We are Red Oak. We are creative, innovative Human Resources experts providing goal-oriented strategies and solutions that save time and money and help grow your business.The Red Oak consulting team is led by Karen Pantaleo, a passionate and proven HR professional who is highly regarded by both clients and industry, her reputation earned during her career in insurance, financial services and life sciences. An active HR Association local chapter Mentor and CHRP Exams Committee Volunteer, Karen is recognized for her 25 years of experience and her commitment to providing meaningful, ethical and practical advice and guidance. Karen is also very active in the Toastmasters organization and is nearing completion of her Distinguished Toastmaster designation. Her extensive client list includes organizations from medical device, biotech, commercial aviation, transportation, construction, aerospace, insurance and retail industries.
“Karen played a critical role supporting the People and Culture function as we rebuilt the team and advanced key initiatives. She very quickly learned our business and gained trust of both the team and the leaders. Her deep HR knowledge combined with a strong business sense allowed her to quickly impact many areas, the most significant being the creation of a strong disability management program. She is a committed partner who was always willing to take on whatever was needed including coaching and mentoring our junior HR advisors.”
- Greg Smith, Former Vice-President of People and Culture, Porter Airlines
“Karen stepped into a Divisional HR role at a time of urgency and we appreciate her accommodating our last minute request. Karen is an excellent Human Resources Consultant with meaningful experience and skills. Her ability to forge partnerships and gain trust so quickly was a tremendous advantage. The feedback from Managers and Supervisors was excellent and she definitely had a positive impact during her time with us. Karen is professional and highly committed to delivering tangible results. Thank you again Karen!”
- Sandi Young, Senior Human Resources Manager, Ontario Drive & Gear Limited
I was very fortunate to have Karen as a career Mentor for two years. During the two-year period, I have grown professionally and personally with the advice and guided support I received from Karen.
Karen is able to provide impactful insight in a candid and easy to understand manner. My career has flourished, along with professional Human Resources knowledge.
I am truly thankful for having met such an intelligent, professional and resourceful mentor.”
- Stephanie Oliviera, Total Rewards Specialist, Footlocker
Karen thoroughly assessed where we are today and where we want our business to be tomorrow. Her professional approach and excellent analysis quickly identified areas of opportunity within our management team.
Karen possesses outstanding interpersonal skills that set her apart from many others. Her ability to create a trusting, effective rapport with our team was key in generating an accurate and extremely useful product, and her clear and concise communication style ensured we understood the path required to achieve our goals. Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with Karen and we look forward to a continued relationship.
- Kim Kerr, Project Manager, Colony Ford Lincoln
Karen’s work is anchored in professionalism, strategic impact as well as doing the right thing for the organization. In her HR Consultant role at ING, Karen provided support and advice to Managers and Directors with their team management evolution, maturation and problem resolution. A real team player, Karen was recognized as contributing to their bottom line as one of their own team members and kept a positive and sensible approach to all business relationships.
As facilitator at Schulich, Karen prepared meticulously, ensuring she understood the real need and the audience. Her facilitation style is engaging, stimulating and supportive. She has demonstrated a strong ability to adapt to quickly evolving situations while maintaining high quality content and learning activities. Her work as facilitator was highly praised by the participants and the results were fabulous.
- Suzie Labonne, Schulich School of Business, York University, Former Vice-President, Planning and Practices, ING Canada
Karen Pantaleo provided several well-planned, paced and executed seminars for our annual “Ways to Work Day” at W. Ross Macdonald School over the past few years. The sessions were very insightful and full of relevant information for our visually-impaired students. The attendees were positive and very grateful for the information that Karen shared in a meaningful and comprehensible manner.
Her understanding of the topics related to job search (interviewing techniques, implications of social media, online job applications, perspectives from the interviewer’s chair and Employment Law and Human Rights) have been very beneficial for our students. I appreciate the way Karen interacted with our students and gave them information that was important for them.”
- Shelley Conliffe-Wiens, Teacher, W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Ontario Ministry of Education, Brantford, Ontario
“Karen came to the Brampton Gavel Club – a youth leadership and public speaking program affiliated with Toastmasters International – and gave a fantastic presentation on finding a first job. Presenting in front of young audiences (ages 10-17) is no easy feat, but Karen has the remarkable ability to dynamically adapt her material in a way that really connects with her audience. Through her captivating storytelling skills, her clear, concise manner, and her authenticity, she was able to resonate with the young members throughout the entire presentation. I can say without a doubt that every audience member gained invaluable insight from Karen’s incredible presentation.”
- Lily Liu, Former President of the Brampton Gavel Club