Lisa Pinion

President, Founder & Chief Strategist

Lisa is a business leader with deep expertise in strategy, culture and organizational development. She has a strong track record creating award-winning cultures, bottom line impact and inspiring employee experiences. Notably, many of her clients have earned prestigious recognition as a best workplace in highly sought-after lists and rankings. Whether a client is award-winning or not—what drives her is helping so many good companies become the great workplaces they strive to be.

Clients engage Lisa for her tremendous insights into the inner workings of successful cultures and what it takes to create and sustain them. Prior to founding Pinion Solutions Group, Lisa spent seven years as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Assurance. There she developed innovative people strategies and programs that helped lead the company to national recognition as a great place to work. On the heels of this award, Best & Brightest Companies to Work For invited Lisa to join its Advisory Board and later head the organization’s Peer Affinity Group in Chicago. In this capacity, Lisa leads monthly leadership roundtables with Best & Brightest award winners across the Chicagoland area.

Her immersion within so many award-winning workplaces and their leadership affords her unique insights into a diverse range of businesses driving inspiring cultural change and business impact. As a result, she can draw upon a broad spectrum of creative problem-solving techniques, lessons learned, and recipes for success that she can bring back to her client work.

In her words, culture is a business strategy—and doing the right thing by your people is always the right thing for the business.


Lauren Parker

Human Resources Consultant

Prior to joining Pinion Solutions Group as an HR Consultant, Lauren spent 10 years in HR leadership roles for publicly and privately held companies in food manufacturing, technology and consumer products.

As an HR professional, she partners with managers to execute strategic business objectives, she provides excellent customer service/support to all employees and contributes to the building of best in class company cultures through recruitment, onboarding, training, compliance, recognition and employee relations initiatives. Lauren’s expertise contributed to her organization receiving local and national recognition as a best place to work.

Lauren holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University. She holds both a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute and a Senior Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.


Mary Ahnen

Human Resources Consultant

With 20 years of human resources experience, Mary has a passion to collaborate across business levels to create and manage strategic employee programs which reflect the core values of the business. As a business owner (another hat), Mary understands the resulting impact when a company puts its employees first…or doesn’t.

Mary has held both HR generalist and specialty roles in corporate environments as well as in small businesses and start-ups. Her interpersonal skills and respect for others influence her work in talent acquisition, employee relations, training and performance management. Mary’s geeky side benefits her detail work in HRIS, compensation, benefits, and, yes, even accounting.

Mary has a degree in Human Resources Management from Judson University and certification from SHRM (Certified Professional) and HRCI (Professional in HR). She is a long-time member of the Stateline SHRM Chapter, where she has held numerous board positions.


Lindley White

Communications Consultant

Lindley White has deep experience in corporate communications—including strategy, internal and external communications, employee engagement, change management, and diversity & inclusion initiatives, and strategic events.

Lindley began her career in the White House working in the first Bush Administration and has continued to work with high-ranking executives and firms in the public eye—including McDonald’s and Ariel Investments. In working with the C-suite, Lindley has provided executive coaching, authored numerous speeches, and ghost written many columns for business magazines, including Forbes and Black Enterprise.

She has extensive experience working on large-scale corporate initiatives from the rollout of McDonald’s worldwide “i’m lovin’ it” campaign to global rebranding initiatives and mergers & acquisitions. As a consultant, representative projects include leading communications for a global insurance brokerage firm on its employee engagement survey spanning 33 countries and 24,000 employees—resulting in a 93% employee participation rate. She has served as a communications lead for a global professional services company during its largest integration, managing change management communications as the organization merged customer experience teams and technology platforms across North America. During the Sun-Times Media Group’s bankruptcy proceedings, she served as a spokesperson and handled a range of internal corporate communications.

Her collective experiences working within the political, financial, technology and manufacturing arenas, Fortune 500 brands, entrepreneurial environments, as well as distressed companies afford her unique insights into diverse constituencies and a wide array of communications challenges.


Tara Ingleright

Human Resources Consultant

Tara has more than 10 years experience in Human Resources in a variety of Industries including: gaming technology, education, hospitality, architecture, property management and wealth management. Tara considers herself a true generalist and enjoys working through challenges both big and small.

Tara’s consulting experience includes HR audits, employee relations and investigations, HR administration, benefits administration, recruiting, policy development and process improvement.

Tara holds a degree in Management from DePaul University and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.