Rosalee Hermens
Rosalee Hermens CIO True Value Hardware

Now commuting to Chicago to help True Value design and build technology for its future, Rosalee may have found the dream job she described to us shortly before the call came from the Midwest.

Grew up:

the only daughter, with three brothers, the descendent of pioneers in Oregon

Now live in:

a restored Victorian in Newton

Current profession/title/company:

CIO, True Value Hardware

When I was 21, I thought my profession/job would be:

a lawyer or something in healthcare

My dream job would be:

transforming companies through technology

My nightmare job would be:

having to do the same thing over and over and over

Role models:

I’ve been fortunate to have had a handful of really terrific managers in my career, and I’ve learned different skills and behaviors from each of them.


My most influential mentor was a woman college professor who saw more in me than I saw in myself, and who gave me opportunities that challenged and stretched me. And when I was at DEC, I had a male colleague in Europe to whom I often turned with questions. His advice still guides me.

Best 3 books read in the last year (OK, 5 books):

  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – yes, I’m late getting to it!
  2. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell – a collection of essays Gladwell wrote for The New Yorker, many about the way people think and how they draw conclusions
  3. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina – when I read this, I felt good about the fact that I could never listen to books on tape and drive at the same time!
  4. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas G. Brinkley – about Roosevelt’s contribution to understanding and preserving nature
  5. and I’m re-reading a 2-volume history of the development of Portland, Oregon – Portland was established by people from Portland, Maine and Boston, and they flipped a coin to determine the name for the new town.  It’s astounding how crooked and corrupt most of the founders were!

Favorite sound:


Least favorite sound:

this morning, it’s my printer repeatedly jamming

My Boston Club moment:

I met with Toni Wolfman to talk about getting on boards, and she suggested I serve on a nonprofit board. I was already on our NonProfit Board Committee which was chaired by Kit Williams at the time. Joanne Handy, the committee’s Vice Chair, was just starting a search for The Forsyth Institute. I applied, was elected, and have been on the board ever since. I now chair its Finance Committee.