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Patricia is a seasoned Global Human Resource Professional, with expansive experience in organizational development, change management engagements, and employee training strategies. Currently, she serves as Director of Training and Development at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an international outplacement and executive coaching firm, where she has created job transition best practices for international engagements, as well as managing all training and performance initiatives for the firm’s Job Transition Coaches. Her previous roles at Deloitte and Accenture saw Patricia designing and delivering human resource training and organizational materials to customers and employees, defining benefits and compensation plans, and implementing HR information systems. She also led the Trade Office at the Consulate of Argentina in Chicago. Patricia received her Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University in Chicago.

About Challenger

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. is the nation’s first, oldest and premier outplacement consulting firm. Founded in the early 1960s, the firm’s primary goal is to assist displaced workers make the transition to reemployment. It has a proven record of success, conducting fully individualized programs and one-on one consulting for each individual who participates in the process. The firm’s clients find new jobs in a median time of 3.2 months.

The company achieves these results through an operating philosophy that places emphases in the importance of the job interview and going out and attacking the job market rather than mailing letters, sitting back and waiting for the phone to ring with job offers that may never come. Clients are counseled on the necessity of daily interviewing as the means to successful reemployment.

The firm has offices in major cities across the nation in addition to Canada and overseas, which expands the company’s ability to assist individuals who conduct regional and/or national job searches.

At Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the counseling and sales functions are separated, with a full-time professional staff which does counseling only, rather than sales executives who function as counselors when they have time. It assures that the client works one-on-one with a counselor who is readily available and is not distracted by making sales calls. Challenger also maintains the most sophisticated and proactive system of client follow-up in the industry. The company’s first goal is to treat each client as an individual, meeting that person’s specific needs and objectives. The second goal is to guide and support the individual throughout the job search from the time of termination until reemployment.

In recent years, Challenger’s mission has grown to include advising organizations and their employees on recognizing, addressing and managing the constant barrage of changes affecting their workplaces today. Through change management and executive coaching it is helping organizations face such daunting challenges as unifying disparate corporate cultures following a merger and juggling various management styles in an increasingly multi-generational workforce.