Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Kathy Albarado, 1991

Kathy Albarado

Kathy Albarado founded Helios HR, an award-winning human capital consulting and recruiting firm, with a commitment to aid leaders in solidifying strong human resource practices that build and enhance their corporate culture. With more than 25 years of progressive human capital management experience, she works with executives to help them establish a culture of intention--a culture that allows them to attract, retain and engage exceptional people. Helios is known for helping their clients scale to their next stage of growth. Albarado and her team have helped launch and grow hundreds of organizations ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500.  
Albarado is active on many boards, to include the Executive Committee for Leadership Mission International and the Northern Virginia Chamber, the Small Emerging Contractor’s Advisory Forum (SECAF), the Professional Services Council (PSC), and is a founding board member of George Mason University’s School of Business, Women in Business Initiative. An alum of Mason, Albarado holds her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s in human resource management. Albarado is an active member of the Washington Business Journal’s Leadership Trust and Leadership Greater Washington.  

Albarado and her team at Helios HR support the community in many ways, with the belief that in community is where real change happens. The Helios team loves to engage in team building by supporting regional nonprofits including Shelter House, Cornerstones, Capital Area Food Bank, The Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital, and Women Giving Back.   
Albarado was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the top 100 people to meet in 2020. Among their awards, the Helios team was recognized with the National Capital Business Ethics Award, Best of Reston, Corporate Impact Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, and the CARE Awards for creating a culture of caring.