Tony Cortese is the Principal of ARIA Leadership Coaching & Consulting and brings 35 years of experience in Leadership, Human Resources, Consulting, Mentoring, and Coaching to his clients. His mission is to help leaders achieve positive, measurable, lasting results and changes in behavior; for themselves, their Teams, and their Organizations.
Most recently, Tony retired as the Senior Vice President of People Services at Herman Miller; a global American based manufacturer/retailer of Office, Healthcare, Education, and Home Furniture/Furnishings with a rich design heritage and a strong reputation for their human centered culture, innovative Human Resources/Business practices, and leading-edge Sustainability, and Inclusiveness & Diversity programs.
During his 20+ year tenure at Herman Miller, Tony progressed from a Senior Manager in HR up through the ranks to the role of Senior Vice President – where he provided strategic leadership for their global Human Resources, Sustainability/Environmental, Safety, Security, Employee Communications, and Inclusiveness & Diversity Teams. His most significant contribution to the organization focused on leading and facilitating elements of large-scale change leadership/organizational transformations, and coaching/developing business oriented human centric Leaders.
Before joining Herman Miller, Tony spent more than a decade as the Human Resources Manager for Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (You know them as “Arm & Hammer”) at their then largest manufacturing facility in Green River, Wyoming. While in Wyoming, Tony formed Sage Management Resources; a human resources consultancy. Tony started his career with Ralston Purina in their Grocery Products Division in Denver, Colorado.
Tony has a master’s degree in Career & Human Resources Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from State University of New York College at Fredonia. He also holds various certifications from Thunderbird, the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and MIT.