Barbara Barde, CPC


Senior HR Business Partner


B.A. in Psychology/Sociology, University of Portland

Barbara joined the Xenium team in early 2019 as a Senior HR Business Partner, where she supports Xenium clients with HR related needs and business goals. She brings a wealth of HR experience to her new role.

Barbara has worked as an HR Business Partner and HR consultant for the past 17+ years, with extensive experience working with for-profit and non-profit businesses, both domestic and international. Most recently, she worked for Trupp HR as an HR Business Partner/Trainer/Consultant. And before that she worked in the medical/dental industry where she provided outsourced HR support to small and large dental service organizations across the US and Canada. For 15 years, she was her own boss, running her own HR/Professional Services consulting company where she had a team who supported various sized businesses across various industries. In 2011, she earned her Professional Coaching Certification (CPC).

Barbara’s experience and skills cover a wide range – leadership coaching and development, staff and team training, performance management, workforce planning, organizational development, employee relations, policy creation and implementation, conflict mediation and negotiation, risk assessment and mitigation, employee investigations and talent acquisition. Xenium is happy to add this experience to our foundation, and likewise, Barbara was drawn to Xenium because of the people, reputation in the industry and the culture.

Although she is not an Oregon native, she considers herself an Oregonian. She moved from Philadelphia at a young age and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of her teenage/adult life. She graduated from the University of Portland with a B.A. in Psychology and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

When she’s not working, Barbara loves the PNW and all it has to offer (mountains, beach, desert). She is happiest when playing outside, rain or shine – beachcombing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, or riding her mountain bike on the Oregon trails. She is an avid explorer of the local antique shops, restaurants and breweries. Arts and crafts and building things with her hands are her go-to stress relievers. She loves movies and books related to real life stories, events and places – most recently, she enjoyed Gilda Radner’s biography “It’s Always Something.” She considers herself a “foodie” and enjoys a variety of cuisines, but her go-to favorites are Italian, Indian and Mexican.