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Professional Advisory Board

Strategic Advisory Board


Advisory Board


Delta Emerson


Delta Emerson is an experienced Human Resources professional who is recognized as an expert in corporate culture and employee engagement. named her to their 2016 “Top Ten Company Culture Thought Leaders” list, and in 2015 she was named as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by the Dallas Business Journal. She is a frequent speaker, media resource, and panelist on topics related to change management, employee engagement, and corporate culture.


Delta is a progressive leader with rich corporate experience in a variety of functions, has domestic and international experience in several industries, and has worked in start-ups and Fortune 1000 corporations. Delta is passionate about the impact that strong employee engagement has on a company’s R.O.I. After a successful corporate career, she founded a firm that focuses on helping companies work as intentionally on employee engagement, as they do on product development and financial success.


Delta spent 13 years (2004 – 2017) at Ryan LLC, a corporate tax advisory firm, with initial responsibility for the Human Resources function. Through the years, she was progressively promoted from the CHRO role into other areas of responsibility, ultimately serving as President of Global Shared Services, responsible for global leadership of Corporate Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Marketing, Real Estate, Facilities and Office Services, and Strategy and Business Excellence. She reported to the Chairman and CEO, was a member of the Board of Managers, and was Executive Director and Vice Chair of The Ryan Foundation. In 2010, Delta was the inaugural recipient of the Chairman’s Award.


Delta holds a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism, with teaching certification, from Angelo State University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), and as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resources Management.


In her spare time, Delta enjoys creative writing, and she and her husband travel to those locations around the world that remain on their bucket list.


Through the years, Delta has led transformation in the following areas:


  • Corporate Awards and Recognition – Created a Corporate Excellence initiative with a strategic approach to identifying and applying for corporate awards that best aligned with corporate image and strategy; created Culture Council to leverage data collected in surveys to highlight and act on improvement opportunities; and leveraged awards won to enhance the employer’s brand and visibility. Over the course of eight years, efforts resulted in reduced turnover, increased employee engagement and client satisfaction scores, and increased revenue.
  • Flexible Working Environment Initiative – Led company through transformation from a face-time, clock-watching company to one that allows employees to work where, when, and how they choose, with employees measured on quantifiable and agreed-upon results.
  • Employee Recognition – Led adoption and implementation of social media tool that enabled real-time, 360 recognition, with Facebook look and feel.
  • Social Media – Early adopter of, branded site, and created proactive response and communication strategy for comments and reviews that were shared.
  • Community Outreach – Created giving strategy and process that aligned with company’s core values and that supported employees’ favorite causes and passions. Formed 501(c)(3) foundation.
  • Vision, Mission and Purpose Statements – Led effort to re-tool, simplify, and bring life to these important statements, including client and employee participation.
  • Wellness Initiatives and Strategy - Worked with Benefits team to create a robust, award-winning wellness program that enjoys high employee participation, and that aligns with improvement targets for key health indicators.
  • Human Resources – Led build-out of two HR organizations from scratch.