The HR Lady®


Wendy Sellers, MHR, MHA, SHRM-SCP,  SPHR has 25 years’ experience in HR, change management, operations, strategy, corporate culture and leadership development in all size business (local startup to global enterprise) in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, professional services, higher education, federal contractors, manufacturing, construction, engineering, public safety, non-profit and government agencies (to name a few).

 When Wendy says “Suck It Up, Buttercup”, this means you are about to hear all the facts, proposed solutions and possible consequences of your actions or inactions. Yes, this information may be painful to hear but in order to do the right thing we must look at every angle together. There is never a hidden agenda. Her focus is your bottom line.

The needs of business today have changed. Wendy will be an involved business partner who understands your current culture and builds HR policy, employee trainings and management workshops around your unique environment and goals. 

As your realistic, witty and energetic consultant, trainer or event speaker, Wendy is authentic and transparent - above all, she keeps it real. She is honest, loyal and direct - there is never any sugar coating!  Wendy gets the point across to all audience members.

The HR Lady ® is Realistic, Honest and Reliable. Review her white papers and case studies on the download page.


In addition to her formal education, Wendy is HR certified as an SHRM-SCP and SPHR as well as a Certified Internal Investigation Administrator, health/life insurance licensed, a Dale Carnegie course graduate, and is an active and past board member and volunteer for multiple non-profits and a National Speakers Association professional member. 




To help leaders create successful companies which employees do not desperately want a vacation from.



Affordably assist companies in creating realistic, effective, enjoyable cultures - regardless of their size or entity status as private, public, non-profit or government.



  • Realistic - Advice that can actually be used - today!
  • Honest - Your bottom line always trumps mine.
  • Reliable - Addicted to HR. I am there when you need me.

Testimonials for Wendy Sellers


Engaging and relatable speaker

Wendy is an engaging and relatable speaker! She presented to an audience of over 100 attendees at our annual seminar this year. She knocked it out of the park! She conveyed her message in a clear, concise and, often humorous manner. We were lucky to have her and look forward to inviting her again in the future. It's obvious what her passion is...she's truly the "HR Lady."

Engaging and energetic

This HR lady is a great speaker ! she is talented, knowledgeable, energetic and funny. She keeps the audience engaged - she can certainly deliver her message. Loved her presentation.

Engaging style

She is a make it happen kind of board member and her gifts have served this organization well. In addition to the many talents she has to offer, this HR Lady is a great speaker. She keeps the attention of the audience and has an engaging style that delivers knowledge with high energy and humor. HR professionals all around the country will enjoy her presentations on Leadership and other HR topics that Wendy has to offer. You will be delighted when she delivers one of her presentations for your conference or organization!

Operational advisory development

It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Wendy Sellers. Her knowledge of HR and expertise in team and Operational advisory development was a huge advantage to our entire office. Wendy always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of others. I am looking forward to more projects with Wendy.

Obtaining results

Wendy has been a great help to me and my management team. She is extremely professional and knows how to obtain results. She introduced several practices to establish optimal results in staffing, training and mentoring employees.

HR expert with passion

Wendy helped redefine our interview/hiring process, employee review & evaluation process, organized benefit committees, corporate HR events, and was open and honest in all our discussions and interactions. Through our time together, we only had one major employee issue that I can recall. She handled the situation with extreme professionalism and ensured the company followed the correct procedures to manage the company’s risk, while serving the employees’ rights.
Wendy brings a level of passion and professionalism that companies seek out and enjoy working with. She’s top notch with her work ethic and was a pleasure to work with for many years.

Raving fans


Very professional and accommodating

Wendy is awesome and tailored training to our needs. We have a great deal of trust with her. - Human Resources, Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Leadership lessons for the corporate world

Amazon Review: A great book for anyone in the workforce who is looking to become a more effective leader. The author offers useful advice to become a better communicator, sharing her own personal experiences on how she became better at getting her message through to employees and motivating others to get the job done. This book provides practical information for leaders to get employees more engaged in the company's mission by properly communicating, and not just with words. The lessons here are critical for anyone in a leadership role, as mistakes can tarnish a company's entire reputation, making it more difficult to attract and retain the right employees. - Lisa B

Valuable advice

If you haven’t seen Wendy Sellers speak yet you don’t know what you are missing! She is an excellent speaker. I always learn something valuable to my business or my personal self! Wendy is a true inspiration, I try to catch her events every chance I get. - Cheryl

Suck It Up Buttercup nails it

I loved the book! On the topic of human behavior & communication, Suck it up Buttercup nails it! Wendy points out the most commonly overlooked flaws people make. She gives examples I know I was able to relate to (many were similar to experiences I’ve had) and points out where most mistakes were made. She also gives great examples of how interactions should have gone to get better results. -Chris W

Increased our company productivity

The leadership concepts in the book “Suck It Up, Buttercup” really resonated with me as a fast -paced, direct leader myself. The manner which Wendy Sellers delivers these leadership concepts are so simple that I had to kick myself for not making these realizations before. I bought a copy for each of my managers to read and discuss. Our overall company-wide productivity has already increased. - Vincent E

A true inspiration and leader

Wendy is a true inspiration and leader. Her book has opened my eyes in more ways than one. After receiving her book only weeks ago, I have already implemented ways to become a better leader. I have learned to drop my guard aka "pride" allowing my employees to be more open and willing to share. I have also increased my clientele tremendously with some of the tools she has shared. Wendy, I, my team and clients truly thank you! Her book has opened my eyes in more ways than one. After receiving her book only weeks ago, I have already implemented ways to become a better leader. I have learned to drop my guard aka "pride" allowing my employees to be more open and willing to share. I have also increased my clientele tremendously with some of the tools she has shared. Wendy, I, my team and clients truly thank you! - Aaron A

Leadership Book Testimonials

Five Stars

Great leadership book! Easy read and made me really look at myself and others in leadership roles around me. - Judy B

Great Book

I would recommend this to all no matter what type of leadership role you are in. It was an eye opening concept. - Craig C.

I enjoyed reading this book

I enjoyed reading this book. Very insightful with a little bit of humor. Made me realize that I am fortunate to work for a great company/people (leaders) that follow this philosophy.

Real Leadership Advice

I love Wendy's no nonsense approach to leadership. I can see where I have fallen on both sides of the spectrum and the impact it had on employees. Thanks for keeping it real. - Anna T

Five Stars

If you want solid, straightforward advice from an HR pro about leadership, this book is for you! Ms. Sellers is charming, funny, and honest. Great read!

Concise, Direct Tips

Great book with concise, direct tips on how to be an effective leader and how to interact within a company with different personality types.

About The Book "Suck It Up, Buttercup"

Direct; Thought Provoking; Concise and Realistic Tips

This short book covers topics ranging from personality styles (how some personality styles rub people the wrong way) to communication (which almost always goes wrong) and lack of common sense. Chapter 10 is an "Acting Lesson" which challenges you to change (but only for 15 minutes a day). This thought-provoking book emphasizes that you must shut up and listen to be a leader people will follow.  

Wendy Sellers is an author, HR expert, speaker, consultant and Chief People Officer who is known as The HR Lady -  and is often heard saying "Suck It Up, Buttercup." The phrase has taken a whole new meaning. In the past, it was directed at what she believed were inept employees. Now it is directed at the true root cause:  leaders who are unwilling to consider others' ideas or perceptions.

Being relatable and understanding others is what leadership is all about. Wendy's business experience is real and was very painful to achieve. Her pain is your gain! Let's get to work and dare we say, we just might have some fun along the way. Enjoy the short book, it is straight-forward and humorous - which is exactly how she speaks.

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