Betia Barker is the VP, Organization Development and Design for Reimagine Organization
Development, Inc. She provides collaborative, creative and engaging solutions to clients by
developing thought-provoking Diversity, Equity, Inclusion-Belonging and Leadership
Development alternatives and strategy.
As a Talent Management Specialist at Univar Solutions, a global chemical distribution company,
Betia managed all organization development solutions including, succession planning,
performance management, team development and talent reviews. As project manager for the
organization’s global relaunch of SuccessFactors HRIS, she successfully implemented several
modules within the system including Succession Planning and Performance and Goals. She
received great accolades for developing and facilitating training with the HR teams in Brazil and
Mexico focusing on SuccessFactors utilization and management as well as performance
management. She was also recognized for key data analysis resulting in significant updates to
the organization’s merit policy.
Prior to Univar Solutions, Betia was the HR Manager at IRI, a global marketing research firm,
reporting directly to the VP, HR supporting over 1,300 global team members in the Operations
group. She was recognized for contributing to a significant decrease in the rate of termination
by facilitating intuitive, forward-thinking managerial training centering on effective conflict
management and un-biased, behavioral-based employee management. In addition to employee
relations, coaching, and performance management initiatives, she worked directly with payroll
team, resolving escalated issues.
With the support of the Sr. VP, Human Resources, Betia was promoted internally to the HR
Generalist role at DeVry University where she supported the Online Division with over 1,000
team members. Reporting to the Sr. HR Business Partner, she provided talent acquisition, DEI,
employee relations and performance management support. She facilitated Individual
Development Plan training in response to results of an employee engagement survey she
developed. Additionally, she launched a number of employee engagement initiatives resulting
in a 10% increase of engagement. Betia served as a resource throughout the talent review
process and succession planning, resulting in 3 Advisors’ promotion to Assistant Directors and
identification of a potential President of Enrollment.
Betia earned a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management
with HR certification and a Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences from
Northern Illinois University.
She is a member of various HR and research related organizations such as the Society of Human
Resources Management (SHRM) and Academy of Management (AOM). Additionally, she
volunteers and contributes to Chicago Cares, an organization with community-driven programs
advocating for a more vibrant and equitable city and The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater
Chicago, an organization that offers resources for people living with epilepsy, their families and