Nicole Meade loves to learn. So much so, in fact, that one of her biggest goals in life is – and always has been – to help others grow, whether it’s in their work, school or personal lives. Human Resources was a natural fit for her career path and with more than 20 years of experience under her belt, Redwood was fortunate to bring her expertise in-house in January 2014. (The fact that she’s married to one of our firm’s partners may have helped convince her to join our team.)
As our Director of Human Resource Development, Nicole oversees our HR processes, such as recruiting, training, retention and performance development. Prior to joining Redwood, she spent many years working in the financial services industry with large companies, such as Wachovia Bank Card Services, Nova Information Systems (U.S. Bancorp) and WorldPay (The Royal Bank of Scotland). Her most recent position involved managing WorldPay’s leadership development.
Nicole’s education includes bachelor degrees in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior from Miami University (the one in Ohio), where she was a Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) scholarship recipient. She also earned her PHR® (Professional in Human Resources) certification in 1994 and her SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional) certification in 2015. In addition, she obtained a master’s degree in Organizational Development from the University of Georgia in 2001.
Since then, Nicole has chaired several committees and events for SHRM as well as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). She also has earned certifications in Six Sigma, ROI and instructional design, and has had the pleasure of guest facilitation at the University of Georgia. She plans to someday earn a doctorate degree in Organizational Development as well.
Nicole’s passion for education also extends to her local elementary school, Avery Elementary, where she volunteers in its media center, co-chairs its Junior Achievement committee, and serves as a room mom. In addition, she served on the school’s 2014-2015 Executive PTA Board.
Nicole has been married to Shawn, one of the founding partners of Redwood, since 1994. They have two boys, Ryan and Kevin, and attend Woodstock City Church. A self-described “crazy baseball mom,” Nicole can be found most weekends and evenings at a baseball field cheering on her boys. She also enjoys music, theater, photography, traveling and wine.