Michelle Strasburger, Finance Expert in Colebrook, NH, United States
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Michelle Strasburger

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Location
Colebrook, NH, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 4, 2023

Michelle is an HR consultant and fractional CHRO who has worked as a strategic business partner in organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. As an executive leader, she has a business-first mindset and focuses on people strategies, change management, wellness, workforce planning, recruitment, DEI, and culture. Michelle holds the SHRM-SCP, GPHR, and SPHR certifications and is one of Mogul's top 100 CHROs in 2023, bringing unique thought leadership to companies.

Case Studies

Work Experience

Chief Consultant | Fractional CHRO

2021 - PRESENT
The Wellness Value
  • Coached a director of HR for a client to help them successfully transition from a recruiter to a generalist and build a parental leave and family planning benefit for the organization.
  • Built a wellness program for a manufacturing company in New Hampshire, working with employees to achieve their wellness goals.
  • Recruited R&D staff for a client in a difficult recruiting environment.
Focus areas: Human Resources (HR), HR / Workforce Transformation, Coaching, Wellness, Talent Management, Compensation Plans, Benchmarking, Product Benchmarking, Management Consulting, Growth Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Strategy & Design, Recruitment, Recruiting, Executive Coaching, Business Strategy, Hiring

CHRO

2022 - 2023
Nix
  • Collaborated with the team to define the culture and core values and created competitive programs, policies, and benefits to integrate the culture.
  • Built out and communicated a corporate strategy while working as a member of the executive leadership team.
  • Developed an OKR process to build and communicate goals across the organization.
  • Built out the technology team consisting of software developers, QA engineers, and a CTO.
  • Built out compensation strategy and job descriptions/roles and responsibilities based on organizational levels.
Focus areas: Culture, Culture Development, Team Building, Team Mentoring, Thought Leadership, Strategy, Talent Management, Stock-based Compensation, Employee Stock Options, Compensation Plans, Benchmarking, Product Benchmarking, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Management Consulting, Growth Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Strategy & Design, Recruitment, Recruiting, Operating Models, Executive Coaching, Business Strategy, Hiring

Vice President of Human Resources

2015 - 2020
Emerson Ecologics
  • Revamped the entire performance management and compensation program to deliver a pay-for-performance model. This changed the organizational culture from being busy to focusing on results.
  • Collaborated with the leadership and Business NH Magazine to be named one of New Hampshire's fastest-growing technology companies.
  • Transformed the organization into a technology company, building a tech team from the ground up. Grew the team from 3 to over 30 employees. This included building out job descriptions, career maps, and development plans for the organization.
  • Built out a competency model for leadership progression and succession planning.
Focus areas: Human Resources (HR), HR / Workforce Transformation, Talent Management, Compensation Plans, Benchmarking, Product Benchmarking, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Business Transformation, Management Consulting, Growth Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Strategy & Design, Recruitment, Recruiting, Operating Models, Executive Coaching, Business Strategy, Hiring

Senior Director Talent Engagement

2013 - 2015
HealthcareSource
  • Worked with the Executive Leadership Team to redefine culture and values and implement them through a culture committee. Improved Glassdoor score with culture project, going from 2.1 to 4.5.
  • Project-managed a move that included a complete build-out, design, and move to 30,000 square feet.
  • Transformed the organization, increasing engagement, implemented a new recognition program, and reduced turnover by 50%. Led to the sale of the company at multiples times revenue.
  • Revamped the recruitment process, saving the organization thousands on recruiting costs.
Focus areas: Culture, Culture Development, Change Management, Organizational Design, Performance, Stock-based Compensation, Employee Stock Options, Compensation Plans, Benchmarking, Product Benchmarking, Management Consulting, Strategic Planning, Organizational Strategy & Design, Recruitment, Recruiting, Operating Models, Executive Coaching, Hiring

Director of Human Resources, Americas

2008 - 2013
Axis Communications
  • Opened offices in Canada, Mexico, and Columbia. Grew my area of responsibility from the US to all of the Americas. Axis was a fast-growing company and grew five times in only three years. I built the HR function as the company grew.
  • Developed a competency model for leadership roles to build succession plans.
  • Developed and deployed a global leadership program to develop leaders within the company to support growth. The program was based on three areas: classroom learning, coaching, and business projects. This program still exists today.
  • Developed job descriptions and compensation leveling programs in the US, Canada, and Brazil to support growth.
Focus areas: Human Resources (HR), Operating Models, Executive Coaching, Hiring

Regional Human Resources Manager

2004 - 2008
DISH
  • Developed a new leader training and guidebook to help prepare new leaders for their roles, since Dish Network would promote technicians to leadership roles without any training or guidance. This was adopted company-wide.
  • Worked for New Hampshire at first, but quickly expanded to the northeast and reached as far west as Michigan and on the east coast from Maine to Maryland.
  • Opened new offices in Oklahoma and Georgia. Set up recruitment events to hire quickly so that new offices could be set up.
Focus areas: Human Resources (HR), Employee Relations, Hiring
2002 - 2004

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources

University of Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ, USA

1998 - 2001

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and International Business

Southern New Hampshire University - Manchester, NH, USA

JANUARY 2015 - PRESENT

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

SHRM

JUNE 2010 - PRESENT

Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

HRCI

DECEMBER 2005 - PRESENT

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

HRCI

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