Kathleen Duffy: Revolutionizing Recruitment

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In Conversation with
Vada O. Manager

Arizona Businesswoman Kathleen Duffy discusses her new book.



In Revolutionizing Recruitment, Kathleen Duffy shares the insights that have made her a leading authority on recruitment research. As an expert at connecting employers with the skilled, talented candidates who make their organizations even better, she has created an innovative method centered around five key steps: strategy development, name generation, position promotion, candidate evaluation, and presentation and reporting.

Kathleen's strategic approach has consistently and effectively delivered exceptional candidates while saving her clients up to 50 percent over traditional recruiting fees. And now, those same proven strategies are available to you.

Kathleen's flexible, customizable methodology is efficient, economical, and will help you reenvision your approach to hiring, equipping you to identify candidates who are interested in your opportunity and qualified to begin contributing from day one.

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Kathleen Duffy knows how to seize opportunities. In 1991, she founded Duffy Group Inc. to help individuals find joy in their work and companies unearth the right candidates with the best skills. Thirty years later, Duffy Group, Inc., has grown from its humble beginnings into one of the most respected recruitment firms in the nation.

This did not happen by accident. Kathleen’s commitment to serving candidates and clients inspired her to develop an innovative model called Recruitment Research, which enables Duffy Group to harness marketplace intelligence, work as a discrete (and transparent) partner and deliver quality candidates at up to a 50% savings off traditional recruitment fees. The ability to scale and customize processes to deliver an optimal outcome is advantageous to employers and job- seekers alike. Her proven approach to recruitment has been so successful that Kathleen has written a book to be published in June, Revolutionizing Recruitment: How Recruitment Research is Reshaping the Industry, to help other hiring leaders perfect their recruitment practices.

Kathleen balances her role as president of her busy firm with numerous business and community endeavors. She lends her expertise to business and HR-related groups on smart hiring and retention practices, and she serves as a mentor for social entrepreneurs through Seed Spot, an incubator for those who are building a product, service or technology that makes the world a better place. 

Kathleen also is an advocate for women. In 2005, she was a member of the first formal mentoring program for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the voice of America’s 10.6 million women-owned businesses. She also is a founding member of the Arizona Human Resource Executive Forum, a professional organization that is a driving force in addressing and providing current perspectives on complex and challenging human resource and business issues. And she co-chaired 50/50 Women on Boards Phoenix Conversation on Board Diversity, a global initiative to increase the number of women in company leadership positions and on corporate boards, in 2019 and 2020.

Vada O. Manager is Founder/CEO of Manager Global Holdings, LLC and a Principal/Board member of Think TRUE, a Black-owned/led, multi-cultural marketing agency. Previously, Vada was a member of the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) at Nike Inc. and served on several M&A transaction teams. Mr. Manager served in a very similar role at Levi Strauss & Co. and was also an investment banker (VP, public finance). Mr. Manager serves as G&N Board Chair for leading retail services automotive aftermarket company Valvoline, Inc. which was spun (via a 2016 IPO) from global specialty chemical company Ashland Global Holdings. He is also a board member for the Helios Education Foundation, where serves on the Finance (Chair) and Nominating Committee. He recently served as Chair of the premier leadership university- the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Civilian Public Affairs Committee. Vada is an alumnus of Arizona State University, where he was also inducted into its Hall of Fame (The College). He is also an ASU Trustee and a member of the President’s Club. His other affiliations include: the London School of Economics; American Council on Germany; ASU’s Center for Race & Democracy; Genesis City (alternative high school) and Foresight Foundation for Economic Equity. In 2020, Directors & Boards Magazine named Manager one of its board “Directors to Watch” and Savoy Magazine similarly named him one of its Most Influential Black Corporate Directors in 2016 & 2017. Manager’s latest entrepreneurial ventures have expanded into producing feature films/documentaries. He was an advisor to the 2021 NAACP Image Award-nominated film "On The Record" and is now engaged in the "Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty" regarding the extraordinary environmental and social justice career of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall (Spring 2022).