Ann Burton, Principal
Ann dove head first into the fashion industry with Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and J. Mendel. After completing her Masters’ degree in fashion design, she worked as a designer in New York and Philadelphia for Shelly Steffee, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Charming Shoppes. Always driven to learn more, Ann accepted an opportunity to work for a Chinese Manufacturer in Zhong Shan, where she learned the ins-and-outs of product development, sourcing, and vendor communication/negotiations.
Ann’s industry experience combined with a natural ability to understand what motivates people’s career choices have allowed her to excel as a recruiter and team-building consultant.
Ann is also a complete tennis-nut and huge believer in the positive impact of team sports and fitness on young people.
I’ve been facilitating the intricacies of human relationships all my life.
I’m often told that I have a rare talent to create an immediate rapport with people. I pride myself on this ability. I believe that it started out as an innate childhood skill, a natural inclination I was born with — that was burnished and honed over the years through personal and professional experiences.
Recruiting presents a perfect storm of my passions and capabilities.
I established my consulting business after many years as a successful agency recruiter in fashion and home furnishings. I wanted to leverage a differentiating skill set in the field: a background in organizational development, communications, and as a university-level educator in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation. I have a Master’s degree in Speech Communication from Emerson College, an advanced degree in Facilitation from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University.
Kristin is an award-winning Employment Brand Strategist who holds great passion for the candidate experience. After 6 years working for Fortune 50 corporation, Comcast, Kristin has embarked on leveraging her unique background in Talent Attraction with her capabilities as a design thinker and storyteller, to support more organizations facing talent attraction challenges.
Kristin has crafted new and distinctive concepts to better introduce candidates to their future careers; from transforming a career fair booth into a welcoming yoga studio, to developing a unique digital advertising campaign to attract technology talent to a specific city to developing and producing ‘Realistic Job Preview’ videos that enhance job descriptions that have a proven track record of attracting (or even better, detracting) job applicants. Kristin and her team have won five Telly Awards for their realistic job preview videos, two CandE Awards and a Web Award for Best Employment Website.
Kristin holds a Bachelors of Science in Fashion Design from Drexel University and earned her Masters of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.