Benjamin Field is Director of Business Development & Client Relationships at Maverick Search Consulting, a recruiter specializing in global law firm business services staff placements and talent optimization. Ben enjoys partnering with law firm leadership, hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals to help build and retain successful staff teams.
Ben has in-market experience of U.S., UK and Asia legal markets—having lived and worked in New York, LA, London and Hong Kong—as well as a deep knowledge of multidisciplinary legal marketing built over a 12-year career as a business developer for firms, such as Kobre & Kim, Allen & Overy and Skadden. He earned his Legal Practice Course and Postgraduate Diploma in Law (J.D. equivalent) from BPP Law School, and his M.A. in English from University of St. Andrews.
As a complement to his recruiting work, Ben is a soul-centered career and life transitions coach helping people find deeper meaning and spiritual fulfillment in work and life. As a Certified Professional Coach trained in iPEC’s transformational Core Energy Coaching™️ process, as well as the proprietary Energy Leadership Index™️ assessment, he coaches professionals of all ages to raise their energy levels and uncover their unique potential to be leaders and change agents in their communities. And because his coaching practice is informed by archetypal psychology, he also helps his clients to re-soul their careers by uncovering the “antique soul” at the heart of their profession.
Ben is a student of depth psychology, attends public courses at Pacifica Graduate Institute, The C.G. Jung Foundation, and is a member of The Analytical Psychology Club, New York. He lives and works remotely from his home in Pasadena, CA with his wife and two maltese dogs.
Colleen Gangl is VP, People at Dotdash, having joined the company in 2018. Colleen brings over 15 years of experience in her field across multiple industries including retail, technology and digital media. At Dotdash she is responsible for all areas of the People function including talent acquisition, talent development, business partnering and people operations. She is dedicated to partnering with her colleagues to cultivate a working environment that allows team members to do their best work.
Colleen received her Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and has a BA in Art History from the University of Delaware.
Debbie Kemp is a Senior Executive with global experience. She offers unique experience creating and executing talent strategies to grow global, multi-cultural organizations. Revenue focused, change initiator, and decision maker who thrives as a “go to” person to resolve the most complex human capital issues. She is a turnaround artist and global leader with subject matter expertise in M & A, human capital management, real estate, and operations across multiple industries (financial services, fintech, and marketing).
Elanee is the Diversity Recruiting and Sourcing Leader for Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Talent Acquisition division. She is responsible for managing relationships with external partners, identifiying new partners, which will complement our diversity initiatives, and market the plethora of benefits that come along with our partnership agreements. Diversity has maintained a permanent position in Elanee's priority to support business hiring needs. It comes as no surprise that she would transition her recruiting role into the Diversity focused role she is in today. She is solutions oriented and motivated to find optimal solutions for all sides.
Prior to joining MMC in 2018 as Sr Talent Acquisition Consultant, Elanee gained nearly 15 years of robust business, recruiting, and diversity sourcing experience from Fortune 500 firms as well as nonprofit. From recruiting engineers, lawyers, finance professionals, and commercial and consumer insurance business support, it is clear that without an understanding of the business, sourcing the best talent would be difficult. Elanee takes pride and interest in learning the complexity of the businesses she supports. She is also driven to connect with jobseekers in a genuine, approachable way. It is through this passion that she has been able to succeed in finding talent and connecting them with the best opportunities.
Elanee has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University, College Station, with specialty focus on Mathematics and Science.
Emily Macina is the Head of Human Resources for Napier Park Global Capital (“Napier Park”), a global alternative credit platform with approximately $14 billion in assets under management. At Napier Park she is responsible for leading all aspects of the Human Resources function including talent management, compensation, benefits and corporate culture. Ms. Macina was previously the Human Resources Generalist for Citigroup’s alternative investment arm, Citi Capital Advisors (“CCA”), until Napier Park separated from Citigroup in February, 2013. Prior to joining CCA, Ms. Macina acted as the Senior Program Coordinator for Citigroup’s Global Banking and Capital Markets groups. Ms. Macina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The College of New Jersey.
Erika Monae is the Founder and CEO of Erika Monae Group. She has 10+ years of HR experience specifically in employee and labor relations, training and facilitation, and coaching leaders. She has a passion for people and founded the Erika Monaé Group to coach individuals and companies on how to promote wellness and improve the overall quality of professional life while building an inclusive and healthy workforce for the next generation.
Fred Strobel is the Global Head of Human Resources and a Managing Director for Tradeweb Markets where he leads the efforts on building and developing the strategies and programs to recruit, retain and develop the best talent for the company. His team focuses on all aspects of HR – including talent and succession planning, learning and development, compensation design and administration, benefits and organizational strategy.
Prior to joining Tradeweb in 2015, Fred spent 15 years at Morgan Stanley in several senior roles including running the HR functions for Global Equities Sales and Trading, Private Banking, Investment Management, Wealth Management Sales and Products and Infrastructure.
Fred previously worked at State Farm Insurance for 6 years where he started his Human Resources career and eventually led the operation for the New York/Long Island office.
An active mentor and coach to many, Fred has dedicated himself to helping others as they grow and navigate their lives and careers. He is the Vice Chairman of the non-profit organization Tuesday's Children and a member of their Board of Directors since 2012. In this organization, he has personally mentored over 100 young adults who lost a parent on 9/11 by helping with the organization's Career Resource Center.
He has as B.S. from St. John’s University and a Master’s in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Iris Drayton-Spann serves as a Director at Stanton Chase in Washington, D.C., a diversity focused executive search and leadership advisory firm. Iris has years of experience from for-profit to nonprofit organizations specializing in human resources, diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting and executive placements. Prior to joining Stanton Chase in January 2022, Iris was Vice President HR and Chief Diversity Officer at WETA TV, in Arlington VA. She is a voluntary member of the board and is current board chair for New Endeavors by Women (www.nebw.org). Iris is also a volunteer member of Streetwise Partners DC and part of their Employer Advisory Board; and a member of Mercer/Marsh Women’s Executive Leadership Group. In 2019 and most recently in 2021, DCA Live honored Iris as one of the 25 HR Leaders of the Year in the Washington, D.C. region. She was recently named to Mogul’s Top 100 DEI Leaders of 2021, a national recognition.
Kira Córdoba-Brown is the Head of Talent and Diversity for the Institutional Clients Group (ICG). In this role, Kira is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of a wide-variety of global talent and diversity functions, including developing insights that inform the ICG Talent/Human Capital strategy, innovating new programs to meet the highest strategic areas of need within the ICG talent market. Kira’s focus is on the ICG’s ability to Attract, Develop, Engage and Retain talent from Early Career through Senior Leaders in partnership with multiple HR stakeholders across the ICG and the Firm by establishing a future-focused culture of belonging. Kira is also responsible for overseeing, developing, implementing and tracking the success of the overall diversity strategy for this division globally, in addition to mobility and experiential volunteerism for Early Career Talent.
Prior to joining the ICG Talent and Diversity team, Kira served as Talent and Development Manager for the Global Consumer Banking (GCB) organization. In that role, Kira had the opportunity to work on multiple talent management initiatives, as well as high potential development programs. She collaborated with Citi’s corporate talent & diversity office on GCB’s participation in Citi-wide diversity initiatives, as well as helping to set and ensure that the diversity strategy in GCB is actioned.
In her 14 years at Citi, Kira has served other roles in human resources, including: program manager for the consumer banking analyst and associate programs, diversity recruiting manager on Citi’s graduate recruitment team responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of strategies to attract and recruit top diverse talent into Citi's summer and full-time analyst and associate programs, as well as diversity manager in the office of global workforce diversity.
Prior to joining Citi, Kira was a research associate at PEA Capital, a subsidiary of Allianz Dresdner Asset Management, where she was responsible for conducting fundamental research, developing proprietary financial models and valuation analyses, communicating with company leadership and sourcing industry information for the investment management team.
Kira graduated magna cum laude from the Metropolitan College of New York, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She currently resides in Queens, NY with her husband Reggie and their daughter Hailey.
Meagan is Co-Head of Mission Staffing’s Temporary and Consultant Services division having almost 20 years of professional staffing experience. She joined the firm over five years ago to establish their consultant division which has grown to be an industry leader in the financial services sector. Mission regularly places analysts to C-Suite professionals with banks, broker dealers, hedge funds, private equity, real estate, family offices, and management consulting firms. As a Managing Director, Meagan oversees the placement process within the accounting, finance, quantitative & risk, regulatory, legal & compliance space. At Mission Staffing, she is responsible for internal hiring as well as overseeing all Business and Operations for the division.
Meagan is passionate about hiring and developing talent both internally and externally. She enjoys mentoring team members and teaching them the recruiting business she is so passionate about! Meagan also enjoys working with entry level candidates, advising them on resume suggestions and preparing for interviews. Meagan has witnessed the growth of many careers. In fact, many candidates placed early in her career are now in senior level management roles throughout various Investment Banks!
Meagan graduated from SUNY Albany, where she majored in Finance and minored in Criminal Justice. When she’s not recruiting, she’s spending time with her family including her husband, Will (also in the business!) and her two daughters, Anda and CC.
Monica Aggarwal is a Managing Director and Team Head of Retail and Consumer in Fitch’s U.S. Corporate Ratings group. She is responsible for the sector team covering retail, consumer products, packaged foods, beverages, proteins, agricultural commodities and restaurants.
Prior to joining Fitch in September 2007, Monica spent almost ten years in equity research at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Chapdelaine Institutional Equities covering various retail segments.
Monica earned a BA in economics from Delhi University and an MBA with majors in finance and international business from Fordham University. She is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and New York Society of Security Analysts.
In addition to StreetWise, Monica is actively involved in various organizations, serving as Vice President of the Board of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc., and the Women’s Bond Club where she was the co-chair of their mentoring committee for fiscal year 2018/2019. She is also a HearstLab (innovation lab for women led businesses) Scout, assisting in the evaluation process for HearstLab investments and advising the startups on business strategy and development.
Patricia Beeson is Vice President of Human Resources for the American Academy of PAs. Patricia serves as a strategic business partner to leadership and staff, providing a comprehensive human resource strategy and leading her team to fulfill the full suite of human resources needs across the organization. Patricia is an experienced strategic Human Resources leader with extensive knowledge in managing initiatives related to workforce organization and design, culture and engagement, acquisition and development, leadership training and total rewards.
As AAPA’s current human resources leader, Patricia works to balance and align the interests of leadership, staff, and the organization. She establishes clear policies, procedures and staffing plans, supervises recruitment efforts, and implements a performance and recognition process which rewards excellence. Additionally, Patricia assumes responsibility for the selection and administration of all employee benefit programs. She provides valuable insight regarding changing trends in benefits, recruitment, and company culture. Patricia believes strongly in the positive impact that can result by establishing a strategic HR infrastructure that provides opportunities for innovation in programs and processes, promotes collaboration across departments and encourages ongoing participation and feedback.
Patricia graduated from Northwestern University with her bachelor’s degree before obtaining her graduate degree in hotel management at the International Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland. She then spent a decade assuming roles with increasing levels of responsibility in Human Resources at several historic luxury hotels in DC, including the Willard Inter-Continental and the Jefferson Hotel. Following several years in the Hospitality field, Patricia transitioned into the non-profit sector where she lead all HR initiatives for Arlington Virginia Federal Credit Union. In 2009 Patricia moved into her first role at a Healthcare Association, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, as the HR Director for 5 years. Since then, she has remained in the health nonprofit world, directly supporting leadership and serving as a valued shepherd to each organization and its staff. At Community Heath Charities of America, Patricia managed the restructuring and integration of 37 separate organization affiliates into a single national organization.
Patricia continues to focus on providing strategic, innovative, high touch, thoughtful HR Leadership and is prepared to meet the unexpected challenges that arise as organizations adapt to changing markets. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and VA State Chapter. She currently volunteers for Street Wise Partners as a mentor working with the unemployed and underemployed to provide the skills, resources & access to tools and networks needed to secure employment. Patricia is also a Board member of HRLF - the Human Resources Leadership Forum in DC.
Phil Levine is the founder and CEO of Golden Gate Recruits - a specialized recruiting firm that finds talent for startups, tech companies, and VC funds. Prior to starting Golden Gate Recruits, Phil led Business Operations for a startup in Silicon Valley and was a management consultant at Bain & Company. Phil received a Bachelors in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rachel is a Certified Contingent Workforce (CW) Professional and leads several of JustinBradley’s national CW programs. She is responsible for recruiters assigned to those projects, compliance with contract requirements, continuous improvement of service and is the key contact for our clients on those projects.
Rachel joined JustinBradley in 2011 from the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) where she was a manager in their Finance and Accounting group. Before the USO, Rachel was the Private Client Manager and Regional Training Manager with Bernstein Global Wealth Management’s Washington DC office. At Bernstein, she was part of the Training Management Group tasked with the re-creation, implementation, and delivery of a new global private client associate training program. She also identified and developed financial talent; partnered with investment professionals to develop strategies for high net worth families, nonprofit organizations and corporations; and ensured regulatory compliance for a multi-billion dollar branch office.
Rachel earned her B.A. from Boston University and she is an avid Red Sox fan.
Sasha is a Senior HR Business Advisor at Equinix, Inc. Equinix is a multinational company that specializes in interconnection and data centers. She joined in March 2020 through an acquisition via her former company, Packet Host, Inc. She partners with the Product organization and works closely with managers and employees on employee relations, manager coaching, and improving culture. Additionally, she has extensive experience in working with globally distributed teams and has led initiatives to drive employee interconnectedness at multiple companies.
Sasha has worked in the technology sector for the past 10 years, having worked in the Bay Area for most of the time before recently moving to the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting from University of San Diego. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and seeking out the restaurant scene in her area or wherever she is traveling to next.
Shara has 20 years experience across North America and has been responsible for hiring, mentoring, and building successful teams for both boutique and Fortune 500 organizations.
Her expertise includes working within the Life Sciences, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, and Industrial sectors.
Shara has appointed leaders and their teams across many functions of the Value Chain and has an exceptional track-record of establishing, building, and developing client and candidate relationships.
Shara has called New York City her home for the past 18 years, and continues to focus her attention on the North American market.
Vipula Gandhi is Managing Partner at Gallup Inc. She leads business strategy, performance and teams for Financial Services, Professional Services and Healthcare industries for the organization. She is motivated to make a positive difference within organizations by ensuring that individuals realize their full potential, thereby helping their organizations to reach their goals and achieve their vision. Since joining Gallup, Vipula has led consulting and change management engagements for many clients. Delivering significant business impact at these organization has made her a valued advisor to leadership, as evidenced by the positive client feedback she has received throughout her career. Prior to joining Gallup, Vipula spent eight years with some of the best known banks in the world. Her last assignment was as a Director in corporate banking for one of the largest banks in the United Kingdom. Her responsibilities there included long-term strategy, short-term financial deliverables, credit analysis and management, and team management. She received her master’s degree in business administration from Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom.