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Next Up Columbus 2021: Brittany Marcellino

Brittany Marcellino
Brittany Marcellino

Photo by Matt Reese / CityPulse Columbus

Interview by Derek Grosso

Name: Brittany Marcellino
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Age: 33
Profession: Human Resources Manager, AXIA Consulting and President Elect for the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO)
Neighborhood: Bexley
Education: BA Integrated Strategic Communications, MA Communications, SHRM-SCP Certified (Senior Certified Professional), and PHR Certified (Professional in Human Resources)
Personal quote: “Approach every challenge with a positive attitude.”
Connect: LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook

Brittany Marcellino obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and graduate degree from the University of Dayton. After graduating, she moved to Chicago and began a career in marketing at AEP. While at AEP, she found that she was passionate about Human Resources, and took steps to transition into that field. Her first foray into Human Resources was with DRW Trading, a proprietary trading firm in Chicago. During her time with DRW, Brittany worked on the human resources team and eventually led their global campus recruiting program. After 5 years in Chicago, she moved to Columbus and joined Abercrombie and Fitch’s human resources team. She eventually joined AXIA Consulting, an IT systems implementation company, and now manages their internal human resources. “I love my job, my coworkers and feel very blessed to work for such a great company like AXIA,” Brittany said.

Fortunately, AXIA has supported her personal growth and Brittany also currently serves as President Elect for the Human Resources Association Central Ohio (HRACO). “I am extremely passionate about connecting and engaging HR professionals together in the Central Ohio community,” she proclaimed.

What gets you up in the morning and what keeps you going through the workweek?
Coffee, family, friends, the Butcher Shop (fitness classes, not meat 😊), the people I work with at AXIA and HRACO!

What advice or mentors have helped guide you along the way?
I have been so blessed to have truly amazing mentors who have given me career advice and life advice. I would be no where without the people that have helped me along the way and continue to help me grow as a professional. The recurring theme of the advice they have provided me is to find something you are passionate about and pursue it. Taking this advice has gotten me to where I am today.

What do you do or where do you go to unwind?
I exercise and teach classes at the Butcher Shop, and take a walk with my family, Sam (husband), Walter (dog) and Francesca (daughter).

What are a few of your favorite local spots in Columbus?
I love to eat! Tacos from Local Cantina, Kitties in Bexley, brunch at Lindey’s, and ice cream from Johnson’s are a few of my favorites!

When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
A teacher (like my mom)!

What books or podcasts are you reading/listening to right now?
I am in between a few books but currently reading The Pyramid Principle.

What does it mean to you to be chosen for the Next Up Columbus award?
I am extremely humbled and honored to be among the group selected for the Next Up Columbus award. Columbus is full of such talented individuals, and I feel very blessed to be chosen for this award.

If someone were to ask you what the “pulse” of Columbus is, what would you tell them?
I love Columbus and am so proud to call it home. The “pulse” of Columbus is its people. The people are what make this vibrant, growing and fun city such a pleasure to live and work in!


The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus. The Columbus Young Professionals Club would like to offer special thanks to our 2021 co-presenters, Discover Financial, Future Possibilities and Zipline Logistics for their support of this awards program. Meet the entire “Class of 2021” »

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