Mellisa Liegl is the senior director of human resources for J.C. Penney stores. Liegl’s responsibilities include talent management, succession planning, recruitment and engagement supporting the entire stores organization. In an ever-changing retail environment, she and her HR team are change-agent business partners that help remove roadblocks to drive business. Other roles Liegl has held at J.C. Penney include director of talent acquisition and corporate human resources. Liegl started her retail career with FAO Schwarz where she held various leadership positions in several states. She later joined Kohl’s department stores where she held various corporate and division positions where she helped to launch various HR initiatives in the areas of field human resources, university relations and recruitment. Liegl grew up in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s in business administration-human resources from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Business. She and her husband Steve live in Dallas with their two sons Jacob, 8, and Joshua, 6.