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Carolyn's Vita

Professional Profile

Carolyn Hayden-Garner, CPP, PLP is an accomplished leader and payroll professional who has successfully managed global payroll operations for some of the world’s most prestigious companies, such as CBRE, Northrop Grumman, and Tesla. Her impressive 30-year career began with a leadership role at the Dallas Independent School District, where she was appointed Executive Director of Payroll. Today, her remarkable achievements have advanced her to become Payroll Director at Tesla, responsible for directing all facets of payroll that span the Americas, 29 countries in Europe, and India. 

In addition to her illustrious career accomplishments, Carolyn is highly admirable for her commitment to enriching her community. She founded the non-profit organization Mothers Shut In, which aims to empower women of diverse backgrounds and leave a legacy for their families. Moreover, she is active on the OHUG board as Treasurer and serves as a board advisor to numerous non-profits. Throughout it all, Carolyn remains dedicated to fulfilling her passion to create meaningful change throughout all aspects of life. As of January 2024, she has been named National Board Trustee for the Boys & Girls Club America.

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Corporate Executive & Founder of MSI


  • Committee Member | 2024 |American Heart Association

  • Keynote | 2023 | PayrollOrg

  • Featured | 2023 | Congress Today Blog | 41st Annual Payroll Congress

  • Featured | 2023 | PayTech Magazine | "Dedicated to Her Craft."

  • Recipient | 2023 | “NBA All Star Slam Dunk Game Changer Award”

  • Winner | 2022 | “Utah’s 40 over 40” | Utah’s 40 over 40

  • Finalist | 2022 | “Nexstar’s Remarkable Women” | Utah Region

  • Recipient | 2021 | “Women of Impact Award” | Impact Magazine"An Innovator Who's Led by Passion."

  • Executive Sponsor | 2021 - Current | Black at Tesla, Employe Resource Group, DEI

  • Featured | 2019 | Global Payroll | "Meet Carolyn Hayden-Garner."

  • Recipient | 2017 | “Northrop Grumman’s Quality Award”

  • Featured | 2015 | Canadian Payroll Association Dialogue Publication

  • Recipient | 2013 | “CBRE’s Management Excellence Award”

  • Recipient | 2006 | “Oracle’s Innovator of the Year Award”

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