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Rob Adams


Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media
Moderator: Kyle Langworthy
Rhys Hughes

Leveraging Executive Talent Networks for Growth

Moderator: Kyle Langworthy Head of the AI, ML, and Data practice - Riviera Partners Rhys Hughes Executive Talent Partner – GV

The most successful companies are those that understand that the biggest differentiator between success and failure is talent. But to attract the right talent and scale globally, human capital leaders must build super networks, seeking transparent feedback, perspectives, and/or advice from executive network connections and partners. In the following fireside chat, Rhys Hughes of GV (Google Ventures) will provide actionable advice on how to build success through executive network connections and partnerships, and share best practices for talent partners and their portfolio communities.



Suzanne Heske

Addressing the Leadership Gap: Succession Strategies for Future-Proofing Organizations

Suzanne Heske Partner, Head of Investment Practice – SPMB

For organizations positioning themselves for long-term success and growth, the development of a robust succession strategy is a pivotal cornerstone. With its impact on hiring practices, talent development, and overall organizational prosperity, succession planning emerges as an indispensable element in shaping an organization’s future. In the following presentation, Suzanne Heske, head of SPMB’s investment practice, shares her insights around succession strategies based on her work partnering with hundreds of investment managers as they future-proof their leadership and organization. Suzanne, along with senior venture capital and growth equity leaders, will make the case for why it’s critical to prioritize succession planning earlier than you may think.




Networking & Coffee Break

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Moderator: Pam Attinger

Navigating The New Frontiers of Private Equity and Venture Capital Talent

Moderator: Pam Attinger Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

In the current dynamic private equity and venture capital landscape, the strategic acquisition and management of talent have become paramount. Today’s competitive arena demands a keen understanding of the evolving roles and vital skills necessary at both the PE firm and portfolio company levels. This panel assembles industry visionaries to dissect current market dynamics, shedding light on the most sought-after roles and essential in-demand skills. Join us as we explore how candidate expectations and queries have transformed, offering a glimpse into where we stand today and what lies ahead.

Anthony Keizner
Managing Partner
Odyssey Search Partners

Katie Hughes
Partner, Executive Talent
General Catalyst

Carter Tatum
Director, Recruiting
Vista Equity Partners

Emily Azevedo
Partner and Head of Talent
Mainsail Partners

Mike Silverstein
Managing Partner – Healthcare IT & Life Sciences Practice
Direct Recruiters, Inc.



Darcy Casarella
Scott Parish

The Power of Enhanced Interview Techniques in Today's Talent Landscape

Darcy Casarella Talent Team – New Enterprise Associates Scott Parish CEO & Founder – Hireguide

In the rapidly changing hiring landscape of 2023, companies across the board are grappling with a decline in headcount amid soaring business goals. The criticality of hiring the right talent has never been more apparent, demanding hiring teams to exercise utmost caution in their selection process. As hiring levels stabilize, a shift towards enhancing hire quality emerges. By adopting measures like high-signal interview question guides, AI-driven interview processes, and management training, hiring decisions can see a significant boost. Join talent specialist Darcy Casarella from New Enterprise Associates and Scott Parish, CEO of Hireguide, as they discuss the future of interviewing, ethical AI applications in hiring, and strategies for quick quality improvements.





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Aaron Mitchell Finegold
Alison Woodhead

Good Investments: Decision-Making in Private Markets

Aaron Mitchell Finegold Chief Marketing Officer – Kingsley Gate Alison Woodhead Senior Partner – Kingsley Gate

Decision-making is a critical and often overlooked lens to identifying, onboarding, and empowering top leadership talent. In the following session, Aaron Mitchell Finegold, chief marketing officer, and Alison Woodhead, senior partner at Kingsley Gate share breakthrough findings from research on senior executives and decision making conducted in mid-2023 with FT Longitude of the Financial Times Group. They will reveal how leadership hiring serves as a primary method of elevating decision-making effectiveness and provide specific applications, anecdotes, and lessons learned that are relevant to the private equity/venture capital community. Their in-depth look at decision-making dynamics will equip you with practical strategies to drive success in the competitive landscape of private markets.



Moderator: Ruben Moreno

Human Capital Diligence: The Key Success Factor in Deals

Moderator: Ruben Moreno Founder – Blue Rock Search

The significance of human capital in private equity and venture capital deals has been widely recognized as a critical factor for achieving success and growth. In periods of economic ambiguity, conducting comprehensive diligence becomes imperative to validate a deal’s price tag or to identify risks that may necessitate backing out. In the following panel discussion, we will explore common human capital pitfalls, which are often overlooked, that can negatively impact deals – and provide you with strategies on how to avoid them. With talent diligence critical for PE & VC firms, we will show you how to go beyond gut instinct and cursory reviews to ensure successful investments.

Rohan Paul

Ashley Day
Operating Partner, Talent
FFL Partners

Dan Grosh
Operating Partner
Diversis Capital

Katie Solomon
Managing Director, Talent Management
Genstar Capital




Networking & Coffee Break

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Moderator: Tom Wilson
Jill Pergande

Fireside Chat: Getting The Right Leaders in Place

Moderator: Tom Wilson President & Managing Partner – Frederickson Partners Jill Pergande Managing Director, Human Capital – Gryphon Investors

Effective leadership teams add as much as 30 percent to a company’s market valuation. But consistently recruiting right-fit executives can be incredibly difficult. That is one of the top challenges private equity and venture capital firms face every day. In this revealing session, Jill Pergande, managing director – human capital at Gryphon Investors, will focus on the impact of getting the right leaders in place including do’s and don’ts for placing leaders in the right role at the right time given the stage, maturity and strategic needs of the company. She will share her perspective across the entire process, from recruitment through development.



Moderator: Alan Cullen
Dror Karidi

Changing Gears: The Talent Challenges of Moving in and Out of Growth Cycles

Moderator: Alan Cullen President & CEO – Westwood & Wilshire Dror Karidi Managing Director – Oaktree Capital Management

While sustained, successful growth is the goal of every organization, the reality of today’s operating environment is far more complex. Most organizations fluctuate through periods of growth and retrenchment. Navigating these swings successfully is one of the greatest challenges for sponsors, boards, and management teams. In this one-on-one exchange, Dror Karidi, managing director at Oaktree Capital Management discusses the intricate challenges of talent management during these transitional phases. He will delve into the dynamic world of board governance, executive assessment, incentive management, recruiting, retention, and upskilling strategies to mitigate risks, seize opportunities and forge resilient teams that allow effective adaptation to the ebb and flow of business cycles. Whether you’re amidst rapid expansion or navigating downturns, Dror’s insights will pave the way for sustaining success throughout any stage of your growth journey.



Rob Adams

Closing Remarks

Rob Adams Moderator – Hunt Scanlon Media

Cocktail Reception

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In the ever-evolving world of business, the pursuit of exceptional talent has become paramount. Private equity and venture capital firms face unique challenges in attracting top professionals to lead their portfolio companies through periods of innovation and growth. To address this, Hunt Scanlon Media is convening hundreds of private equity and venture capital leaders, chief talent officers and executive recruiters at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on October 18th, 2023. Join us as we explore the pivotal role of human capital in driving success and growth during disruptive times and discover cutting-edge approaches to identify, acquire, and nurture transformational talent. We uncover the blueprint for achieving triumph and sustainable growth through talent.

Private Equity & Venture Capital Recruiting: Optimizing Talent for Growth’ will include leaders from across the field, including: Rhys Hughes, executive talent partner at GV (Google Ventures); Anthony Keizner, managing partner at Odyssey Search Partners; Katie Hughes, partner – executive talent at General Catalyst; Carter Tatum, director – recruiting at Vista Equity Partners; Emily Azevedo, partner and head of talent at Mainsail Partners; Suzanne Heske, partner, head of investment practice at SPMB; Darcy Casarella, talent team at New Enterprise Associates; Scott Parish, CEO & founder of Hireguide; Aaron Mitchell Finegold, chief marketing officer and Alison Woodhead, senior partner at Kingsley Gate; Rohan Paul, president of Teamalytics; Ashley Day, operating partner – talent at FFL Partners; Kristine Janhunen, chief people officer at Generate Capital; Jill Pergande, managing director, human capital at Gryphon Investors; Dror Karidi, managing director at Oaktree Capital Partners, and others.

Join our exclusive network of hundreds of PE & VC leaders, chief talent officers and executive recruiters on October 18, 2023 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange 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, and a delicious main course.

Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange
465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415-591-1833)


Pam Attinger, Managing Director – Russell Reynolds Associates

Pam Attinger works with private equity, growth equity, and Fortune 500 companies on critical talent and leadership issues. She is a managing director in the San Francisco office and leads the global private capital practice within the technology sector. She is also a member of the CEO advisory partners team where she advises boards on CEO succession planning and recruitment, and board succession planning and refreshment. Pam serves as a board member with Deep Lake Capital.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Pam spent nine years at Visa in senior leadership positions, including global head of innovation and hlobal head of mobile. Prior to joining Visa, Pam was a management consultant for Marakon Associates, a global strategy consulting firm, where she worked with Fortune 100 companies to drive strategic growth and value creation in dynamic markets.

Emily Azevedo, Partner and Head of Talent – Mainsail Partners

Emily Azevedo is a partner and the head of talent at Mainsail Partners. She joined Mainsail in 2016 and works predominantly on portfolio talent needs, including executive recruiting, leadership development, compensation and assessment.

Prior to Mainsail, Emily spent eight years in executive search, most recently at Heidrick & Struggles as an engagement manager in the global technology & services practice focused on executive level placements for venture capital and private equity backed portfolio companies.

Emily began her career in management consulting, where she engaged on several US-based cross-continental projects in India, China, Hong Kong and Brazil. She moved to São Paulo, Brazil and lived in South America for five years working in executive search across a variety of industries. Prior to repatriating back to the U.S. in 2013, Emily served as the managing director for the Brazil subsidiary of Altimetrik, an IT multinational consultancy focused on ERP, cloud, and mobile app development.

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.

Alan Cullen, President & CEO – Westwood & Wilshire

Alan Cullen founded Westwood & Wilshire in 2003.  Over the last 20 years, he has helped mold W&W into one of the premier search firms in the country. The firm focuses on partnering with the portfolio companies of the top Private Equity and Venture Capital firms in the world.  With dedicated practice areas in Life Sciences, Technology/SaaS and Healthcare, the firm operates at the convergence of human health, where science, medicine and technology all converge.  In 2020, Alan helped launch a second company, AccelPeople, that provides a wide range of human capital solutions, including interim/fractional executive placement.   Prior to diving into executive search, Alan worked in Management Consulting with Tucker Alan Inc (now part of Navigant Consulting).

Ashley Day, Operation Partner, Talent – FFL Partners

Ashley Day, PhD, joined FFL in 2021. Ashley works closely with FFL’s portfolio companies advising them on all aspects of talent management including recruiting, compensation, succession planning, retention, team building, and performance management. Prior to joining FFL, Ashley was chief talent officer for an NYC-based mid-market private equity firm. In this role, Ashley was responsible for the overall strategy for human capital development and talent assessment across the portfolio and at the fund level. Earlier in her career, Ashley was a member of the leadership and succession practice at Russell Reynolds Associates in New York. At Russell Reynolds, Ashley worked on a range of leadership assessment, development, team effectiveness and succession planning assignments for senior executives.

Aaron Mitchell Finegold, Chief Marketing Officer – Kingsley Gate

Aaron Mitchell Finegold is the chief marketing officer of Kingsley Gate. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s full-funnel marketing strategy, all external communications, and investment in business-critical capabilities such as experimentation, marketing automation, and measurement. Aaron brings over 15 years of experience in digital marketing, brand strategy, customer insights, user acquisition, and design thinking to Kingsley Gate. His experience driving innovation across both technology and professional services companies makes him uniquely qualified to lead Kingsley Gate’s marketing efforts.

Before joining Kingsley Gate, Aaron spent three years as a senior leader at LinkedIn, with a focus on developing leading-edge marketing strategy, reinforcing marketing foundations (e.g., data, technology) and ensuring strong collaboration between marketing and other functions. Prior to LinkedIn, Aaron was an associate partner in McKinsey & Company’s marketing and sales practice and served as a worldwide marketing strategy consultant at Ogilvy & Mather, developing demand generation and brand marketing strategies.

Aaron is deeply involved with Nobel Prize-winning N.G.O., Human Rights Watch, sitting on the San Francisco committee, and the Global Circle of the organization’s LGBT rights program.

Dan Grosh, Operating Partner – Diversis Capital

Dan Grosh is an operating partner at Diversis Capital. He focuses on talent strategy, enhancing leadership teams and special projects for Diversis and the firm’s portfolio. Dan had played a significant role at Calibre One. He served on the global operating committee with responsibility for management, vitality and scale of the US operations, while driving record revenue growth during his tenure. Previously, Dan was the technology practice leader – americas region for Boyden, one of the largest retained executive search firms in the world.

Dan is an advisor to Cortado Group, the leading GTM advisory firm focused on optimizing revenue intelligence, revenue operations, product, pricing, sales, marketing, and customer success. He is also a board advisor to Peak Spectrum, the premier IT cost containment / consulting services provider and senior advisor to Plum Acquisition Corporation I, a leading technology SPAC.

Suzanne Heske, Partner, Head of Investment Practice – SPMB

Suzanne Heske joined SPMB in 2019 and leads the firm’s investment practice. She is focused on recruiting transformational leaders — including investors, operating partners, and functional leaders to venture capital, private equity, and asset management firms. Suzanne also spearheads the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain efforts. She joined SPMB from Caldwell Partners, where she ran the West Coast financial services team.

Before entering executive search, Suzanne worked for Merrill Lynch, Fidelity, and Piper Jaffray as an institutional salesperson.

Katie Hughes, Partner, Executive Talent – General Catalyst

Katie Hughes joined General Catalyst in 2018 to build the firm’s executive talent function. She’s proud to be a part of a venture capital firm committed to responsible innovation and investing in powerful, positive change that endures. She and her team advise their portfolio companies on hiring top performing and diverse talent and guiding their cultures through growth. Additionally, Katie is a founding partner of Coalition Operators, helping early-stage founders build diverse, impactful cap tables through a network of top operators. Katie has worked in venture capital for the past eleven years; before joining GC she was the talent partner at DFJ and DFJ Growth and was one of the first talent leaders hired inside a venture firm. Prior to becoming a VC, Katie helped to launch Betts Recruiting – a boutique search firm with a focus on building early-stage companies’ go-to-market teams.

Rhys Hughes, Executive Talent Partner – GV

As GV’s executive talent partner, Rhys Hughes leads executive talent initiatives, advising founders on organizational growth and scale and leveraging a global network. He is a natural connector and has spent his career partnering with global brands as they aggressively scale.

Before GV, Rhys was the chief talent officer for the startup Rubrik, where he helped build an executive team and led talent management including talent acquisition, people development, and DE&I. Previously, Rhys spent nine years at Adobe, where he ran global recruiting teams. He also spent his earlier years successfully building one of Asia Pacific’s leading recruiting brands through acquisition.

Dror Karidi, Managing Director – Oaktree Capital Management

Dror Karidi is a managing director in Oaktree Capital Management’s portfolio transformation team and specializes in driving commercial and operational performance improvement initiatives, including turnarounds, collaboratively with management teams. Before joining Oaktree in 2018, he was a general manager at United States Steel, president and CEO of Alasko Foods and senior director of pricing and operational strategy at U.S. Foods. Prior thereto, he worked at McKinsey & Company where he served companies in the industrial, agricultural, chemical, technology and logistics sectors. Earlier in his career, Dror served as an attorney focused on corporate, labor and real estate law. Additionally, he served in the Israel Defense Forces, Intelligence Corps. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an LL.B. and a B.A from Tel-Aviv 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.

Kyle Langworthy, Head of the AI, ML, and Data Practice – Riviera Partners

Kyle Langworthy is Head of the AI, ML, and Data practice for Riviera Partners, the leading global executive search firm specializing in technology, product, and design leadership. Kyle’s strengths include helping clients navigate the rapidly changing landscape of AI to identify, assess, and secure the right leaders to drive growth and deliver longer-term value. Kyle has focused on AI, Robotics, Autonomy, ML Infrastructure, Data, and Engineering for several years, rapidly expanding Riviera’s client base since 2019. He joined from WorthyWorks, a search firm he founded that was dedicated initially to cryptographers and deeply technical security practitioners before growing internationally and more broadly into technology leadership. He began his career in executive search with Michael Page serving the financial services industry, and gained exposure to numerous domains with HumanEdge and Software Guidance & Assistance, where he helped leading banks and hedge funds hire for and build their algorithmic trading systems.

Ruben Moreno, Founder – Blue Rock Search

As a Blue Rock co-founder with 25+ years of industry-relevant experience, Ruben is a recognized thought leader in executive search. He is a sought-after industry expert who regularly contributes to industry panels, podcasts, blogs, and articles on today’s hot topics.

Ruben and his private equity team partner with their clients to understand their value creation model and culture to ensure they successfully attract and hire the right transformative leaders. His clients consider him a trusted partner who takes the time to build relationships, collaborate, problem-solve, and add value beyond executive search.

Scott Parish, CEO and Founder – Hireguide

Scott Parish is the CEO and founder of Hireguide, an interview intelligence platform founded by 10 LinkedIn alumni and hiring PhD’s. Hireguide is a complete kit to the best hiring decision making interviews faster, fairer and twice as predictive. The company has helped thousands of hiring managers in top companies like IDEO, Stanford and was recognized by Techstars as one of the top one percent of HR-tech startups. Scott has dedicated his career to building leading HR-technology, including almost seven years at LinkedIn. Scott also teaches about social enterprise, wrote the world’s largest study of Purpose at Work and Hireguide is a certified BCorp.

Rohan Paul, President – Teamalytics

As President, Rohan Paul leads the Teamalytics business unit of The Flippen Group. In this role, he facilitates an experienced team in the development and delivery of leadership and team solutions to organizations in the United States and around the world.

Before joining Teamalytics, Rohan was the business manager and a founding executive team member of Breakthrough, a leadership development company based in Bangalore, India. Rohan led the development and implementation of the company’s strategic plan and oversaw all aspects of operations. As part of the Breakthrough consulting team, Rohan developed and delivered workshops extensively across India, as well as Egypt, Slovakia, the United States, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. He continues to serve Breakthrough as a member of the board.

Rohan has extensive global experience, having led and worked with teams in the United States, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He spent 10 years serving with an international team whose mission is teaching children leadership skills through sports. He still serves on their board. To date, more than 3 million children in 175 countries have participated in these events and resources have been translated into dozens of languages.

Jill Pergande, Managing Director, Human Capital – Gryphon Investors

Serving Managing Director, Human Capital for Gryphon Investors, Jill Pergande’s global human resources leadership experience includes tenures in the U.S., APAC and Europe across diverse industries including consumer products, retail, manufacturing and healthcare companies with up to 32,000 employees. Jill has worked in all key areas of HR, including executive team partnership and aligning HR with business strategy, talent integration and planning for and executing mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, succession planning, learning and development, employee retention, change leadership, internal communication and employee engagement. Jill started her career as a VP of HR at Baxter International, before moving onto top HR and Talent roles with Chiron Corporation, Nuvelo, Avery Dennison and Santa Cruz Healthcare.

Mike Silverstein, Managing Partner - Healthcare IT & Life Sciences Practice – Direct Recruiters, Inc.

Mike Silverstein is Managing Partner and Executive Search Leader of DRI’s Healthcare IT Division & Life Sciences Practice. He also leads DRI’s efforts in recruiting for 30+ top PE and VC portfolio companies. In 2014, Mike was inducted into The Pinnacle Society, the nation’s premier consortium of top recruiters within the direct placement and search industry. In 2016, Mike was named one of the most “Influential Millennials in Staffing” by Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisor of staffing and workforce solutions. In September of 2022, DRI was acquired by Starfish Partners, an international investment and ownership platform for niched professional and mid to upper management search specialists. Mike currently holds a Board of Directors role at Starfish Partners and consults with search firm owners to scale and monetize their business values.

Mike founded the Healthcare IT practice in 2008. Under his leadership, the Life Sciences Practice has expanded, and the HIT practice area has grown significantly year-over-year. Additionally, in 2011, Mike helped found what is now DRI’s Hospital IT group as a Managing Partner, which is concentrated largely on Hospital IT staffing and consulting. With a focus on recruiting from the Executive Level and C-Suite through individual contributor roles within healthcare software and services organizations nationwide, Mike’s diverse background helps him to identify exceptional individuals from startup companies to Fortune 500 corporations. Mike’s consultative style along with his personable approach enables him to develop trusted relationships with clients and investors in order to deliver high-caliber talent capable of leading companies in competitive and fast changing business environments. Mike Silverstein is known as one of the top healthcare IT recruiters and life sciences recruiters in the United States.

Katie Solomon, Managing Director, Talent Management – Genstar Capital

Katie Solomon is managing director, talent management at Genstar Capital. She works across the firm’s portfolio to help drive growth through the identification, assessment and acquisition of talent. Katie brings experience in recruiting, investor relations, finance and consulting to her role at the firm.

Prior to joining Genstar in 2011, Katie was vice president, human capital and investor relations at Vector Capital. Previously, she worked in executive search at Russell Reynolds Associates where she focused on recruiting senior level executives to private equity and venture backed companies. Before that, Katie led the marketing team at Harvard Business School Career Services and directed the global investment banking recruiting department at Robertson Stephens. Katie began her career as a consultant with Bain & Company where she advised both Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Carter Tatum, Director, Talent – Vista Equity Partners

Carter Tatum joined Vista Equity Partners in 2018. She is responsible for all recruiting efforts related to the hiring of investment professionals and business operations and support roles.

Prior to joining Vista, Carter led investment professional recruiting at H.I.G. Capital. Before her time at H.I.G., she was a business manager in the Asian Art department at Christie’s and managed professional development and staffing at McKinsey & Company in the business technology office (now McKinsey Digital).

Tom Wilson, President & Managing Partner – Frederickson Partners, A Gallagher Company

Tom Wilson is an internationally recognized thought leader in human resources (HR) management and retained executive search, with almost three decades of experience. At Frederickson Partners, he leads the executive search practice, and has worked closely with CEOs and boards of leading biotechnology, high-tech, and Fortune 500 companies to optimize HR functions and complete key HR leadership searches, including work with Alphabet, Perceptyx, Shutterfly, Intel, Northwestern Mutual, StockX, Qualtrics, ServiceNow, Ford Motor Company, Samsung, Second Harvest, Health Equity, and CAA.

A Fulbright Scholar with an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from Penn State, Tom started his professional career in retained executive search with Heidrick & Struggles. He then spent eight years with Bank of America in global talent acquisition and HR leadership positions, including leading European talent acquisition out of London for four years, and also leading other recruitment and HR organizations at RBC Capital Markets and Standard Chartered Bank.

Alison Woodhead, Senior Partner – Kingsley Gate

Alison Woodhead is a senior partner with Kingsley Gate. Alison’s expertise spans a variety of industries and functions, focusing on placing executives in general management, finance, operations and marketing roles within private equity, technology, energy, and consumer companies. Alison serves as thought partner to C-suite clients regarding strategic human capital needs, including succession planning, organizational structure, talent assessment and executive coaching.

Prior to Kingsley Gate, Alison served as a senior client partner at a top national search firm and was responsible for securing, leading and executing retained executive search assignments, with a focus on private equity portfolio companies. Earlier in her career, Alison held brand management, marketing, and sales roles within The Walt Disney Company, AGI Media and Pump Audio.


Breakfast Sponsor

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leadership advisory firm. Our 600+ consultants in 47 offices work with public, private, and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic, sustainability, 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, our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients address their most complex leadership issues. We exist to improve the way the world is led. www.russellreynolds.com

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Kingsley Gate, a leading, global, retained executive search firm, is elevating the search industry with a data-driven approach that centers decision making as the primary lens for identifying, evaluating, and selecting outstanding executive leaders.

Headquartered in New York, and operating globally, the firm’s consultants have helped over 1700 client organizations successfully hire and onboard thousands of decision-making executives across all industries, functions, and markets.

Since 2022, the firm has been backed by private equity firm Crescent Cove Partners LP. For more information, visit www.kingsleygate.com.

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Blue Rock Search is an MBE Certified, 100% minority/female-owned executive search firm, an SRA Network member, a Hunt Scanlon Top 10 global recruiting firm, and a member of the Hunt Scanlon HR/Diversity Recruiting Power 65 and the Hunt Scanlon Private Equity Power 100. The firm specializes in the targeted identification, assessment, and placement of executives across five distinct practice areas: human resources, franchise, higher education, customer experience, and private equity.

Blue Rock’s partners are respected and trusted thought leaders with more than 50 years of combined experience in their respective practice areas. The firm’s systems, processes, and tools are designed to flex to fit its clients’ unique needs and reflect the philosophy of built-to-last relationships. For more information, visit www.bluerocksearch.com.

Gold Sponsors

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.

Teamalytics improves team dynamics and organizational performance. For the last 30 years, we have worked with some of the world’s largest and most respected organizations to help teams overcome complex challenges, including corporate changes, mergers, succession, and performance gaps.  We leverage exclusive tools, metrics, and expert coaches to evaluate your team’s current standing and guide them toward operating as an elite team. Our executive coaches are accomplished, senior-level leaders with first-hand experience using these tools to lead their own teams in military units, champion sports teams, and Fortune 500 companies. They have a particular gift for connecting with people on a personal level, building trust and inspiring growth.  Through our approach your team will eliminate counterproductive behaviors, hit goals, and have fun. For more information, visit www.teamalytics.com.

Since 1983, Direct Recruiters, Inc. has been recognized as the relationship-focused search firm specializing in building customized employment solutions. Our team offers contingency search, contract staffing and retained ‘Direct Retention’ search to source, identify, acquire, and retain top-performing professionals that elevate the success of our client organizations. In 2022, Direct Recruiters was acquired by an investment platform called Starfish Partners. Comprised of a family of companies focused on executive search and staffing, Starfish Partners allows our team at Direct Recruiters to expand our search offerings and resources to our clients and candidates alike.

Silver Sponsor

Riviera Partners is a global driver of innovation for today’s most influential companies – expertly placing executive talent in the crucial areas of technology, product management, and design. Riviera combines over two decades of recruiting expertise with a proprietary platform that uses machine learning to score and predict the best candidate for a company’s specific needs, driving successful outcomes. As a result, the company has become the go-to talent partner for leading private equity investors, venture capitalists, public companies, and technology innovators. Learn more about Riviera Partners at www.rivierapartners.com, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Frederickson Partners recruits high impact executive talent and the next generation of leaders for innovative employers around the world. As trusted advisors, Frederickson has the relationships, proprietary tools and expertise to help high-growth and transformational clients compete for and hire top talent. Frederickson’s strategic approach enables it to match growth-stage startups, thought-leading mission-based organizations and Fortune 500 enterprises with world-class executive leaders.

As a leading executive search and advisory firm since 1997. Frederickson Partners has established relationships with over 20,000 rising and established People and HR executives worldwide, in addition to CEOs, board members and C-suite executives across all divisions. Now, a part of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Frederickson recruits executive talent for the entire C-suite. For more information, visit us at www.fredericksonpartners.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

Westwood & Wilshire is the premier executive search partner serving the most innovative portfolio companies of the top Private Equity and Venture Capital firms.

Lanyard Sponsor

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.

Tech Sponsor

AiFlow uses large language models to help private equity firms automate due diligence so they can close deals faster. Their models instantly build investment memos with citations, reducing the pain of digging through thousands of pages of documents. The CEO, Nick Manske (Harvard BA) previously co-founded Alariss.com, a B2B startup backed by General Catalyst, and CTO Josh Gardner (Princeton BS/MS) studied machine learning under one of the first creators of GPT, Dr. Karthik Narasimhan. They are currently piloting with a large-cap PE (~$100B AUM) and have a pipeline of interested firms with a total AUM of $1.4T. For more information, visit aiflow.solutions.

Media Sponsor

ExitUp is the premier investment blog published by Hunt Scanlon Ventures, designed for private equity deal makers, the VC community, and M&A professionals interested in tracking developments across the human capital and professional services landscape. In every issue, our industry leading editorial team uncovers a wealth of lucrative opportunities within this quickly evolving sector where they interview investment specialists, industry analysts, CEOs, founders and management teams offering crucial subject matter expertise. Insightful, comprehensive, and competitive market analysis underpins every article. Remain at the forefront of human capital M&A trends as we unlock the doors to investment success. For more information and to subscribe now, visit https://exitup.huntscanlonventures.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.

Ezekia is a full CRM and assignment management tool for executive search firms and in-house executive search teams. Beside a full suite of features, Ezekia is fully cloud based, ISO27001 certified and boasts a fast and resilient platform. Migration to Ezekia is quick and simple and all support and training is free. For more information, visit www.ezekia.com.

Networking Sponsors

With decades of experience, The Loring Group specializes in acquiring, rehabilitating and managing commercial and residential real estate.

The firm’s unique team brings together comprehensive expertise in real estate acquisition, improvement, and management. The Loring Group is not only focused on unlocking and increasing value, but enriching the neighborhoods in which it invests with top-quality experiences and one-of-a-kind destinations. The organizations ability to recognize opportunities and bring creativity, strategic planning, and great design to its projects has led to the transformation of communities. For more information, visit www.theloringgroup.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.

Based in California, TurningPoint Executive Search is a premier executive recruiting resource for sales, marketing, operations, and executive leadership professionals across the United States. The firm was first conceived in 2007 in San Diego, a unique business community driven by a diverse industry base and entrepreneurial spirit. The vast majority of these are small, privately-held organizations including numerous start-up companies, a myriad of family-owned and operated businesses, and many public, and Fortune 1000 companies. This unique marketplace served as the catalyst for launching TurningPoint Executive Search, a new type of hybrid executive search firm that effectively supports companies of all sizes and structures.

The firm’s team of executive recruiters offers more than 80 years of combined experience in recruiting, human resources, sales, marketing, training, and management. By combining a local presence with national search capabilities, TurningPoint Executive Search has built a reputation as a world-class executive search firm. The firm’s access to global resources uniquely positions them to work with companies of all sizes, industries, and structures. As a TurningPoint Executive Search partner, they will help you to identify, attract, and retain tomorrow’s leaders today. For more information, visit www.turningpointexecsearch.com.


Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming conference, ‘Private Equity & Venture Capital Recruiting: Optimizing Talent for Growth,’ to be held on October 18, 2023 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange of San Francisco. The full-day event will begin at 7:15am 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 optimizing talent for growth. 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 management solutions from leading experts who will speak throughout the day.


Early Bird Price: $850

(Cancellation notice: any passes canceled after September 1, 2023 will not be refunded. Sponsorships non-refundable.)