Meet the Team – Donna Garon, Senior HR Consultant
Meet Donna Garon, Senior HR Consultant at Chesapeake Search Partners. She brings more than 20 years of HR operations experience to CSP.
Donna’s involvement with SHRM chapter events led her to meet CSP’s HR Practice Director, Jason Nemoy, and ultimately land a role with the team. “In 2019, Jason reached out with an amazing opportunity for me to support CSP in an HR consultant role that was an ideal fit that aligned perfectly with my strengths,” said Donna. “I collaborated with Jason and the team so well. It was such a rewarding experience. Today, I’m lucky to be supporting CSP’s clients on an ongoing basis, structuring and building the foundations of high-quality HR departments.”
In her role, Donna supports HR teams in facilitating positive change and developing competitive advantages for their companies. “When run properly, HR teams can impact the bottom line – reducing the costs associated with turnover, compliance issues, legal risks, and costly errors. When you think about it, disgruntled employees have the potential to be more productive employees. I stress to my clients that there’s an opportunity to bring it back to the basics. This means getting people compensated fairly, securing and streamlining benefits coverage, and prioritizing excellent internal customer follow-up. All of this helps keep turnover costs down and increases productivity.”
Donna continues to focus on elevating HR from a purely administrative and processing role, to becoming a business partner that adds value, reduces turnover, increases productivity, and brings in quality hires. “We look for ways to collaborate with leadership teams that do not fully support HR. My challenge is to win them over and encourage them to accept HR as a trusted asset of information and guidance.”
Donna originally hails from Southington, Connecticut, and has lived up and down the east coast in New York City, Alabama, and Georgia. Today she resides in Maryland with her three sons. She balances her work and personal life by allocating plenty of time for family, volunteering, activism, and providing guidance and support to others. She also enjoys attending live music events, participating in cosplay at the Renaissance Festival, and doing performance art in Washington DC.