TALENTFOOT - Digital Executive Recruiter Chicago, IL •  2018 to present

  • Lead Executive-level Searches in Digital Marketing, Media & Commerce for a portfolio of clients that spans PE/VC-funded tech start-ups performance marketing agencies to the Fortune 500.

  • Focus areas: CXO & Creative Practice Lead, Digital Agency Executive Leadership, Digital Media Executives

SUE HARDEK & ASSOCIATES - Digital Executive Recruiter Chicago, IL •  2013 to 2018

  • Source, engage and place Director+ level talent in the digital industry across multiple disciplines: media, marketing, creative, visual design, UX, account, project management, strategy and operations

  • Utilize online tools, networking, and social channels to identify and source qualified candidates for open roles. Actively participate in industry events and speaking engagements

  • Recognized as a recruiting industry leader and subject matter expert

  • Consult clients and candidates on organizational design, industry trends and recruiting best practices

  • Offer executive coaching and career consulting services

MANIFEST DIGITAL - Chief Talent Officer Chicago, IL •  2008-2012

  • Partner responsible for all talent strategy and supporting processes and operations

  • Hired and managed a team of 5 employees in human resources, recruiting, resource management, and operations

  • Employed online tools and technology to streamline talent operations, leading to the selection and implementation of an applicant tracking system (Jobvite), a social media recruitment-marketing platform (QUESocial), and a payroll/HRIS system (ADP)

  • Created sourcing and engagement strategies to build passive candidate pipelines using social media channels, event and activity sponsorship, and candidate outreach campaigns

  • Successfully attracted and hired talent from top digital agencies and competitors in the marketplace

  • Led interview process design and training, improving time-to-hire metrics and overall candidate experience for the agency

  • Updated employee orientation, developed a comprehensive onboarding program and established a quarterly check-in process for all new hires to collect feedback, employee referrals, and address any issues or concerns

  • Redesigned the agency’s compensation plan, time & expense policies and overhauled the existing benefits package, which entailed leading the RFP process and selection of a new benefits broker

  • Collaborated with key stakeholders to develop recruitment-marketing strategies positioning the agency as an innovator and industry thought leader in the experience design space

  • Developed relationships with local universities and relevant associations to improve employer brand awareness and attract talent

  • Actively participated in M&A, and led integration activities to scale the agency in addition to organic growth initiatives

 DIGITAS Chicago, Illinois - VP, Group Director, Human Resources Chicago, IL •  2004 to 2008

  • Responsible for all human resources, resource allocation and talent acquisition for the Chicago officeManaged between 5-10 employees across talent, facilities, and operations teams

  • Developed a monthly talent dashboard to report people metrics and derive key insights for leadership teams to make critical business and related people decisions

  • Improved Recruiter productivity, time-to-hire metrics, and leadership team feedback by establishing an open requisition priority process linked to the financial forecast

  • Led talent acquisition strategy, operations, reporting and accountable for all regional hiring needs

  • Led critical executive searches for the agency globally - e.g CEO, General Manager, Executive Creative Director

  • Part of global talent leadership teams, tackling agency-wide talent programs such as performance management, mentorship, diversity & inclusivity, succession planning, and global workforce planning

  • Collaborated with executive leadership to develop a talent roadmap to reorganize and scale the agency prior to the acquisition by Publicis Groupe

DIGITAS Chicago, Illinois - Recruiting Consultant Chicago, IL •  2002 to 2004

  • Lead all talent acquisition strategy and all recruiting operations for the Chicago office and select NYC practice areas

  • Managed programs, events and campaigns to build candidate pipelines and drive recruiting strategy to meet hiring goals

  • Refreshed the employee referral program, which led to a substantial increase in new hires made from internal referrals and decreased cost-per-hire

  • Commuted to the NYC office to lead recruiting for growing practice areas, delivering on all hiring needs and turning around negative leadership feedback

  • Hired 150+ full-time and freelance employees across Chicago and New York in the span of 18-months, which led to a promotion and expanded responsibilities and as the Director of Human Resources for Chicago

NEW MILLENNIUM GROUP Chicago, Illinois - IT EXECUTIVE RECRUITER Chicago, IL •  2000 to 2002

  • Conducted executive-level searches for Fortune 500, global technology and marketing services organizations for this start-up recruiting firm.

  • Led a consulting engagement for a global systems integrator to implement a recruiting department, develop all recruiting strategy, operations and hired a national team.

  • Hired by Cap Gemini following the Ernst & Young merger to lead nationwide VP-level searches and create an internal executive search function.

DAVID GOMEZ & ASSOCIATES (DGA) - Managing Director, Technology Practice Lead Chicago, Illinois •  1996-1999

  • Firm’s first female Managing Director, responsible for leading the technology recruiting practice, which produced 60% of DGA’s annual revenues. Top 5% sales performer.


Villanova University, Villanova, PA - Bachelor of Science in Accounting