The way we think about work is changing. People have had time to reflect on how work fits into their lives, Gen Z is bringing new ideals of what work looks like, and we’ve learned that where and when we work can be flexible. So, what does this mean? It means people are in the driver’s seat and employers are in a position of opportunity. Companies that put people first, listen to new employee expectations, and offer innovative and flexible opportunities will come out ahead. Join this panel-style session to hear the latest perspectives from talent industry and change management experts on what it means to create a people-first workplace.
- Identify latest trends in leading a people-first organization
- Discuss strategies for thinking with a people-first mindset
- Recognize the importance of leading people-first in today’s workforce
Nikki Kietzer is Salo’s vice president of national human resources sales. She’s responsible for leading our HR sales team and driving success for Salo’s HR consulting practice nationwide. With more than 20 years of HR experience in a variety of companies and industries, Nikki understands our clients and their needs. (In fact, Nikki was a Salo client before she joined our team!) She also knows how to create a culture where employees thrive. Our HR team benefits from her deep experience in talent management, leadership development, coaching, talent acquisition, employee relations, and project management.
Nikki has been with Salo since 2016. She started as director of HR, was quickly promoted to managing director of the HR consulting team in our Minneapolis office, and then promoted to her current position. Before Salo, she held HR leadership roles in public, private, and non-profit organizations, including Milestone AV Technologies (a manufacturer of audiovisual products and now part of Legrand) and G&K Services (now Cintas—a market leader of branded uniform and facility services programs with more than 170,000 customer locations across North America).
Outside of work, Nikki is on the board of National Charity League, which focuses on philanthropy, leadership, and culture through the mother/daughter relationship.
Nikki is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. You might find her spending time in the bleachers cheering for her daughters on the basketball court, walking the trails in the Twin Cities’ western suburbs, or getting her caffeine at a Starbucks near you.
Results oriented Human Resources consultant with progressive experience building sustainable, inclusive organizations. Experienced in leading culture transformation to build more effective organizations, change management, Talent and organization development and coaching executives and leaders. Inspiring and supportive people leader and developer. Passionate about helping organizations be their best.
Managing Director, Inspiring Crescendo Consulting
Creative and versatile expert in Organizational Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management and Culture Transformation, leading enterprise critical change efforts within dynamic business landscapes. Skillfully balance data and science with art to drive successful business outcomes through innovative talent solutions. Energized by actively working with leaders, developing strong partnerships across diverse groups and perspectives to accelerate the business through its people.
Carol has more than 25 years of experience in the leadership development and organizational change management space, including 15 years at Medtronic and four years at Cargill in leadership roles. For the past the eight years, Carol has partnered primarily with large global companies to lead transformational change initiatives as a consultant.
Throughout her career, Carol has coached leaders to help increase their impact and engage and inspire their teams. Carol is certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and currently an ICF (International Coaching Federation) Minnesota chapter board member.
She has a BA from the College of Saint Benedict and an MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. Carol resides in Minneapolis with her husband Greg and has three grown children - Nick, Kate & Michael.