Sheila M. Burns



Sheila Burns, Principal Sheila Burns has spent her career focusing on translating business visions into concrete plans and systems which result in successful business operations.  She has worked on the initial formation of more than 25 new business start-ups in over 20 countries in the past 15 years.  As a Senior Professional of Human Resources, she’s an expert in optimizing company design to minimize costs, maximize efficiency and meet customer needs at both the beginning of the business life cycle and through rapid expansion in the early business growth phase.  From an operations perspective, Ms Burns is an experienced HR leader with background in workforce planning and staffing, performance management, compensation and benefits program design and administration, training and development, payroll and HRIS, risk management and health and safety.  Sheila has managed the human resource and administrative organizations of both large and small companies, including a position as executive director of International Human Resources for a Fortune 100 company, managing the international assignments of over 400 employees and their families. In addition, she has served as the principal in charge of operations of a small business.  She has extensive project planning and management experience.

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In addition to her expertise in human resources, Ms. Burns has background in accounting and taxation.  She has extensive training and work experience in methods and standards development, business process analysis and design, forecasting and budgeting, and strategic and operations planning.  She was trained as an AT&T Methods Developer long before total quality management became a formalized discipline.

Among the numerous projects which Sheila has completed are:

Her recent publications and presentations include Organizations…How They Grow and Change, Roadmaps for International Wireless Ventures, New Zealand Country Overview, South Africa Country Overview, A Guide to Working from Home and Flexible International Assignee Compensation Plans.  She is a member of World at Work and holds senior professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Sheila has been a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America, the Boy Scouts of America, Chairperson of the Wilder School Accountability Committee, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District garden volunteer and a volunteer consultant to new businesses.  She currently spends her community service hours mentoring a home schooled student.