Sharpening Operational Performance, Driving Organizational Standardization and Curbing Costs as an Executive Business Partner Focused on Employee Satisfaction, Talent Development and Long-Term Business Viability
A recognized Human Resources and Training leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, Kathleen Innaurato offers a unique blend of executive acumen, process and system analysis, benefit and investment plan restructuring and Tribal Member Development solutions credited with strong ROI, substantial cost savings and organizational and operational improvement for Elk Valley Rancheria. As Chief Human Resources Officer for Elk Valley, Kathleen built a responsive Human Resources organization that consistently delivers results by aligning organizational and Tribal Member development initiatives with business goals with substantial improvement to Tribal Member development, service delivery, standardization and business/system accuracy and performance.
She was recruited by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Casino Resort to develop an employee, supervisor and leadership training curriculum and design an individualized, developmentally appropriate training program to position Tribal Members to assume leadership roles throughout Tribal enterprises and entities, the result far exceeded the expectations of Tribal Council and the executive committee. One of Ms Innaurato’s major accomplishments while at Foxwoods was the design and development of an interactive and experiential new hire orientation which caught the interest of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and was featured in a special on indigenous peoples.
Kathleen’s career includes leadership roles with Lady Luck Casino and Station Casino, Kansas City where she was asked to build and train a first class team of Human Resources and Training professionals, many of whom are currently in key level Human Resources roles in the casino and hospitality industries.
Ms. Innaurato added international gaming to her resume as corporate Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Casino Magic. She had responsibility for human resources functions for all of the Casino Magic properties as well as a member of new venture development committee whose role included presentations to government officials and key stakeholders of proposed new venture design and business plan. Ms Innaurato was a member of the opening team for several successful new ventures, two casinos in Greece and two casinos in Argentina
Kathleen began her career in casino and hospitality at Bally’s Park Place, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She rose from a single property focus to multiple property responsibility through positions requiring a keen sense of Compensation and Benefit plan designs and implementation, the successful incorporation of developmentally appropriate educational theory into the Training and Development model , the construction of a state of the art HRIS design and management reporting processes and the storyboarding, scripting, shooting and editing of employee video productions to be used in the development of multi prong approach to internal communications. Ms. Innaurato collaborated with topic experts to create a video based training and assessment for game protection. She collaborated with casino management to devise a job specific performance appraisal for all positions within the gaming areas.
Prior to pursuing a career in the casino hospitality industry Ms Innaurato was an educator, a member of the governor’s curriculum development task force assigned with the task of improving the quality and standard of education for grades K-12 and the architect of one of the first gifted programs to be approved and funded by the state of New Jersey. Ms. Innaurato cites this experience as one of her crowned accomplishments. Based on the gifted program process for assessing the abilities of students, a young man was identified as Math gifted, who prior to this venue was assigned to a remedial math program and assumed to be learning disabled.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Glassboro State University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She maintains an active membership in Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD) and National Association of Female Executives (NAFE)