The HR Lady: HR Expert, Author, Speaker

Wendy Sellers, an HR Disruptor


As your witty and energetic consultant  or event speaker, Wendy is authentic and transparent - above all, she keeps it real. She is direct yet funny and there is never any sugar coating


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.

Wendy has over 20 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 and life-cycles. Wendy is disruptor of traditional HR.

Wendy Sellers, The HR Lady


Wendy Sellers, MHR, MHA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Operating Officer, Philanthropic Officer, HR Consultant, Operations and Leadership Coach, author, speaker and co-owner of BlackRain Partners LLC., she has been a leadership consultant, executive coach and speaker for hundreds of corporate training and development events, an HR Executive/ Director, an HR Advisor, a Board Member and an adjunct faculty member.

While she is not looking to make history, she desires to be the change she wants to see in this world. She says, "I speak up and challenge the status quo. I ask controversial questions". She has helped hundreds of executives and leaders increase organizational productivity, leading to increased profits, and a strong bottom line. 

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Wendy Sellers, energetic, impactful speaker


Wendy has a master's degree in Human Resources, a master's degree in Health Care Administration, is HR certified as an SHRM-SCP and SPHR, is health/life insurance licensed, is a Dale Carnegie course graduate, and is an active board member and volunteer for multiple non-profits and a National Speakers Association  professional member.

Speaker Experience Sampling:

· UCF College of Business, Keynote 2018

· HR Florida Conference 2015, 2016, 2017,   2018

· Jacksonville SHRM Annual Conference

· Space Coast SHRM Annual Conference

· CareerSource Florida Workforce   Development Summit, 2016, 2017

· World at Works, Total Rewards   Conference 2015

· Flagler County Thrive Business Summit, Keynote

· CareerSource Polk Roundtables;   Keynote at Annual Conference

HR Expertise

Change Management

  • Organizational development: mergers, acquisitions, fast growth, downturns
  • Solid communication plans and transparent accountability
  • Corporate culture transformation


  • New leadership/ ownership
  • Budget/ funding cuts
  • Efficiency planning
  • HR process analysis
  • Resume writing for internal applicants and exiting staff
  • 360 feedback surveys

Management Coaching

  • Establishing trust
  • Handling personality challenges
  • Motivating employees
  • Conflict/ dispute resolution
  • Effective meetings and followup
  • HR compliance - simplified

Employee Relations

  • Communication planning, development and implementation
  • Employee engagement and satisfaction surveys (and solutions)
  • Complaint investigations, resolutions and long term solutions

HR Training

  • From Interview do and don'ts - to Job descriptions, Performance management  and Promotions- to Performance improvement plans and Termination processes.
  • Sensitivity, Diversity and Anti-Harassment Workshops

Team Building

  • Develop strong team relationships before/ during/ after a state of change
  • Maintain excellent workplace relationships to improve productivity and revenue
  • Why? People do business and work hard for people they trust and respect

3 Things Leaders Should Know

Enjoy this 25-minute session on 3 Things Leaders Should Know: (1) Your personality annoys people (2) Common sense is not common and (3) You suck at communication. Read more in my book "Suck It Up, Buttercup."  


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."

Exceptional HR professional

Wendy is an exceptional HR professional. She communicates directly and succinctly, and knows how to train, motivate and lead employees through organizational change. I have worked with Wendy for over a year now and often turn to her for HR advice. I highly recommend her for consultation, department turn-arounds, and public speaking engagements.

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.

Suck It Up, Buttercup - Author Interview

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About The HR Lady: Expert HR Consultant, Speaker

Orlando Medical News (Column)

Florida Today (Article)

Click here for the article in Florida Today.

Internal Auditors Magazine (Article)

HR Superstar Practitioner (Award)

LinkedIN (Articles)

LinkedIN Articles

LinkedIN Articles can be found here.

Wendy's Blog

My blog can be found here.

Philanthropic Officer

Resolving Homelessness

Proud board member and development chair of  The Sharing Center. Resolving homelessness is my passion.

Strengthening HR

As a board member, I consistently look for ways to give back to our community just as SBSHRM gives back to our profession.

Providing Stability

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.

Community Leadership

Leadership Seminole 

Volunteer/ Alumni/ Executive Council Member, 2017-present

Business Advisor

Volunteer small business board member on the Seminole Advisory Board Council  in Seminole county, FL.

HR Conference Speaker

As a repeat HR Florida Conference speaker, I am proud to be able to share my human resources expertise and knowledge with others.

National Speakers Association

Wendy The HR Lady

Expect ask a lot of questions to find the truth about your business pain. We will develop and implement long-term business and leadership solutions, together. Achieving your vision is our goal.

HR is a Profit Center

Human resources, also known as human capital, is a profit center NOT a cost center. When managed effectively and lead to achieve the organizations vision, profit is obtained! Think about it - why else would you hire people?

Performance Improvement Plans

If you are using Performance Improvement Plans simply to create a document trail before terminating an employee, you are part of the problem. PIP's do work! They can actually improve performance (hence, their name), however they must be done right. "How can I improve my performance if you do not tell me what I am doing wrong or give me the tools to make corrections?"


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