EMPOWER BUSINESS STRATEGIES
Human Resources Consultants
President & CEO
Anthony's passion is people. With over 13 years experience in the Human Resources industry, he founded Empower Business Strategies with a goal of helping businesses with consulting, leadership development, and organizational strategy.
His mission is to build strong and long lasting relationships with his clients and to help startups with foundational support for their teams.
One of Anthony’s greatest passions in life is support and service to his community. He is currently a Volunteer Firefighter for the New Hartford Fire Department and a member of the Board of Directors at CNY Quest. He has held leadership positions at other community organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Directors at The ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter and as Secretary for The Abraham House of Utica. Other boards Anthony has served on include the Board of Education for the Utica City School District, Director of Scholarships and Awards for the Genesee Valley Chapter, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) in Rochester, NY, and The CollegeWorks Program.
He received a Bachelors in Science in Health Studies-Human Behavior from Utica University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Medaille University.
Christina LaPolla, CPC, ELI-MP
After years of self-discovery coupled with an overwhelming desire for deep human connection, Christina realized her true calling was to assist others in achieving their highest level of excellence; personally and professionally.
Christina has a diverse background not only as a Small Business Entrepreneur, but also as an International Business major and Legal Studies fanatic. She has been a paralegal for almost 10 years working directly with small to midsize law firms to create client-focused experiences while pouring her heart into creating a memorable experience with every client and staff member she meets.
After training at iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence Coaching), Christina decided to practice the energetic life coaching principles in the workplace. She is passionate about partnering with leaders, organizations, and teams to increase fulfillment and profitability in the workplace.
Karen George, IMBA, SHRM-SCP
With over 11 years of dedicated experience in Human Resources both locally in the Mohawk Valley and nationally, Karen specializes in various key areas including total rewards programs, succession planning, employee development, and HRIS system implementation. Karen is passionate about being a resource to small businesses on NYS law and to national organizations.
As an advocate for community engagement, Karen has consistently demonstrated her leadership by actively participating in numerous local organizations. Notably, she served as a board member for the Mohawk Valley Society of Human Resources Management. Further exemplifying her commitment, Karen was a distinguished member of the Leadership Mohawk Valley.
Outside of her professional pursuits, Karen's engagement extends to sports and community involvement. She has brought her leadership skills to the realm of sports as a JV/Varsity volleyball coach and has recently taken on a role as a member of the Utica Volleyball Board of Officials. Moreover, her dedication to social causes is evident through her support of the Ride for Missing Children, where she both rides and advocates.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Finance from SUNY Oneonta. Complementing this, she pursued her Masters of International Business Administration and Corporate Social Responsibility from Southern New Hampshire University.
Balancing her dynamic career and community involvement, Karen finds joy in various leisure activities. She is an enthusiastic golfer, always on the lookout for new culinary experiences, and values quality time spent with her family and friends.
Amina is an HR professional who has over five years of experience in the field. In her previous role, she served as an HR Business Partner at the Masonic Care Community. Amina focuses on talent management, regulatory compliance, and employee engagement.
Amina holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Human Resources from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia and is currently working on her MBA in Human Resources Management.
Amina is a big supporter of giving back to the local community and involving herself in one of several volunteer roles in the community. Her current volunteer roles include serving on the board of the Mohawk Valley Chapter, Society of Human Resources Management (MVSHRM) as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board Director. Outside of Amina’s professional roles, she volunteers as an Assistant Cheer Coach for the Whitestown Pop Warner Cheerleading team.
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