July 21, 2020 – Frederickson Partners has announced the formation of an expanded diversity and inclusion (D&I) recruiting practice. The service will be led by chief of staff Ben Taylor, a five-year veteran of the firm, and CEO Valerie Frederickson. The firm reports that in June it saw a threefold increase in companies requesting D&I searches. Fueled by Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S., many businesses are committing to creating a more equitable and diverse workplace and now plan to hire their first D&I leader, the firm said.
“With the Black Lives Matter movement, CEOs and boards now aim to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, to make right long-standing disparities in opportunity,” said Ms. Frederickson. “The movement has highlighted the critical importance of equal pay and promotion irrespective of race, gender and age. Experienced leaders who can fill a chief diversity office position are a small, highly sought-after pool of executives who have proven they can drive change within an organization and deliver results. We help leading employers find those in-demand leaders.”
“As nationally-recognized D&I thought leaders, we have a 25-year track record partnering with our clients to improve racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Mr. Taylor. “In addition, we have placed some of the most visible and respected D&I leaders in the world. Our goal with this expanded practice is to build upon that history by helping companies recruit and hire diversity leaders who have specialized experience and skills to communicate the business case for D&I, and gain buy-in from the highest level of the organization,” he said.
Frederickson Partners provides people and HR executive search and HR advisory services to companies in technology, financial technology and financial services, healthcare, digital marketing and many other industries. The firm has expertise in filling roles across the spectrum of HR disciplines. It has placed diversity officers at companies including Yahoo!, NetApp, Genentech and Facebook, which worked with Frederickson Partners to add D&I leadership across multiple business areas.
“In addition to funding and hiring a leader for D&I, employers need to empower that person with executive buy-in and the resources to enable change,” said Ms. Frederickson.
Veteran HR Consultants
Founded in 1995, Frederickson Partners has completed over 2,500 HR executive searches and HR consulting engagements, maintaining relationships with more than 10,000 rising and established HR executives worldwide. Specializing in the placement of chief human resources officers/ chief people officers and their teams for high-growth employers, the firm also provides HR strategy, consulting and thought leadership.
Based in Menlo Park, CA, the firm is deeply rooted in the technology sector, with experience in biotech, clean energy, cloud and data storage, eCommerce, fintech, gaming, hardware, IoT, media, semiconductors and telecommunications.
To help manage and fuel its growth, Frederickson Partners recently named Mr. Brinkley as chief growth officer. Mr. Brinkley is a nationally recognized thought leader in human capital management with a track record that includes years of management consulting at PwC and progressive to executive leadership roles at Aon Hewitt, West Monroe Partners, Premise Health and Evive.
Frederickson Partners Strengthens HR Recruiting Staff
Frederickson Partners recently added recruiting veteran Katie Traines as an HR and people executive search partner to be based in Chicago. “We are beyond excited for Katie to join the Frederickson team,” said Brian Brinkley, chief growth officer of Frederickson Partners. “Katie is a strategic Chicago hire for us as we expand our national reach. There are very few partners in executive search that exemplify the unique approach we take with our clients. Katie’s experience partnering and advising clients through all phases of growth make her highly coveted and we are lucky to have her on the Frederickson team.”
“With the increasing utilization of artificial intelligence in strategic HR and the focus on building companies based on culture and values, the need for experienced, modern HR and people executives continues to climb,” said founder and CEO Valerie Frederickson. “Across every part of our industry segmentation from health tech to enterprise software, biotech and not-for-profits, we anticipate increased demand for experienced HR and people leaders who utilize culture to create engagement.” As such, the need has risen internally for a professional C-suite leader to help manage that demand and the inherent growth expected to come with it.
Frederickson’s 2020 trajectory includes growth in the firm’s U.S. and global HR search practices. In 2019, Frederickson’s international reach continued by completing HR searches for global tech unicorns and other high growth enterprises in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America including the U.K., Seoul, Brazil and Mexico. Nationally, the company has added to its footprint by conducting HR searches in Chicago, Indiana, Washington, D.C., Florida, Seattle, New York, Texas, Ohio, Connecticut, Washington, Arizona and all major cities in California including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media