Karen Young / President of HR Resolutions
Karen A. Young has made a career of going the extra mile for the people she serves, inspiring others to always do what is right (even when it’s not always easy), and finding joy and FUN in the practice of human resources. Karen is the founder and president of HR Resolutions, a full-service human resources management company, where she and her team help clients — in a variety of industries and in organizations of all sizes — lower their HR costs, increase their bottom lines, and balance the needs and goals of the business within the ever-changing rules and regulations of HR management.
With over 30 years of experience in the human resources profession, Karen has faced many personnel issues. Her recommendations in addressing problems have saved thousands of dollars by cutting HR costs and increasing the bottom line by improving workplace culture, developing solid job descriptions, and training managers on effective communication practices. She says, “When the HR pieces are falling into place, a business starts to run like a well-oiled machine.”
Karen is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and consultant best known for her public and private training programs on unlawful harassment, interviewing, and how to improve communication in the workplace. She is well-regarded as a business partner with an unflagging work ethic and a passion for helping business leaders say “yes” to their people by better understanding the risks and rewards of running a business where leaders can focus on what they need to accomplish … all within a thoughtful HR framework. During the COVID-19 pandemic that affected businesses adversely, Young provided a series of complimentary webinars to help business owners get through tough times and adapt to changing legislation.
Adding to her talents, this passionate HR professional successfully launched the second edition of “Stop Knocking on my Door: Drama-Free HR to Help Grow Your Business” in 2020. The book debuted as a Hot New Release in HR (Amazon’s largest business category) and three top seller lists on Amazon!
A leader in the business community, with a reputation of both positivity and integrity, Karen was recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, “HR Consultant of the Year” nominee at the SHRM Delaware Valley HR Chapter, Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and is a nominee for the Woman of the Year Award from Business Women’s Forum (2020).
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Psychology from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from Saint Francis University. She also holds certificates in Strategic HR Management from both The Wharton School of Business and Cornell University. With diversity being an ongoing focus for many businesses, she achieved her Certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in 2020. Karen is professionally certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as the Society for Human Resource Managers as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP.) Continuing professional education is a passion for her.
She lives in Harrisburg, PA with her husband and retired racing greyhounds. Karen is an active member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC (past two-term Board Member and current Co-Chair of the Ambassador Committee), the PA Chamber of Business and Industry (currently serving on both the Employment Committee and the Workers’ Compensation Committee), and HR Professionals of Central PA (Past President and future Foundations Board Member). Karen and Barry personally support various non-profits in the South-Central PA Market as well as several national greyhound adoption programs.
Nathan Imboden / Questmont
George Book, Jr. / West Chamber of Commerce
Karen Young / HR Resolutions