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.

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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.

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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.