Staffing Industry Stories: Overcoming Challenges, Succeeding in the Future

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Recorded On: 05/19/2021

Hear from a panel of inspiring women throughout the staffing and recruiting industry who will share their challenges, strategies, and results

Kerry Sirkka (Moderator)

senior vice president and general manager of local and international solutions

AMN Healthcare

Sirkka is senior vice president and general manager of local and international solutions for AMN Healthcare. She joined AMN Healthcare in March 2002, and her role includes leadership of Nursefinders (local/per diem nurse staffing), AMN Hub (digital app), and O’Grady Peyton International (international nurse staffing). Sirkka has 19 years of experience in health care staffing and expertise in strategic staffing. She serves as chair for the ASA women in leadership interest group. She is also a member and past chairman of the ASA health care staffing council.

Jessi Guenther

executive director, global operations

Allegis Group Inc.

Guenther serves as executive director of global operations for Allegis Global Solutions’ health care and midsized managed service provider market. With more than 24 years of industry experience, she has held roles across the globe in recruiting, organizational development, operations, and strategic leadership, and she has been instrumental in expanding AGS’s MSP services into Canada, Europe, Asia, and India. Guenther is one of the founding members of Allegis Group’s diversity and inclusion council and an advocate and spokesperson for women in leadership. Today, she leads AGS’s largest-growing market with a focus on stability, growth, and innovation. She was selected to Staffing Industry Analysts' inaugural "Global Power 100 Women in Staffing" list in 2015.

Sara Luchsinger, CSP

Vice President of Organizational Development

SEEK Careers / Staffing

Luchsinger is a staffing industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. Working from the bottom up, she learned every role in operations and then quit, to work in an unrelated industry, but soon returned to SEEK Careers/Staffing as vice president of operations in 2007. In 2017, she was tasked with taking technology and training to a new level of performance. By 2018, the company had a full-fledged training program that could be delivered remotely and included over 100 custom elearning courses to be delivered over 12 weeks. Luchsinger has served on the board of directors for the Sheboygan Area chapter of SHRM, the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of the Association for Talent Development, and currently serves on the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services board. Luchsinger has served as chairman for the ASA women in leadership interest group and served three terms chairman of the corporate social responsibility committee. She also serves on the association’s education, staffing technology, social responsibility, and women in leadership council groups; she’s also an active mentor in the ASA Mentor Match program.

Lydia Wilson

executive vice president, strategy and development

Signature Consultants

Passionate about the world of work, Wilson has spent the past two decades in employment. She started her career as a recruiter and shortly thereafter transitioned into sales and then management. Working in staffing, permanent search, recruitment process outsourcing, managed service provider, and vendor management system environments, she has helped Fortune 1000 companies drive their contingent workforce strategy both nationally and globally. One of SIA’s “Top 100 Women in Staffing,” she works in and outside the industry to make the world of work more inclusive for all. Passionate about mentorship, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment, her current role is collaborating to help craft and execute Signature Consultants’ growth strategy.

Kristy Willis

chief sales officer

PeopleReady

Willis serves as the chief sales officer for PeopleReady. A dynamic leader in sales and market innovation within the staffing industry, Willis leads the strategy, direction, and business delivery model for a team of more than 500 PeopleReady sales leaders across North America. She is known for her innovative approach in connecting people and work and developing logistical solutions to deploy workers for PeopleReady’s national clients. Her career spans over 20 years in the industry; previously she led a business division of nearly $1 billion for the Adecco Group. Willis is strategic and entrepreneurial, with proven experience establishing realistic go-to-market strategies, setting and communicating clear vision and goals, and delivering outstanding results.

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