Victoria Kies Garoukian
Executive Consultant & Attorney

About Victoria Kies Garoukian

As an organizational development and merger/acquisition-integration leader, Vic believes in working to unlock potential, restructure for effectiveness, and renovate to achieve both organizational and individual, professional goals. Her honed talent is to help Executives connect their team to desired results understanding the organization’s long- term vision for success and the operational steps needed, while simultaneously being attentive to the regulatory landscape and potential liabilities. Giving special attention to culture and change, she is an energetic, high-level, strategic thinker that can agilely, flexibly operationalize solutions to achieve sustainable results.

Vic coaches leaders in the management of human resources to design virtual and on site teams, build alignment, and develop skills to navigate internal and external environments while meeting timelines, budgetary needs, and uniting teams behind organizational values. Vic believes that understanding the costs and benefits of strategic human capital management can propel organizational goals by tapping into talent potential, elevating it, and accelerating performance at an individual, department, division, and enterprise level. Vic is passionate about helping both the individual, professional person and the organization find the right roles at the right times to achieve exemplary results.

Vic’s prior experience includes working for Fortune 500, medium and small sized businesses as well as public entities as an executive in human resources and attorney. In her 25+ years of leadership experience, she has held roles as a Human Resources Vice President in Talent Management, Vice President of M&A-Integration, an HR Business Partner, HR Operations Director and Labor-Employment Attorney. She established successful engagement programs, leadership development curricula, succession planning, performance management, process improvement, compliance procedures and technology solutions. She has led all areas of organizational development from talent acquisition through end of employment with results in industry-leading fill times, decreased cost per hire, improved internal mobility, increased diversity hiring, strengthened engagement, and accelerated retention.

While Vic’s focus is talent management, she also has extensive experience as an HR business partner and HR compliance executive. She has served as trusted advisor to senior leaders as business partner through individual issues and large-scale organizational changes including but not limited to leading change management. She has a keen ability to understand business and issues, gets to root causes, facilitates problem solving, and collaborates to action plan and implementation. She also has created compliance programs for wage and hour issues, employment status concerns, and various filing requirements. She led the creation of assessment criteria and protocols for the review and revision of company-wide policies and procedures to achieve organizational goals while complying with federal, state and local law.

Vic earned her Juris Doctorate of Law from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She resides in the Milwaukee area with her family where she is active in the local community including service on the Board of Directors for Curative Care Network.