Kim Conklin

Kim Conklin…

Has over three decades of global, HR leadership experience, working for:

  • Sensus
  • BP
  • General Electric
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Welch Foods
  • LORD Corporation

…and in serving on the adjunct faculty of:

  • Mercyhurst College
  • Gannon University

She has a wide array of professional certifications, including:

  • ChangeWise: Leadership Agility 360 Assessment (2014)
  • iPEC: Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) (2013)
  • iPEC: Certified Professional Coach (2013)
  • Paradigm Personality Labs: Workplace Performance 360° (2012)
  • Paradigm Personality Labs: Workplace Big Five Profile (2012)
  • Center for Creative Leadership: 360° Assessment Certification (2012)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Certified Purchaser (Since 1996)
  • Zenger-Miller: Certified Master Instructor (1996); Certified Instructor (1994)
  • Development Dimensions International (DDI): Certified Instructor (1990)

…and has achieved two levels of mastery for Six Sigma business management strategy:

  • Black Belt Certification (2003)
  • Green Belt Certification (1998)

She has degrees from:

  • Pennsylvania State University, MBA (1993)
  • Mercyhurst College, BA in Organizational Resource Management/Business Administration (1989)

Kim is actively involved in the professional community:

  • Board of Trustees, Follow The Child Montessori School, Personnel Committee Chair (2012–2018)
  • Member, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Raleigh-Durham Chapter
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Raleigh Wake HR Management Association (RWHRMA)
  • International Coach Federation

Passion

I have long had the passion and have refined the expertise to assess organizations, their cultures, HR functions and HR processes. In doing so, I enjoy providing advice and counsel to executive leaders to implement solutions aligned with business need and to assess, recruit, retain and upgrade the talent needed to deliver those solutions.

As a result of extensive work experience, specialized training and formal education, I possess a unique perspective that combines business acumen with an understanding of team dynamics and ability to provide objective talent assessments. I have the ability to assess key strengths and development needs of executives, enabling me to coach executive leaders effectively so they can make the right organizational and talent decisions.

My empathetic, straightforward approach to both facilitation and coaching enables my clients to work through difficult business and talent situations, where they receive advice and counsel in a confidential and supportive manner.

This work has been consistently effective because I…

  • Invest the time and energy to learn about your industry and your specific business
  • Use only practical, not academic, examples as guidance
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality, so our discussions can be frank and productive
  • Ask key questions to understand your specific challenges
  • Listen, listen, listen
  • Keep a sense of humor

These same skills enable me to facilitate groups of employees who are experiencing everything from higher levels of tension to outright conflict. When organizations become dysfunctional, when employees are feuding or otherwise obstructing each other’s best efforts, I am able to expose the misunderstandings or resentments and resolve the situations because my approach is organized, practical, non-threatening and frequently entertaining.

Testimonials

Kim was an integral member of our Executive Team for approximately six months, in which time the company was sold to an India-based global agrochemicals firm. She was a core member of our Global Integration team, focused on HR Function deliverables. These efforts included Compensation design initiatives, such as Retention, Incentive, and Severance as well as mapping and recommendation of core HR processes. She also provided ongoing HR Leadership to execute the company’s annual Talent Management, Performance Management and Compensation Planning processes. Kim stepped into an unstructured, decentralized global HR function. She rapidly organized the team, improved the credibility of the HR function in the organization, and mentored the HR organization for improvement.

Mark Gibbens
Chief Financial Officer
Arysta LifeScience


Kim provided Executive HR leadership to Materia for approximately one year. In that time, she conducted a comprehensive Organization and HR Assessment. Based on this assessment, she implemented core HR processes, including performance management, incentive compensation plans, and a market-based compensation job-banding structure. She also partnered with me to realign the organization structure, establishing focused Commercial, Technology, and Operations functions along with upgrading talent in key executive leadership positions. We maintained a cohesive partnership in which I trusted her expertise, insights and pragmatic approach.

Nitin Apte
President and CEO
Materia, Inc.


Kim functioned as the interim Chief Human Resources Officer of our company for ten months. During that time, she successfully positioned Human Resources as a strategic function within the organization. She was instrumental in designing and leading many of our organization-wide change initiatives, including performance management, organization design, reward programs, and employee communication initiatives. Her efforts have laid the foundation for continued organization growth and talent development. I relied on her sound judgment and advice on many topics.

David Davis
Chief Executive Officer
CNG Holdings, Inc


Kim has provided excellent support to our company in the US during the course of 2017 assisting us in a period of transition within both the business and the HR function. Kim is very client focused, providing timely and informed advice. She works quickly and accurately, being able to get to the heart of issues, devise pragmatic actions, engage stakeholders, and work to positive outcomes. I would be happy to work with Kim again, whether that is at the strategic change level or in relation to individual case work.

Francis Bird
Group HR Director
Low & Bonar PLC


Kim is a talented, experienced global HR executive and has a rare ability to learn a business quickly and apply the right solutions. As an interim global HR consultant, she identified key priorities, worked collaboratively across functions, and put the fundamentals in place. With organizational design, she has an ability to dive thoughtfully into the details and then lay out an overall plan that is simplified, effective, and actionable.

Jean Vernor
President
Global Education Industry


Kim’s expertise in talent management is invaluable for business leaders who want to produce exceptional results. She is a strong partner — takes it upon herself to truly understand what the business wants to accomplish. Kim is among the best HR professionals I’ve worked with in my 20+ year experience with Fortune 100 companies.

Cathy Haffner
Former Vice President and General Manager
GE Capital


As a business leader, I appreciated Kim's courage and tenacity to challenge the status quo. Working as a business partner, her execution focus naturally drove her to lead the recruitment, development, and retention of the best talent. Kim’s fundamental understanding of the business enabled her to align and drive HR practices consistent with the business needs.

Roger Gasaway
Retired GE Officer
Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain


Kim’s broad and global HR background is reflected in her approach to complex HR issues; this drives extraordinary results quickly.

Mike Tracy
Executive Vice President
Sensus, North America


I have worked with Kim for a few years and recognize that it is her extensive understanding of HR, on a global basis, that enables her to deliver practical solutions that deliver, in an uncomplicated way, what the business needs. Kim knows her subject matter thoroughly. Her understanding of business in its widest sense enables her to thoughtfully apply her HR experience into the business — both in terms of delivering HR processes that work and delivering advice/coaching that is accurate, honest, and helpful. She is a business partner in the truest sense.

Stephen Gaskell
HR Vice President Employee and Industrial Relations
Global Fortune 5 Company


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