Cari Hawthorne MBA, SPHR, CP

Cari Hawthorne MBA, SPHR, CP


Kelah is a diligent HR professional with 14+ years' experience. Comprehensive background in HR and operational strategic planning, performance improvement, change management, and analytics. Excellent team builder and consultant on workforce and performance issues. Proactive change agent who spends time in employee environment encouraging, learning, and promoting the total employee experience! Reputation for passion, high quality, professionalism, confidentiality, and a strong work ethic. 

Specialties: HR Strategy, Strategic Planning, Workforce Planning, Performance Improvement, Change Management, Project Management/Scrum, Analytics, Executive Coaching, Business Acumen, and Risk Assessment.


Anthony Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Anthony Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Cari is an Army Veteran, Author and Certified Human Resources Professional. Her strength lies in her ability to provide HR professionals with the tools they need to become thought leaders.

Cari works diligently to equip human resources professionals with the knowledge and confidence they need to ace their certification exams and excel in their careers. Her background spans over the last 13 years specializing in career coaching, talent management, recruiting and training and development. Currently she is a Global Human Resource Business Partner for a Fortune 500 company where advises senior leaders on people and strategy. Some of her more prominent responsibilities include:

  • Operationalizing  global and business-specific HR strategies for 2200+ employee population across 15 countries

  • Partnering closely with Finance and Business Operations acting as a consultant for Labor Trends and Forecasting.

  • Contributing to and leading the administration of the worldwide assessment survey to measure and solution organizational change on employee engagement, business strategies, and HR programs and initiatives

In addition to her role as a Strategic HR Business Partner, Cari acts as the Lead Facilitator for PHR/SPHR prep courses in the city of Houston. She is the author of “Things you didn’t learn in school”. A collection of unfiltered tips to help early career professionals successfully navigate the workplace and her work has been featured in several publications such as LinkedIn, Vunela and The Muse.



Kelah Raymond MBA, SPHR

Kelah Raymond MBA, SPHR


Anthony P. Howard is an HR Leader who works with HR professionals at all levels in finding the value and pathway to certification. He believes through the power of certification, you can increase your confidence, marketability and value.

Anthony has an 18 year history of progressive success piloting large-scale, global initiatives driving organizational change and attainment of goals in diverse environments including from highly regulated FDA medical devices industry to unionized environments. Some of his most notable accomplishments include: 

Development. implementation, execution and ongoing administration of comprehensive Global Talent Management Programs (Performance Management, Succession Planning, Talent Review, Merit Planning)  including technology.

  • Leading global integration efforts, including due diligence and first day activities.  

  • Successfully lead union avoidance efforts for a large plant whose employees were targeted by a direct mail campaign 

  • Creation and leadership of HR Shared Services organization

Anthony has incorporated passion for the learning and development of others into his entire career. He is the founder of HR Certified, LLC and through partnership with National Association of African Americans in Human Resources of Atlanta, has served as the Principal HR Instructor where is consistently fills up his in person classes! He has held HR Certification since 2009 and currently holds both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations.