Human Resources Capability Leader
Theresa Cummings is an enthusiastic, creative, results-oriented leader with 23 years of experience in operations and professional development services. Ms. Cummings has a proven track record for driving performance and exceeding planned goals through leading and developing people in all levels and functions of an organization. Theresa has a diverse background in numerous areas including Training & Organizational Development, Facilitating, Coaching & Mentoring, Human Resource Management, Manufacturing Supervision, Event Planning, Project Management, Quality Systems and Manufacturing Processes.
Theresa gained manufacturing experience with Fortune’s 100 companies managing projects that focused on process based initiatives resulting in significant improvements in scrap, productivity, quality and employee morale. She was then selected as one of four Team Development Resources to lead the change efforts toward implementation of High Performance Work Teams. Theresa was ranked in the top 5% of Best Facilitators, and has facilitated over 7500 hours of leadership development training workshops. By combining technical and interpersonal skill sets, Theresa was able to achieve improved results through training, implementing Kaizen initiatives, and forming self-directed work teams. To expand the focus on people development, Ms. Cummings joined Simmons Bedding Company as Human Resource Director of Training & Organizational Development. Responsible for managing a 3 million dollar training budget, Theresa was able to turn Simmons into an organization for learning by creating a fun and interactive training strategy and developing several in-house trainers at each of their 22 facilities. Through success of Theresa’s role in leading positive change and coordinating efforts to achieve employee involvement and feedback, employees voted Simmons (for the first time ever in their 100+ year history) into Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University. She is a certified facilitator for High Performance Work Organizations from the world-renowned Dimensions Development International.
Theresa formed Cummings Consulting & Management, LLC in 2004 to provide training and development services to various companies and individuals who desire to expand their potential to greater levels. She has worked with companies such as AT&T, Comcast, GE, Boeing, Honda Manufacturing, NASA, BMW, Synchrony Financial, and New York Life Insurance.