Southern Weaving, LLC’s VP of Human Resources, Robyn Knox, spoke at the 2017 Conference Series for the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of Furman earlier this week. The conference was titled “Reflection, Transformation, and Self.” Knox’s speech was aptly based on her own career experiences, including her nine-year tenure at Southern Weaving, LLC.
In Knox’s speech, she stated her belief that “no experience you have is ever wasted.” She explained how after a former position was eliminated, she was confronted with the question of where her career should go. Multiple needs and skills assessments spelled it out clearly: Knox was meant for human resources (HR).
What’s Best for the Employees is What’s Best for the Business
“I learned early on in my career that what’s best for the employees is what’s best for the business,” Knox shared. Using the same advice that she advocates for others, Knox “wrote her own job description,” and took on responsibilities outside of the typical scope of an HR professional. In 2002, she earned the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Knox advises all employees to use their individual strengths and passions to guide their careers. For example, when an employee suggested starting a flag football league, Knox invited him to participate as a planning member of Southern Weaving, LLC’s award-winning wellness program.
Recruiting the Best and Brightest Talent
Knox’s goal for Southern Weaving, LLC is to be the textile employer of choice in the Upstate by their 100th Anniversary (in 2024) so that they can recruit the best and brightest talent. In order to guide Southern Weaving, LLC toward that goal, she has worked to form strategic partnerships with other area organizations such as SC Works, Greenville Technical College, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Greenville Chamber and the Greenville Area Development Corporation.
“I found a home at Southern Weaving, LLC,” Knox revealed in her closing remarks, “and it’s one that has given me the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the employees.”
Southern Weaving, LLC has worked with Furman University for professional development for a number of years. Knox is a graduate of the 2015 inaugural class of the WLI. She also served on the search committee for the Director of Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development. In recent years, several key personnel at Southern Weaving, LLC have earned postgraduate diplomas in Corporate Sustainability at Furman.
Founded in Greenville, SC in 1924, Southern Weaving, LLC is an innovative leader in the textile and narrow fabrics industries. Southern Weaving, LLC’s high tensile-strength webbing is regarded as the industry standard, especially when safety, durability and uncompromising performance is required.