If nothing changes, nothing changes.”Unknown
Kendra understands the importance of development and has a strong passion for continuous learning. She loves researching and gaining new knowledge, often jesting that she never progressed out of the “curiosity stage” in life. This dynamic enthusiasm is evident in the training sessions she facilitates and in her interactions with colleagues and members.
Kendra’s background includes human resources management, training and development, and labor/employee relations in manufacturing and nonmanufacturing environments. Her experience includes nearly 20 years in union avoidance strategies, with particular strength in employee relations for unions and nonunion workgroups. She is skilled and experienced in training and development as well as in design/implementation of policies and procedures.
- Achieved certifications as a DDI trainer (Development Dimensions International), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), and Life/Career Coach.
- Developed and implemented a Human Resources Development Plan and Integrated Business Plan for multiple site and region integration, including human resource strategy, change management, staffing, inclusion, leadership, and functional ownership.
- Established staffing and training programs that decreased overtime by minimum 30 percent, increased recruiting placement by 75 percent, and improved retention rate by at least five percent.
Kendra received a master’s degree in human resources development and a bachelor’s of science degree from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
Professional and Community Activities
Kendra is the vice president of the board of directors for a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities. She has also served as a board member with a local chapter of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management). An adjunct instructor for St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Kendra also volunteers time to conduct workshops for a nonprofit organization’s Employee Work Transition Program.