Jessica Ollenburg, CMC, CPCM
After more than 30 years organizational development, employment law and entrepreneurial business leadership, our CEO continues to build steam and create impact. An internationally triple-certified educator-author-consultant, Ms. Ollenburg travels internationally presenting leadership and HR/OD education for nationwide and global employers of choice, small to Fortune-rated major market with operations in more than 100 countries. Jess is recognized as one of the longest standing experts researching and proving the link between human and financial resources on both sides of the hiring desk and is called upon regularly by television, radio, print media, academia and leadership forums to discuss new findings and future forecasts. An internationally published author, Jessica's high ranking expert article and book publications can be referenced at the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, the Washington Post, Worldnews.com, the Business Journal with global syndication, Amazon plus nationwide bookstores and more!
With MBA/JD/industrial psychology studies and the earliest BSBA in HR Management from Marquette University, Jessica instructs in corporate and academic settings at graduate, undergraduate and professional certification levels, including affiliations as recurring guest professor/curriculum designer with top-ranked programs to include Loyola, Marquette and UNC - Chapel Hill plus the University of Wisconsin and the University of San Diego. She collaborates with and advocates to local elected officials and US congressional reps. Working with and commended by the Mayor's office, Ollenburg founded and chaired a public-private partnership representing the 600+ employers which served as the successful prototype to local and national HR councils and health care coalitions. In service as member to Public Policy Advisory Council for Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, she participated in delegation to China.
Elected to the Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors including US congressional advocacy, Ms. Ollenburg served nearly 12 dedicated years in total. Recipient of the "Distinguished Service Award," Jess is an inspired philanthropist. In 2007, 2006 and 2002, our CEO hosted a Fox television "Weather in Your Backyard" broadcast as an awareness campaign and fundraiser specifically for Juvenile Arthritis. Chairperson for "HRS Commits to Kidz" and long term community/charity volunteer, Jessica chaired 2 consecutive AF Mystery Ball events plus a Walk for the Cure, breaking fundraising records at each event! Tim Hoeksema, CEO of Midwest Airlines, and Sue Ann Thompson, Wisconsin's Former First Lady and wife of Former US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, served as honorary co-chairs. After lending expertise to the regionalization governance initiative, structuring 4 states into one AF entity, Jessica retired with satisfaction of accomplishment once charter was awarded. She continues to advocate for advanced organizational development and leadership implementations to accommodate the growing needs of the foundation and its critical mission.
In the early 1990's, Jess pushed HR Management and Organizational Development to the executive radar upon earning certification by the Institute of Management Consultants based in New York with international recognition. Until her casework, quantifiable results and client testimonials earned her invitation, HR was not recognized within the eligible management consulting disciplines. This designation is acknowledged worldwide as a "mark of excellence" and is considered a rare achievement among otherwise non-accredited management consulting professionals. Jessica was re-certified by the IMC and earned a third professional certification through the National Bureau of Certified Consultants. She has served on certification panels and committees for both the IMC and SHRM and provides educational prep to HRCI candidates, to include PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification programs.
A 20-year esteemed facilitator/trainer and member to CEO roundtables, our CEO also regularly designs and administers leadership, best practices and organizational communications workshops. Jessica has earned a wealth of client recognition from small, mid-sized and Fortune-rated firms, strategic alliances, and receives significant media attention for expertise, tangible success and innovation. Nominated for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Jess has consistently been proven a "visionary" by succeeding where others are still forming new businesses to emulate! In a market where "temporary services" abounded, she took HRS in a different direction focusing upon HR/OD programs outside the staffing arena, along with employee retention concepts and paved the way! As examples of her still popular early inventions, Ollenburg in 1987 designed and implemented one of the first software Applicant Tracking programs, in 1988 first coined and copyrighted the phrase "Direct Hire," in 1983 worked with Kronos and the former Control Data to create sophisticated labor tracking and reporting now internationally distributed and recognized by the US Patent Office!
Credited with breaking the "glass ceiling" on multiple occasions through accreditation, recognition and honor, our leader is among the very first women certified, recognized and called upon by successful world class CEOs for expertise and accomplishment within these fields!!
A 25-year Junior Achievement advisor/supporter, 18-year college/high school speaker and a 5+ year youth athletic coach/volunteer, Jessica created the "HRS Commits to Kidz" initiative and has consistently spearheaded a personal and professional campaign to "give back" to the community and "make a difference" in every way possible.
Recipient of the National Leadership Award from Washington, DC, Jessica has also been appointed to the Business Advisory Council, partnering with congressional committee, and recently presented by invitation to NASA. Consistently offered contract to host her own nationally syndicated radio show, she accepted invitation from Forbes Business & Technology Review in partnership with Sky Radio & America West Airlines. Broadcast on international flights, Jessica profiled HRS as a leader in HR/OD Solutions in a program featuring esteemed speakers Madeleine Albright and President Jimmy Carter.