Partner at Hanold Associates
Val is a Partner and Head of Hanold Associates’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Practice. She specializes in recruiting executive level DEI, Human Resources and Talent leaders. She has over a decade of experience in rapid-growth, private equity-backed SaaS businesses, specializing in M&A integrations and change management. She is especially strong in translating strategy to action, particularly with respect to managing change initiatives and designing and implementing DEI programs.
Prior to joining Hanold Associates, Val spent 15+ years in progressive operational roles at Cision before being tapped as their first Global Head of Employee Engagement/Vice President of DEI. She was responsible for providing vision and leadership to the organization’s DEI function and strategy across the globe.
Val is a seasoned guest speaker in the DEI space and has had the pleasure of speaking on a variety of panels and fireside chats. In 2019, she was recognized with a Power50 award by the Illinois Diversity Council.
Val graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Gender Studies.
Val splits her time between her home base in Chicago and Las Vegas (her home away from home).