Top 50 Under 40 Natalie Rhoderick

This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.


Natalie Rhoderick, 25
HR Director
A2LA
5202 Presidents Court,
Suite 220, Frederick
a2la.org

Natalie's career has been filled with a passion for people and helping others. Whether it was her four HR internships in college, her current role as an HR Director, or her volunteerism as the Membership Director with Frederick County SHRM, she has always found her way back to supporting people. She looks forward to continuing to use her passion for helping others for the rest of her professional career and life.

What has been your greatest professional accomplishment? 

My greatest professional accomplishment is serving in the role I am in today. At just 23 years old, I was given the opportunity to serve as the Head of HR at A2LA. My organization trusted me with its people strategy during the height of the pandemic.

Name one award you are most proud to have received.

I was chosen to be the 2017 Towson University commencement speaker. This gave the opportunity to share my story with my peers in hopes that I would inspire them. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/natalie-rhoderick-shrm-cp_gotigers-tuproud-activity-6511208776396259328-l9B4

What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement? What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?

I sit on the Board as the Membership Director for Frederick County SHRM. In this role, I am responsible for attracting and retaining members. FCSHRM connects local HR professionals, allows them to network, gain professional development, and give back to our community.

During my time at A2LA, I launched our volunteer program. This program connects employees to local volunteer opportunities. We have volunteered at Blessings In A Backpack, Community Living, and Frederick Rescue Mission.

What was your first job?

Working at Jumbos Pumpkin Patch; First Professional Job, HR Generalist

Who is your greatest influence?

Danielle Paul & Diana Elias - I could not pick just one person because both of these women have shown me what true leadership looks like. They are extremely hard working, empathetic, and bold women that have believed in me even when I did not believe in myself. If they did not believe in me and trust me, I would not be in the role I am in today.

What do you like to do for fun in Frederick County?

I love to hangout downtown - there is something so charming about it!

What leadership book would you recommend and why?

I am more of a podcast person - I would recommend the All Hands podcast with Katelin Holloway. Katelin sits down and talks with CEOs, founders, and a wide range of People leaders about how being a "people-first" company isn’t just good for people — it’s good for business, too.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?

Empathy; my ability to understand what others are going through has allowed me to develop relationships beyond surface level. Empathy has made me approachable, a strong listener, and a sound person for advice which has allowed me to build stronger relationships with employees and other leaders.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to see myself serving in a role that continues to allow me to support both my business and its people. On a personal note, I hope to start a family with my wonderful hubby!