Kara E. Hensley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President | Talent + Brand


Team Responsibility

Kara oversees and leads the human resources and marketing strategies and operations of the firm. She is responsible for the vision, alignment and execution necessary to create and sustain the internal and external Cripe brand – “To Be the Company of First Choice” for staff and clients alike. Kara has an operational lense and creative passion for culture development, brand messaging and employee recruitment, development and retention. 


Prior to joining Cripe in 2007, Kara worked in various human resource and marketing leadership roles with Allison Transmission/General Motors, Thompson Consumer Electronics and Keramida Environmental. Throughout her over 25 year career – spanning the gamut from labor relations to contract negotiations to organizational development and executive coaching – Kara has provided strategic leadership and outcomes to the organizations she serves.

Professional + Community Development

Member – Board of Directors – Andrew J. Brown Academy

Member – The Strategy Forums

Member – Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Member – Indy SHRM

Member – The Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana

Speaker – Purdue University, DePauw University, Ball State University, University of Evansville


Member – Employ Indy | Indy Chamber Youth Employment Task Force

Member – Human Resources Task Force – Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Member – Board of Directors – Lutheran Child and Family Services

Member – Diversity/Inclusion Task Force – Lutheran Child and Family Services 

Member – Governance Committee and Human Resources/ IT/Facilities Committee

Member – Board of Directors –  The Dramatic Club, Inc.

Member – Board of Directors – Christamore House Guild  

Member – Board of Director – Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association (MKNA)   


Ila M. Badger Community Service Award – Cripe

Burns Award for Outstanding Volunteerism – St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Headmaster’s Award for Outstanding Service – St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Education + Certifications

BA in Economics, Cum Laude – DePauw University

The Coaching Clinic®

Omicron Delta Epsilon – International Honor Society of Economics

Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR)

Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)