HR Maverick

Karissa Cooper, Head of People

Karissa built her career non traditionally, by jumping into the workforce and climbing the ladder to leadership through a variety of roles and industries. As a leader, Karissa focuses on community engagement, building and maintaining positive relationships, inclusive recruiting, and brings a servant attitude to ensure efficient and happy employees. Off the clock, Karissa fosters dogs, expresses herself through various crafting projects, and spends a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.

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

The only person who will know if you’re ready for a new role or to take the next step in your career is YOU. Advocate for yourself and never settle!


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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