Carmen McKellips

Carmen McKellips

Recruiting Business Partner
Unfamiliarity provides opportunities for growth.

Carmen has always wanted to work with people—and what better place to do so than here at MRA? She enjoys building connections and fostering trusting relationships with candidates and managers alike. Creating environments for safe and inclusive dialogue is essential within the HR field. Carmen also enjoys process improvement and supporting individuals through their career development journey. Community engagement, spending time in nature, and traveling all fill up her cup!


Carmen has several years of experience in talent acquisition, focusing primarily on recruitment in various areas. She enjoys supporting candidates throughout this process and pairing individuals with opportunities aligned with their knowledge, skills, and abilities. To successfully support MRA’s members throughout the recruiting and hiring processes, Carmen takes the time to hear their needs and the candidates’. Carmen has a strong passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and advocates for equitable hiring practices.

Key Accomplishments

  • AIRS – Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter (CDR)
  • Society of Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Elemental Rhythm Breathwork Facilitator Certified


Carmen earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from UW-Milwaukee in Wisconsin. She also completed her master’s degree in human resources and labor relations, also from UW-Milwaukee, in spring 2023. This includes a graduate-level certification in Organizational Leadership within Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Professional and Community Activities

  • Active participant within MRA’s iLEAD program, focusing on pivotal DEI conversations, community engagement, and intentional follow-up
  • Member of the SHRM – Metro Milwaukee Chapter
  • Volunteered internationally in Chiang Rai, Thailand for 5 weeks, assisting with community needs
  • Studied abroad at Maynooth University in Ireland with a focus on economics and management in international environments