In addition to being a small business owner and author, Serilda Summers-McGee has more than 15 years of progressive experience in human capital management with expertise in a broad range of HR disciplines.
Serilda has a passion and deep commitment to ensuring that business ecosystems are healthy. That means employees feel positive about the companies at which they work, and companies are thriving at their business. She founded Workplace Change as a full-service HR consultancy that specializes in recruitment, talent management, labor relations, leadership development, and organizational culture. Serilda has served as keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and panel moderator. She is an engaging and exhilarating orator.
Serilda’s career started in higher education, holding positions in admissions, financial aid, and finally serving as the Assistant Dean of Residence Life at Reed College from 2006-2010. After Reed, she became the Executive Director at Partners in Diversity, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance, where she coached companies throughout the Portland region on ways to recruit and retain executives of color. In 2012, she moved on to manage Diverse Talent Planning at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and became HR Director at the Oregon Department of Education in 2014. In 2017, she became the Chief HR Officer, Bureau of Human Resources, for the City of Portland.
Serilda received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. She is a board member of Meals on Wheels Oregon, Stand for Children, and Willamette University’s Atkinson Business School. In 2014, she received the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty Award for professional excellence, leadership and community commitment. And in 2018 she received the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award for blazing a trail personally and professionally for other women to follow.