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Beth Kelly

President of HR Collaborative

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Beth Kelly is founder and president of HR Collaborative, a comprehensive HR consultancy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that provides interim HR staffing, executive search and recruiting support, leadership coaching, team development, engagement and compensation planning and analysis. Beth’s team of experts fill the gaps that small to midsize organizations have today and help them build sustainable people practices for tomorrow. 

A company that makes work better for others, HR Collaborative has been on the Inc. 5000 list twice and recognized as a Great Place to Work and one of the 10 Coolest Companies in Michigan. The company is also a certified women-owned business enterprise. 

Beth received an undergraduate degree in psychology and communications from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in human resources and industrial relations from Michigan State University. 

She began her career as the first HR professional for Cascade Engineering and led its people operations as the plastic manufacturer grew from 150 employees to more than 1,000. In her next role, she served as senior vice president of HR for D&W Food Centers.

Beth is the author of “The EE Gap,” and the media frequently interviews her for thought leadership on HR trends and developments. She presents regularly on HR topics at local and national events, including the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management’s national conference. Beth has been recognized multiple times by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the 200 most influential executives in the region.