VP, Human Resource
My undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Iowa and my master’s is in human resources/Industrial Relations from Loyola University in Chicago. I began my work life as an auditor with an accounting firm. I was asked to assist them in their recruiting efforts and after one recruiting season, they felt I had the skills they were looking for and asked if I would stay in HR and build my career there, first in recruiting, then training, then in the scheduling function. I left public accounting and joined a national real estate development/management firm, with properties located in over 15 cities in US and Canada. I was their first professional HR executive, and I had the opportunity to create and mature a sophisticated HR service delivery model with them. I then joined a global financial services and real estate firm. I oversaw the daily HR issues in the Americas and helped develop several key programs in the talent management, HRIS, employee relations and staffing areas. In addition, I was a part of several mergers they completed, from the due diligence phase to the cultural integration stages. Next, I became the Vice President of Human Resources for a major casino/hospitality company in Las Vegas. Most recently, I joined a family-owned agricultural company in the NW. I also have taught at several graduate level programs, including courses at Benedictine University and Keller Graduate School of Business. All these experiences have helped shape me as a professional and provided the skills needed to be an effective career coach and podcaster.