Kathleen Quinn Votaw

CEO and Founder at TalenTrust LLC

Kathleen Quinn Votaw is the CEO of TalenTrust, a staffing firm that is revolutionizing how companies find, keep and grow great people. After nearly two decades earning accolades in the staffing industry, Kathleen determined that traditional models don’t always serve the best interest of clients—especially that of 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 debuted in February 2016. Kathleen speaks to CEOs about trends in talent, explaining 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 as an Advisory Board member and event chair for Colorado Companies to Watch, a 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 since its inception in 2009. Kathleen is 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 where she fell in love with finding great people for growing companies. Kathleen spent eighteen years in the staffing industry, her expertise sought by some of the highest profile organizations in the country, 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.


Solve The People Puzzle

Publication Date: February 2016

In survey after survey, executives list attracting and retaining top talent as their #1 issue. Is it your top concern? While the so-called ‘people puzzle’ is not easy to solve, industry expert Kathleen Quinn Votaw embarks on a nuanced exploration of the challenges in staffing and how to overcome them. She presents compelling research, personal and client stories, and key perspectives from top business leaders and experts―employing a format that is easy to read and which prompts readers to act. For years, Votaw has worked with forward-minded CEOs who understand that traditional staffing methods are ineffectual in the modern job market. In this book, she offers advice on how to: keep “’A’ Players” engaged; boost retention and reduce turnover; attract people who will thrive in a demanding, uncertain, entrepreneurial environment; and retool your company’s recruitment strategy, by employing the Always Be Cultivating (ABC) method which inventively positions recruitment as a sales process.

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