I know HR, the good, the bad, and the ugly

I am an eighteen-year veteran of business specializing in human resources. The incredibly diverse businesses in which I've led span retail, urban revitalization, and digital marketing. I have worked with both large and small companies, well-established and very early-stage start-up. I have experienced both traditional organization structures, large bureaucracies, and very unorthodox organizational structures like self-management.  

What does all of that mean? It means that I've seen a lot of the world of work and I'm ready to disrupt old ways of thinking.

Work should suck a lot less and I have a lot to say about how I think we can change it all which is why I became a public speaker.



Head of People & Culture
Rational Interaction
Employed Nov 2016 – Present
Seattle, Washington

Rational is a new kind of full-service, integrated agency with proven ability to deliver across digital, technical and consulting engagements throughout the enterprise. We are strategically focused, results driven and customer obsessed. Our award-winning digital practice brings clients’ business goals to life through engaging brand experiences that raise awareness, inspire discovery and drive adoption.

Mar 2018 – Present

Time's up for HR hiding behind confidentiality. Let’s change the dialogue. No more excuses. HRuprise is a social movement that began in March 2018. We are determined to disrupt current company culture and HR practices to make sure employees have a workplace they feel safe, valued, and respected.

Incite Innovation Labs
2016 – 2017

Let's face it - the world of work can use some disrupting. And quite frankly, so can most of the way we approach it. The digital age is upon us, employee expectations are changing dramatically and companies are vastly unprepared for what lies ahead. I help companies - and the change agents working inside them - to understand the changing landscape and build effective plans to attract, develop and retain the best talent.

Head of People Operations
Downtown Project
2014 – 2016

Oversaw comprehensive human resources function for Downtown Project and DTP Ventures, including developing, implement and coordinate company-wide human resources strategies for diverse portfolio of businesses. Trained, developed and coached leadership team to maximize success of the organization. Developed organization’s core values, mission statement and organizational strategies, including implementation of self-management. Led integration planning and change management for business acquisitions, sales and ownership-transfers.

Regional HR Manager - Supply Chain
The Home Depot
2011 – 2014
Western Region, US

Oversaw all human resources functions for eight distribution centers, including rapid deployment centers and stocking distribution centers. Responsible for designing network-wide change management strategies including expansion to seven-day operations. Also responsible for regional-level talent management strategies, analyzing business needs, escalated labor relations, leading in a union-free environment, identifying strategic HR priorities, executive development, and senior leadership staffing.

Senior Group Leader, Distribution

Multiple promotions lead to management of operations position for outbound department of one of the network’s highest volume regional distribution centers, servicing more than 70 stores. Direct reports included eight salaried managers and more than 200 hourly employees. Responsible for coaching and developing executive team, ensuring comprehensive performance management, meeting annual budgets, reaching productivity goals, and leading safety program.