About Us

TalentRise is an executive search and talent management consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2008 to serve organizations that were disrupted by healthcare reform, TalentRise has since become a marquee name in the executive recruiting and talent consulting space by helping businesses to improve their performance through talent optimization. We provide flexible, customized leadership and organizational solutions to private equity and VC backed startups and mid- and large-market employers in industries like professional services, healthcare, consumer and industrial manufacturing, technology, financial services, and retail.

TalentRise is part of Aleron Group, a global workforce and business solutions provider that specializes in the delivery of HR and recruitment services. With over 60 years of industry experience, Aleron’s mission is to connect people with businesses in ways that change lives. As part of Aleron Group’s shared services model, TalentRise offers access to compliance, quality, legal, HR, and marketing/communications teams—and these resources provide value-add services to support our clients in times of need.

TalentRise’s retained search services—marketed as “FlexSearch”—are based on a more flexible and tailored full lifecycle executive recruiting approach. Within our FlexSearch model, we include value-add talent attraction and assessment tools along with transparent online pipeline activity reporting. Our team of executive recruiters is equipped with years of industry-leading experience—enabling an efficient approach to sourcing, recruiting, and hiring premier talent.

At TalentRise, we understand the importance of properly aligning candidates with both the role and our clients’ culture. Not only do our comprehensive sourcing and recruitment processes utilize a carefully crafted and strategic approach, but we leverage a suite of predictive analytics and behavioral assessment tools to measure candidate job fit. These various components are critical in effectively executing on our search deliverables on behalf of our clients. In addition, to help our executive placements in navigating the operational, team, and cultural hurdles that they may encounter during the first 90 days post-hire, we include an executive onboarding coach with our fees.

Leveraging years of experience from our sister company, Viaduct, we’re well attuned to the challenges that come with hiring for startups. Our executive recruiters can help you find the best-fit interim or full-time C-Level leaders who possess the know-how and passion to enable business success.

Some of TalentRise’s recent commendations include:

  • 2022 Hunt Scanlon Private Equity Recruiting Power 100
  • 2020 Forbes Top Management Consulting Firm
  • 2018 Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Search Firm
  • 2017 Inc. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List

Recent Placements



As an Aleron company, we believe a company culture that inspires success, celebrates accomplishments, and fosters creativity is essential to the health of our own organization and the many organizations we serve. By keeping these values at the heart of all that we do, we foster a culture that leads to better work and better outcomes—for our clients, for ourselves, and for one another.

Solutions And Expertise

Whether your industry is lagging behind, being disrupted, or going through a digital transformation, the talent challenges you seek to solve are unique to your business—not just your industry.

At TalentRise, we customize each engagement according to your company size, culture, and mutually agreed upon engagement outcomes.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Culture Shaping
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Flex RPO
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning

News Briefings

TalentRise Recruits Executive Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Following a comprehensive, nationwide search, TalentRise recently placed Spencer Morgan as the executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. He is taking the helm as incumbent executive director Stanton H. Hudson, Jr. steps down following 30 years of service to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. Sarah Garcia, TalentRise consultant, led the assignment. “Stanton

TalentRise Appoints Leader of Coaching and Leadership Development Practice

TalentRise has named Kristen Fox Lampert as leader of its coaching and leadership development practice. She will focus on expanding TalentRise’s coaching and leadership development offerings, including fast start coaching and mental fitness for leaders programming. “Kristen’s thoughtful approach to coaching and leadership development is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Pete Petrella, TalentRise practice leader for executive search.

TalentRise Recruits CEO for the YWCA of Western New York

Following a rigorous, nationwide search, TalentRise recently assisted in the recruitment of Michelle Sawyers as the new CEO of the YWCA of Western New York (YWCA WNY). Current CEO, Jill Ann Robbins-Jabine, is retiring after nearly 10 years of service. “Michelle’s extensive experience in nonprofit operations—coupled with her leadership acumen, community involvement, and ability to build partnerships—makes

5 Interview Questions to Ask a Chief People Officer Candidate

A chief people officer (CPO) is a senior executive responsible for championing an organization’s talent through the development and execution of a comprehensive people strategy and employee experience. A proficient CPO is attuned to employee needs, sentiments, and feedback and is responsible for upholding the company’s commitments to its workforce, according to a recent report

Press Releases

Kristen Fox Lampert to Lead TalentRise Coaching and Leadership Development Practice

TalentRise announced today that Kristen Fox Lampert will lead its Coaching and Leadership Development Practice. As Practice Leader, Kristen will focus on expanding TalentRise’s coaching and leadership development offerings, including Fast Start Coaching and Mental Fitness for Leaders programming. Kristen has served as a Talent Consultant and Leadership Coach for TalentRise since 2019. Most notably,

Deri Winston Appointed as New Chief Operating Officer of Thaïs Health

(March 2022) TalentRise recently placed Deri Winston as the COO at Thaïs Health, a leading technology-assisted chronic care management company headquartered in Washington, DC. After achieving some new milestones at the end of 2021, Thaïs found it to be the optimal time to bring on a COO to scale their organization and rapidly expand into new

Pete Petrella Promoted To Practice Leader, Executive Search

(March 2022) Pete Petrella was recently promoted to Practice Leader, Executive Search at TalentRise—a leading executive search and talent consulting firm. Petrella will lead the executive search practice—including the management of the executive search team, managing directors, and other key support staff within the practice. He will play a critical role in the TalentRise growth

TalentRise Promotes Kristen Lampert to Managing Director

CHICAGO (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 22, 2021 – Lampert has worked at TalentRise for two years, most recently serving as Senior Talent and Leadership Consultant. As Managing Director, Lampert will focus her efforts on TalentRise’s leadership consulting division. Her expertise in executive coaching and talent optimization will be critical as she partners with high-growth organizations looking to

Aleron Enhances Service Offerings with TalentRISE Acquisition

BUFFALO, N.Y. (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 25, 2019 – Aleron Group, a global workforce and business solutions company, continues to expand its market presence with the acquisition of TalentRISE, a Chicago-based firm specializing in executive search and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), effective February 15, 2019. With the acquisition, TalentRISE becomes part of a growing family of Aleron brands that


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