Meet our Managing Partners
Cindy Ridley, CIR, has a passion and experience for being a resource to client companies as they expand, grow and develop their employees. For 10 years of her career she owned and operated Human Resource Staffing, Inc. in Minnesota firm directing large scale HR projects and staffing human resources professionals into such clients as Target Corporation, The Bergquist Companies, United Healthcare, Memorial Blood Centers, Comcast, Pearson, and Graco. Previous to this, she was an HR Practice Leader with RSM McGladrey, heading their HR consulting team, contract HR consulting team and Executive Search. Her early career was as an Executive Recruiter for Sathe and Associates Executive Search Firm in MN and Honeywell Advanced Circuits as an HR Generalist.
Cindy is a board member of the Leading Edge Human Resource Network (LEHRN) and for the past three years has directed the region’s largest HR Tech Expo and Conference. Ms. Ridley is also a frequent volunteer at Opportunity Partners working with their disabled clients, readying them for placement in the workforce.
Cindy obtained her bachelor’s degree from Miami University, attended Cleveland State University towards an MLRHR and was PHR certified in 1995. Her recruiting and talent management background enables her to understand the best fit for her candidates and clients.
Annette Scotti, MA-HRIR, has over 20 years of experience working in Human Resources as director, trainer, and consultant. She has consulted with executives and mid-level management at regional and national organizations in industries including financial services, engineering, banking, health care, communications services, nonprofit and education.
Ms. Scotti is also frequent presenter on topics in change management, social media in the workplace, leadership, and team work. She has been teaching since 1998, and currently is an assistant professor teaching HR and MA courses at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Programs. In 2010 she received the distinguished award of “Outstanding Faculty Member” out of 400 instructors. Further she designed and delivered the first Leadership Academy for the Minnesota School Association of Business Professionals.
Ms. Scotti holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota’s Honors Program. She also has received formal Fundamentals of Co-Active Coaching through The Coaches Training Institute of California.
Meet our Business Development Partner
Clayton Millican’s passion is listening to clients talk about their organization, hear their stories and help them through change. Clayton was previously a Business Development Partner for Seek Careers/Staffing and served 8 years with the Army National Guard as Delta 13.
He is currently enrolled in St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with a double major in Human Resources and Marketing.
We Love Our Trainers!!
As the award-winning author of “America’s Conscience: Facing threats to Democracy, The Middle Class, Our World, Bernadette loves to conduct ‘Ethics for Leaders’ trainings.
David uses his love of and talent in Theater production to bring our Leadership Academy’s ‘Authentic Voice’ module for improving public presentation skills of our participants.
When we need to bring in a Project Management specialist, we call on Peter. Peter brings in ‘Successful Projects through People’ modules and PM skills for new Project Managers and high-performing teams.
Barb brings wonderful activities to our training modules such as ‘Working through the Generations’ or ‘EQ: Emotional Quotient’ and our participants have the chance to learn and practice new skills.
Dan is currently the only Certified Transformative Mediator (certified by the ISCT) in Minnesota and is an attorney. He works with our training participants on ‘Conflict and Negotiation’.
Our own Annette has done the ‘P.A.C.E™ Communication Style’ training and ‘StrengthsFinder™’ training for 100s of clients for emerging leaders and for teams.
Dave’s signature sales training is around ‘Cultivating Courage’ and the ‘Trust Edge’. Especially great for Sales teams.