About Us


Helping you build workplaces that work better.
Human resource consulting team helping you get results


Elevated Talent Consulting equips HR professionals and executive leaders with the know-how, tools, and guidance to elevate your people and your business. Our services equip you to grow personally and professionally, build your HR infrastructure, and optimize your talent so you get results.



We believe every employee has a right to be fulfilled in their work. We also believe leadership has an obligation to create a culture in which staff can be successful while hitting key business goals. We help you do both.

Giving you confidence in your HR decisions.


The Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional® (SHRM-CP/SCP) credential sets us apart. We’re also a SHRM recertification provider. And, we’re a certified partner with Predictive Index. These endorsements mean we’re equipped to develop HR policies and strategies that align your people strategy with your business strategy.

SHRM and Predictive Index give us their seal of approval.

HR for Small Business podcast

Now, Meet Traci Austin

Traci Austin, is a certified HR professional with two decades of experience building HR departments from the ground up for small businesses. Her mission is to create the container for every employee, if they choose, to be fulfilled in their work while meeting business outcomes. She does this through employee development and engagement, performance consulting, training facilitation and coaching HR professionals. 

Traci uses her consulting expertise to serve clients in applying behavioral concepts to hiring and selection, designing and implementing talent pathways, coaching, motivation, and leadership. She is a highly sought after expert on these topics. She hosts a weekly podcast titled, Talent Optimization with Traci Austin and has been distributed to thousands of HR professionals and business leaders across the globe.   

She is the Chief Strategy Consultant and owner of Elevated Talent Consulting, a certified women owned business, that impacts small business and HR professionals in exceeding performance expectations while being fulfilled in their work.


Meet Traci Austin

Traci Austin, MPA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, NHA is the Chief Strategy Consultant and owner of Elevated Talent Consulting. Traci is a certified HR professional with nearly two decades of experience in employee development and engagement, performance consulting and training facilitation.

Traci began her career in retail and non-profit organizations building inclusive teams to best serve the client base. She was responsible for building an HR department from the ground up, including training and talent development programs. Each of these programs focused on culture and organizational impact.

She transitioned into healthcare consulting with long-term care centers on developing and creating talent pathways into and through their organizations. Traci worked one-on-one with business owners and management teams to improve manager effectiveness in communication, coaching, motivation, conflict resolution, and performance management.

Traci uses her consulting expertise to serve clients in applying behavioral concepts to hiring and selection, designing and implementing talent pathways, coaching, motivation, and more.


Elevate your people. Optimize your business.

Elevated Talent Consulting listened to our needs and was able to coach us in developing the HR foundations that fit our company. I trust Traci to steer our organization to meet our business objectives with strong human capital operations.
Shelley TaylorConsortium For Educational Change
Traci is a consummate example of courage under fire in difficult decisions. She taught me the subtle art of soft skills by watching her perform her craft.
Travis EaganAmerican Mortgage
When Traci did her Career Goal Setting workshop, it was clear she knows how to connect to her audience. Despite a Zoom format, she tailored her comments to the audience giving them actionable information.
Brian MorelloBeloit College
Traci gave us a full update on HR, OSHA, and legal concerns related to COVID-19 for healthcare organizations and members of the Northwest Illinois Preparedness and Response Coalition. What an incredible resource for Human Resource information!
Diane LogsdonLogsdon Consultation Services, Inc.
On behalf of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank Traci for spending an afternoon with us at our recent membership meeting. With a full room, Traci's energtic, thorough, and well craftted presentation, "The Great Retention", was not only delivered with extreme professionalism but Traci also did a great job of adjusting as needed based on audience engagement. Our membership is filled with a mix of medium-to-small business owners, executive level management, managers, employees, non-profits and civic organizations and Traci managed to make the content relievant to all. Our membership feedback on the presentation was "Excellent", "Perfect timing," "She was great!" When you hear feedback like that it makes it pretty easy to make an organizational decision that Traci will most certianly be invited back to present again.
Sarah Hurleyon behalf of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce