2017 HR Professional of the Year

Kristen Davidson
Kristen Davidson

Training & Development Manager
Consumers Credit Union

Kalamazoo, MI

Davidson was honored for her achievements and dedication to her credit union. She joined Consumers Credit Union in February 2013 and has worked tirelessly to improve employee engagement and experience. Her role at Consumers stretches beyond the normal bounds of a training manager, as she has truly become a champion of each and every employee, and has dedicated her work to bringing the best possible employee experience to each person at Consumers. Davidson has been the driving force behind several initiatives that have fostered an environment of development and a positive workplace that has lead Consumers to see dramatic increases in their annual employee survey and to be recognized as a national award winner.

Davidson’s biggest passion lies in engaging employees and fostering their growth. She has led the strategic initiatives at Consumer’s such as the Leadership Program, the Idea Factory, and Employee Engagement that has led them to be one of the three best companies in the nation in the medium-sized business category by the National Association for Business Resources.

Davidson has been involved with CUNA Councils in many roles and sees it as a great opportunity to gain new information, share best practices and provide feedback to help the Council’s excel for its members. Additionally, she became involved with her local SHRM Chapter and has utilized it to share best practices and develop skills with other local HR Groups to expand her influence area.

Overall, Davidson has been dedicated and committed to building and improving Consumers, and contributing to our industry and area as a whole. Her greatest attribute is the fact that she has the openness to learn how to collaborate with marketing, membership and employee training. She seeks to cross those boundaries. She is able to bring departments together to collaborate, and in that, she drives teamwork, engagement, communication, and improves the environment of the company for everyone, and because of that, she truly exemplifies what it is to be the Professional of the Year.

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