Steve Cadigan


About Steve Cadigan - Highly Sought After Talent Expert, Speaker, and Advisor on Change, Leadership, and the Digital Economy:

As Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a Silicon Valley-based talent strategies advisory firm, Steve Cadigan offers an array of specialties including: The future of Leadership and why leading in the digital economy requires a new set of skills; The Future of Work; The Future of Recruiting; Building a Winning Organization in the digital era; Change management for high growth companies; Acquisition integration, Converting Culture into a Competitive Advantage; Leading and Scaling in hyper-growth; IPO Transitions; and Strategies for retaining and attracting the very best technical talent to elevate business performance.

In early 2017, Steve co-founded ISDI Digital University to help address the growing digital divide. ISDI offers a Masters Degree in Internet Business (MIB) and is the first of its kind in the United States.

With more than 25 years of leadership and executive experience in global Human Resources, Steve has practiced HR in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific within a variety of industries. Through leading worldwide HR efforts for more than 60 M&A transactions at three global organizations since 1998, Steve has cultivated a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and the key elements required to forge an organization’s sustainability. Over the course of his career, the teams, cultures and organizations he has led and helped build have been recognized as exceptional, “world class” performers by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.

Steve served as VP Talent at LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today. The groundbreaking work Steve did at LinkedIn as the executive responsible for culture, leadership, talent and organizational development is widely seen as the textbook example of how a company can leverage its culture to scale profitably in record time. Steve’s work in building LinkedIn’s culture led Stanford University to build a case study about it and today, it is taught to their business students.

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What Steve Cadigan Talks About:

How to Make Culture Your Competitive Advantage & Elevate Your Business
In a world where turnover is increasing, and employee engagement is low, culture today means far more than just the norms of how we get along. The great companies today have made their culture weapon in the war for top talent. Today your culture is your brand and its imperative you invest and nurture your culture if you want to win today.

The Future of Leadership in a Digital Economy
The way we work today is very different than just a few years ago. What employees expect in a job and a company continues to change rapidly. How you hire, engage and lead talent in your companies has evolved a great deal. Today great leaders communicate and course correct more than they weigh information and make decisions. Great leaders today are information brokers more than decision makers. This talk frames out how leadership has and needs to change to be effective in this fast paced, data intensive digital reality.

The LinkedIn Growth Story – How a small low profile company competed for talent and won against sexy giants like Google, Facebook and Apple
This is a fun session where we go through how to grow a company, the mistakes made, the lessons learned and how to ultimately beat some of the greatest companies in the world in the war to hire the best talent. Steve discusses how to beat companies with bigger brands and budgets than yours. Its a great story that still applies today of the best tech IPOs in the past decade – the LinkedIn Story.

The Future of Recruiting
The Future of work is here! In this session, Steve will teach you about the many changes taking place in business and the workplace that are propelling the creation of new and exciting Human Resource Strategies. In addition, he will share:

  1. how the HR function is evolving
  2. the many new jobs in HR such as Branding and Analytics, and
  3. the many new technological tools and resources that are allowing the HR function to reveal new talent insights and help companies win today.

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    Steve was the opening Keynote speaker for our 25th anniversary national meeting. His message was exactly as advertised, and he delivered it with excellence and professionalism. Steve is a pleasure to work with, an expert in his field and a consummate professional!

    Dan Friesen, Head of Training Development, Nexstar Inc.

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