Marilyn C. Durant

Marilyn C. Durant, M.S., SPHR, SHRM - SCP

Marilyn Durant is a Grahall Consulting Partner and the Founder of Durant Resources Group, Inc. Marilyn partners with mid-sized businesses in thought leadership to develop and implement talent strategy, employee engagement solutions and HR best practices to improve organization effectiveness. She aligns assessment, strategy and delivery of solutions spanning the entire employee life cycle; including talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, employee and leadership development, change management, career transition and outplacement solutions to achieve individual and organizational performance. Clients span a variety of industries including technology, telecommunications, construction, insurance and financial services, healthcare and medical services, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, etc. Marilyn recently co-managed a $10M outplacement project for Mullin International which included; recruiting, training and managing a team and budget for 50 to 100 national career consultants to service the JPMorgan account for over four years. She partnered with the leadership team to manage and deliver key client initiatives, drive quality assurance, communications, and team development to meet client KPI’s until they were acquired by their key competitor, Lee Hecht Harrison in 2017.

Prior to starting her own human resources consulting practice in 2006, Marilyn was Vice President of Human Capital for a national aesthetic industry start up organization; where she developed and implemented a successful talent and leadership strategies to acquire, develop and integrate people, processes and systems on a national basis which increased revenue reduced liability exposure.

As Vice President at Right Management Consultants, Marilyn developed and managed key business relationships. She also provided organization consulting, leadership coaching and career transition service delivery to high profile Fortune 100 to 1000 clients, yielding improved organization results.

Before joining Right Management, Marilyn was Senior Manager for Florida’s HR Consulting practice for RSM McGladrey, a nationally recognized Public Accounting firm. Prior to that, she was an independent consultant, who co-founded and managed her former Human Resources Consulting firm with 20 employees for six years before merging forces with RSM; providing HR and organization development solutions for a variety of domestic and international clients across a variety of industries.

Preceding her consulting career, Marilyn developed her leadership and HR management skills at Bloomingdale’s Stores, as HR Director for their Boca Raton prototype store with over 900 employees. She was later promoted to the Director of Administration, overseeing store operations and HR. Prior to Bloomingdale’s, Marilyn was Director of HR for Sysco Foods, Florida; Corporate Director of Training for Jordon Marsh Stores and earlier; corporate and store line service and systems training for Burdines’s, a division of Federated Stores.

She has been recognized for her services to her profession and the community; including the recent prestigious award from the Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County’s HR Lifetime Achievement Award, the Business Journal’s Excellence in Human Resources Award; finalist for the HR Professional of the Year and South Florida Staffing Management Association and an Athena Award nominee. She served three years as the District Director for HR Florida’s State Council and was awarded the District Director of the Year. Marilyn is Past President of the Human Resources Association of Broward County (HRABC) and was awarded Florida’s Chapter President of the Year Award. She is the creator of HRPBC’s Best in HR Awards and HRABC’s HR Best Practices Awards and later inducted to HRABC’s Member Hall of Fame.

Marilyn served three years on the Board of Directors for the HR Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC) and served on the Past Presidents’ Counsel for HRABC. She also served as mentor for the former South Florida Compensation and Benefits Association and the HR Advisory Board for Florida International University as well as an active board member for The Child Care Resources and Referral Services HR Committee.

Marilyn has been interviewed and quoted in national and local publications and radio such as NPR, News Channel 5, The Wall Street Journal, Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post and Miami Herald to name a few. Marilyn has been the keynote presenter on various Talents, Career and Workforce related topics to numerous SHRM events and other associations; including HRPBC, HRABC, GMSHRM, etc., the Financial Executive International (FEI), The Business Development Board, Chamber of Commerce, HR Fla. State Council, Florida Blood Banks, the Construction Financial Management Association and Nova Southeastern’ s Florida Career Consortium and has conducted numerous SHRM HR certification preparation courses.

Ms. Durant is an accredited Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP through The Society for Human Resource Management. She holds a master’s degree in Adult Education from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Miami.