, we're going behind the scenes and learning a little about how she and her role in Human Resources have evolved within the last year.
- What do you do at MIA?
I’m the Aviation Division Director for Human Resources.
- What’s your favorite memory from working at MIA?
My first Christmas holiday season at MIA, which was in 2019. I assisted with preparations for the Human Resources Christmas celebration, and it warmed my heart to see how close the working relationships were with management and staff at MIA.
- How has your job evolved in the past year?
Regrettably, shortly after joining the MIA family, the pandemic struck the entire world. Because of that, I not only had to perform my assigned duties as the Division Director of Human Resources, but I also became the contact person for all matters pertaining to COVID-19; the COVID-19 “Guru.” In this newly assumed role, I felt it was my duty to seek as much knowledge and facts about this unknown virus to ensure that my staff was well-versed and adhering to the ever-changing policies and procedures that were being implemented by Miami-Dade County.
- Tell us something that people may not know about you.
Most people are surprised to find out that I was born, raised, and educated in Miami-Dade County.
- Have you picked up any interesting hobbies this past year?
Due to the stress and having to work seven days a week to address COVID-19 related matters, I find myself listening to “Oldie Goldie” R&B/soul music like Sam Cooke, The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, etc., to relax and remind myself of better times and awesome music.
- What’s something that you’ve recently learned about yourself?
I am at a loss on this question. The only thing that comes to mind is that due to me working long hours seven days a week, including holidays, I now appreciate the importance of vacations and taking time for yourself and love ones.