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Carolyn Paganoni

Senior Vice President of Organizational Development & Culture

Carolyn Paganoni - Senior Vice President, Organizational Development and CultureAs Senior Vice President of Organizational Development & Culture for Upbring, Carolyn Paganoni, MBA, MSMOB, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, oversees the culture and organizational development initiatives of the organization including the culture ambassador committee. During her career as a human resources executive with an extensive background, Carolyn has designed high-performing strategic and executable solutions to support performance management, talent acquisition, total rewards and leadership development to deliver a best in class employee engagement program and culture transformation.

Carolyn joined Upbring as the Vice President of Human Resources in 2013 where she has worked to cultivate a positive, staff-oriented company culture that emphasizes results, caring, and purpose. Additionally, Carolyn has re-engineered the human resources department to streamline infrastructure and transition operations to a fully integrated strategic people operations model. With her initiatives and programs in place, Upbring has seen favorable results including a decrease in annual insurance and healthcare costs during her first year with the organization, an increase in annual employee retention and reduced management and employee relations issues.

Her heart for nonprofit work dates back before her time at Upbring. Carolyn served as a Pro Bono Consultant at Taproof Foundation where she led the effort to address talent management challenges through the analysis of HR needs, development of practical solutions, alignment of talent strategy and organizational strategy and the presentation of her findings to client leadership. She also worked as the Director of Human Resources for Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System and BHS Consulting Corporation where she successfully redesigned the offering of health insurance programs, established new evaluation methodologies, led management roundtables and instituted an orientation and onboarding system to ensure rapid assimilation and success while decreasing new employee turnover.

Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Illinois Benedictine College. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, HR People and Strategy; Austin Human Resources Management Association and Organizational Development Network. Today, she lives in Leander, TX where she enjoys spending her free time with her German Shepherd and two cats.

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