Mary Ila Ward
Mary Ila Ward founded Horizon Point Consulting in 2011 with a drive to move the workplace forward through innovative people practices. With a background in corporate recruiting, economic and workforce development, talent management and leadership coaching and training, Mary Ila helps employers and communities focus on growth by challenging leaders to push the limits through forward thinking cultures and practices that are grounded in sound research and science.
A huge believer in work-life integration, she helps organizations realize how they can hire for fit while improving diversity, engage employees by supporting them holistically, and drive home the importance of career development to communities and organizations.
She’s a mom and wife, a runner and reader. She lives in Decatur, Alabama, with her crew seen here- husband Drew, son Andrew, daughter Paige and son Sam.
And in case credentials are important for you, she graduated from The University of Alabama, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and rounded out a formal education with a Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where her thesis focused on leadership emergence. She has conducted and designed numerous wage and benefit surveys and helped clients in a variety of industries revise and/or design their compensation systems to be internally equitable and externally competitive. She spoke at the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in 2019 as an expert on wage practices. Her goal in compensation work is to help organizations think innovatively about wage practices by knowing how the market is and will shift and designing systems that lead to return on investment through employee engagement seen in recruiting and retaining the right talent for each organization.
Mary Ila is SHRM-SCP certified, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Instructor. She was named one of Business Alabama’s Movers & Shapers in August 2015
As a lifelong learner, she engages in speaking and writing on topics that are important to moving human resources and talent management forward.