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Melissa Hooper

Melissa Hooper - Energy People Group

CEO: The Energy People Group

I’m passionate about helping organizations transform their HR functions to be as efficient, empowering and profitable as possible“.

Melissa has 18+ years’ experience in Human Resources and people operations with a specialization in recruiting, compensation, and analytics. Her passion is supporting employees and leaders with what they need to be successful. It is Melissa’s belief that HR should be strategic, focused, and practical.  Her priority is to provide solutions and tools that improve the company’s bottom line and the employee experience. Her objective is to ensure businesses have the right jobs, the right people, and the right development paths for their organization today and succession plans for their organizations in 5 years’ time.

One of Melissa’s professional accomplishments she is most proud of is co-founding the Energy People Group with the goal of providing businesses in the Permian Basin with top notch people operations support. When working with clients, she takes the time to learn each client’s business and critical goals for the organization.  She loves to strategize with business leaders and employees on ways to meet company goals and become better in the process. In her experience she has found that recruiting starts with employee retention, ensuring that a company’s culture prioritizes investing in their people and is committed to identifying roles for them that maximize their strengths.  This is a great opportunity for employees and employers to understand what each can offer the other and what is needed to be successful.

When working with clients, Melissa works to educate them on the new world of work post-pandemic.  The labor market and business landscape have changed significantly with macroeconomic pressures not seen in over three decades if ever.  She loves to work with leadership to understand these changes and to help position their businesses and teams strategically. With hiring, developing, and retaining talent at the forefront of business concerns, companies can no longer afford to leave HR and people operations as a back-office administrative function.  HR must be a core strategic function for any business who wants long-term success.  

Melissa is a lifelong Midlander and is a member of the Junior League of Women and The Petroleum Club Women’s Association. When she is not pondering talent strategies and strategic business operations, she enjoys gardening, book clubs, and relaxing on the porch with her husband and two dogs Pumpkin and Moppet.

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