As vice president, human resources, at National Industries for the Blind (NIB), Kyna M. Kirkland is responsible for all human resource (HR) and learning and development functions supporting NIB staff. She also oversees implementation of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission® Quality Work Environment initiative, which gives employees at NIB associated nonprofit agencies a voice in improving their workplaces through the adoption of practices informed by on-the-job experience.
Ms. Kirkland began her career at NIB in 2014 as senior director of human resources. Her accomplishments include overseeing several company-wide compensation analyses, improving NIB benefits offerings, and implementing training and development management and leadership initiatives for NIB employees.
Prior to joining NIB, Ms. Kirkland was the regional HR business partner with Cox Enterprises, supporting the northeast corridor from Canada to Maryland. In this position, she was critical to the successful establishment of corporate-wide HR initiatives using a centralized human resources model. Before her tenure at Cox, Ms. Kirkland leveraged industry best practices to improve overall performance through implementation of talent management, employee engagement, compensation, and employee recognition programs.
Kirkland holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. In the community, she is a founder and treasurer for Purposeful Living and Giving, Inc., a nonprofit resource for underserved families throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region and Camden, New Jersey.