Tracie Sponenberg is the Chief People Officer for The Granite Group, based in Concord, NH which has a proud tradition in the plumbing and heating wholesale supply business dating back to the turn of the last century. She is responsible for leading all human resource functions throughout the company, which has nearly 40 locations, and over 500 employees throughout New England.
With expertise in strategic business development, technology selection and deployment, employee engagement and wellness, employment branding, culture development and turnaround, leadership and team development, organizational and strategy development, she has gained a broad generalist background across a wide range of industries in her more than 20 years in human resources, with much of her career focused on working with CEO’s to develop people strategies to help the organizations grow. She began her career in HR while in college, interning with a global public transportation company, and advanced through the organization over the next five years. She found her HR home in smaller, private companies, where she could have the most impact on the business. She’s led the HR function at an award-winning multi-state professional services firm; a Pulitzer prize winning newspaper and publishing company, and a national wellness distribution company.
Tracie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of The Holy Cross, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Framingham State University. She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, teaches the SHRM certification course at Southern NH University and speaks on HR issues locally and nationally. She is a co-organizer of DisruptHR NH; co-founder of HR Rebooted; a member of her local SHRM chapters, and a member of the national SHRM Special Expertise Panel for HR Disciplines. Through her work with SHRM, her HR expertise has been featured on NPR, and in publications including USA Today, US News and World Report, Employee Benefits News and The Wall Street Journal. She is on the board of her local food co-op, the advisory board of Families in Transition, and lives in Concord, NH with her family.
Sessions: Workshop A: Curating Greatness