Mary Ila Ward, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Mary Ila Ward currently serves as the Director- Elect for the Alabama SHRM State Council and will assume the role of Director in 2019. She served as Alabama SHRM State Council Certification Director where she helped navigate the new SHRM certification program. Mary Ila has also served as Certification Director for TVC-SHRM. In addition, she has also served as VP of Programs for TVC-SHRM and VP of Membership for NASHRM.  

Mary Ila Ward has over 10 years of experience in corporate recruiting, economic and workforce development, talent management and leadership coaching and training. She founded Horizon Point Consulting in 2011 with a drive to move the workplace forward through innovative people practices. She helps employers and communities focus on growth by challenging leaders to push the limits through forward thinking cultures and practices that are grounded in sound research and science.

A huge believer in work-life integration, Mary Ila helps organizations realize how they can hire for fit while improving diversity, engage employees by supporting them holistically, and drive home the importance of career development to communities and organizations. As a lifelong learner, she engages in speaking and writing on topics that are important to moving human resources and talent management forward.

Mary Ila graduated from The University of Alabama, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and rounded out a formal education with a Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where her thesis focused on leadership emergence. In addition to her certifications in Human Resources, she is also a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Instructor.