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Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Jackie Ross
Nipul Patel

Leadership in Turbulent Times: Talent Strategies for Differentiated Returns

Jackie Ross Managing Director, Co-Lead Venture Capital & Growth Equity Practice – Russell Reynolds Associates Nipul Patel Senior Consultant, Venture & Growth and Software Practices – Russell Reynolds Associates

As venture and growth equity-backed companies navigate the current market correction, the gap between winners and losers in the current economic cycle will widen and the margin for error will narrow. In learning from the past, what lessons can we take from growth companies that successfully pivoted during prior downturns? What hiring trends are we seeing in a down market? Where should funds double-down, from a talent perspective? Jackie Ross and Nipul Patel from Russell Reynolds Associates will discuss 3 questions you should be asking your CEOs and boards.



Kristen Baldwin
Sumeet Salwan


Kristen Baldwin CEO.works Senior Partner and Chief People Officer – Selecta Biosciences Sumeet Salwan Co-Founder – 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, Sumeet Salwan, co-founder of CEO.works, and Kristen Baldwin, CEO.works senior partner and chief people officer at Selecta Biosciences, 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


Back to Fundamentals

In this lively presentation, Jackie Xu, head of talent at Kleiner Perkins, will moderate a discussion based on topics covered in the upcoming launch of the Kleiner Perkins People Report. Joining Jackie will be Chris Herd, founder & CEO of Firstbase and Diane Sheldahl, people leader at Dexterity.

Introduction by: Nat Schiffer
President & Managing Director
The Christopher Group

Moderator: Jackie Xu
Head of Talent
Kleiner Perkins

Chris Herd
Founder & CEO

Diane Sheldahl
People Leader



Moderator: Jennifer Perry

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

Moderator: Jennifer Perry Managing Principal – 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.

Raj Karanam
Managing Director
Sun Capital Partners

Kate Berkeley
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition
Gryphon Investors

Darcy Casarella
Talent Team
New Enterprise Associates

Kevin Kernan
JM Search

Sean Mooney
Founder and CEO

Valerie Frederickson
Founder and CEO
Frederickson Partners



Introduction by: Ahmed Nassef
Nicole North
AnnaRose Hughes

Driving Growth & Value Through Effective Leadership

Introduction by: Ahmed Nassef Vice President, Talent & Partnerships – RevelOne Nicole North Partner, Executive Talent – Lightspeed Venture Partners AnnaRose Hughes Director of Consumer 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 and AnnaRose Hughes, director of consumer talent at Lightspeed Venture Partners, will discuss how they execute and deliver on Lightspeed’s growth thesis and will reveal their playbook of key talent drivers such as effective leadership, DE&I, and culture that are critical in accelerating value creation.



Moderator: Scott Gregory

Managing the Dark Side in Portfolio Executives

Moderator: 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.

Andrew Reid
Head of Talent
Lead Edge Capital

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

Craig Hoven
Senior Vice President, Managing Consultant
Cejka Search

Christine Sobhani
August Leadership


Networking Break

Introduction by: Scott Jacobs
Kris Snodgrass

How Diverse Boards Drive Growth and Value

Introduction by: Scott Jacobs Partner – Acertitude Kris Snodgrass Principal, Talent – Norwest Venture Partners

We all know diversity drives better business outcomes. Diversity at the Board and Advisor level has proven to be a key success factor for Norwest portfolio companies, leading to new business and innovation, which is critical especially during a downturn. Having built a network of underrepresented Board candidates and senior advisors, Kris Snodgrass, principal 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 and Advisors as well as customer introductions. Getting the flywheel going internally takes a concentrated effort but executed well can help companies uncover new business opportunities that drive growth and value.




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

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 will 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), Mia Jung, talent partner, Ting Gu, principal and Matt Richburg, founder/managing partner of Ampersand Leadership Group, will discuss best practices and critical strategic partners that enable the talent function to closely align and keep pace with investment teams as they align the business strategy with the talent strategy to optimize returns. Anchored in the perspectives and experiences of the investment team, the talent partner, and the assessment firm, they will share case studies of how aligning and assessing talent, beginning in the due diligence phase, has been an underwriting differentiator that has driven real value in their firm.

Moderator: Anthony Keizner
Managing Partner
Odyssey Search Partners

Mia Jung
Talent Partner
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Ting Gu
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Matt Richburg
Founder & Managing Partner
Ampersand Leadership Group




Rob Adams

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

VIP Cocktail Reception

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: Jackie Ross, managing director and co-lead of the venture capital & growth equity practice and Nipul Patel, senior consultant of the venture & growth and software practices at Russell Reynolds Associates; Kristen Baldwin, senior partner and Sumeet Salwan, co-founder of CEO.works; Nat Schiffer, president & managing director at The Christopher Group; Jackie Xu, head of talent at Kleiner Perkins; Jennifer Perry, managing principal at FMG Leading; Raj Karanam, managing director at Sun Capital Partners; Kate Berkeley, managing director – talent at Gryphon Investors; Darcy Casarella, talent team at New Enterprise Associates; Kevin Kernan, partner at JM Search; Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave; Valerie Frederickson, founder & CEO of Frederickson Partners; Ahmed Nassef, vice president of talent & partnerships at RevelOne; Nicole North, partner – executive talent at Lightspeed Venture Partners; Scott Gregory, chief executive officer at Hogan Assessments; Steven Berman, director of executive search 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; Craig Hoven, senior vice president – managing consultant at Cejka Search; Christine Sobhani, partner at August Leadership; Kris Snodgrass, VP – talent at Norwest Venture Partners; Mia Jung, talent partner and Ting Gu, principal at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; Matt Richburg, founder & managing partner at Ampersand Leadership Group 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)


Kristen Baldwin, CEO.works Senior Partner and Chief People Officer – Selecta Biosciences

Kristen Baldwin, a senior partner at CEO.works, serves concurrently as chief people officer at Selecta Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical treatments company. She also served as chief human resource officer with The LIVEKINDLY COLLECTIVE, a plant-based foods company. These dual appointments present a unique opportunity to contribute to the CEO.works ecosystem while implementing the Connecting Talent to Value™ principles at Selecta Biosciences.

Previously Kristen led HR for Bayer Pharmaceuticals for the Americas regions, a $6B business, including commercial operations, radiology, and pharmaceuticals R&D. Earlier in her tenure at Bayer, Kristen served as the head of HR for consumer health North America, driving large scale business transformation and culture initiatives.

Before joining Bayer, she was with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies for seven years in roles of increasing leadership and responsibility. While at Otsuka, Kristen supported a large commercial leadership team and led the transformation of Otsuka’s HR operations function, including the implementation of Workday and SuccessFactors, and the creation of talent management processes and programs including cultural change initiatives. Her early career included roles in R&D finance and business consulting.

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.

Darcy Casarella, Talent Team – New Enterprise Associates

Darcy Casarella joined NEA in 2015 where she is a member of the talent team and focuses on partnering with heads of people and talent to recruit, hire, and develop talent across the portfolio. Darcy is passionate about bringing forth initiatives that encourage leadership development and education for NEA team members and portfolio companies. She works closely with teammates, search partners, and HR/talent experts to execute beneficial talent-focused programs and events.

Valerie Frederickson, Founder and CEO – Frederickson Partners

Valerie Frederickson is a human resources thought leader and entrepreneur. She founded Frederickson Partners in 1995 to address a growing need for strategic HR leadership, an expertise almost unknown at the time. Starting with her first clients Genentech, IBM and EFI, and later Facebook, Google and Workday, Valerie consults to CEOs and boards on everything HR, and identifies and develops cutting-edge HR talent for leading Silicon Valley and global employers. She documented the rise of the HR business partner role and evangelized corporate America’s diversity and inclusion practices. Frederickson Partners is now the largest and the most reputable HR executive search firm in the U.S. Valerie is also founder and CEO of Frederickson Ventures, whose investments include Vector Laboratories (now Maravia Life Sciences); Upwork (NASDAQ: UPWK); ShipServ, a maritime e-commerce platform; Annai Systems, the leading genomic data analysis company; SpinLaunch, launching rockets with less energy; and Toss, a mobile payments platform.

Valerie has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal over 30 times, and by Hunt Scanlon, New York Times, Elle Magazine, Business Week, HR Magazine, NPR, Wired and TLNT; and been featured on television and radio.

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.

Ting Gu, Principal – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Ting Gu is a principal at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), a healthcare and technology-focused private equity firm that has raised and managed funds totaling over $30 billion of committed capital. At WCAS, Ting is responsible for identifying, executing and overseeing investments across the healthcare ecosystem. Since joining the firm in 2013, he has helped build multiple leading companies in partnership with physicians, health systems and payer organizations. As an investor and board member, Ting works with portfolio company management teams on a range of strategic, operational and financial initiatives to drive growth and value creation. Prior to joining WCAS, Ting worked in the global mergers and acquisitions practice of Citigroup’s investment banking division.

Chris Herd, Founder & CEO – Firstbase

Chris Herd is the founder & CEO of Firstbase. Firstbase is an all-in-one provisioning platform for remote teams. Their platform lets companies setup, supply, maintain, manage and retrieve all the physical equipment remote workers need to do great work at home as a monthly subscription.

Craig Hoven, Senior Vice President and Managing Consultant – Cejka Search

Craig Hoven is senior vice president and managing consultant of Cejka Search, Cross County Healthcare’s executive search division.

With more than two decades of healthcare staffing leadership experience, Craig leads all aspects of the executive search process for Cross Country, including candidate recruitment and interviewing, development of effective client and candidate relationship management and candidate placement.

Before joining Cross Country, Craig was a partner at Matteson Partners, where he led the healthcare and life sciences practice. Before Matteson Partners, Craig spent nearly two decades serving healthcare providers in consulting and advisory services.

AnnaRose Hughes, Director of Consumer Talent – Lightspeed Venture Partners

AnnaRose Hughes has 10+ years of talent experience, primarily focused in VC-backed startups and growth companies. She is currently Lightspeed Venture Partners’ director of executive talent for the consumer portfolio, where she partners with investors and founders on operational strategies & executive, advisory, and board placements. Prior to Lightspeed, she spent two years as the head of talent at hims & hers, where she helped the D2C pharmaceutical company scale the team to over 400 people and a successful 2021 IPO. She spent the prior four years at Lyft, helping focus on marketing, operations and finance leadership through their 2019 IPO. AnnaRose began her career out of school in New York City, spending 6 years working on creative talent for various corporate retail and fashion houses.

Scott Jacobs, Partner – Acertitude

Scott Jacobs is a partner with the technology practice at Acertitude, where he leads senior-level searches and company-wide assessment projects all over the world for clients who seek rapid, exceptional performance. He is highly specialized in serving the private equity community along with public and private enterprises across the software and infrastructure sectors.

Before joining Acertitude, Scott was the founder and managing partner of executive search and advisory firm Apex Advisors. Prior, he spent 15 years with Heidrick and Struggles. As a senior partner, he led the technology & services practice across EMEA and was a member of the board practice, leading several chairman and NED searches, predominantly for privately-backed mid-cap firms.

Additionally, he spent two years in the Heidrick Consulting business where he delivered projects focused on improving executive team assessment and performance, identifying organizational deficiencies, and driving improvements.

Earlier in his career, Scott worked as a management consultant around the globe for a range of board-level TMT clients. His teams addressed a variety of projects, from multi-million dollar restructuring projects at large organizations to new-business launches for technology start-ups.

Mia Jung, Talent Partner – Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Mia Jung is a talent partner on the healthcare team, having joined in 2022. Mia focuses on executive talent strategy and management and is responsible for helping WCAS’s healthcare companies build best- in- class leadership teams. She brings nearly a decade of executive search experience, having placed hundreds of leaders in many of the healthcare industry’s top organizations.

Prior to joining WCAS, Mia served as a partner at Oxeon Partners, a leading retained executive search and investments firm where she partnered with innovative healthcare organizations, boards and investors to build high performing, diverse leadership teams. She co-founded Break Into The Boardroom, an initiative that seeks to drive gender parity in privately held healthcare boards. She currently sits on the Board of Abzena, a WCAS portfolio company. Prior to her career in executive search, Mia held commercial leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries at companies such as Merck, Guidant, and Boston Scientific.

Raj Karanam, Managing Director – Sun Capital Partners

Raj Karanam, Managing Director, joined Sun Capital in 2016 after working at Danaher for ten years, recently as President of Qualitrol. At Sun Capital, Mr. Karanam focuses on General Industrials, Building Products, Business & Home Services segments with successful exits. At Danaher, Mr. Karanam developed the strategy and led the transformation of Qualitrol, an operating company of Danaher, from a sensor to a complete condition monitoring solutions provider. Prior to Danaher, Mr. Karanam worked at General Electric for ten years with commercial and operational responsibilities. Mr. Karanam has a Masters in Computer Science from Texas Tech University.

Anthony Keizner, Managing Partner – Odyssey Search Partners

Anthony Keizner is a managing partner at Odyssey Search Partners in New York. He has been involved with buyside talent for fifteen years. He oversees Odyssey’s recruiting and consulting work, that includes team build-outs, organizational design, and compensation structures. He has experience supporting numerous world-class firms to hire exceptional talent in roles such as investment leads, HR heads, IR/marketing heads and positions across deal teams. Anthony is the chief writer of Odyssey’s regular thought-pieces on topics including impact investing, diversity hiring, and compensation trends. A recognized expert in the buyside talent space, Anthony is regularly quoted in the financial press such as Reuters, Business Insider and Bloomberg.

Before a career in executive search, Anthony was a senior vice president at Gerson Lehrman Group, the networking platform, and a consultant a Monitor Group, the strategy consulting firm. He started his career at Citibank/Salomon Smith Barney as an analyst and rose to become a VP within corporate and investment banking.

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.

Sean Mooney, Founder and CEO – BluWave

Sean Mooney is the founder and CEO of BluWave where he leads overall strategy and related sales, marketing, and operational activities.

Sean is a ~20-year veteran of the private equity industry. Prior to founding BluWave, he was a partner and member of the Investment Committee of SFW Capital Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm in New York specializing in information, data, and network enabled businesses. At SFW, he managed the origination, assessment, execution, and ongoing support of portfolio company investments.

He serves on the board of directors of Sachem Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of AGDATA, MD Buyline, Spectro Scientific, Ampac Packaging, FTI, and Alpha Sintered Metals.

Ahmed Nassef, Vice President of Talent & Partnerships – RevelOne

Ahmed Nassef oversees partner relationships with venture capital and private equity firms and other partners at RevelOne and leads select senior executive searches. Ahmed is an accomplished marketer and business builder with over 25 years of experience in startups as well as large corporate environments, both in the US and internationally.

Prior to RevelOne, he was a founder, VP of marketing, and GM in several direct-to-consumer and digital media startups, including Maktoob, which was acquired by Yahoo! for $164 million in 2009. After the sale, Ahmed joined Yahoo! as its vice president and managing director for the MEA region, leading double-digit audience and revenue growth during his tenure.

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.

Nipul Patel, Senior Consultant, Venture & Growth and Software Practices – Russell Reynolds Associates

Nipul Patel brings deep market insights to clients across the consumer ecosystem, with particular expertise in high-growth software companies, online networks and SaaS businesses. Based in San Francisco, Nipul helps companies of all sizes and geographies recruit, assess and develop senior leadership talent. He is a member of Russell Reynolds Associates’ consumer sector and digital & media practice.

Nipul leverages more than 15 years of experience in global consulting, operations and go-to-market strategy in his client work. He was the co-founder of Townsquared, a private online network for local businesses. The company grew into a popular platform and was acquired in 2019 by Upcurve, a subsidiary of New Media Investment Group. Previously, Nipul was a director at the Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner), where he focused on go-to-market strategies, product development and advisory services.

Jennifer Perry, Managing Principal – FMG Leading

Jennifer Perry came to FMG Leading from the healthcare sector, where she served for more than a decade as an executive in a leading healthcare company, driving corporate strategy, conducting market research, and overseeing leadership development initiatives.

In her current role as managing principal, Jennifer focuses on meeting the human capital needs of FMG Leading’s growing portfolio of healthcare and private equity clients, while consulting on large-scale change and leadership development projects.

Andrew Reid, Head of Talent – Lead Edge Capital

Andrew Reid is the head of talent at Lead Edge Capital providing human capital value creation across the firm’s portfolio including talent acquisition, retention strategies, succession planning, and executive leadership assessments. Prior to joining the firm in 2021, he built a career on the agency side working at Artisanal Talent and SPMB, both boutique executive search firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. He conducted national searches across private- and public-stage clients in technology for both the consumer & enterprise sectors.

Matt Richburg, Managing Partner – Ampersand Leadership Group

Matt Richburg understands that the quality of senior leadership significantly differentiates a company’s returns. With 25+ years of experience in human capital consulting, Matt builds long-term partnerships with CEOs, boards, and senior executives to assess and develop top talent. He brings deep experience across a broad range of industries, including financial services, media, retail, technology, and professional services. Matt has partnered with a number of the world’s top private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Leaders at Audax, Goldman Sachs, Welsh Carson, SK Capital, Berkshire Partners, US Foods, Staples, and many others appreciate Matt’s candor and pragmatism, as well as his ability to quickly connect “people” dynamics with tangible business results.

Across his career, Matt has conducted over 2,000 executive-level candidate assessments. With a passion for helping leaders gain broader traction in their organizations, he also advises clients on organizational and leadership diligence during M&A, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and CEO succession planning.

Before launching Ampersand, Matt was a founding partner at Green Peak Partners, and prior to that a top- performing consultant at ghSMART. He was both a regional and national practice leader for Right Management, specializing in the areas of leadership coaching, executive assessment and development. In that capacity, Matt helped establish and build the Southern Region’s practice, was a three-time member of the president’s council and was also a member of a small global team chosen to design a coaching model deployed worldwide. From that work, he co-authored a chapter on Leadership Coaching featured in The Talent Management Handbook (edited by Berger & Berger, 2003).

In addition to his consulting experience, Matt led Bank of America’s internal executive development programs during a period of rapid organizational transformation. Executing against a strategic mandate to boost organic growth, he headed a team that created an innovative curriculum for over 1,000 bank executives.

Jackie Ross, Managing Director, Co-Lead Venture Capital & Growth Equity Practice – Russell Reynolds Associates

Jackie Ross co-leads RRA’s venture & growth practice and specializes in CEO and board search and assessment assignments in biotech and digital health. She finds it especially rewarding to work with founder-led startups and help entrepreneurs and their investors build sustainable businesses. Jackie is an active member of the firm’s diversity, equity & inclusion practice and co-leads several internal and external cohorts dedicated to promoting and supporting diversity at all levels.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Jackie was ​vice president of life sciences at GLG, a global information services company that connects investors and life sciences companies to experts to support diligence and commercial activities. Earlier, she led business development for World 50, an exclusive and confidential community for global C-suite leaders. Jackie also spent several years in client services with CEB (now Gartner), a research and advisory firm, where she taught industry best practices and facilitated confidential networking for Fortune 1000 heads of marketing. Early in her career, she held business development and marketing roles with Mental Health America and several content marketing organizations.

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 has spent the last 30+ years working on connecting human capital with business value. As co-founder and CEO of CEO.works, he leads their business with a vision towards the future of Human Capital management. He is passionate about working with CEOs, Founders, and PE firm partners to deliver their value agenda with a Talent edge while inventing new HR 3.0 models, methodologies and practices along the way.

Sumeet served as global head of HR for two of Johnson & Johnson’s business units: first, their worldwide consumer business and then their medical device company.

Previously, he spent over 20 years with Unilever, rising through the ranks from intern to director to leader of the global program office of HR in Rotterdam. He helped build Unilever’s talent strategy for emerging markets and then led its execution as head of HR in the Asia Pacific region. In his final role, he moved to the US as the Head of HR and drove a significant transformation for Unilever.

Nat Schiffer, President & Managing Director – The Christopher Group

Nathaniel Schiffer is the president and managing director at The Christopher Group, one of America’s best HR boutique agile business solutions firms. With over 30 years of experience in human resources, corporate executive services, and executive search, Nat has a keen understanding of business strategy, operations, organizational structure, and talent acquisition/assessment/development. This unique combination of experiences enables him to play a pivotal role in partnering with senior executives at Fortune 500 firms, start-ups, P/E Backed as well as private and closely held companies for a myriad of consulting, executive recruiting, and HR contracting needs.

Diane Sheldahl, People Leader – Dexterity

Diane Sheldahl is a member of the executive leadership team reporting to Samir Menon, Dexterity’s founder and CEO, as the vice president of people at Dexterity. Diane brings a depth of c-suite and field experience leading the strategic human resource’s function across an employee’s lifecycle from newly established public companies, global Fortune 10 companies, to various start-ups.

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.

Christine Sobhani, Partner – August Leadership

Christine Sobhani brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to August Leadership. She has recently been named a Top 100 Women leader in New York City by Women We Admire. She is a leader in the talent acquisition and talent management space with a focus of senior leadership roles across sectors.

Prior to becoming a partner at August Leadership, Christine served as a managing director in Allegis Partners’ New York office, where she focused on identifying talented executives to lead organizations’ HR teams and leadership functions. Before this she served as the vice president of global client solutions at Korn Ferry, where she was responsible for the client management and service delivery leadership of global recruitment accounts, as well as management of a team of seven global account managers. Her clients are primarily in education, non-profit, technology, aerospace, manufacturing, life sciences, and financial services sectors.

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.

VIP Cocktail Reception Sponsor

DeWinter Partners brings more than twenty years of experience in retained search services across multiple disciplines, including finance, accounting, technology, and talent acquisition.

As a trusted partner, the team helps companies at every age and stage secure the best talent across all industry verticals – software, SaaS, life-science, medical devices, FinTech, Internet & social media, retail and consumer products, and web3.

Beyond building teams, the group guides modern organizational structures, up-to-date compensation and market data, and most importantly access to our vast network. For more information, visit dewintergroup.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

Breakfast Sponsor

Frederickson Partners recruits high impact human resources (HR) leaders for innovative companies. Frederickson matches growth-stage startups, thought-leading mission-based organizations and think tanks, tech unicorns, and Fortune 500 enterprises with world-class HR talent that is full-time or project-based.

As a leading people/HR executive search firm for over 25 years, Frederickson actively develops and nourishes meaningful, long-term relationships with over 20,000 rising and established people officers and HR executives worldwide. Its deep, extensive network and unparalleled reputation have earned it the role of trusted career advisor and leading talent scout for even the most out-of-reach candidates. As a result, the executive search team typically can present superstar candidates within only three weeks.

Frederickson unites technology and business leaders with people executives capable of shaping culture and attracting and retaining talent in dynamic, ultra-competitive marketplaces. These leaders know how to scale high-growth businesses and transform corporate culture, prepare for public offerings, manage public company compliance and provide trusted counsel to board members and senior leaders. For more information, visit www.fredericksonpartners.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

Acertitude is the executive search firm unleashing human potential for private equity firms and portfolio companies globally. The firm recruits board, CEO, and C-level talent that transform businesses, teams, and performance. Acertitude’s approach to search is built on taking extreme ownership of its client’s needs. The firm gets closer to clients, they move at your speed, and turn insight into impact. For more information, visit www.acertitude.com.

August Leadership is the global home of executive search and leadership advisory serving ambitious organizations with tailored solutions and the talent necessary to achieve their vision. The firm’s expert team of experienced and entrepreneurial-minded partners lead every engagement for their clients. The firm transforms future outcomes by helping clients match their greatest opportunities with the right talent.

August Leadership exemplifies diversity, equity & inclusion within the firm. The firm attracts and retains the best people, which allows them to deliver better ideas and solutions to clients. For more information, visit www.augustleadership.com.

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.

Odyssey Search Partners is a premier, retained buyside-focused search firm. It was founded in 2010 and is led by Anthony Keizner and Adam Kahn. They specialize in placing investment, investor relations, and capital markets professionals within private equity, as well as within hedge funds and family offices. Their expertise spans all levels of recruitment, from pre-MBAs to MDs/partners, as well as within portfolio operations and corporate development. Their team currently comprises 15 full-time search professionals, with prior experience at organizations including BAML, Wells Fargo, Moelis and FT Partners. Odyssey is recognized as an innovator within diversity hiring, and as a thought leader in the financial services search world. For more information, visit www.odysseysearchpartners.com.

RevelOne is a leading marketing and sales specialized executive search firm in the US and was recently named a Top 40 search firm in the U.S. The firm conducts 350+ retained searches per year, from C-level, VP, director to manager team buildouts. RevelOne’s clients span the fastest-growing B2C and Enterprise tech companies – including Instacart, MasterClass, Canva, Forter, Human Interest, Lyft, Grammarly, Hims & Hers, Flock Freight, Adobe, Udacity, and over 40 clients who are now unicorns.

As former CMOs and operators ourselves, the firm invests in its client’s success. They provide a consultative and experience-based approach to marketing and sales org design, role scoping, and talent strategy. The firm’s services don’t end upon hire. RevelOne is the only firm in the industry that onboards all of our executives, proactively leveraging our collective expertise and vast network, to set them up for success. The firm is trusted by leading private equity and VC firms for their portfolio companies and their own key internal go-to-market hires. For more information visit https://revel-one.com/clients/.

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.

Talent analytics are more important than ever – your people and your organization’s group dynamics are the most valuable levers available to drive performance and change. Nowhere is this more critical than in equity-backed organizations, where the realization of the investment thesis can come down to having the right person in the right role at the right time.

We help equity-backed organizations gain confidence that they have the right leadership team in place to deliver on expectations. We also partner with clients to manage unforeseen risks involving incumbent executives, as well as prospective appointments in both due diligence and existing portfolio companies.

Caldwell Analytics – the organizational effectiveness practice at global talent acquisition firm Caldwell – leverages highly respected, science-backed and results-driven assessments to align talent and business strategies, driving better results. By leveraging workforce analytics related to organizational design, leadership, team dynamics, communication, motivation, talent management, and strategic execution, we help clients improve individual, team, and business-unit performance. For more information, visit www.caldwell.com/analytics.

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.

Pointr is an employee experience app that deepens interpersonal relationships, the determinant factor on engagement and retention. High growth companies use Pointr to accelerate time to culture, and time to value. A network of valuable personal insights shared by colleagues for colleagues, bridging life and work.

The emotional intelligence of an organization is being put to test given the competition for high-output employees. Equip every leader and manager with instant, relationship-centric data. Pointr delivers the lost art of relationship building at scale. See how easy it is to get started at pointr.co.

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

Do you need to hire the best operational leaders to turn around your business and take it to the next level? Born at MIT, GeniusMesh is the largest EMBA Network with members from the top business schools in the world. The firm helps organizations discover and connect with leaders in more than 90 industries, fostering excellence and diversity.

With proprietary human capital intelligence tools, GeniusMesh also provides a deeper view of each profile, so hiring managers can build more robust talent pipelines, hire the best-fit candidates, and retain top talent in their organizations. For more information, visit www.geniusmesh.com.

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.

N2Growth is a top executive search and professional services firm with more than 50 locations across the Americas, Europe, MENA, and APAC. N2Growth is known for its “next practices”​ approach in helping clients unlock value within their talent ecosystem of talent acquisition, strategy, and optimization. N2Growth is consistently ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 15 executive search firms globally. For more information, visit www.n2growth.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.

Prais+Barnette is a female-owned, retained executive search firm and talent consultancy servicing fashion, retail, technology, and hospitality brands in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

One of the fastest growing firms in the search industry, Prais+Barnette is built upon one simple philosophy: Ego is the enemy of great work.

With an optimized search process that allows for more meaningful up-front discovery and earlier client calibration, along with senior partners that espouse both empathy and authenticity, the firm has cultivated an experience that rejects arrogance and embraces conversation, drives collaboration and creativity, and ultimately delivers more thoughtful, uniquely relevant, talent solutions. For more information, visit www.praisbarnette.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.


Attendee Price: $1,475

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