Carmen C. Allen is a retired human resources executive with a career of driving cutting-edge initiatives for leading national and global organizations. With more than two decades of HR leadership
experience, Ms. Allen has provided executive-level expertise in communications; leadership team development; diversity and inclusion; employee and labor relations; and talent acquisition, management anddevelopment.
Ms. Allen's most recent position, prior to retirement, was as the Vice President, Human Resources for Harris Corporation's Communications Systems Division in Rochester, NY. According to the Group President, she had a level of impact and effectiveness that had never previously been seen.
Reporting to the CEO, Ms. Allen was recruited to Vertis Communications in Baltimore, MD to ensure the
human capital strategies and programs supported the operational objective of a diverse workforce covering
100 locations and 5,200 employees. With a focus on talent the efficiency and effectiveness of the HR Operations, she implemented best practices that enable the identification, selection, hiring, training, and retention of key talent.
From 1996 to 2009, Ms. Allen served in roles of increasing responsibility for Bausch & Lomb, Inc., holding
the title of Vice President of Human Resources for Global Operations. During this time she was an
executive business partner, serving 7,000 employees in Manufacturing, Process Excellence and Engineering.
Through mentoring and coaching, she led an HR management team that oversaw more than 20 plants located in 15 countries.
From 1998 to 2001, she excelled as Diretor of Corporate Compensation. As Director of Human Resources from 1996 to 1998 she served as Director of Human Resoures, where she designed
communication, training, and personnel development programs.
Prior to Bauch & Lomb, she held the title of Human Resources Manager for Compensation with Fison Corporation from 1994 to 1996. During her tenure she created and instituted companywide compensation policies. She launched her career in Rochester in 1988 with Eastman Kodak Company, moving up through
the ranks to increasing levels of leadership until her departure in 1994. During that time, she and a group of African American Employees created Network Northstar, the companies, first employee affinity group.
Ms. Allen is highly recognized as an innovator in her field. She was named a Woman of Excellence by the Rochester Business Journal (2019); Women Worth Watching in U. S. Business list by Diversity Journal (2007); selected for Bausch & Lomb's Executive Development Program (2005); was an Athena Award Finalist (2003 & 2001); received Corporate Staff Impact Award (2000); and won Bausch & Lomb's President's Award (1999).
A graduate of the University of Rochester, William E. Simon School of Business Administration, Ms. Allen completed a Master of Business Administration, with a unique concentration in Organizations and Markets.
She also attended the University of Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,
Management. As a dedicated leader and volunteer, she is a Member of INROADS Alumni Association;
Member of National Black MBA Association, Inc.; on the Board of Directors of Monroe Community College
Foundation and the Urquhart Memorial Foundation; a Member of the Society of Human Resources, Vice
President of AKOMA (Rochester's African American Women's Gospel Choir) and a founding member of
the Ebony Voices Book Club which is celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2019. Ms. Allen is also a former
Board Chair for Garth Fagan Dance
Today, Ms. Allen consults with organizations seeking her HR experience. She also enjoys her new role as the
President/Executive Director of a new community service organization she founded in 2017, Beyond the
Sanctuary, which addresses the physical and emotional challenges of poverty, low income and hunger for
individuals in need in our community by providing them with food, clothing, access to social workers,
education, job readiness and other services in a compassionate and dignified manner. In this role, she has
reached out to several Faith-Based organizations to join together in the fight against poverty, rather than
working in silos. After receiving an overwhelming response, she created the "Roc City Faith Based
Community Service Alliance.