Our Team

Melissa L. Hart, MAHR, JCTC

President and Principal Consultant

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Melissa L. Hart is the founder and principal consultant of The HumanVantage® Consulting Group, a managerial consultancy who partners with organizations to design business solutions that deliver real results. Through The HumanVantage®, client needs are assessed from the vantage points of the organization, team and the individual.

As a seasoned strategic business partner, Melissa has over 25 years of direct human resources and organizational development experience in global manufacturing and technology Fortune 100 companies, with direct experience in the chemicals, aerospace and healthcare sectors.  She has also worked with non-profits and small to medium sized companies in AZ.   She is results-focused and is committed to partnering with clients to define the best possible approach and creative solutions to meet the client’s business needs–appreciating that each client is unique and viable human capital solutions must be tailored to the select organization.

As a creative problem-solver, Melissa has been recognized for her expertise in the HR and organization development fields, specifically in the areas of leadership coaching & team development, organization effectiveness, change leadership, and talent management systems. As a frequent contributor to the Ask the Experts column in the Arizona Republic, she has completed numerous certifications and has successfully coached leaders—at all levels—to overcome challenges, improve performance, gain greater clarity and achieve enhanced levels of professional and personal effectiveness. Having led numerous human capital initiatives over her broad career, she can appreciate the many challenges leaders face today as they manage others in a virtual, ever-changing and competitive business environment. She maintains a strategic and process-oriented approach and provides credible, hands-on counsel and solutions that are innovative, have impact and generate real value for her clients.

Prior to founding The HumanVantage® Consulting Group, Melissa led the global human resources and organization development functions for MedAire, an International SOS Company and Cytec Engineered Materials, an advanced composites and adhesives business, and a division of Cytec Industries (NYSE-CYT), a global specialty chemicals company with more than $3.5 billion in 2008 revenue. While at Honeywell International (NYSE-HON), a global aerospace and chemical company with revenues in excess of $36 billion in 2008. Melissa held various senior executive HR/OD positions where she was responsible for leading major change initiatives, including global transformations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She led the organization and talent development function for the $4B Aerospace Services sector of Honeywell, and had accountability for over 10,000 employees, in over 40 sites worldwide. In this capacity, she developed and implemented various progressive HR processes that dramatically improved employee engagement, leadership development and talent management agendas.  While at Dow Chemical (NYSE-DOW), a global chemical company with more than $60 billion in revenue in 2008, Melissa held various senior strategic HR positions, and gained valuable experiences in the labor relations arena.

Prior to her corporate tenure, Melissa served as an Academic Advisor and Career Coach at the University of Illinois where she guided young adults to help them diagnose their development needs, realize their potential, and further refine their educational and career interests. She is a certified Job & Career Transition and Development Coach (JCTC), and is also recognized for her work in Emotional Intelligence (EQi) and conflict resolution.   She is a Lumina Learning Practitioner certified in Lumina Spark (Team), Lumina Leader (360) and Lumina Sales assessments.   She serves as an adjunct professor in the business school at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in AZ, and has been a volunteer career coach at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation in Phoenix, AZ.   In 2009, she launched Hartfelt Designs, an online retail store where she published her first children’s book, Max and The Diaper Fairy (www.maxandthediaperfairy.com).  She resides with her husband and two boys in Chandler, AZ.