Kathleen Quinn Votaw

Author, Solve The People Puzzle and CEO, TalenTrust

Kathleen Quinn Votaw is CEO of TalenTrust, which is revolutionizing how companies find, keep, and grow great people. After nearly two decades of earning accolades in the staffing industry, Kathleen determined that traditional models don’t always serve the best interest of clients—especially rapidly growing companies. She vowed to disrupt the stagnant staffing/recruiting industry. In 2003, Kathleen launched TalenTrust to act as a strategic partner in helping companies attract and retain top talent. Her innovative firm offers a professional services approach, a proven process, and guaranteed results. Kathleen’s passion for growth allows her to connect business leaders with the right people and ideas to drive faster growth. Her success is based on a core belief that people and relationships are critical to business success. As a long-time Vistage member, Kathleen attributes much of her firm’s 300% revenue growth over the past 3 years to participation in the Vistage community.

Kathleen’s firm serves clients across the U.S. and employs a team of 25+ people.  In 2015, TalenTrust was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for high-growth companies. The team at TalenTrust understands the challenges of leading organizations through rapid growth, and is pleased to serve many on the Inc. 5000 list.

Kathleen’s first book, Solve the People Puzzle; How High-Growth Companies Attract and Retain Top Talent debuts in February 2016. Kathleen speaks to CEOs about trends in talent and how to be strategic in developing a people strategy. Additionally, she writes a monthly column on culture, leadership and people for CoBiz Magazine.

Kathleen serves on the Advisory Board for Colorado Companies to Watch, year-long program that celebrates and supports second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state. Kathleen has been involved with Colorado Companies to Watch as an advisory board member and event chair since its inception in 2009. Kathleen a current Board Member and former Board President of ACG-Denver. The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) helps drive middle market growth by offering members in the Rocky Mountain region access to experts and essential resources.

Other Honors & Awards Include:

  • Inc. 5000 List of fastest-growing private companies in America (2015)
  • CoBiz Magazine Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies (2015, 2014, 2013)
  • Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business (Finalist – 2014, 2009, Nominee – 2013, 2007, 2006)
  • ACG Meritorious Service Award for extraordinary service and achievement (2011)
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Association of Women in Communications (2006)

Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son, especially cheering her son on in his hockey and baseball games, cooking and entertaining in her mountain home, and scuba diving in exotic locations.

Kathleen is the youngest of 5 children from an Irish Catholic family. She was raised in Connecticut, where her father emigrated from Ireland with $20 and a 6th grade education. She earned her BA in Communications from Emmanuel College in Boston.

During her sophomore year in college, Kathleen joined Kelly Services staffing agency and fell in love with finding great people for growing companies. Kathleen spent eighteen years in the staffing industry, where her advice and staffing skills were sought by some of the country’s highest profile organizations, including John Hancock, MIT, Harvard, Lotus and BioGen, among many others. She earned membership to the Fortune 500 Olsten Corporation’s President’s Club and Chairman’s Club—several years running. While at CDI Corporation, she grew the company’s Today’s Staffing Division 50 percent by turning major clients like Great West Life into $20+ million accounts.

“People are the puzzle for many business leaders. In our never-ending search for the silver bullet, Kathleen’s book offers powerful insights for your company.”

—Cameron Herold, Author, Double Double

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