Ellen Warden is a high-energy strategic thinker with extensive experience leading and transforming HR management in private sector enterprises. She has diverse industry experience, having led the HR function in professional services, manufacturing, R&D, distribution and retailing organizations for 22 years. Ellen has worked in fast-growing startups with as few as 20 employees, up to mature organizations with a workforce of 10,000.

WorkPlace Synergy clients include manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retailing, professional services and non-profit organizations. These companies benefit from her broad hands-on experience as an HR Generalist and her demonstrated expertise in integrating HR with other business functions to achieve maximum competitive advantage.

Ellen has been certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a designation held by only 5% of HR professionals in the US. Qualification for the designation is based on years of experience, and certification testing on topics covering strategic management, workforce planning, HR development, compensation and benefits, labor relations, risk management and training

Among her many skills, Ellen is especially effective at:

  • Translating business strategies into HR plans and control systems

  • Designing benefits and compensation programs to drive continuous improvement

  • Implementing best management practices to comply with regulatory mandates and reduce legal exposure

  • Developing recruiting, retention and workforce improvement programs

  • Enhancing internal communications to drive and support change initiatives

Her corporate experience includes HR leadership positions with:

  • Macy's- The national department store chain and internet retailer

  • Mikart- A leading contract pharmaceutical manufacturer and R&D laboratory

  • Carlson Solutions- Architecture, engineering and construction management firm with offices nationwide

  • MA&A Group- Information technology consultants and project managers

She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (national and SHRM-Atlanta), is on the Board of Advisors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and is a contributor to the American Management Association's online magazine, AMA Management Update. She is also an advisor and mentor at the Crossroads Career Network, a faith-based career counseling network. 

Ellen is also a featured contributor to The Business Of Valuation newsletter, a quarterly publication of Borrowman Baker LLC, a leading consulting firm specializing in recruiting for the Business Valuation and Litigation Support industries.

Ellen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a BS in Industrial Sociology.

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