Business Development Director

As an HR practitioner and leader for over 24 years, Christen Cole is passionate about positive and meaningful employee experiences. As a Business Development Director (BDD) at Salo, she continues to find joy in helping others discover their strengths and their unique contributions to their work.

Christen’s career has included roles in leadership and strengths coaching, development, organizational effectiveness, people strategy, business partnering, consulting, and training. She has worked at companies like Best Buy, Culture Rx, United Healthcare, and was most recently at Red Wing Shoe Company. Since pivoting into making meaningful connections at Salo as a BDD in the spring of 2022, Christen has tapped into her experience as a trusted HR advisor to create connections between senior-level human resources consultants and the companies who need their talent.

Not only is Christen committed to helping others develop, but she is also continually looking for ways to grow in her own life; she is currently finishing her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Capella University. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a B.A. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Originally from Minneapolis, Christen has lived in Rosemount, Minnesota since 2005 where she is raising her two daughters, ages 20 and 15, her son, age 18, along with three spoiled dogs and two cats. Christen does yoga whenever her schedule allows and dreams of someday living on a lake.