No Substitute for Experience
Our collective of talent management and human resources professionals share extensive experience across industries, with a specific focus on small to medium businesses. Our consultants are bi-coastal, with satellite offices in L.A., San Diego, and New York, so we are able to bring our knowledge and expertise wherever you need it. Each of our partners has led corporate recruiting and human resources functions for both start-up and Fortune 1000 companies including PWC, Microsoft, Time Warner, AIG, diCarta, Spot Runner, iVillage, and Myspace.
We have unparalleled success identifying, recruiting and engaging the most sought-after talent in the most competitive markets. We partner with the founders and executives of high-growth companies at some of the most respected brands in the world. We specialize in connecting strategic business objectives to your company’s talent management and people plans.
Our business is built on relationships, integrity and humor, and we take pride in offering the highest levels of service to all clients.
Michelle Winkley has 21 years working in all facets of HR. She was drawn to HR while working her first job as a teenager noticing the mix of business strategy and people motivation. Michelle worked as an internal HR professional and leader for 17 years for both large corporations and small start-ups including AIG, PwC, Spot Runner, and MySpace. In a turn of events Michelle was asked to consult for a small company and talent distinctions was born. Michelle has extensive experience in building awesome corporate cultures, HR processes that drive business results, building recruiting functions and of course compliance. Read More
Colleen Lauria is a strategic, successful and “human” Human Resources executive. Through skilled leadership and flexibility she has contributed to the expansion of entrepreneurial and complex organizations like iVillage, DraftFCB and Hogarth Worldwide.
Colleen’s expertise lies in identifying talent and developing HR practices for companies in media, advertising and technology. She approaches every situation with gravitas and humor, allowing managers and employees to be themselves. Read More
Ferrell has a uniquely rich career focused on building dynamic, high performing, loyal and compassionate employee cultures. She works closely with businesses to develop and successfully communicate their internal and external brand to employees and stakeholders. She develops dynamic programs focused on strategic communications, corporate social responsibility, HR training, performance development, and recruiting.
Before joining the Talent Distinctions team, Ferrell enjoyed a 20-year career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) where she was the Marketing, Alumni and Community Relations Leader for Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Read More