Caroline Starner, Starner 2.0 Consulting

Karen Paul

Caroline Starner

Founder and President, Starner 2.0 Consultant


Caroline Starner is the founder and president of Starner 2.0 Consulting, a firm dedicated to advising high growth companies on how to reinvent their human resources function to better align their talent strategy with their valuation creation model.

Caroline is a forward-thinking, future-focused business executive who has provided strategic leadership and insightful problem-solving approaches to several high profile companies, including Chase Bank, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson and duPont. She courageously brings visibility to and simplifies complex issues and has a talent for facilitating meaningful conversations about what matters most. This enables her to define and create high impact, results-oriented cultures in organizations undergoing change and transformation.

Caroline has been recognized for her innovative approaches in several publications including Overworked & Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, by Scott Elbin and in Maureen Wilkey’s Profile Magazine article, “Talking It Out With Caroline Starner at Oakley.” She is a highly sought after speaker and is scheduled to lead a working session titled “The Future Is Now – Are you Ready?” sponsored by S. Benjamins in October 2016. In 2011, Caroline was nominated for and named HR Executive of the Year by the National HR Association with a special commendation for Innovation in Human Resources.

Caroline is currently an active volunteer with cHReate which, in association with USC’s Center for Organization Effectiveness, is an elite team of HR professionals working to advance the HR profession forward faster. As part of the cHReate organization, she most recently led a virtual team in developing a tool that assists HR leaders assess the organizational impact of the five forces of change afoot in the workforce today. Caroline is also an inaugural member of the Advisory Board of Allegis Partners, a premier global executive search firm.

Prior to starting Starner 2.0, Caroline led several companies through a modernization of their Human Resources functions, including serving as Global Senior Vice President & Chief HR Officer for Oakley, Inc. from 2009 to 2015; Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer of Pacific Sunwear of Ca. Inc., from 2006 to 2009; and as Vice President of Gap brand, a division of Gap Inc. from 2003 to 2006.

A native of New Jersey, Caroline has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.