JHT Board Members
Carrie Olesen is the Sr. Director of People & Organization Capability for the Server and Tools division of Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, Carrie works with the leadership team to improve the organization’s performance through organization structure, clarity of strategy, roles, and dependencies, leadership selection and development and improving adaptability.
Carrie was previously the Director of Employee Development from 2007 – 2010, which included New Employee Orientation, Career Development resources, High Potential Employee Development, and training and development of competencies at Microsoft.
Carrie joined the People & Organization Capability group in HR as a project manager on the culture study and leadership career stage profile projects in 2003. Carrie was chosen to lead a team to develop a Career Model framework worldwide, that now forms the underlying architecture for the talent management system. This framework helps employees to identify career paths, gain feedback on areas of development, navigate opportunities across the company and manage their personal career development plan.
In 2000, Carrie was a senior manager in the Staffing organization, with responsibilities in Workforce Planning, where methods were developed to understand optimal ratios of full time staff to contingent staff alternatives. Carrie also managed sourcing strategies for the recruiting function, where best practices were developed in large scale recruiting processes such as internet job posting, employee referral and use of search firms.
Carrie joined Microsoft in 1997 as a manager responsible for Training, Policy and Communications. At that time a significant change effort was required to address compliance and management practices in the use of temporary workers, independent contractors and outsourcing arrangements in the high tech industry. Carrie worked with a cross group team to implement policy changes across the U.S., retrain managers and third party suppliers, and manage communications internally and externally, where ongoing public relations was required. As a result, Microsoft developed a world class contingent staffing process that is now emulated in the industry.
Before joining Microsoft, Carrie was the General Manager for Pace Staffing Network, a regional contingent staffing firm in the Pacific Northwest for six years. From 1986 – 1991, Carrie was the Franchise Director for a national staffing firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Carrie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Washington State University, and lives in Washington with her husband and two children.