Who We Are

HR INNOVATIONS, LLC, founded in 1998 by Myrna I. Sessa, is a Human Resources Partner to the Small to Mid-sized Business Owner/Leader. The firm is available to employers, entrepreneurs, owners, executive directors and managers for ongoing management consulting and advice, policy development, preparation of HR documentation, recruiting, support regarding employee relations issues and a full range of outsourced HR administration.

Its goal is to provide superior and objective Human Resources consulting service, advice and guidance to employers who would not otherwise have access to this considerable level of experience and knowledge. The firm offers, via its experienced professional consultants, high-quality and up-to-date HR best practices. HR INNOVATIONS, LLC’s consultants work closely with small to mid-sized organizations to suggest and recommend employee policies and competitive benefits programs. They offer advice and counsel regarding employee relations issues and concerns; and educate clients regarding compliance with state and federal regulations. Its consultants offer recruiting, organizational analysis, HR auditing, investigations, group insurance evaluations and recommendations, employee surveys, day-to-day HR administration, among many other professional HR services.

The HR INNOVATIONS, LLC Team

Email: Myrna@HRInnovations.com
Tel: 203.329.1211
MYRNA I. SESSA Founder and Principal
Myrna I. Sessa is the Founder and Principal of HR INNOVATIONS, LLC. She has been a Human Resources professional since 1982, beginning her career in Finance and Accounting. She earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business (Accounting major) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Prior to launching HR INNOVATIONS, LLC in 1998, Myrna worked for 16 years in increasingly responsible corporate Finance and Human Resources positions at Great Northern Nekoosa Corporation, American Hospital Supply Corporation, NAC Re Corp. and Caradon Inc., where she rose to the level of Director, Human Resources.

Myrna's Human Resources experience crosses numerous industries, from small physician practices and family-owned businesses to hedge funds, manufacturing companies and large international corporate entities.

Her leadership and consulting experience spans all facets of Human Resources, including employee relations, benefits/compensation design and administration, policy development and implementation, legal compliance, staffing, investigations, employee communications, performance management, disciplinary actions and terminations, as well as strategic management consulting.

Myrna frequently uses her HR skills and experience to provide guidance and advice to charitable organizations, along with countless hours of volunteer work. She is the Human Resources Advisor of Temple Sinai, and has served on Personnel Committees of the Jewish Community Center and Schoke Jewish Family Service (all in Stamford, CT), and offers free resume assistance to college students. She currently serves as a member of the Stamford, CT Board of Ethics, volunteers for the Back to School Shop, a local community program which provides new clothes and supplies to underprivileged elementary school children, and served on a panel for the CT Bar Association Legal Fee Dispute Resolution Program.

Myrna is frequently called upon to give speeches about HR practices in small businesses to business groups, such as CPA organizations, professional societies, trade associations, SCORE, among others. She has spoken to groups at a local outplacement firm and a national financial services company. Myrna has been quoted in and has authored articles for several national and local publications.

Email: Denise@HRInnovations.com
Tel: 203.353.1107
DENISE E. KELLY Human Resources/Benefits Consultant
Denise Kelly joined the HR INNOVATIONS team in September 2005. Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and minors in Spanish and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. As a Human Resources / Benefits Consultant, she brings 25 years of Human Resources and Benefits Management expertise to the team.

Denise transitioned into the HR field in 1989 while employed at Great Northern Nekoosa Corporation, where she held the title of Senior Tax Accountant and then transferred into Human Resources as a Benefits Analyst and shortly thereafter became Supervisor of Employee Benefits. Denise then held positions with United States Surgical Corporation as Manager of Employee Benefits and Rayonier, Inc. as Manager of Human Resources. Denise has been employed as an independent Human Resources/Benefits Consultant since May 2000.

Denise's Human Resources experience has been with small, mid-size and Fortune 500 corporations. As an accomplished professional, she brings solid experience in all facets of HR administration, benefits plan evaluation and implementation (including health/welfare, 401(k) and defined benefit pension plans), providing annual health/ welfare benefit plan rate renewal analysis and recommendations, 401(k) and Defined Benefit Plan year-end compliance, new employee onboarding, terminations, employee communications, HR policies and procedures, employee handbooks, performance management, employee relations, FMLA, COBRA, HRIS, payroll, recruiting and several other HR related functions and issues.

Denise is PeopleSoft Certified (HR and Benefits) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Email: Lorena@HRInnovations.com
Tel: 203.253.1347
LORENA LUPINACCI Human Resources Consultant
Lorena Lupinacci joined the HR INNOVATIONS team in April 2021. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Management and Human Resource Development from Manhattanville College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Central Connecticut State University.

As a seasoned Senior Human Resources Leader and Business Partner, Lorena has used her strong background and a blend of experience in various positions to affect positive change in the organizations where she has worked. Her focus has been on performance management, employee relations, executive coaching and organizational development. She has held positions in various industries, including Diageo, PepsiCo, Vitec Product Solutions, a broadcast media company, as well as more recently, PerkinElmer. Lorena has previously offered Human Resources services to local, small businesses and is currently an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Email: Karen@HRInnovations.com
Tel: 914.242.1193
KAREN NEUBURGER Human Resources Consultant
Karen Neuburger joined the HR INNOVATIONS team in August 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and an MBA in Management from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Karen has provided human resources consulting services and training to organizations across a broad range of industries and HR disciplines. Her expertise includes compensation and benefits, employee relations matters, HR assessments and investigations, staffing/onboarding, and HR compliance.

Prior to joining HR INNOVATIONS, Karen held positions in the financial services, high tech manufacturing and non-profit industries, at organizations including at Lehman Brothers, American Express and General Instrument, and has focused on Compensation and HR Generalist functions. She has also consulted to non-profit organizations. Most recently, Karen was Human Resources Director at Starwood Capital Group, a worldwide real estate private equity firm, where she was responsible for functions including compensation, benefits, HR information systems and payroll, staffing, international human resources and employee relations.

Email: Pamela@HRInnovations.com
Tel: 914.502.0804
PAMELA RIBA SCHIFFMAN Human Resources Consultant
Pamela Riba Schiffman joined the HR INNOVATIONS team in November 2011. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Prior to joining HR INNOVATIONS, Pamela worked in the Financial Services industry, having held Human Resources positions at Citigroup, Lehman Brothers and Transamerica. Pamela has also held various consulting roles for Citigroup and Starwood Capital. In addition to senior positions as an HR Generalist and in Employee Relations, Pamela has managed staffing functions, formulated and directed management development programs, designed and implemented training programs for recruiting, diversity, compensation and onboarding, and redesigned and implemented succession planning and performance management initiatives. She has also provided Human Resources services for non-profit organizations. In addition, Pamela has served as a Career Coach for professionals at all levels and through all stages of the career life cycle.