Talent Management Truths

The Culture Impact in an Employee-owned Business with Kristi Spindler

January 03, 2024 Lisa Mitchell / Kristi Spindler Episode 110
Talent Management Truths
The Culture Impact in an Employee-owned Business with Kristi Spindler
Show Notes

“A company doesn’t have to be employee-owned to give your employees a voice.”

- Kristi Spindler

Do you like ESOPs?  Most people do.  Wondering if it’s small alien species on a planet in the Star Wars universe?  Nope.  ESOP stands for Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and it’s an acronym used frequently by wholly employee-owned companies.  In today’s episode, my guest shares what she loves about working in HR in an ESOP environment.  We also spend some time in the latter part of the episode talking about advocating for support for women in the workforce, from parental leaves to daycare subsidies.  

My guest is Kristi Spindler. Kristi Spindler, Human Resources Director at Dakota Supply Group, has nearly 20 years of HR experience leading HR teams focused on company growth and engagement. Kristi lives with her husband and two daughters in Fargo, ND. Kristi received her bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Kristi is a current board president of BIO Girls, Prairie Business’ 2021 Top 25 Women in Business, was an All-American collegiate soccer player and now spends time coaching and cheering her girls on in sports.

In this episode of Talent Management Truths, you’ll discover:

  • The advantages of doing HR in an employee-owned business with an  ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) and ideas for what you can do if you don’t work in an employee-owned business
  • Thoughts on the importance of people leaders on team engagement
  • Why advocating for women in the workforce is important and ideas on how to do this


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