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Amy L. Shoemaker

Faculty at University College Masters of Human Resources, University of Denver

Why Leadership Is My Focus

I started learning about leadership from my dad at the dinner table. Our evening ritual included listening to Dad tell stories about his day. When Dad had a strong leader who valued his work and he had many; his stories were funny, the mood was light-hearted, and our evenings and weekends were playful. When Dad had a poor leader who micromanaged his work and criticized everything he did and he had many; the stories were full of anger and frustration, and we learned to tip-toe around the house so we wouldn’t get on Dad’s nerves.

I learned at an early age that a good or bad leader has a profound influence on people at
work and their family at home. It is my passion to help leaders create positive influence.

years in Business

years as a vice president and strategic HR leader

executives coached

Amy has provided executive leadership and strategic human resources to entrepreneurial and high growth companies by aligning people services to business strategy. Including integration of people in 9 mergers and acquisitions, developing performance management and compensation systems to drive desired behaviors, and creating succession plans and talent development programs for future growth.
Amy has been a leader in entrepreneurial mid-size and Fortune 500 corporations, including Farm Credit Bank, Via Christi Health Systems, Koch Industries, Knight Ridder, Cox Communication, Charter Communication, Pizza Hut franchisee, Kennedy and Coe, LLC.


Amy has helped executives transition to new roles, increase their influence, visibility, and effectiveness in their current role, and grow their business revenue.


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  • University of Denver, Masters Strategic HR Curriculum Advisor
  • Rocky Mountain HR People & Strategy
  • Northern Colorado Human Resource Association, 2014 Conference Chair
  • Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Facilitator/Founder Corporate Executive Leadership Academy
  • Mile High SHRM Chapter
  • Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County
  • Vistage Trusted Advisors Group of Northern Colorado
  • Urban League of Wichita, Board Chairperson
  • Amigos de SER, fund raiser for college scholarships
  • HR Professional of Year, Kansas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Top 20 Women in Business, Wichita Business Journal

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