Bethany Kurbis is Acting Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Winrock International. Throughout her 12 years of experience in talent management, Bethany has designed and implemented talent management initiatives to improve employee performance, engagement, retention and team effectiveness through competency modeling, instructional design, training, coaching and facilitation. Prior to joining Winrock International, Kurbis worked as a talent management professional in the private sector, as well as with nonprofit humanitarian aid organizations in Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan, Iraq, Haiti and the U.S. Kurbis pursued a career in talent management to develop employees’ skills, empowering them to reach their individual potential, while implementing the critical mission and vision of international organizations. Kurbis holds an M.A. in human resource management from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in psychology from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.