Meet Shannon Hilt Sackmann. She’s key to a company’s success by way of ensuring its employees are able to thrive within a healthy culture. Her passion for people and creating positive environments spills over into her family life where sit down dinners and time together are a priority.
Thank you Shannon for being a driving force in Human Resources and making a difference for so many peoples’ careers and lives.
Please tell us a little bit about your career. I have a consulting practice called Human Factor HR. I offer consulting for nonprofits and small businesses who may not have their own HR resources or have limited resources and need additional help. It includes everything from recruiting to implementing policies and procedures to dispute resolution and even hiring and terminations. I am currently working with a nonprofit in Broomfield called Friends of Broomfield. I’m also currently involved in some contract work for Food Bank of the Rockies through the end of the year. They are the busiest they’ve ever been, and I’m helping them with recruiting, hiring, on boarding to fulfill their staffing needs.
Q: What inspired you to led you to your current career?
A: I’ve been in the nonprofit space for most of my career. I have a masters degree in Labor Studies. After graduate school, I went to work for the National Labor Relations Board in Kansas City – which is where I met my husband, Andy. When we moved to Colorado is when I began working in the nonprofit sector. Over the years, as I moved into leadership, I also got more involved in human resources. I realized I wanted to get back to doing more of that, so several years ago I completed a graduate program at University of Denver and launched my consulting practice . I truly love to help people. Everyone talks about their “why” and that’s definitely my “why”. I want employees to be taken care of by their employers. I’m definitely an employee advocate. I believe that employees are the most valuable asset a company has, and the better they can take care of them, nurture them, and allow them to grow, the more the company will grow. That’s why I do what I do.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Lafayette and Louisville?
A: There’s so many places that we love, but Lulu’s BBQ is probably our family favorite. 740 Front Street has been great for when Andy and I are able to have date night.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Lafayette and Louisville?
A: We moved to Louisville in 2009. We love it and I can’t see us going anywhere anytime soon.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: Right now, I would just love to go to some place with crystal blue water and a beach. I wouldn’t even be picky, just to be under the warm sun, relax, and disconnect. Prior to COVID we have gone to Mexico three years in a row because it’s easy with a small child. I’d really like to do Hawaii, and then Andy and I would love to go to Spain.
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater? What is your favorite movie?
A: I believe the first movie I saw in a movie theater was E.T. I think I made my aunt take me three times! My all-time favorite movie is Out of Africa with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. It’s a beautiful movie!
Q: What advice would you give to a crowd of people?
A: We all need to be nice to each other, and stop and listen to each other. I think that’s the biggest thing. I feel like so many people are very polarized now. We need to have compassion for each other and try to understand where the other person is coming from.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Andy and I definitely work hard and save hard so that we can travel. Especially once our son goes off at college, we will be traveling more.
Q: What three bands that you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: The Beatles. I would love to see The Lumineers live, but it’s so hard to get tickets. The first band I loved when I was a kid was The Mamas and the Papas. They were the first cassette tape that I ever bought.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lafayette and Louisville?
A: I always tell people to go to The Empire. It’s so much a part of downtown and very much a staple.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
A: Michelle Obama. She would want to go some place fun, like maybe Teocalli.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lafayette and Louisville?
A: I think it’s the community here that you don’t get in bigger places. I love going to events like the Peach Festival and the parades and then seeing neighbors and friends out at the same events. It’s grown so much since we moved here in 2009, but there’s still that small town feel.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I would really hope to be in HR for a mid-size company that has a great culture. I’d like to be a part of team again at an organization that is thriving and building a great team culture. I’m fortunate to be able to work independently from home, but I know over time I will miss the interaction of working with others.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I was a Sheet Metal Worker Union Organizer for a year when I moved to Colorado.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Cozy, Clean, and Family.
Q: If you have a full-time staff member that is fully paid for, who would you choose? Driver, Nanny, Personal Trainer, Chef, or anything you want.
A: It would be a combination of a housekeeper/cook because those are the things that I feel as we try to balance work and life that take so much time. We spend so much time and energy cleaning, buying groceries, and cooking. But, every night we sit down as a family and have a meal. Yes, we cook a real meal, which is something important to us.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Drew Barrymore. Two female leads – love that! She’s funny, she does great things for the world, and I think we would like each other.
Q: Is there something that you can add that would benefit or add value to the community, what do you think would that be?
A: OZO Coffee. I know that probably wouldn’t be a huge hit, but I just love them. I am not a huge coffee drinker, but they’re just my favorite coffee.