“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person … is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doing what is right is what drives Abby’s efforts to help leaders analyze problems and devise practical solutions that improve individual and corporate life. While she takes her work seriously, she also understands the value of humor for defusing the anger and fear that can arise when people confront change in the status quo. With over two decades of human resources experience, her down-to-earth style and approachable personality helps relax and refocus the mind on what is at stake and how best to meet the challenge.
Abby has over 20 years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings within health care, education, agriculture, and service industries. She has worked in a variety of HR roles, including assistant director, senior business partner, and regional manager. Abby also has provided HR and organization development training for 8 years as a faculty member.
- Managed employee relations, in union and non-union environments, for a company with 45 locations across 17 states. This included consulting, advising, coaching, and guiding leaders to ensure appropriate handling of employee and labor relations issues, development and application of policies and procedures, legal compliance, employee complaint resolution, performance management, and strategic alignment.
- Built affirmative action programs and participated in strategic initiatives to encourage diversity and inclusion. Cochaired inclusion and diversity committees, and created quarterly audits, training materials, and communications to ensure the effectiveness of affirmative action programs.
- Pioneered the realignment and centralization of human resources programs from 35+ separate national locations to support strategic business initiatives.
Abby has a Master of Arts degree in organizational development from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University, of Minnesota in Minneapolis.