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Chief People Officer Panel

Kristi Macaluso

Kristi Macaluso, Chief People Officer​

Kristi is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in the KBP portfolio, comprised of three restaurant brands with over 1,000 locations, including recruitment/retention, total rewards, employee relations, DE&I, organizational and leadership development and HR technology.  With more than 20 years of experience, Kristi joined KBP in 2021 as Vice President of Talent Management.  Kristi started her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and most recently worked at H&R Block where she had an impressive and progressive 14-year career working in both Human Resources and Operations.  Kristi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Missouri State University and she serves on the board at Giving the Basics.

Laurie Minard

Laurie Minard, Chief People Officer

Laurie Minard earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and has more than 29 years of experience in Human Resources. She began her career at Garmin in 1996, when she was hired to develop the Human Resources department from the ground up. She is currently the Vice President, Human Resources and responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for Garmin’s HR policies and programs. Since 1999, Laurie has served on the Executive Board for the Employment Practices Network of Kansas City. In 2015, she joined the KANSASWORKS State Board, as well as the KANSASWORKS State Board Workforce Alignment Committee. In 2021 she became part of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board.

Mark Garrett

Mark Garrett, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Garrett is the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). He is responsible for all human resources functions including talent acquisition and development, employee relations, total rewards, facilities and real estate, diversity and inclusion and community investments.

Mark has held senior leadership positions in operations and human resources at Smithfield Foods, Kansas City Public School District and Hallmark Cards. Prior to joining Blue KC, he served as the Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer at Smithfield, where he led talent acquisition, employee development, diversity and employee engagement.

Mark earned a master of business administration degree from Baker University and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Kansas.

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Cristo Rey Kansas City (CRKC) High School provides a Catholic, college and career prep education enhanced by an innovative Corporate Work Study Program to culturally diverse, ambitious students with economic need. CRKC was established in 2006 and since the first graduating class in 2010, 100% of Cristo Rey graduates have been accepted into college. The first Cristo Rey started in Chicago in 1996 and there are now 38 schools across the country in the Cristo Rey Network. Each of the schools share the same mission of providing a college prep education to students of limited economic means. Each Cristo Rey school incorporates the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) for every student, all four years of high school. The CWSP breaks down the socioeconomic and cultural barriers that often inhibit the future success of our students. The Corporate Work Study Program places every student in a professional job five full days a month, all four years of high school. Student Associates connect classroom to career, while earning up to 50% of their own tuition cost. These young men and women contribute and strengthen their social and technical acumen as they develop newfound awareness to pursue and excel in careers or industries they may not have otherwise considered.