Advisor Spotlight: HR advisor Hanna Kontinen

Have you ever thought about becoming an HR advisor? Read Hanna Kontinen’s story of how she became an advisor – and why you should follow her lead and embark on your own HR Advisor journey on Prönö.

As an advisor, Hanna Kontinen is an expert in the field of People Operations. With over a decade of experience in these areas, she has an impressive track record of successfully building the People Operations function from scratch multiple times. Her experience in scaling processes makes her a valuable asset for startups and scaleups looking to optimize their people-related operations.

Currently, Hanna is the Head of Talent and Culture at Brella, where she leads and develops the company’s People Operations function. In addition, she runs her own company that specializes in providing support in people-related challenges and also works as an advisor via Prönö.

Passion for Helping Companies & Startups Scale

Startups and entrepreneurs face unique challenges when it comes to managing their people and scaling their operations. Hanna understands these challenges and is passionate about helping startups and scaleups succeed.

With over a decade of experience in People Operations, Hanna has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to offer. 

” I’ve had Advisor-sessions with many early-stage growth companies on their people- and growth-related challenges,” she explains. “I always try to pass my learnings forward and give concrete, real-life examples to help them grow in a sustainable and mission-driven way. ”

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, having access to a reliable HR professional like Hanna is an invaluable resource for startups and entrepreneurs. Hanna brings her outside perspective and expertise to the table, asking the right questions and providing valuable insights. Her clients have given her excellent feedback on the advisory sessions on the Prönö platform

With her extensive experience and passion for helping others, Hanna is the ideal advisor for startups and scaleups looking to optimize their people-related operations. She can provide valuable insights and guidance to help take your business to the next level – with practical advice and concrete examples instead of vague and high-level answers.

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3 Top reasons why Hanna wanted to become an Advisor

We asked Hanna about the main reasons she wanted to start advisory work. Here is her top 3:

🔵 Sharing my Knowledge as an Advisor

I feel that I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience in the past 10+ years working in the HR field and it would be a shame not to pass those learnings forward. 

🔵 Making HR Accessible to Every Company

I understand that many small and growing businesses may not require a dedicated in-house Human Resources professional at this stage, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t benefit from occasional support in this area. By offering advisory services, we can make expertise in people operations accessible to all organizations, regardless of their budget.

🔵 Better companies one by one

I am driven by the desire to make a positive impact on the work lives of individuals and organizations. I believe that by sharing my knowledge and expertise, I can support early-stage companies in building a strong foundation for growth and development. By providing guidance and best practices during this critical phase, we can pave the way for long-term success rather than trying to make changes later on when it may be more challenging. Through this type of thought leadership and advisory work, I aim to make a meaningful difference, one company at a time.

Are you ready to become an advisor too?

Hanna Kontinen wants to encourage professionals to think of becoming an advisor. She believes that anyone with a strong background and an interest in helping others can be an advisor. “I think anyone with a relevant background and an interest in helping others can be an advisor! It’s always beneficial to have as many options as possible, ranging from juniors to seniors and diverse backgrounds. More diversity means more valuable approaches.”

Hanna admits that she had a limited idea of what an advisor should be like before she started as one. She thought that advisors should have certain characteristics and qualifications, such as experience of working on boards and at least a seniority level on their title. But now she has realised that there is not just one right way to be an advisor or one right type of advisor.

Hanna advises professionals who are considering becoming an advisor to be brave and not to be afraid of not knowing everything. “You don’t need to know everything about everything. Not even about your own field. But it’s important to be aware of your own expertise and strengths. I only spare about topics I manage well.

Become an advisor, today!

If you are considering becoming an advisor, the Prönö platform is one place to start that. It is free to register, and provides a platform for advisors to showcase their expertise and connect with interesting companies and also earn while advising. The Prönö platform is user-friendly and easy to use, making it simple for companies to find the right advisor for their specific needs.


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