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Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Tuck Rickards


Tuck Rickards Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

In the face of fierce disruptive and competitive pressure, combined with constant changes in consumer behavior, understanding the patterns of best-in-class leadership teams has become a differentiating factor in driving strong private equity investment returns. With a focus on high-growth tech companies, executive search and leadership advisory expert, Tuck Rickards from Russell Reynolds Associates, will explore proprietary research and insights focused on successful scale-ups and how they have built their teams in a pre-IPO environment.



Sandy Ogg
Sumeet Salwan


Sandy Ogg Founder – CEO.works Sumeet Salwan Co-Founder, Global Head of Advisory – CEO.works

Selecting and allocating great talent to a critical role is one thing. But a significant risk to value sits just outside the talent match. It is embedded in the context of the expected work and the design of the role itself. Mobilization is the process of capturing the value “discounts” hidden in each transformation. In this effective presentation, Sandy Ogg, founder and Sumeet Salwan co-founder of CEO.works, assert that new rules, new tools, and new routines are required for a modern, effective approach to talent. They will examine cutting-edge tools and methodologies that are designed to pivot human capital interventions from process excellence to value creation. It is a modern playbook purposely built for PE firms seeking a talent edge.




Networking Break

Jackie Xu

A Holistic Approach to Talent Management in Private Equity

Jackie Xu Head of Talent – Kleiner Perkins

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, successful startups are embracing unrelenting change. To ensure portfolio company success, leaders need to have a holistic approach towards attracting and retaining talent. Helping employees thrive in this new environment has become critical to building and scaling a successful team. In this presentation, Jackie Xu, head of talent at Kleiner Perkins, will discuss one of the most competitive talent markets in recent memory, with corresponding voluntary employee departure at an all-time high due to new opportunities and employee burnout. She will reveal what companies must do to remain competitive and how to adapt to these changing criteria.



Will Busch III

Identifying and Developing Non C-Suite Roles That Have an Outsized Impact on Value Creation

Will Busch III Managing Director, Growth Strategies – FMG Leading

Private equity investors understand the importance of assessing and developing C-suite talent. But often, non C-suite roles within an investment can have an outsized impact on value creation. This panel of private equity and human capital experts will shine the light away from the C-suite and focus instead on ways to identify critical and potentially overlooked non-executive roles that have a disproportionate impact on company performance, and how to diagnose the quality of talent within these key roles. In addition, panelists will review best practices around developing scalable talent playbooks that improve quality and accelerate performance within crucial non C-suite positions.

Adam Stein
Founding Partner
LightBay Capital

Kate Berkeley
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition
Gryphon Investors

Melissa Taunton
New Enterprise Associates

Kevin Kernan
JM Search

Sean Mooney
Founder and CEO





Nicole North

Driving Growth & Value Through Effective Leadership

Nicole North Partner, Executive Talent – Lightspeed Venture Partners

Leadership and organizational factors play a tremendous part in a company’s ability to deliver on its growth thesis. As most investment theses for PE & VC investors rely on a significant growth equation, talent and organization capabilities are often the greatest constraint to delivering on a value creation plan. In this following presentation, Nicole North, partner of executive talent at Lightspeed Venture Partners, will discuss how she executes and delivers on Lightspeed’s growth thesis and she will reveal her playbook of key talent drivers such as effective leadership, DE&I, and culture that are critical in accelerating value creation.



Scott Gregory

Managing the Dark Side in Portfolio Executives

Scott Gregory CEO – Hogan Assessments

We all have experienced them – executives who are brilliant, driven, highly skilled, and experienced but who also have some significant personality and interpersonal flaws that make them difficult to work with and for. Research shows that on average 65% of leaders fail because of these flaws, while about 65% of Americans surveyed say they would rather fire their boss than receive a pay raise. The fallout of flawed leadership on teams and productivity is significant, causing turnover, damaging engagement, and sometimes ruining companies. This panel of PE talent and executive search experts will discuss how they screen for flaws during the due diligence process, how they help leaders manage those flaws and develop better skills, and how they evaluate the tipping point between the positive contributions leaders make and their potential to negatively disrupt a company’s talent pool.

Ann McCloskey
Operating Principal

Ryan Greene
Managing Operating Partner, Human Capital
Francisco Partners Consulting

Tim Russell
The Tolan Group

Keith Giarman
President, Private Equity & Principal Investing Practice
DHR Global

Rebecca Kapphahn
Executive Vice President, Managing Principal
Cejka Search



Kris Snodgrass

How Diverse Boards Drive Growth and Value

Kris Snodgrass VP, Talent – Norwest Venture Partners

We all know why diversity on boards is important in states like California where it’s mandated by law. Beyond compliance, though, diversity on boards has proven to be a key factor in Norwest companies, because it drives new business. With a vast diversity network established, Kris Snodgrass, VP of talent at Norwest Venture Partners, will share case studies on how developing the firm’s internal network led to the direct placement of independent board directors. Getting the flywheel going internally takes a concerted effort, and that effort helps portfolio companies uncover new business opportunities. She will reveal how diversity at the board level drives growth and value within the Norwest portfolio.



Brian Kasser
Christopher Hooper

Ensuring Optimal Portfolio Company Talent Strategy and Alignment Around the Investment Thesis

Brian Kasser Talent Partner – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe Christopher Hooper General Partner – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

As private equity firms continue to invest in the portfolio company talent function, there is a race to identify the optimal operating model and key best practices that actually drive value. The cornerstone of any portfolio company talent strategy should be ensuring alignment between talent partner and investment team throughout the investment lifecycle. From Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), Brian Kasser, talent partner and Chris Hooper, general partner will discuss strategies that enable the talent function to closely align and keep pace with investment teams as they compete for deals. Anchored in the perspectives and experiences of both the investment team and the talent partner, they will share case studies of how aligning on talent, beginning in the due diligence phase, has been an underwriting differentiator that has driven real value in their firm.



Rob Adams

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

The global private equity and venture capital sector is more than three times bigger than it was just 10 years ago – and this is leading to a hyper-competitive environment with an unprecedented demand for top talent and effective leadership. Hunt Scanlon Media is convening hundreds of private equity and venture capital leaders, chief talent officers and executive recruiters at the JW Marriott in San Francisco on September 22, 2022 to explore the link between driving growth and value through effective leadership. We examine why success in the PE & VC community – long synonymous with growth – is now tied inextricably to talent.

Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Talent Summit: Driving Growth & Value Through Effective Leadership’ will include leaders from across the field, including: Tuck Rickards, managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates; Sandy Ogg, founder and Sumeet Salwan, co-founder of CEO.works; Jackie Xu, head of talent at Kleiner Perkins; Will Busch III, managing director, growth strategies at FMG Leading; Adam Stein, founding partner at LightBay Capital; Kate Berkeley, managing director – talent at Gryphon Investors; Melissa Taunton, partner at New Enterprise Associates; Kevin Kernan, partner at JM Search; Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave; Nicole North, partner – executive talent at Lightspeed Venture Partners; Scott Gregory, chief executive officer at Hogan Assessments; Ann McCloskey, operating principal at Accel-KKR; Ryan Greene, managing operating partner – human capital at Francisco Partners Consulting; Tim Russell, partner at The Tolan Group; Keith Giarman, president – private equity & principal investing practice at DHR Global; Rebecca Kapphahn, executive vice president – managing principal at Cejka Search; Kris Snodgrass, VP – talent at Norwest Venture Partners; Brian Kasser, talent partner and Christopher Hooper, general partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, and others.

We invite you to come learn how the private equity and venture capital community is reimagining how they recruit, develop, manage, engage and retain 21st century talent.

Join our exclusive network of hundreds of PE & VC leaders, chief talent officers and executive recruiters on September 22, 2022 at the JW Marriott of San Francisco. Our thought-provoking presentations and Q&A sessions exploring talent management is a must-attend event. Our formal sessions will include continental breakfast, a mid-morning networking break, a delicious main course, and a post event VIP cocktail reception.

JW Marriott of San Francisco 
515 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415-771-8600)


Kate Berkeley, Managing Director, Talent Acquisition – Gryphon Investors

Kate Berkeley joined Gryphon Investors in 2020 as the managing director of talent acquisition to lead and scale the firm’s talent acquisition capabilities, both internally at Gryphon and externally with Gryphon portfolio companies. She brings over 20 years of human capital and consulting experience with leading global companies across private equity (TPG), executive search (Spencer Stuart), enterprise technology (VMware and Borland), and strategy consulting (BCG and Bain & Company). Kate received her BA in physics and economics from Dartmouth College and her MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Will Busch III, Managing Director, Growth Strategies – FMG Leading

Will Busch III leads the private equity practice at FMG Leading, where he brings over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and leading strategic human capital initiatives that accelerate profitable growth.

Prior to joining FMG Leading, Will held a variety of executive roles at Korn Ferry and Gallup, where he developed a unique approach to business transformation that incorporated strategy execution, behavioral economics, change management, and customer analytics to create and capture value. Specializing in growth-focused firms and investors, Will’s expertise leverages human capital and organizational growth levers to drive revenue generation and enhance operational efficiency.

Keith Giarman, President, Private Equity & Principal Investing Practice – DHR Global

Keith Giarman serves as president of the private equity practice for DHR Global, based out of the San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY, offices. He is also a member of the firm’s North American Executive Committee driving overall strategy for the organization.

Keith led the launch and successful expansion of the private equity practice over the past 10 years. Today, under his leadership, the practice manages approximately 100 board, C-level, and senior search assignments per year working with management teams and top-tier investors where the mantra is rapid and long-term enterprise value creation. Keith has also been instrumental in the build out of principal investing teams.

Prior to DHR, Keith built the CEO practice for one of the premiere boutique executive recruiting firms in Silicon Valley serving the venture capital community. In previous operating roles, he worked extensively with VC and PE investors, most recently as president and CEO of Clarus Systems (acquired by OpNet), where he raised more than $20 million to launch the company. Prior to his experience in Silicon Valley, Keith was vice president of sales, service, and marketing at Citizens Communications (NYSE: CZN), today a $3 billion full‐service communications carrier that was merged with Frontier (NASDAQ: FTR). He was one of five executives on the senior leadership team responsible for 800 employees, $1 billion in revenue, and $200 million in operating income.

Ryan Greene, Managing Operating Partner, Human Capital – Francisco Partners Consulting

Ryan Greene joined Francisco Partners Consulting in 2014 as an operating advisor focused on leadership, human capital management and broader organizational topics.

Prior to joining Francisco Partners Consulting, Ryan worked as a principal with Green Peak Partners, specializing in talent assessment, executive coaching, and organizational consulting with private equity clients. Ryan previously spent over ten years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he primarily focused on organizational transformations, pre/post-merger integrations, and turnarounds for software and healthcare IT companies. Ryan serves on the board of directors of Civitas Learning.

Scott Gregory, CEO – Hogan Assessments

As Hogan Assessments’ CEO, Scott Gregory brings years of expertise in executive selection, development, and succession to his leadership and vision for all aspects of Hogan’s domestic and global business. He was one of Hogan Assessments’ first employees and, following a 12-year stint as vice president of talent management and organizational development at Pentair, he returned to Hogan in 2013 to continue to help clients leverage the science of personality.

He is instrumental in providing expertise on executive selection, development, and succession to Hogan’s global, corporate clients and supports the work of Hogan’s global business alliances with distribution partners.

Christopher Hooper, General Partner – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Christopher Hooper is a general partner in the technology group and leads the WCAS San Francisco office, having originally joined the firm in 2005. Earlier in his career, Christopher worked at Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco and Lazard in New York.

Rebecca Kapphahn, Executive Vice President, Managing Principal – Cejka Search

Rebecca Kapphahn serves as an executive vice president and managing principal with Cejka Search. With more than 18 years dedicated to healthcare recruitment, Rebecca assists clients regularly in assessing their organization’s immediate and future needs. Working directly with clients throughout each engagement, Rebecca provides not only a personalized search process but also strategic counsel, creating actionable plans to best position the organization and the role in the marketplace.

Prior to joining Cejka Search in 2006, Rebecca had already built a strong track record in healthcare recruitment operations. She has been consistently recognized for her successful sourcing and candidate acquisition techniques as well as her strong leadership of high-performing recruitment teams.

Brian Kasser, Talent Partner – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Brian Kasser is the talent partner for the WCAS technology team. Focusing on executive talent strategy and management, he is responsible for helping WCAS’s technology companies to build outstanding leadership teams. He brings to WCAS more than a decade of executive search experience having placed hundreds of leaders in many of the technology industry’s top organizations.

Prior to joining WCAS in 2019, Brian served as partner and head of executive talent for Lightspeed Venture Partners. Earlier he was a longtime partner at Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the world’s leading executive recruiting firms. Before his executive search career, Brian was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers and Thomas Weisel Partners.

Kevin Kernan, Partner – JM Search

Kevin Kernan brings 25 years of operational leadership experience within the technology sector to JM Search. As a CEO and senior executive, he has built management teams, raised capital from top-tier venture firms, and led companies through successful exits. His operational background, combined with nearly an additional decade in recruiting, makes Kevin a go-to executive search partner for private equity and venture capital investors, board directors, and CEOs of SaaS, cybersecurity, and analytics companies.

He joined JM Search as a partner in 2016 after six years as a managing director at ChampionScott, a technology-focused executive search firm. Before pivoting into recruiting in 2009, Kevin spent 25 years in go-to-market leadership roles for software and cybersecurity companies. As CEO of Secure Software, he raised multiple rounds of venture funding, built the entire leadership team, and successfully sold the business within four years. As a testament to Kevin, each venture firm that invested in Secure has since hired him to recruit for their portfolio companies. For the 17 years prior to Secure, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Rational Software Corporation and was instrumental in the company scaling its revenue to over $700 million before IBM acquired it in 2003 for more than $2.5 billion.

Ann McCloskey, Operating Principal – Accel-KKR

Ann McCloskey is an operating principal for Accel-KKR Consulting Group. Prior to joining Accel-KKR’s Consulting Group, Ann served as managing director – executive development and organizational effectiveness for Vista Consulting Group/Vista Equity Partners. She has partnered with over 60 leadership teams to improve organizational health and transform talent practices for software companies ranging in size from $30MM to over $1B in revenue.  Additionally, she has provided individual coaching to over 50 C-level executives in support of the effective growth and transformation of their organizations.

In addition to her work at Accel-KKR Consulting Group, Ann has over 25 years of executive level consulting in strategy, executive team alignment, change management, talent development and culture building. Her expertise spans industries including software and technology, entertainment, banking, financial services, and non-profit.

Nicole North, Partner, Executive Talent – Lightspeed Venture Partners

Nicole North joined Lightspeed Venture Partners in early 2019 as a partner to help lead the firm’s executive talent and platform organization with a mission to build the most transformational companies in the world, supporting companies like Calm, Cameo, Faire, Affirm, Rothy’s, The Honest Company, Carta, Rubrik, and Nutanix, to name a few.

Nicole’s passionate about advancing diversity and inclusion in tech and infuses that into everything she does. “As the tech landscape continues to evolve, it’s clear that we’re in an exciting era of venture capital requiring a new approach to how we holistically fund and support the long-term success of our portfolio companies which MUST include prioritizing diversity and inclusion — from ICs to the board.”

Born in Brazil and a citizen of the United States, Brazil, and Portugal, Nicole has a deep appreciation and love for different cultures.

Sandy Ogg, Founder – CEO.works

Sandy Ogg is the founder of CEO.works, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and talent consulting. From 2011 to 2016, Sandy worked as an operating partner in private equity at the Blackstone Group, serving Blackstone’s nearly 100 portfolio companies. Prior to Blackstone, he was the chief human resources officer for Unilever, where he overhauled Unilever’s operating framework and leadership system. Throughout his career, he has also held various other roles, including at Motorola, Dove Associates, The VIA Consulting Group (which he founded), and The Center for Leadership Studies.

Sandy is a member of SVP funds’ advisory council and is primarily involved in management recruiting and leadership at SVP portfolio companies. He is also the chairman of the board of Nord Anglia Education and Prometric.

Sandy began his career performing sea rescues as a line officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has served on the boards of INSEAD, The Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, Netherlands), The European Academy for Business in Society (Vice Chairman), and BBH Advertising in London. In November 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow by the National Academy of Human Resources.

Tuck Rickards, Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

Tuck Rickards advises Global 1000 organizations across all industries on the recruitment of high-impact digital and technology executives. Based in San Francisco, Tuck leads the technology officers practice for Russell Reynolds Associates. He is a trusted advisors to boards and C-suites on how digital technology can spur growth, along with how data analytics and artificial intelligence can benefit their organization. Tuck also works closely with private equity and venture capital firms to recruit senior leaders.

Tuck has more than 20 years of experience in the technology world. He was the founder and CEO of Virtual Emporium, a venture-backed ecommerce company. He also worked as an executive with Harman International, Montgomery Security, and was a consultant and financial analyst with Goldman Sachs in New York and Australia.

Tim Russell, Partner – The Tolan Group

Tim Russell is a managing partner at The Tolan Group. Tim’s primary focus is expanding the client base in behavioral health, healthcare services, substance abuse recovery, healthcare IT, digital health and healthcare portfolio companies owned by private equity/venture capital groups.

As a veteran healthcare recruiter of 22 years, Tim brings a variety of skills to his position. Having started his recruitment career in 1997, Tim has worked for two of the nation’s leading healthcare staffing firms which culminated into his co-managing an Atlanta-based physician recruitment firm for nearly five years prior to joining the TTG team. Throughout his time in the industry, Tim has been involved in over 750 recruitment projects ranging from staff level technologists to physicians of all specialties.

Sumeet Salwan, Co-Founder and Global Head of Advisory – CEO.works

Sumeet Salwan is a global HR thought leader with CHRO experience working in multiple industries across North America, Europe and Asia. He has partnered with Sandy Ogg, founder of CEO.works, as the co-founder and head of global advisory to invent new HR 3.0 models, methodologies and practices with a passion to connecting these practices explicitly to value creation and away from size, hierarchy or process. As the head of advisory services, he works directly with CEOs in public companies and with founders of private equity firms.

Sumeet served as global head of HR for the Johnson & Johnson consumer company and the Johnson & Johnson medical device company. Previously, he spent over 20 years with Unilever, rising through the ranks from an intern to director to leader of the global program office of HR in the Netherlands. He moved to UK as the head of leadership development to help build Unilever’s talent strategy for emerging markets and then led its execution as head of HR in the Asia Pacific region. As senior VP of HR for Unilever North America, he led the people and organization transformation in the business and partnered with the CEO in a turnaround and reinvention of the business.

He currently sits on the advisory boards of HR People + Strategy, the executive network of the Society for Human Resource Management; and of Lee Hecht Harrison, a firm that specializes in talent development and transitions management. He is an executive advisor on human capital for several private equity firms.

Kris Snodgrass, VP Talent – Norwest Venture Partners

Kris Snodgrass comes to Norwest Venture Partners with more than a decade of retained executive search experience recruiting VP and C-level executives across the marketing, financial, engineering, operations and sales functions. As vice president of talent, under the umbrella of portfolio services, Kris works closely with both venture and growth equity partners and portfolio companies in the consumer and consumer internet industries.

Before joining Norwest, Kris was a principal at Howard Fischer Associates in Silicon Valley. In her prior experience she handled consumer internet searches for start-ups including Mint, Stella & Dot, Art.com, Wine.com, CafePress, Lending Club, and Trion Worlds, as well as venture-backed consumer and enterprise software start-ups including Anaplan, Bromium, and Solera Networks.

Kris started her career in search with retained executive search boutique firm Bialla & Associates and also spent time at executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Earlier in her career, Kris spent seven years in hi-tech sales at pioneering internet start-ups Netscape, RealNames, and VeriSign.

Melissa Taunton, Partner – New Enterprise Associates

Melissa Taunton works closely with founders and CEOs to build, develop, and retain best-in-class executive teams and boards. She designed the CEO leadership program, Invictus, to foster a community of NEA leaders who support one another and propagate best practices across the portfolio. Melissa brings broad operating experience from the technology and healthcare sectors, along with a passion for building relationships, to cultivate leaders who will build life-changing companies with global reach.

Melissa began her career in technology at Qualcomm (supply chain management), Hewlett Packard (global contract manufacturing strategy) and Netopia (strategic technology alliances). She then transitioned to healthcare as president of Drip Drop, Inc., creating an oral-rehydration product and realizing her passion for improving human health through technology solutions. She joined Khosla Ventures as an operating partner before joining NEA as a partner in 2015.

Melissa grew up in South Africa before coming to the United States to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of San Diego, where she earned her MBA. South Africa provided her with her guiding philosophy, Ubuntu, which recognizes that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye and that we rise by lifting others.

Jackie Xu, Head of Talent – Kleiner Perkins

Jackie Xu joined Kleiner Perkins in 2014. As talent partner, Jackie partners with founders to build their leadership teams and create the foundation to support them in scaling their startups. Jackie has more than a decade of experience advising founders about organizational design, building HR functions, compensation, culture, leadership development, and board recruiting. She runs the Kleiner Perkins Women’s Leaders Community and is passionate about coaching individuals and teams to unlock their potential and increase performance.

Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, Jackie was part of the initial recruiting team at Twitter where she led multiple recruiting teams and partnered with executive leadership on strategic acquisitions for Twitter. She helped Twitter grow from a startup of fewer than 50 engineers to a publicly-traded company with more than 2,000 engineers globally. Before Twitter, Jackie spent time at Facebook helping build the engineering org. and in executive search where she placed senior executives at hedge funds. She began her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York.


Premier Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. The firm’s 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. Russell Reynolds Associates helps their clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. 

From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, their teams bring decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit www.russellreynolds.com.

Platinum Sponsor

CEO.works is an executive advisory and capability building company.

At CEO.works, they want to have a positive impact on the world by helping businesses perform better. When the firm helps business leaders succeed it elevates their customers, employees, stakeholders and their communities. 

CEO.works was founded to advise, consult and teach business leaders the tools and approaches needed to bend the value curve upward in this era of exponential change.

The combination of the firm’s CEO level advisory and training programs gives their clients both short term results and lasting capabilities. They avoid traditional consulting models with large change programs. They perform precision transformations with focused interventions designed to unlock value, fast. For more information, visit www.ceoworks.com.

Lanyard Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. The firm’s 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. Russell Reynolds Associates helps their clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. 

From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations, their teams bring decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues. For more information, visit www.russellreynolds.com.

Lunch Sponsor

FMG Leading is an advisory firm that helps clients build world-class organizations at the intersection of business strategy and human capital performance. FMG Leading’s clients outperform the competition by developing the leaders, teams, and cultures that they need to deliver on strategy and accelerate growth.

FMG Leading’s private equity practice helps firms overcome the human capital challenges associated with identifying and growing investments, from assessing senior leaders to building the alignment and skill required to execute on strategy. FMG Leading has a strong track record of partnering with investors to identify the human capital strategies most critical to achieving their investment thesis, accelerating value creation, and positioning them for a strong exit.

FMG Leading partners with PE investors to ensure their human capital strategies align with enterprise strategy, maximizing shareholder value and driving growth across the portfolio. For more information, visit www.fmgleading.com

Talent Assessment Sponsor

No PE firm should begin its evaluation of candidates without turning to HoganAssessmentsThe global authority in personality assessment and consulting, Hogan has more than three decades of experience providing comprehensive, research-based personality assessment and consulting.

Grounded in a more than a century of science and backed by the largest and most complete pool of research in the industry, Hogan assessments predict job performance by assessing normal personality, derailment characteristics, core values, and cognitive reasoning ability. The firm’s portfolio of employee selection, development and leadership tools allow clients to better manage their most valuable assets – their people. For more information, visit www.hoganassessments.com

Gold Sponsors

BluWave is an innovative B2B intelligent marketplace that uses technology, data, and human ingenuity to connect more than 500 leading private equity firms and thousands of proactive businesses with best-in-class, pre-vetted, third parties for critical due diligence, value creation, and preparing for sale needs. BluWave’s invitation-only intelligent marketplace includes private equity-grade service provider groups, independent consultants, and interim executives. For more information, visit www.BluWave.net.

Cejka Search partners with healthcare organizations across the nation to deliver health care executive search solutions, placing the highest caliber of talented C-level executives, physician leaders and administrative leaders in the full spectrum of health care settings including, academic medicine; hospitals & integrated health systems; managed care organizations; medical group practices; specialty hospitals & service lines and other organizations.

Established more than 35 years ago, Cejka Search now ranks among the top five largest health care executive search firms in the country, according to Modern Healthcare. The firm has a national reputation for placing C-suite executives with America’s top health care organizations, while maintaining the flexibility and high-touch service to meet the unique needs of each client. For more information, visit www.cejkasearch.com.

DHR Global is one of the largest retained executive search firms in the world, spanning 22 countries.

For more than 30 years, DHR has been a leading provider of executive search, leadership consulting and emerging leader search solutions, with more than 50 wholly-owned locations around the globe. The firm’s renowned consultants deliver unparalleled senior-level executive search and talent advisory services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of its select client base.

DHR’s executive talent expertise includes more than 20 industry and functional areas, including advanced technology, financial services, private equity, human resources, industrial, consumer & retail and sports.

To DHR, value is a simple proposition summed up in three words. Reach delivers talent solutions that are smart in your world. Resourcefulness brings creativity, flexibility and agility tailored to you. And lasting relationships are at the heart of all they do.

The firm’s emerging leader search services are delivered through Jobplex, a DHR company. For more information, visit www.dhrglobal.com.

JM Search is a premier retained executive search firm and trusted advisor to CEOs, investors and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing and delivering high-performance leaders and transformational leadership teams. 

JM Search clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses, and publicly held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors.  

With national reach and local market depth, the firm’s partner-led approach enables JM Search to deliver exceptional leaders who enhance organizational performance and drive shareholder value. For more information, visit www.jmsearch.com.

The Tolan Group is a Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Healthcare and Life Sciences executive search firm recognized for their industry experience and performance driven placement services. Our talented team delivers exceptional candidates in healthcare services, healthcare tech and behavioral health. Our clients are private equity and venture capital partners and their portfolio companies as well as privately help companies and we place talent across all three sectors. We have broad experience placing talent for PE platforms, start-ups, early stage companies as well as working with publicly traded companies. We are headquartered in St Augustine FL, with satellite offices in Atlanta, Tampa, Philadelphia and Appleton, WI. For more information, visit www.thetolangroup.com.

Exhibitor Sponsors

BoardEx is a people-centric database and a leading relationship mapping service. Global executive search firms use BoardEx for executive placement and recruiting across board of directors, C-suite, private equity, and public corporations. The relationship mapping solution also enhances business development.

BoardEx’s universe of organizations and individuals is the industry gold standard and is solely collected from credible, public sources which cannot be edited by users. The firm’s skilled team of analysts research, verify and maintain millions of profiles daily. For more information, visit corp.boardex.com.

Equilar is the leading provider of relationship intelligence and corporate leadership data solutions. Companies of all sizes, including 70% of the Fortune 500, rely on Equilar’s data for insights around executive talent and relationships. Equilar’s data-driven solutions help corporate leaders and advisors accelerate sales and business development activities by identifying paths to new opportunities and tracking real-time executive appointments and departures. For more information, visit www.equilar.com.

Initium BI is an open source data mining and consulting company. Initium has developed a game-changing platform for investors and players interested in talent/people analytics. With its private equity and hedge fund experience, the firm knows the true investment is in people, not companies. Leadership, culture and talent are three of the biggest predictors of future success and until now, they were also three of the hardest metrics to measure and quantify.

Initium’s Talent Analytics Platform delivers an enormous edge when evaluating companies and industries as a whole. Initium BI provides incredibly detailed analytics from multiple sources which includes reviews, hiring trends, compensation, fill rates, from current and former employees (leadership, culture, happiness, etc.), exit interviews, and much more. This improved approach to data driven due diligence helps you better identify good investment opportunities while deepening your vision into the companies and industries you are already invested in, ultimately increasing your funds deal flow and IRR. For more information, visit www.initiumbi.com.

Social Media Sponsors

SmoochUnplugged LLC is a high octane, global talent consulting firm that offers investor relations officer executive search and strategic human capital advisory specifically directed toward financial market success and corporate brand stewardship. The firm’s CEO is recognized as a market maker with respected investment community leaders, boards of directors, and management teams, with a charter to solve human capital challenges through its innovative, provocative and impactful collaborations with clients and talent around the world.

With 30 years of laser sharp focus in the investor relations officer niche, SmoochUnplugged’s portfolio of success spans clients in all industries and across all sectors of the public company journey from pre-IPO to mega cap entities. SmoochUnplugged has had tremendous success partnering with recognized PE firms to recruit exceptional IRO talent who serve as their portfolio companies’ stewards of brand leadership as these entities transition to the public markets. Viewed as the global investor relations executive search leader, the firm’s credible and respected brand and performance extends from North America to Europe to Asia. Fore more information, visit www.smoochunplugged.com.

Networking Sponsors

Leveraging deep vertical experience, innovative thinking, and proven time-saving methodologies, McDermott + Bull challenges the norm and thrives in the recruitment of difficult-to-find VP to C-suite executive talent.

McDermott + Bull values a personalized service model while having the resources and capabilities of the world’s largest search firms. With experienced partners in the United States, Canada, and Europe, they are the trusted retained search advisor for empowering change on behalf of private and public companies, nonprofit organizations, private equity firms, and their operating partners. For more information, visit www.mbexec.com.

With more than 30 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, NGS Global provides the extensive resources of major global leadership advisory and executive search firms along with high-touch service, accelerated completion cycles and superior candidate access made possible by its mid-sized platform with no external shareholders. Through the firm’s commitment to industry expertise, cultural knowledge and partner-led search execution, NGS Global delivers exceptional value to its clients. For more information, visit www.ngs-global.com.


Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming conference, ‘Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Talent Summit: Driving Growth & Value Through Effective Leadership,’ to be held on September 22, 2022 at the JW Marriott of San Francisco. The full-day event will begin at 7:30am with continental breakfast, a mid-day luncheon along with a full day of very exciting presentations by top professionals in the sector.

Hunt Scanlon Media is convening hundreds of PE & VC leaders and their heads of talent who will meet for a full day to discuss driving growth & value through effective leadership at private equity firms. You’ll learn how to deliver the best talent faster and at the right cost and you will walk away with a full range of talent solutions from more than 21 leading experts who will speak throughout the day.


Discount Price: $1,475

Early bird discount expires January 30th

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after June 1, 2022 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)