I am an experienced HR Executive with over 15 years of broad Human Resources experience and assignments; including Director of HR - Training, Employee Relations, Recruiting and Organizational Development
*Specialize in consulting businesses in on site staffing and managing capacities.
*Extensive expertise in Multi State Hiring and Employment Law, as well as Executive Management coaching.
*High professional profile in the Puget Sound business community and have served in a variety of capacities with high level Executives.
*Received numerous awards for my diversity initiatives, and have been a member of
the Central and Eastside Diversity Task Force since 1994.
EXCERPT FROM BIO
While serving in various staffing and diversity consulting “start-up” roles, Ms. Thomas helped build “diversity” staffing programs for Total Staffing Solutions and Able and Associates, two Seattle Washington based diversity placement firms. Ms Thomas established the local operations, and successfully marketed the firms to major employers throughout the Puget Sound Area to build and maintain a strong customer base. She advised the Executive Managers with firms on Staffing, Best Practice Hiring, Employment Law, EEOC and ADA compliance issues. She was responsible for client and community outreach and managed internal recruiters, launching profit and sales by providing her vast experience expertise; to build winning teams that affected the bottom line, “profit”. She is known locally and nationally as being the “guru” in assisting and consulting businesses in the importance of diversity inclusion as well as the art of HR Management, OD and posseses extraordinary talent recruiting and retaining the “best of the best” in the talent market.
-WSDOT Washington State Ferries-
Senior Human Resources Consultant
Dec 2015 – Present
Provides guidance to Management and employees on a broad spectrum of HR activities including training, recruitment, benefits, (FMLA, ADA, shared leave), classification and compensation, disciplinary actions, labor relations/employee relations, and workplace concerns. Counsel supervisory staff on corrective and disciplinary actions and participate in grievance processes. Conduct mediation sessions and provide expertise in conflict resolution. Research and conduct complex and sensitive investigations and prepare written reports. Partner with recruiting staff and hiring managers to recruit and retain top-level talent. Supervise and provide leadership to Human Resources staff.
Jun 2008 – Present
Provide Mentorship Services and Consultation to Executives and Leaders across the Country. Assisting in all areas of Management, personell issues, professional advancement and team dynamics
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
Nov 2009 – Dec 2015
Sr. HR Business Partner Operational Excellence Sr. HR Manager – Work includes organizational effectiveness, talent and change management, Senior Management Team effectiveness and organizational design. Lead employee engagement programs. Team Leader in performance management, succession planning, salary and compensation planning programs. Designs strategic Human Resources service delivery model. Facilitates Mid Year Career Discussions calibration, performance review preparation, scorecards, HiPo Focus, mentoring programs, employee relations, regulatory compliance [EEO, OFCCP) and succession planning, Manager coaching and Leadership Development programs. Exit Interview delivery and analysis, Onboarding, Orientation, Strategic Recruiting and HR planning and delivery. Subject Matter Expert and consultant in all areas of HR, Recruiting and Organizational Development.
Comment from a business partner, Trina Horner
"I want to give you some feedback on my coaching experience from Pearl Thomas. Pearl has been a tremendously helpful to me and I am glad you have her working in your team. She really help make our EPG HR team credible by delivering the value in her unique approach on cross communications and coaching. I personally believe I have some additional tools to enhance my communications. Pearl’s has shown an extreme attention to detail and her level of focus in identifying the one or two areas for improvement and providing the “how to” to correct have allowed me to see a turn around on perceptions about some of my behaviors. I am truly grateful to have had such an experienced professional helping me"
Trina Horner, Microsoft
SR. Human Resources Business Partner
Sep 2008 – Dec 2015
-Various Top Firms-
Human Resource Director / Organizational Development Consultant for various top firms
May 2005 – Jun 2008
Developed strategic partnerships with senior leadership and cross-functional clients in identifying opportunities and created initiatives designed to build organizational efficiency. Additional high-profile contractor roles include Boeing Aerospace Company, Milgard Manufacturing, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Complete oversight of general HR Operations and specific programs. Roles: HR Director/Manager/Sr. HR Bus. Partner.
-Chinook Winds Casino Resort-
Human Resources Director (consultant role)
Jun 2006 – Feb 2007
Executive level position overseeing the entire functionality of the a 1000 + count facility which has a Golf Resort, A Hotel, a Resort Hotel, an Arcade, a Daycare, A Golf Pro Shop, a Fitness Center, 5 Restaurants, a Gift Shop and Gaming Floor.Lots of Amenities! Luxurious Destination Resort! The best in the country!
-Evergreen Inc - Grand Central Casino-
Human Resources Director
Apr 2003 – May 2005
Worked with Executive Management on several high-profile projects including a Manager’s Bonus Program. Provided comprehensive management coaching. Accountable for employee relations issues, benefits and compensation, 401k administration and terminations. Oversight of the full human resources lifecycle for recruitment including sourcing, interviewing, hiring / on-boarding and the development of training and curriculum. Managed recruitment for several construction firms. Acted as an EEOC and regulatory compliance specialist.
* Reduced employee turnover by 25% and improved staff satisfaction by 35% [$5M in savings] through the implementation of Employee Satisfaction Surveys and the development of Poll Improvement Plans for low-scoring management and organizations.
* Developed and Implemented Recruiting Strategy, resulting in 275 new hires.
* Facilitated training sessions and developed curriculum, and managed all employee relations issues including discipline and discharge processes.
-Muckleshoot Indian Tribe-
Human Resources Director
Sep 2001 – Apr 2003
Complete oversight of Human Resources Department with 12 direct reports. Managed / oversaw organizational structure and development, including the recruitment of key Executive staff [Directors, Construction Project Managers, Chief Dental Officers, Procurement Officers, General Management]. Coached management on interviewing processes, terminations and company handbook compliance. Acted as an HR Consultant for EEO, FMLA and ADA issues. Advised Senior Management on Federal and State Employment Law.
* Reduced Employee Relations Issues by 30% with a 100% resolution rating.
* Demonstrated capacity to manage full recruitment lifecycle for Construction Firms including recruiting, hiring and training of employees [Construction Project Managers, Civil Engineers, Contract Administrators, Design Engineers, Estimators, Field Engineers, Inspectors, QA Managers, and Safety Supervisors].
* Hired entire Human Resources Department.
Human Resources Manager
Jul 1999 – Sep 2001
Human Resources Manager