Cara Woodson Welch is vice president, External Affairs & Practice Leadership for WorldatWork. Based in the association's Washington, D.C. office, she is responsible for the vision, creation and execution of the association's public affairs, public relations, communications and publications strategies. In addition to advocating and influencing total rewards-related legislation and regulation in Washington, D.C., her team includes renowned practice leaders who educate and inform total rewards and HR professionals on topics related to their profession via WorldatWork's award-winning global publications and speakers bureau.
A member of the D.C. Bar, Welch has more than 20 years of nonprofit association experience, including leadership positions at the Design-Build Institute of America, the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Association of Realtors, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and others. She also has served in various positions at the local, state and federal levels of government.
Early in her career, Welch received a fellowship with the HR division of the Social Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a frequent speaker and author on total rewards, and she has been quoted in numerous publications including: The Washington Post, Workforce Management, Human Resource Executive and The Wall Street Journal.
Member, D.C. Bar
Education: Bachelor's degree in international studies and French, with a minor in political science, Macalester College J.D., Georgetown University Law Center