Kurt is an executive and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in senior business and HR leadership roles spanning various industries and geographies. He is the Founder and CEO of Enspira. Kurt's prior experience is with leading organizations such as Accenture, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Expedia, and Biogen. Most recently, he led the Human Resources function at Pinterest as SVP, People. Kurt studied, lived, and worked in 4 regions, 8 countries, and 16 cities and speaks 5 languages. He founded and operated 3 successful companies. Kurt is a frequent guest lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University on the topic of “HR Considerations for Growth Businesses" and the topic of "Business Decision-Making in the Context of Culture" at Northeastern University in Boston and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He holds an undergraduate degree in Italian Language & International Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an advanced degree in Global HR Leadership from Rutgers University. Kurt lives in Palm Springs, California with his fiancé Andrew.
Vickie has more than 15 years of global HR and Talent Management leadership experience in both high growth and turnaround organizations. Prior to Enspira, she worked at Cardinal Health and led Talent Management for the Medical Segment as well as Leader Effectiveness for the enterprise. She also spent 10 years with Johnson & Johnson in various senior-level roles within the Medical Devices sector and is an alum of their prestigious HR Leadership Development Program. Vickie earned her M.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and holds a B.S. degree in Human Resources and Economics from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. She lives in Columbus, OH with her husband Matt, sons Emerson and Spencer, and their Golden Retriever, Winston. Vickie is passionate about leadership development, health and wellness, and loves to travel.
Jenna has 15 years of experience leading high-impact Human Resources and nonprofit programs. Prior to Enspira, she worked at Biogen, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. She earned her M.B.A. from Simmons College School of Management and holds an undergraduate degree in Communications and International Relations from Boston University. Jenna also teaches yoga, loves travel and the outdoors, and is the mother of two beautiful children, a black lab, and charming chocolate puppy.
Jennifer has 25 years of cross-industry experience in strategic consulting, business transformation and account management. Prior to Enspira, she worked at Accenture as a Senior Principal in the Global Operations practice. She was selected to attend the Smith College Consortium, an intensive mini-MBA program designed for top performing and high potential women in leading US corporations. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and French from Duke University. Jennifer also loves cooking, entertaining and traveling the world with her husband Mark, son Wynn and dog Derby.
Robyn has more than 24 years of extensive experience leading teams and coaching people managers. Prior to Enspira, Robyn held a variety of senior leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson, Merck KGaA, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics and Beckman Coulter where she led teams across a range of customer-facing disciplines, including global marketing, customer service, technical support and field service. In her role at Johnson & Johnson, she spent nine years in France overseeing high-performing teams in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Robyn’s extensive leadership experience spans individual contributors, people leaders and teams as large as 50 to a site of 200 employees. Robyn holds a coaching certificate from the University of California, Davis and a coaching certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is fluent in French, holds a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. degree with specialization in International Business from Pepperdine University.
Crystal has over 10 years of experience in investment banking, client management, human resources and talent acquisition. Prior to Enspira, she held roles at Biogen, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Barclays. She holds an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business, an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Finance and International Business and is an active alumna within her academic communities. Crystal is based in Boston and is an avid traveler, sports enthusiast, and loves trying new recipes.
Leesa has 25 years of experience in the Human Resources industry with deep expertise in the areas of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and Learning and Development. Prior to Enspira, she worked in human resource roles at Biogen, Pfizer and Kforce Inc. She earned her B.F.A. in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Leesa is an avid reader, lover of music and spends as much time as possible with her husband of 20 years, two gorgeous sons and her spunky wire fox terrier, Blitzen.
Jennifer has over 20 years global HR leadership experience with broad expertise in Talent Acquisition & Operations and International Benefits. Prior to Enspira, she successfully built and led teams at Expedia Group, JP Morgan Chase, Volt Technical Resources and Alaska Airlines. In her 12 years at Expedia, Jennifer was on the ground helping to launch the Switzerland office and spent two years in Singapore leading and supporting multiple HR programs in 27+ countries globally. Jennifer earned her Associates of Applied Science Degree from Bellevue College. A lover of travel, sports and learning, Jennifer’s other interests include holistic healing, mindful living and new experiences.
Rebecca has over 10 years of experience in HR, with a focus in Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, and Talent Acquisition. Prior to Enspira, she worked for Viasat, Inc. leading the Diversity & Inclusion global workforce strategy. Previously, she worked at Biogen in Diversity & Inclusion and University Relations roles. Prior to Biogen, she worked in operations roles in non-profit community development and in recruiting. She has a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion Management from Cornell’s ILR School, a Master's degree in International Relations from King's College, London, and a Bachelor's degree in History from UC Santa Barbara. Rebecca is passionate about building inclusive spaces – where everyone feels that the differences they bring are valued, and that they belong.
Vivian has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources and Business Operations. Prior to joining Enspira, Vivian was most recently at Rothschild & Co as the HR Generalist. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo. Vivian is based in New York, and enjoys hiking, eating, and planning the next trip with her husband, baby girl and sweet plott hound.
Angela has 6 years of experience in Human Resources. Prior to Enspira, she worked at Pembroke, Biogen, and Rothschild & Co. Angela holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Human Development, and a minor in Organizational Behavior from Boston College. Based in Boston, Angela plays a key role across multiple Enspira client engagements. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants and watching movies.
Kate has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources and Business Operations. Prior to Enspira, she worked at Pinterest, ngmoco, and Mobius Photonics. Kate holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Santa Clara University. Based in Seattle, Kate also runs a property investment company, loves interior design and is the dog mom to two King Charles Cavaliers.
Jes Valentin is a seasoned expert in human resources, organizational psychology, and talent. With more than 20 years of global experience, she has helped leaders in both Fortune 50 multi-national and not-for-profit organizations achieve growth, lead through change, and engage diverse workforces. Jes holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Journalism & Political Science from Rutgers University. She is a professional/career coach, and is completing her International Coaching Federation certification through the College of Executive Coaching, the premier institution for masters-level executive coaches.
Matt is a results-driven human resource professional with 25 years of experience, and 10+ years at the executive level, with a tradition of delivering functional and business accomplishments aligning all aspects of HR with corporate strategy and initiatives. Matt is a strong innovative leader and business partner, with a coaching management style and diverse industry experience including technology, healthcare, financial services, and insurance. Matt holds a bachelor degree's in Human Resources and Statistics and MBA from Marquette University. In his freetime, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and Greater Swiss Mountain dog.
Jeff has 20 years of healthcare experience focusing on organizational performance, business planning and execution, program and project management, resource management and communications Prior to Enspira, he worked at UnitedHealthcare as a Chief of Staff in Operations serving medical, dental, vision and financial protection (STD, Life) product lines, and also spent seven years in retail, industrial supply and consulting settings. Jeff holds an M.B.A. with a focus on Human Resources Management from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami. Jeff is based in Seattle where he lives with his husband James. He enjoys hiking, biking, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Aaron is an experienced leader and practitioner of using data and analytics to drive strategy. He has over 12 years of experience in a variety of settings, including 6 years dedicated to People Analytics and Workforce Strategy. Previously, he held roles at Biogen, BNY Mellon, Fidelity Investments, and Industrial Economics, Inc. Aaron earned his MBA and MS in Information Technology from the Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business, and his BA in Economics from Skidmore College. He is based in Boston and enjoys cooking, golfing, and traveling with his wife and son.
Meghan Wiseman is an experienced Human Resources professional with over 8 years of experience. Prior to Enspira she worked as a Senior HR Business Partner for Battelle Memorial Institute, a private non-profit research and development company. She brings proven experience serving as a strategic HR advisor to senior leaders and managers. Meghan received her undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and her master's degree in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University. She is a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Meghan is based in the Columbus, Ohio area and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Lexi is a recent graduate from Tulane University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in Spanish. She was involved with a wide range of student organizations such as the Office of New Student & Leadership Programs and Tulane Hillel, in addition to teaching weekly female empowerment fitness classes at the campus recreation center. Over the past two summers she interned for the HR team at CIM Group, a rapidly expanding real estate firm in Los Angeles. Lexi gained practical experience working closely with the Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Litigation, Onboarding, and HRIS teams. Based in New Jersey, she enjoys reading, running, and trying new recipes.
Sheirin has 6 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations. Prior to joining Enspira, she was recently a Talent Acquisition Coordinator for Banfield Pet Hospital. She holds a BBA in Business Management-Entrepreneurship with a minor in Spanish from CUNY Baruch. Sheirin lives in Vancouver, WA with her avid cooking partner, Sean and fun-loving dog, Waffles.
Jessica has over 15 years of administrative, contracts and operations experience. Prior to joining Enspira, Jessica was most recently at Rothschild & Co as an Administration Analyst. She holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from San Jose State University. Jessica is based out of the Indianapolis area with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, trying new foods and traveling.
"I have had the distinct pleasure of partnering with Kurt and the Enspira team on a pivotal talent management project for our growing organization. Throughout our collaboration, Enspira has served as a trusted consulting partner while functioning as an extension of our People and Culture team. From the very beginning, they have effectively engaged with key stakeholders across the organization to gather input and diverse perspectives while truly listening and assessing the evolving needs of our growing organization. Enspira’s demonstrated range of expert knowledge and decades of experience in this space has been invaluable. I look forward to our continued partnership and our next collaboration!"
“Over the past year, Kurt has been an insightful and thoughtful advisor on performance management design and best practices, compensation strategy, and scaling general people operations programs across the business. What is unique about Kurt and Enspira is he both advises and provides you with examples and/or templates of how to implement. As we grow to 200 people this year, I’m excited to continue working with Kurt and the Enspira team.”
"At the GreenLight Fund, we are focused on delivering results for the people and cities we serve. The Enspira team has been a great partner and collaborator as we grow and evolve as an organization. They are people and relationship-centered, incredible listeners and experts at helping us develop and implement a broad HR framework tailored to our needs. Kurt and his team quickly came in and won the trust and confidence of everyone on our staff. We were very impressed with the way they listened—deeply and broadly—so our staff, at every level, felt their viewpoints were being considered. The process they used has created an environment of openness, trust and confidence, which will enable us to make the positive changes needed to support our people, mission and values for many years to come.”
“As a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help and inspire people through running, New York Road Runners is thrilled to collaborate with Kurt and the Enspira team on HR function optimization and relaunching our new employee-centered programs. We selected Enspira to work with us given they bring broad and diverse expertise, having worked with a wide range of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.”
"As Itamar Medical strives to lead the integration of sleep apnea diagnosis and management into the cardiac and direct-to-consumer patient care pathways, the Enspira team has helped ensure our talent practices best enable our growth goals. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work with Vickie Maurer and Kurt Landon at Enspira, who were my former HR business partners at Johnson & Johnson. They listen, are responsive and provide practical solutions tailored to our unique needs."
"Enspira is an instrumental consulting partner for us at Purple Carrot. In addition to providing ongoing HR advisory services to us, they are actively engaged on a critical talent project for us on the topic of career pathing, leveling, and titling. Kurt and Enspira are experienced, sensible, pragmatic, and flexible in their approach and we highly value our collaboration."