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Melinda Figeley Dean, SPHR

Photo - Melinda Figeley DeanMelinda Figeley is a principal and Senior Vice President of Human Performance Strategies, LLC.  She has over 20 years of human resources management, financial management and leadership experience. For most of that time, she has served in senior management and executive-level roles in industries such as telecommunications, manufacturing, insurance, and healthcare.

Ms. Figeley's experience includes work in several Fortune 50, Fortune 100, and Fortune 500 companies. She began her human resources career with General Motors Corporation at the Chevrolet Truck and Bus Division in Flint, Michigan in 1985. In this role, she supported 8,000 union-represented manufacturing employees in employment, labor relations, grievance matters, and employee training. She also was engaged in employee assessment and staffing for the start-up of GM's Saturn automotive division and was subsequently involved in a large-scale plant shutdown and mass reduction-in-force of thousands of employees in the late 1980s.

Since then Ms. Figeley has held positions with ITT in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Healthcare International in Houston, where she was Director of Human Resources; the Texas Surplus Lines Insurance Department in Austin, where she was Director of Finance & Human Resources; MCI, where she supported HR operations for 5,000 Texas-based IT and call center employees; and Broadwing Communications, a national broadband provider with 6,500 employees in 46 states, where she was Vice President of Human Resources. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading national HR operations and successfully transitioning the company's human resources strategy and programs during and after its sale by Cincinnati Bell to a private investor group. Most recently, Figeley served as Vice President of Human Resources for RenewData Corp., a forensic IT and litigation support firm, where she led the company’s national HR operations.

Ms. Figeley brings a unique focus on business metrics and financial performance to her consultation and training engagements. Her wide variety of expertise includes:

  • Performance-based coaching and consulting;
  • Aligning business strategy, mission, and objectives with human capital objectives;
  • Measuring and quantifying HR's results via standard business metrics; and
  • Improving internal processes, systems, and controls for increased organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Ms. Figeley's areas of specialization and focused work include organizational assessment/development; employee/labor relations; internal investigation; human resources risk assessment; union-avoidance strategy development; and union-avoidance management training.

Ms. Figeley has been a consultant to several companies and executives in the Austin and Houston areas, including those in the high-tech, financial/securities, law, real estate, staffing, state government, oil/gas, health care, and e-retailing industries. She has also been a frequent guest speaker/lecturer on business metrics and financial management, leadership, and various human resources topics. Some of her most recent speaking topics include "HR as Strategic Business Partner" and "Financial Management and Business Metrics for HR Professionals."

In addition, Ms. Figeley was an instructor for ten years in the Human Resources Certificate Program at the University of Texas at Austin, where she continues to regularly teach business workshops and seminars. In addition, she has previously been a Spanish instructor in the Austin/Round Rock Community Education Program. Ms. Figeley is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan. She serves on the Business Advisory Board of Austin Asset Management Company, a financial planning and investment firm. She was a 1996 appointee to the Bureau of National Affairs Personnel Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. In addition, she earned designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources Management (SPHR) in 1995, and has been a longtime member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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