About Us

Golden State HR is a division of Global Genesis, Inc., a company whose proven services in organizational development have been used world-wide for over two decades.  Our professionals are knowledgeable in California employment law and experienced in multiple industries – high tech, manufacturing, professional services, hospitality, education, in both the public and private sector.  We know how to assess what is ideal for your unique business and have the knowledge and experience to make it a practical reality.

Principal: Cathy Taylor, SPHR-CA

Principal: Cathy Taylor, SPHR-CA

Cathy Taylor, SPHR-CA, Vice President of Global Genesis and Principal of Golden State HR, started her career in HR in the early 80’s, hired to make the people side of the acquisition and merger forming AGS Management Systems successful.  AGS was the leader in project management software and systems development methodologies.  Having a business/finance background, she enjoyed identifying and addressing the synergies and challenges of a newly combined workforce and successfully orchestrating the resulting talent into a highly productive and satisfied workforce.

Cathy’s many years of working with managers and executives has spawned her “three pillars” theory of highly successful managers.  They must have a competence in their area of expertise, general business skills and people skills.  Rarely does any one manager excel in all three.  The deficiencies must be assessed, improved and compensated for in an effective manner.  She also holds that what every employee desires from their job is to be valued, respected and fulfilled, and businesses should strive to make these possible or eventually risk loss of good employees.

The ability to contribute to the “big picture” strategy and refine the HR requirements down to the tactical level is one of Cathy’s greatest talents. She is astute in understanding what contributes to a healthy work culture, and helping create and maintain a great workplace environment.  She also uses her Lean Six Sigma training in developing HR processes that are efficient and effective.

As an HR Generalist, Cathy’s experience in compensation and benefits, staffing, employee development, compliance, safety and employee relations is a solid foundation for supporting an organization’s employment needs.  She has “created” the HR function for several growing organizations. She developed the first formal succession plan for Symmetricom, a Silicon Valley high tech company.  She was instrumental in successfully staffing over 700 positions within three years for SubMicron Systems, a manufacturer of wafer processing equipment.  She also helped SubMicron in their quest to establish a global presence, staffing locations in Singapore, Europe and Taiwan.

Cathy uses her expertise and creativity to help clients create best solutions to their people challenges.  Her years of experience working with organizations from start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies affords her the ability to bring “best practice” to the small business.  Her experience includes high tech engineering and manufacturing, service and hospitality, non-profits and education.

Cathy attained her BA in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.  She also holds degrees in Biology, Ecological Landscape Design and Sustainable Landscape Design.  She is trained in Lean Six Sigma, ISO certification and as a trainer in David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  She holds a professional certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resource as well as an SPHR-CA, a special designation for competent California HR professionals.  Additionally, she is active in Toastmasters leadership, holding the office a Division Governor in District 57.  She has served on the Board of the Northern California Human Resources Association.