Kathleen Kelley

Kathleen Kelley

Senior HR Leader

Work experience

Work experience
Jul 2005 - Present

HR/OE Consultant

HR Consulting

Working with HR and business executives to establish strong HR practices for their businesses (long term assignments include Chevron, Oil States, Total Safety and Visual Comfort)

  • Providing Change Management strategy and support including stakeholder management and organizational capabilities readiness for global projects designing and implementation transformational technology
  • Established robust HR reporting and benefit coverage verification that resulted in annual savings of over $40,000 in administration costs/payroll under deductions
  • Established HR best practices and streamlined HR processes reducing new hire and payroll errors
  • Managed benefit renewal to ensure maximum benefits and employee communication
  • Developed Employee Policy Manual that aligned employee policy, procedures, and practices with Corporate strategy
May 2007 - May 2008

Vice President, Human Resources

ION Geophysical

Responsible for the corporate Human Resource function for $750,000,000 seismic equipment manufacturing/data processing company with 1500+ employees in 10 countries.

  • Moved HR department from a domestically focused, transactional HR team to a globally focused strategic HR partner resulting in the first global HR support for ION
  • Established HR dashboard reporting including staffing levels to plan, turnover by level, recruiting time to fill and cost, and succession plan readiness to provide real data for better decisions.
  • Designed compensation philosophy providing the right mix of base, bonus and equity to drive the appropriate focus of the employee/executive
  • Established corporate HR support for international benefits, recruiting and HR practices for the first time.
Sep 2005 - Mar 2008

Director Mayor White's Flexible Workplace Initiative

City of Houston

Responsible forchanging the way Houston works” by influencing CEO’s across the Houston area to establish/expand flexible work options resulting in measurable improvements in productivity and Houston’s mobility.

  • Removed 906 hours a day off Houston freeways with an estimated $16,800,000 annual user cost savings with Flex in the City when over 140 Houston area employers eliminated additional peak-time commutes through teleworking; compressed workweeks; and/or shifting commutes to before or after peak-commute hours
  • Improved productivity through flexible work options as evidenced with 96% of participants reporting their productivity levels to be the same or higher on the flexible work options and with over 50% of participants continuing the flexible work option initiated as a result of Flex in the City
May 2004 - May 2005

Vice President Human Resources

Garden Ridge

Responsible for leading Human Resources for a 35-store big box retailer with up to 4,700 employees in 13 states.

  • Developed HR strategy for company to successfully emerge from bankruptcy while maintaining executive credibility and employee productivity
  • Established performance management and incentive bonus system to enhance EBITDA
  • Reduced new and resolved old EEOC complaints and maintained non-union status
  • Revised Payroll/HR System, benefits package, 401k, and policies (PTO and wellness) to retain employees by meeting employee needs at reduced costs
Aug 2000 - Feb 2004

Director Organization Development

Reliant Energy

Responsible for ensuring organization readiness and skill effectiveness for Reliant Energy Retail Group formed with energy deregulation.

  • Measurably improved team dynamics and morale while preventing potential turnover through interventions using individual & group 360, Myers Briggs, team interviews and executive coaching
  • Identified critical competencies and business processes used to ensure success of Retail group
  • Led team of 20+ professionals who trained 27,000+ participants in one year resulting in new employees outperforming existing employees in their first week after training
  • Established eLearning training options with skill verification to improve call center call handling time while reducing time away from the phones
Apr 1997 - Aug 2000

Manager Employee and Organization Development


Responsible for consulting with Sr. Management on organizational effectiveness and providing developmental opportunities and interventions designed to increase productivity.

  • Established business unit’s OD and training department as the primary for all Enron divisions
  • Doubled employee development opportunities with 2/3rds reduced staff and budget
  • Identified change management requirements, conducted functional integration testing and provided onsite support for SAP HR implementation
Sep 1995 - Apr 1997

Organization and Employee Development Manager

Houston Cellular

Responsible for establishing the learning resource department and ensuring organizational, managerial, and employee effectiveness.

  • Defined 24 progressive leveled competencies to determine developmental needs and career paths
  • Facilitated continuous improvement initiative resulting in the implementation of 20 “quick fixes” and 6 process improvements within 3 months
  • Created supervisory training course in a game format that emphasized the company’s core values while discovering basic supervisory skills