Rhonda Spencer Chief People Officer
Spencer oversees two critical teams that inspire personal growth of team members, cultivate leaders within its ten divisional companies, and foster Barry-Wehmiller’s dynamic people-first culture: Organizational Empowerment and Culture & People Development. The Organizational Empowerment Team is focused on furthering the company’s highly successful leadership development institute, Barry-Wehmiller University, its continuous improvement initiatives, Living Legacy of Leadership (L3), and numerous sales motivation programs. Culture & People Development directs wellbeing initiatives, safety initiatives, team member benefits and recruiting efforts.
Spencer joined Barry-Wehmiller in 1991 as an engineer with its Design Group consulting practice, soon moving into a role as the youngest VP of North American Sales. In 1999, CEO Bob Chapman tapped Spencer to create the Organizational Empowerment Team to help transform the traditional manufacturing firm’s culture in to the vibrant people-first environment that exists today. The Culture & People Development Team was placed under Spencer’s leadership in 2014 to help align and expand the organization’s unique cultural initiatives.
Spencer has shared insight into cultural transformation with a number of groups: Hill Country Memorial Hospital, McCain Foods, US Air Force Air Mobility Command, St. Louis University School of Nursing Leadership Program, Tri State Manufacturing Association, Group Health, Maritz, Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and Simon Sinek’s MASSIVE Summit. She serves on the AME board where she is chair of the CEO Forum for Manufacturing Renaissance.
She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.