As senior vice president, chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer, Lesley Elwell leads Evergy’s human resources organization, with an emphasis on talent strategy, employee engagement, organizational development and performance management. She has more than 25 years of experience holding human resources and operations leadership roles for large, publicly traded companies in consumer and business-to-business industries. Ms. Elwell previously served as chief people officer at JE Dunn, from 2017-2021, where she led the transformation of JE Dunn’s human resource functions and aligned the talent strategies with its strategic business priorities. Before joining JE Dunn, she served as Vice President People Strategy / HR Business Partner of Walmart Corporation (2016-2017), where she played a key role in the people transformation to rewrite the associate experience, and digitally enable all the workplace, HR, and management practices that impact people on the job. Prior to Walmart Corporation, she served as Vice President HR Business Partner Operations at DIRECTV (2012-2015), and in various roles of increasing responsibility, including as Vice President, with Sprint (1997-2012; 2015-2016).
Ms. Elwell currently serves on the Board of Directors at Tecta America, a commercial nationwide roofing company and Starlight Theatre. She is the co-chair of KC Global Design Workforce Development.
Ms. Elwell received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira, Venezuela and a Master of Engineering Management from the University of Kansas where she was a Fulbright Scholar.