Amy Acker, co-founder and Managing Partner of Beacon People Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to the development of leaders and organizations. Started in 2007, Beacon People Solution’s clients include individual executives and teams within start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and Executive Search Firms. The firm’s current offerings include leadership/executive assessment and coaching; team coaching and development; Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step I& II Instrument administration, validation and interpretation, and Human Resources strategy. Built on a philosophy of producing results that impact the business, Beacon People Solutions offers highly customized solutions to meet their customers’ needs.
Certified in Step I and Step II MBTI instrument administration, Amy is currently pursuing her MBTI Master Practitioner Certification.
In December, 2005, Amy retired from her corporate human resources career to pursue other career and life interests. Prior to this she spent 18 years as a corporate human resources professional mostly with global technology firms. Her 18 years of experience includes human resources planning and strategy; executive and board search; executive coaching; executive compensation; leadership development; global recruitment; human capital metrics and employee relations.
Amy graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York in 1988 with a degree in Human Resources Management. She attended Pace on a basketball scholarship where she was a two-time Academic All-American. Upon graduating from Pace, she began working full-time for the university as the International Student Advisor for the Westchester Campuses. While working, she also studied for her master’s degree and graduated in 1992 with an MBA in Strategic Management and Planning from Pace University, White Plains, New York.
In 1990, Amy assumed her first corporate human resources job at Nortel (then Northern Telecom) in Valhalla, New York. She transferred to Nortel’s US headquarters in McLean, Virginia in 1992 and remained there until 1995 working as a human resources generalist for multiple business segments including the Federal System’s division, North America Major Accounts, and Nortel Communications Systems.
Late in 1995, Amy took a senior human resources generalist role with the Government Electronics Systems division within Allied Signal’s (now Honeywell) Aerospace Sector. She provided the full scope of human resources functions for finance, information technology, public relations and the marketing and sales organizations.
After spending a year at Allied Signal, Amy was recruited to join Lucent Technologies in 1996 as they approached their “spin” from AT&T. She began as a senior human resources generalist supporting the global finance organization. In 1998, she assumed additional responsibilities and became the Director of Human Resources for the New Ventures organization, a business dedicated to incubating start-up businesses.
In March, 2000, Lucent announced the “spin-off” of their enterprise business (now Avaya) into a separate public entity. Amy was asked to join as one of the founding vice presidents and lead the executive staffing and leadership development organizations. For the next five years Amy took on increased responsibilities as Avaya matured. She continued to build the global executive staffing and leadership development functions as well as the global recruitment function. Additionally, she was the senior human resources business partner for global finance and the global information technology and operations organizations. While there, she developed Avaya’s first executive development program, “The Leadership Challenge” for Avaya’s top 100 executives. The Leadership Challenge was the subject of a joint white paper with Lore International Institute titled “ The Leadership Challenge, Accelerating Organizational Transformation Through Leadership Development.”Amy was also invited to speak about the Leadership Challenge at the 7th Annual Corporate University Week in 2005.
As Managing Partner of Beacon People Solutions, LLC, Amy remains interested in and committed to helping organizations, their executives, leadership teams and board members not only grow their human capital but their businesses as well.
Amy is a certified MBTI Master Practitioner.