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Gretchen O’Brien

Senior Vice President Gretchen O’Brien specializes in talent acquisition, managing strategic HR business initiatives, and solving complex short and long-term organizational difficulties.

A headshot of Gretchen O’BrienMost recently, Gretchen worked as the Director of Talent Acquisition at The Overlook Retirement Community in Charlton, MA. As a member of the leadership team, she partnered with all areas of the business to effectively manage all levels of staffing initiatives for short- and long-term care, the Visiting Nurses and  Hospice Care organizations throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Prior to this, Gretchen was with Not Your Average Joe’s Restaurant Group as the Senior Director of Human Resources, where she aligned HR strategy with the organizational vision, objectives, brand and culture.  Gretchen provided advisory and consulting services delivering customized training programs. She was responsible for selection, onboarding, succession planning, team building, management effectiveness and performance management.

As a Human Resource professional for over 15 years, Gretchen has empowered employees at every level to thrive. She has worked with executives in the hospitality and retail industry to implement key project goals. These projects ranged from restructuring the talent acquisition process of a $300M organization with over 6,000 employees to creating a comprehensive annual review board with senior executives to ensure goals were attainable, realistic and aligned with business strategy.

Earlier in her career, Gretchen built a successful recruitment and staffing business where she managed the client development and recruitment process in the U.S. Gretchen provided coaching, succession planning, new hire assimilation and supported business openings by ensuring management talent at all levels.

Gretchen graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She completed her SPHR at Bryant University and is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®). Through PI, she is also certified in Talent Optimization.

She, her husband and two daughters live in greater Providence, Rhode Island. She enjoys power yoga, hiking with the family dog and culinary experimentation.

Contact Gretchen Directly:  gobrien@kingbishop.com