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Kelly Davis

Columbus, Ohio area



Phone: (614) 382-0376

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Professional info​

Dynamic. Energetic. I am a people leader who is passionate about technology and a technology leader who understands how it all fits together and why it is important to the business and the people.

With over 20 years of experience, I have held increasingly more responsible and impactful roles in both IT and HR. My technology leadership includes enterprise applications, HRIS, application development, web development, architecture, infrastructure, project/portfolio management, business analysis, training, change management, business intelligence, and desktop support/help desk.

I keep current with dynamic enterprise technology industries and bring innovative ideas, analysis and best practices to my work and consulting. I consult with organizations via KDO Executive Consulting, LLC and mentor high-potential leaders. Also, I serve as a freelance HR technology analyst and advise colleagues, and clients on vendor viability, futurist predictions and product capabilities.

Work experience
Consultant, Analyst and Managing Member
KDO Executive Consulting, LLC

​2013 - present


  • Consult with technology vendors on system functionality for new products (start ups and existing products).

  • Consult on technology strategy, processes, functionality and system selection. Mentor technology leaders and people seeking to find the right job fit in a technical role.

  • Consult on people strategy, organizational design, job/role definition and change management. Mentor HR staff and others who work with technology-related roles. 

  • Member of the LinkedIn Hiring Advisers community.


I am available for traditional consulting arrangements, part-time direct hire consulting or coaching, and partnership or sub-contracting with other consulting businesses. To engage me in a consulting, analysis or mentoring engagement, contact


Director, Enterprise Systems and Applications
Highlights for Children
​2014 - present


Provide leadership, direction, and talent management for 4 teams which provide enterprise application development and support, data architecture and management, project and portfolio management, and business analysis for the Highlights Family of Companies. Also, serve as the chief technology strategist for the Highlights Education Companies.


Director, HR Information and Technology Services
The Ohio State University
​1995 - 2014


Served in various HR technology and technology roles over 19 years with the department of Human Resources at OSU including help desk manager, network engineer, web developer, business analyst, project manager, assistant director, and director. I represented HR on enterprise system governance teams and advised IT executives on HR technology strategy and applications. During my time at OSU, IT organizations were distributed so my role also included directing and managing IT services for teams of project managers, business analysts, systems analysts, web and application developers, data analysts, network engineers and desktop support staff.

  • Leading Edge Selective Leadership Program at OSU 2005

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) 2002/2006

  • Certified Help Desk Manager 2000

  • Certified Novell Admin 1996


Empowerment, initiative, proactive focus, collaboration/partnership and considering the forest when tending to a tree

The Ohio State University, Master of Arts, Department of Education 

At OSU, I attended graduate school in Higher Education and Student Affairs with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology and served as a Graduate Associate for both years. Also, I taught a non-credit class on leadership. Upon graduating, I was hired by OSU as a Residence Hall Director for 3 halls which housed over 600 students and employed 60 student staff members. After about 18 months, I seized the chance to move out of the halls and became a Financial Aid Counselor. In these early post-MA jobs, I gravitated toward technology and became a power user and technical trainer for my colleagues. Since the market was better in IT and recruiters were looking for aptitude, I made the move to OSU's HR IT department and began my new passion at the intersection of people and technology.  


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelors in Music

I have always followed my passions. Coming out of high school, my passion was to learn more about music theory and to perform. While in college, I was a Resident Advisor which led me to a different passion which was to work in student services at a University, so I set out to earn a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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