Employee Engagement and Development Director
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As the first Employee Engagement and Development Director at The Improve Group, James is excited to further develop human resources functions at the organization with a focus on employee performance and inclusion. James applies his deep and varied human resources experience to promote growth of employees in various ways. His areas of focus include leadership coaching, incorporating diversity and inclusion, people and talent management, and employee relations.

Brings to the Team

  • Skills in coaching employees and leaders
  • Experience facilitating and presenting to groups
  • A human resources career that has spanned industries including healthcare, technology, and entertainment
  • Expertise in performance management, legal compliance, and succession planning

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Employee Engagement and Development Director (2018-present)
  • Regions Hospital, Human Resources Business Partner (2017)
  • Mayo Clinic, Senior Human Resources Advisor (2011-2017)
  • Comcast Cable Company, Senior Manager, Human Resources (2003-2010)
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Senior Human Resources Generalist (2002-2003)
  • Trusight Consulting, Senior Human Resources Consultant (1998-2001)

Education

  • Master of Arts in Human Resources Management, Concordia University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Saint Cloud St. University
  • Senior Certified Professional, Society for Human Resources Management

Brings to the Community

James has a passion for working with youth through coaching and mentoring, for example as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also is involved in various organizations committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the National Association of African American Human Resource Professionals and the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. In addition to his work at The Improve Group, James serves as an adjunct instructor at Saint Mary’s University, where he develops and teaches courses in human resources.

Beyond the Bio

James enjoys relaxing through playing golf, coaching basketball, dining out, and just having a good time.