Meet Stephanie Leffler
Founder & President
Stephanie has extensive experience in both public and private industry. She is experienced in human resources, operations, marketing, and risk management. Stephanie is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers, Oregon Mediators Association, and has served on non-profit boards. Stephanie is adept at benefit plan design, negotiation, employee relations, and executive coaching. She has a network of professional affiliates that will assist you with auditing, revenue management, and IT services.
Stephanie is a lifelong learner and holds degrees in HR, Business Management, and Criminal Justice. She continues her learning after receiving a scholarship from the University of Phoenix, Pay It Forward program. She was awarded the scholarship because of her commitment to advance the HR profession and volunteering countless hours to mentoring and advancing the skills of students and upcoming HR professionals.
Professional Commitment to:
Oregon Mediators Association Core Standards
Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) Code of Ethics
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Stephanie enjoys spending time with family, grand cat (Jungle), cooking, baking, and gardening.
Gourmet HR is committed to helping you save you time and money. Contact Stephanie at GourmetHR today!
My name is Stephanie Leffler, Founder and President of GourmetHR Small Business Consulting – To Feed Your Mind and Bottom Line.
I am a native Oregonian and dedicated to improving the employer and employee relationships. I have two grown children. My husband and I spend our free time gardening and watch the wildlife enjoy the fruits of our labor.
A lifelong learner, I dropped out of college at 19 to work in a plywood mill since it paid more than the projected wages I would earn after graduation.
The timber industry began to decline so I took a job with a secondary wood products manufacturer, Domtar Industries. Their business model embraced team management which is something I had never experienced and I flourished in that environment. After working almost every job in the plant, I was promoted to oversee my former co-workers. Through this experience, I learned the difference between being a leader and a manager.
Sadly, our HR Manager became terminally ill. The facility wasn’t the same after she left. One day I approached the Plant Manager and said, “I don’t know anything about this HR stuff. But, the guys respect me, and I can keep my mouth shut. Will you consider me for the job?” He said yes if I would get a formal education. I agreed and that began my HR career.
I hold certifications in HR from the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), Linfield College and degrees in business and criminal justice from the University of Phoenix. My goal is to pursue a PhD. in Psychology or Organizational Development.
After a successful career in Management and Human Resources, I started my company with a desire to focus on helping small businesses save time and money by improving their leadership and employee relations. Cooking is my love because combining unique flavor profiles results in new taste experiences that get people excited and make them happy. There is nothing like breaking bread to bring people together.
My inspiration to start a business springs from a love of cooking. By combining unique flavor profiles, the result is a new taste experience that makes people excited and happy. There is nothing like breaking bread to bring people together.
One of my favorite movies is Ratatouille. It is about a rat that wanted to become a chef. His mentor was a restaurateur whose motto was, “Anyone can cook!”
One day, it came to me that my cooking style mirrors the way I approach business and HR challenges. I start with a quality base of knowledge, listen for the issues to simmer, provide ideas and solutions, and end up with a recipe for success! Anyone can lead!
I desire to share my prevention, compliance, and problem-solving recipes with businesses to whom it does not make sense to employ an HR person. My mission is to improve employer and employee relationships in a candid and caring manner. When needed, I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and clean the kitchen.