Tess Taylor

Expertise: Employee Benefits
Title: Courseware Developer, Training and Coaching Professional, HR Expert and Author
Education: Walden University
Location: Conklin, New York


  • Human resource professional with 14 years of corporate experience​
  • Voted a "Top 100 Person to Follow on Twitter" for the human resource industry for eight years
  • Professional member of the Society for Human Resource Management


Tess C. Taylor, CPC, PHR, SHRM-CP is a former writer for The Balance covering employee benefits. She is a certified human resource professional and career coach with 14 years of HR experience, many of which occurred while working in the corporate sector as an HR manager. She is a former course developer and content manager for a well-known benefits administration SaaS company, where she developed and wrote a 900-page HR content library, created four professional development courses in eight months, and supported the integration of the Mayo Clinic wellness library and employee self-managed wellness portal while launching a corporate wellness fair for fellow employees.

Taylor regularly writes about important human resource and employee benefits topics. She is a trusted subject matter expert and is a regular contributor to HR and wellness publications and websites, including CareerAddict, Dale Carnegie Institute, PayScale Compensation Today, Forbes, HR Magazine, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S News and World Report Careers.

Taylor is a professional member of the Society for Human Resource Management.



Taylor graduated from Walden University with a bachelor's in human resource management.


Taylor's certifications include:

  • Certified Human Resource Professional (PHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute
  • Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) by the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Certified Career Coach by the World Coaching Institute
  • Certified Extreme Business Coach by The American Union of NLP

About The Balance

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