HR Maverick

April Powell, SHRM-CP, PHR

April Powell is an HR professional with experience working in both large international corporations as well as smaller local private companies. April is passionate about creating a positive and engaging work experience and believes HR has the opportunity to set the tone for an organization’s culture. April is on the board of Salt Lake SHRM as co-chair of the programs team, which gives her the opportunity to provide development opportunities to others in HR.

What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?

The field of HR is huge. Explore all of your options from comp and benefits to recruiting and HR technology.


Perhaps you’ve had this happen to you: a candidate spends many hours convincing you that they are dependable, reliable, and exactly what you are looking for, and then leaves you and your organization high and dry when you offer them the position. This is reneging, and we must understand why it happens in order to prevent it and respond appropriately.

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