Talent Advisory Board
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Take advantage of ITA's Talent Advisory Board for answers to all your talent needs. The mission of the ITA Talent Board is to bring together technology industry leadership to collaborate around attracting and retaining top talent in Chicago.

The Talent Advisory Board (which is just a fancy term for a group of really talented, smart, committed people) exists to provide an outside-in resource and perspective for members’ talent needs. Talent Advisory Board members are available to provide counsel, advice or just to serve as a sounding board for your talent and HR questions - whenever you need it.

The Board also collaborates with ITA to position Chicago as a premier destination for technology industry talent and provides feedback and guidance to ITA on our talent initiatives.

Talent Advisory Board Members

Jim Conti - People Lead, dscout

Jim Conti is the People Lead at dscout. In this new role, Jim will be leading both the strategy and execution of all people-related functions. Prior to dscout, Jim served as Director of Talent at Sprout Social, a Chicago-based software company, where he built, grew and oversaw a team of 12 across recruitment, talent, culture, HR and benefits strategy for the organization. While in this role, Sprout Social was routinely recognized by employees for being an exceptional workplace through awards from Glassdoor, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago, and Built in Chicago. Jim’s early career was in the non-profit and education sectors where he worked in recruitment, program development and fundraising for Accelerate Institute, one of Chicago's premier education reform entities.

Lindsay Dagiantis, Vice President, Human Resources, envoy

 Lindsay oversees all aspects of the employee lifecycle including employment branding, recruiting, learning & development, performance management and HR. During her tenure at Rise Interactive, Lindsay has helped grow the company from 40 to just over 200 employees by building the talent acquisition function, focusing on a superior candidate experience, hiring manager education, and using data to help improve the company’s time to hire to almost lightning speed, all while reducing turnover, and increasing tenure of recent grads and millennials by almost 50%.

 

Kelly Dean, Vice President of People, Jellyvision

 Kelly leads Jellyvision’s strategy for managing talent, performance and culture. She also brews a new pot of coffee when she takes the last cup, because she is not a monster. Before joining Jellyvision, she served as Director of Human Resources at Crate and Barrel. And before that, she was the Talent Strategy Manager for the Americas at Apple. These days, you can find Kelly recruiting and retaining the passionate, humble, curious, and delightful employees Jellyvision is known for, engaging employees in their own performance and development, and taking yoga classes whenever she can. 

Colleen Egan, Director of People, Culture and Endless Possibilities, Clarity Partners

Colleen started her career as a Nurse, but became frustrated with the slow adoption of technology in healthcare. She had an opportunity to become the operations leader at a public digital agency and that experience became the foundation for the rest of her career.  She founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer for the award winning design and technology company Two Hundred Twelve Degrees | 212° with offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. 212’s diverse client list included Orbitz, McDonalds, Nike and pro bono clients like Zula USA. She went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and SVP of Production of Zula USA in Los Angeles, CA where she led the company and the production of the Emmy nominated PBS series The Zula Patrol, which was the first 3D CGI pre-school series on television. In 2017, she became the Director of People, Culture and Endless Possibilities at Clarity Partners, a management and technology consulting firms that specializes in public sector work. Clarity has been recognized as an INC 5000 fastest growing company for six years in a row, a Crain’s Fast 50 for the last two years and has won several  “Best Places To Work” awards. Clarity has also won numerous awards for their work, diversity and commitment to community. Colleen was the 2018 ITA CityLIGHTS Prominent Woman in Tech award winner, a 2018 Woman of M2M & IoT and a Crain’s Chicago Business Notable LGBT Executive. She serves on several company advisory boards and sits on numerous non- profit boards and committees including Little Kids Rock, Women’s Sports Foundation, and Chicago United.

 

Matt Garvey, Director of Talent Acquisition, Relativity (formerly kCura)

 Matt has extensive experience in developing winning talent acquisition strategies and building a high performing recruitment and talent management center of excellence. In his current role, he leads efforts to elevate Relativity’s global employer brand, identify emerging talent acquisition trends, and recruit diverse, dynamic and creative professionals that are a solid match for the company’s strong values-driven culture. 

 

Katie Grinberg, VP, Talent, Narrative Science 

 Katie heads up all things talent at Narrative Science. She is dedicated to bringing the best people on board and fostering a culture that drives employee development, engagement and embodiment of the company’s mission and values. Prior to Narrative Science, Katie led the HR Consultant team at CareerBuilder. With nearly 15 years of experience, she brings expertise in the areas of HR, recruiting, organizational development, leadership coaching, performance management, employee relations and employment law. 

 

Julie Gurican, Director of Recruiting, Enova 

 Julie has been with Enova since 2010 and has helped scale the company from 600+ to 1200+ employees by leading the Corporate, Tech and Call Center Recruiting functions.  Julie leads a team of 9 and is dedicated to hiring top talent using data driven recruiting strategies.  Julie is also passionate about driving strong candidate experiences and elevating Enova's employment brand.  Prior to Enova, Julie worked as a Technical Recruiter for a local recruiting agency.  

 

Karen Jackson, SVP Human Resources, Gogo 

 Karen joined Gogo in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for overseeing talent strategy and the HR function as Gogo’s organization continues to grow on a global scale. Prior to joining Gogo, Karen was with Accenture and served as the senior vice president of human resources for Acquity Group, a leading Digital Marketing and eCommerce services company acquired by Accenture in 2013.

 

Kim Norwesh, CHRO at 4C Insights

Kim joined 4C as the CHRO in 2017 and is focused on all things people.  In particular, she is helping scale the company, ensuring the 4C Crew continues to thrive and grow, all while helping build upon its amazing culture.  Kim is a results-oriented HR leader with over 20 years’ experience in the Technology, Healthcare and Consumer Goods industries and prides herself in partnering with the business to build high-performance cultures and engaging talent strategies. 

 

Christine Schoeff, SVP Human Resources + Organizational Development, Vibes 

 Christine is responsible for the strategy and execution of Vibes’ HR and Talent programs. Christine and the Vibes’ Talent team are focused on building and maintaining Vibes’ invaluable culture of smart and passionate professionals who are serious about what they do, and don’t take themselves too seriously. Ultimately, she is responsible for discovering the industry’s top talent and ensuring that Vibes is the place where they can do the best work of their career.

 


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