Cara Heilmann

Vice President of Hawaii Operations /Sr. HR Consultant


Cara Heilmann

Working in her mother’s clothing factory in Aiea, Hawaii, Cara wondered why the employees were so loyal and dedicated to what others would think as highly repetitive work. This curiosity led Cara to study human resources at the University of Hawaii and later Talent & Leadership at Vanderbilt University. Today, Cara applies her 20 plus years of human resource and talent experience to help companies create productive and fulfilling places to work.

Cara first cut her teeth in human resources at Pioneer Federal Savings Bank as a staffing specialist. She later moved to the mainland to attend graduate school and then led teams for organizations like Kaiser Permanente, Baxter Diagnostics, ARAMARK, AMN Healthcare, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, International Paper, and PAGENET.

As the Vice President of the Hawaii Operations, Cara is responsible for maintaining the level of service our Hawaii clients have come to know and expect. She also delivers projects related to recruitment, talent and organizational development, policy assessment and development, succession planning, executive coaching, culture and values, and much more.

Cara has Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and an MBA. She is also a certified executive career coach and has her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.

She regularly travels between Hawaii and her home in San Francisco. An avid runner, Cara enjoys half and full marathons including 24-hour 200+ mile relay races. She is active in her community and loves to spend weekends with her husband, cheering for their two teenaged sons at their many sports activities.

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