• Skills & Experience

    Champion for Great Talent and

    Great Workplaces

    Human Resources, People and Culture


    • Communication. Positively influence culture through questions, feedback and messaging delivered through words and actions.
    • Mission Alignment. Help executives/peers, direct reports, and company personnel understand how what they do is important to the larger organization
    • Talent Acquisition. Recruit, select, hire for fit and on-board top talent.
    • Performance Accountability. Verify and validate which actions and behaviors are considered exemplary.
    • Recognition. Celebrate employees who share the organization’s values and mission.
    • Skill Building. Expand skills and capabilities to achieve short- and long-term organizational goals. Topics like:
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Motivation and Morale
      • Performance Management
      • Time and Productivity

    Talent and Organizational Development

    • 360 Feedback. Qualitative and quantitative assessment options with actionable recommendations & coaching.  
    • Competency Development. Strengthen leadership knowledge, success attributes and productivity.
    • Talent Assessments. Assess & align beliefs, behaviors and priorities impacting daily work.
    • Content development, keynote speeches, high impact presentations, and article publishing.
    • Events & Retreats - Open hearts and minds, re-frame challenging situations and increase personal resiliency with individual, small and large group retreat experiences.
    • Succession Planning. Conduct talent review meetings in preparation for changes in leadership, like exits and promotions. 
    • Talent Championing. Project Collaboration to infuse projects with principles of influence and a dose inspiration. 

    Industries and Businesses I've worked for include:

    Healthcare & Bio Science

    Future Proofing - Organizational Development

    In these organizations I held progressive positions in the division of HUMAN RESOURCES holding the following positions:

    • Vice President, Human Excellence
    • Director, Talent and Organizational Development
    • Learning Institute Program Manager
    • Training Consultant

    Healthcare has many different business units running simultaneously in one acute-care hospital. Services include: nursing, physicians, emergency rooms, surgical units, janitorial services, building maintenance, equipment management, referrals to urgent-care centers, outpatient clinics and so much more. Now expand one hospital into two or twelve or forty.

      The Bioscience firm I worked for focused on manufacturing biospecimens for leading researchers around the world. This work environment included corporate offices, blood donation clinics, and manufacturing laboratories.


      Sustaining Excellence - Program Implementation

      For SkillSoft, I served as:

      • Strategic Global Account Consultant

      Technology companies focus primarily on the development and/or manufacturing of technology, or providing technology as a service. Many large tech companies are known for innovation and use electronic technologies for educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom.


      My services in program implementation included blended learning solutions to help growing organizations engage, educate, train and develop their workforce & clients. Sampling of businesses served: Adobe, NorthPoint Communications, Intel.

      Retail and Food Service

      Culture Change and Performance Accountability

      At Jack in the Box, I held the role of:

      • Training Specialist

      Retail and Food service both satisfy consumer demands through a supply chain and both have a significant problem with retention. In food service, for example, turnover can be as high as 300% in a low performing high volume urban restaurant.


      During my time with Jack in the Box, we implemented a culture change initiative. The focus was on retaining great employees using consistent messaging and performance management. We taught leaders to communicate with their teams early and often to manage their turnover effectively positively impacting morale and increasing revenue.

    • Career Journey

      About Desiree Aragon, M.H.R.O.D

      Desiree Aragon is certified to train and facilitate top rated leadership programs, deliver difficult messages, and influence with power of persuasion. She also holds a masters degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development (M.H.R.O.D)


      In 2017, Desiree partnered with several experts and business guru Brian Tracy to earn amazon best seller status for the collaborative book, Ready, Set, Go! Top Tips for Setting Yourself Up for Success. She has also been recognized by the Women Speakers Association as a Voice of the 21st Century with a book releasing in Fall 2019.


      Thanks to her working mom, Desiree was a bona fide mail clerk by the age of nine. The thing about spending childhood in an office setting is that one can quickly learn a few things about how people behave at work. Watching people interact over the job roles and responsibilities made Desiree acutely aware of workplace morale.


      By age 19 Desiree was majoring in organizational communication and helping one of her earliest employers with a merger/acquisition. This would be her first organizational culture intervention long before she'd ever even heard of the concept. Finding unique ways to help the on-boarding team connect with the parent company was a complex and rewarding challenge. She clarified shared goals, outlined job roles and affirmed the value of transitioning employees.

      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

      - Maya Angelou

      From these early days, Desiree could see that if we ignore the environment at work, productivity gets derailed. Equally, she learned that if we really pay attention to the signs talented people show us, magic happens. Sustaining excellence is about inspiring leaders to know who they are, what they do best and remove environment, mindset, and skill based obstacles inhibiting success .


      Desiree's leadership journey began when she first learned how to influence without authority. Using strategies to gain buy-in, combat resistance and celebrate successes helped her build long-lasting relationships.


      Desiree consulted for a bit before starting a family. Desiree was then hired into Sutter Health when she was 9 months pregnant. In healthcare then bio science, she moved up from consultant to manager to director and then onto Vice President.


      Throughout her career Desiree has used her special ability to pick up on subtle nuances to grow top talent. She loves to be connected to the fast high impact changes leaders make for big wins.

    • Education & Certifications

      Desiree Aragon has earned:

      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
      • Masters of Human Resources & Organizational Development
      • Certification to influence, coach, and facilitate personality & behavioral wellness programs.
      • Certification as instructor for top rated leadership programs, including; Vital Smarts Crucial Conversations, Franklin Covey’s Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results, 7 Habits for Highly Effective PeopleExtraordinary Productivity and Elevate, Inc’s Elevations for Organizations.
      • Certification for Lominger Competency 360 Feedback Process
      • Completed Leadership Agility 360 Certification Training
      • Certification as Myers Brigg Type Indicator, MBTI Facilitator
      • Certification for Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP)
      • Certification as Meditation Teacher. 

      Desiree holds active memberships with the Women’s Speakers Association (WSA), the National Association of Experts, Writers and Speakers and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).


      Gallup® StrengthsFinder

      • Strategic|Relator| Developer|Maximizer

      Elevations for Organizations

      • Facilitator, Relationship Builder & Communicator
      • Liberator, Action Oriented and Adventurous

      Myers Briggs (MBTI)

      • ENFPs are sometimes referred to as Champion personalities because of their enthusiasm for helping others realize their dreams. They are energetic, passionate and love to help other people explore their creative potential.


      Desiree has been a featured speaker at retreats and workshops for audiences in Asia, Canada, Costa Rica, and throughout the United States.


      In addition to Desiree's extensive work in leadership and organizational behavior, she has actively studied varied aspects wellness and spirituality. Thus, she is a certified licensed Angel Therapy Practitioner from Hay House Publishing and earned certification as a spiritual life coach accredited by the Emerson Theological Institute.


      Desiree Aragon

      916-870-0175 or desi@desireearagon.com or desiree.nielson@gmail.com