Sri Lanka is deemed as one of the
most iconic islands in the world, with scenic locations of natural beauty,
cultural heritage, and social orientation that hinges on a tradition of care
and empathy, and warm hospitality and friendly nature.
With a history dating back to
thousands of years, Sri Lanka, has given rise to some of the well reputed
personalities in the world, and continues to produce exceptional personalities,
Here is an introduction to an unique,
young, and dynamic character, who is a talking beauty with brains and a talent
to new dimension.
A sparkling and enthusiastic person
by comportment, Thilesha Atapattu is a freelance event compere, an
award-winning speaker and an HR Practitioner by profession born and raised in
Sri Lanka having done her Journalism Studies and Bachelor’s in Human Resource
Management and reading for her postgraduate in Labour Law and Industrial
Many renowned brands in Sri Lanka
have made Thilesha their preferred choice for their most important events like
Business Conferences, Product Launches, Award Ceremonies etc. She has won the
Best Speaker award in a competition for Public Speaking in 2018 and has been
the Best Announcer in many other competitions. In 2016, she became the
All-Island winner of her Executive Diploma in HRM with an exceptional record
for the presentation delivered. She also has certifications in Dynamic and
Global Aspects of Business Strategy Management as well as in Recruitment and
Appraisal Management obtained from GIBS and Jaipuria School of Business India
She believes, ‘we have all the
resources we will ever need, within us.’ Her vision is to inspire and help
millions of people around the world, making a positive difference in their lives
with wisdom and joy. This vision transformed her from a Corporate Speaker to a
Public Speaking Coach to an HR Professional.
Thilesha comes with more than 5 years
of corporate experience, leading through human resource management roles and
responsibilities. She started her career at Aqua Holdings as a Payroll Officer and
later joined Gold Coin Feed Mills Sri Lanka where she made most of her career. Having
started on her career path with Gold Coin, Thilesha put her experience and
knowledge to practice by becoming an HR Generalist.
Over her service, she has helped
shape the company's core employee programs first as Assistant, People
Relations. Her outstanding performances compared to her age excelled her
position at Gold Coin, and within her second year of employment she was
promoted to the managerial level making her the youngest manager in the group.
Some of the highlights of her time in
this role include improving employee engagement, HR's response time and service
quality, as well as successfully shepherding the company through a period of
It was her initiative to design and implement
a Rewards and Recognition Program at the Company which led to greater employee
engagement. It was also her initiative to re-create Job Descriptions of all
level employees which satisfy the requirements of ISO certifications. To this
end, she overhauled the approach to recruitment, the association model, and
cultivated partnerships between the company and employee organizations,
maintaining union-free status.
Currently she is working in the
capacity of Assistant Manager - Human Resources. On top of that, she is an
Internal Coach for Presentation Skills, and the leader for Employee Career
Paths. She has a good understanding of local labour laws and regulations as a
practitioner who deals with legal compliances. She has been recognized as the
Best Value Practiced Employee of the workplace as well.
In a nutshell, Thilesha is a given
example of work-life balance. She discovered her true passion and love for
entertainment and emceeing while pursuing her career in HR and she works with
professionals who are in leadership roles in public education and are looking
to understand the strategies they can employ to balance themselves between
their personal life and their work life so that they can be more effective in
their leadership role.
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