Pole Star Is pleased to announce a new division to take care of the B2B needs of the market, Pole Star Consulting, with Dr. Mary Kay Taylor as president. Dr. Taylor is quite an accomplished professional and we are thrilled to have her as part of the consortium to expand our offerings to our clients. Mary Kay is also a full-time professor as well as a strategic talent management advisor and learning development strategist for organizations nationally.  Her dissertation research focused on the Talent Development strategies advancing women middle managers in technology organizations. Dr. Taylor has 25+ years of professional experience in Talent Management consulting including:

• Learning & Development

• Talent Development

• Talent Management

• Human Resource Management, and

• Business, Leadership and Management. 

Dr. Taylor has consulted for numerous organizations nationwide and has published management-focused articles on leadership topics and serves on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations in the development and consulting capacity. She is credentialed as a Global Talent Management Leader (GTML), Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD), and has earned professional certificates in Corporate Training, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Lean Six Sigma, Agile, and Health Information Management. She is also an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Professional Women’s Association (PWA) of St Louis, and the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Kay’s Message:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for developing people. I’ve been fortunate to chart a professional course that’s supported this love through traditional higher education classrooms and less conventional means, such as workforce development, leadership training, and consulting. 

My foray into learning and development started in graduate school. My personal drive for education sparked an interest in supporting others and led me to the halls (and virtual classrooms) of colleges and universities, where I developed and presented coursework specific to healthcare management. 

Over the years, I’ve become increasingly more interested in non-classroom development, where consulting work gave me the chance to dig into leadership development, talent management, and change management projects with organizations like Lockheed Martin, American Red Cross, Career Technology Centers, and Penn State University.  

In my quest for education, I recently completed my Doctorate in Business Administration, which has given me an even stronger understanding of business operations and strategy, which pairs well my experience working in talent and leadership development, adult education, and consulting. 

I’m excited to say all of the above has culminated perfectly into my current role as the President of Pole Star’s new consulting arm. We’re deploying best-in-class advisory services to support robust talent solutions for clients working to reach their human capital goals. From cutting-edge technologies to custom knowledge management systems, change management strategies, and lean methodologies, I’m bringing years of business, education, and leadership development experience to help our clients transform teams, technologies, and business. 

I look forward to helping you realize your organization’s full potential by maximizing your greatest asset: human capital.

Dr. Mary Kay Taylor