Staffing Industry Webinar
Sponsored by ClearEdge Rising

2024 Leadership Prep: How to Lead with Confidence & Calm in Uncertain Times

Replay Now Available

If there is one theme running through predictions and outlooks for 2024, it’s uncertainty. The economy is uncertain. The job market is uncertain. The global climate? Uncertain.

But here is the good news: You get to lead your teams through it. And how you lead — even when you don’t have all the answers — can have a profound impact on whether uncertainties hurt your business or simply inform your business strategies.

How can a leader instill confidence and create stability when so much feels uncertain? Join ClearEdge Rising’s Ashley Andersen and a panel of staffing industry senior executives for a 2024 leadership webinar and prep session to learn — and even practice — how.

In this 45-minute session, you will explore techniques highly effective leaders use to build the confidence employees need to forge ahead. A seasoned executive and leadership coach, Ashley will share and teach techniques for:

  • Sharing both vulnerability and vision
  • Leveraging the power of openness and transparency
  • Choosing human responses
  • Making mission and values platforms for confidence

In addition, you will hear from the panel of staffing leaders who will share the top lessons they learned in 2023 and how they plan to carry those skills into the New Year. Join us for this learning event designed to give staffing leaders, senior executives, and owners strategies for tapping into and exuding the focus and composure employees want to see right now. It will also be a fun way to convert any New Year planning jitters into leadership tools that can be put to use next year and beyond.

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Ashley Andersen

Senior VP, ClearEdge Rising

Ashley Andersen is the Senior Vice President of ClearEdge Rising, a leadership development community for women across the talent industry that combines the very best of learning, support, and relationship building. In her role, Ashley oversees the end to end experience of all ClearEdge Rising members, ensuring that it's one that fuels growth and helps to facilitate the building of meaningful relationships.

In her years working as a leadership and executive coach, Ashley has helped leaders to maximize their positive impact by way of better understanding themselves, their relationships with others, and the way they exist within larger systems.

It didn't take long after entering the workforce for Ashley to recognize the disparities that women regularly face in their experiences, in leadership positions in particular. As a woman leader herself, she is committed to maintaining a focus on closing the gender gap in leadership in the industry with the work that she and her team do through ClearEdge Rising.

Ashley lives in almost always sunny Colorado, where she moved 12 years ago from very often grey New England and she never looked back!

Jeff Bowling

Staffing Industry Advisor, Entrepreneur, & Investor

A 28-year veteran of the staffing and recruiting industry, Bowling is the founder and former CEO of the healthcare staffing firm The Delta Companies (TDC). Over 19 years, Bowling grew TDC to one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the U.S. and eventually sold it to Mitsui in 2014. Bowling stepped down as CEO in 2016, retained his board seat with TDC, and quickly found himself on five other boards of staffing or human capital related businesses.

In addition to the board of directors work, Bowling began advisory work for companies looking to scale their businesses both organically and through M&A. In April of 2020, Bowling took over Doxmity, now known as Curative, sold off divisions, got the organization focused on physician staffing and recruiting, and tripled the revenue in three years. He stepped down as CEO in March of 2023.

Today, Jeff is back to sitting on boards, investing in staffing and related spaces, and doing some occasional advisory work. Bowling especially enjoys spending time advocating for and supporting the industry through his board member and officer seat with the American Staffing Association.

Jeff is a proud Texan, graduating from the University of North Texas and residing in Dallas with his wife, Daniella, and their three children. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys baseball, rum, Texas country music (not that broken Nashville stuff), and is an avid saltwater fly-fishing angler.

Penny Queller

Advisor to the CEO, The Mom Project, & Chairwoman, Board of Central Michigan University Business School

As an accomplished staffing industry executive, Penny Queller has more than two decades of experience building and growing staffing businesses and enterprises and optimizing customer and candidate experiences through HR technology and service solutions. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as an expert in leveraging the voice of customer data to drive sustainable business growth.

In her most recent C-level role as chief customer officer for Impellam, Penny was responsible for helping global enterprises navigate the future of work while building world-class client customer experiences. Her extensive staffing industry experience also includes leadership roles at Randstad, Alexander Mann Solutions, SIA, Spherion, and Adecco.

Her leadership philosophy centers on creating a culture of engagement and communication to extract meaningful contributions to organizational success, resolve client attrition challenges, and build executive sponsorship programs that drive portfolio growth and create deeper relationships.

Penny is currently a strategic advisor to the staffing industry while she serves as advisor to the CEO of The Mom Project and Chairwoman of the Business School Board of Central Michigan University.

Kerry Sirkka

Chief Growth Officer, Acute Care, IntelyCare

Kerry Sirkka is IntelyCare’s Chief Growth Officer, Acute Care, responsible for guiding the company’s expansion into the acute care sector. Kerry shares IntelyCare’s commitment to solving the nurse staffing crisis. She has a wide breadth of experience in healthcare staffing, having led multiple verticals, functions, and brands during her 20-year tenure at AMN Healthcare. In addition, Kerry has experience in homecare, having recently served as head of caregiver experience at TheKey. Additionally, Kerry actively participates in the American Staffing Association and serves as a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego. With Kerry’s leadership, IntelyCare will support acute care organizations by providing proprietary, proven technology that will empower clinicians and healthcare systems, alleviate staffing challenges, and ensure exceptional care for all patients.

Kerry likes to spend her spare time with family, including her two young children and her husband, while enjoying the outdoors.