Kathleen Quinn Votaw

CEO and Founder at TalenTrust LLC, CEO at KQV Speaks

Kathleen Quinn Votaw is the founder and CEO of TalenTrust, a strategic recruiting and human capital consulting firm that has helped companies nationwide address immediate needs and drive long-term growth since 2003. She is the author of the 2016 book Solve the People Puzzle and is a regularly published columnist and popular speaker on topics related to HR strategies and workplace culture. 

Kathleen has overcome a multitude of personal and business challenges in becoming a strong leader who was able to exceed TalenTrust’s growth goals throughout the Great Recession and become one of less than 2 percent of women business owners to break the million-dollar mark. Along this journey, she has formed the core belief that people-centric, relationship-based workplaces are the key to attracting and retaining the talent to take businesses to the next level. With her knowledge and experience, and a mission to help HR professionals attain the skills needed to provide strategic value to their companies, she is a key disrupter in her industry. 

She has helped more than one thousand companies across multiple industries navigate uncertainty and continuous change to develop purpose-based, inclusive cultures; targeted recruitment strategies; and, most importantly, inspired employees who want to come to work each day. 

From proactive hiring processes to human-centric leadership, Kathleen’s practical insights and actionable recommendations have impacted diverse organizations, including John Hancock, Kaiser Permanente, the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Renaissance Executive Forum, EO, the Association of Corporate Growth, and Vistage International.  

Kathleen recently completed a Stanford Graduate School of Business program focused on strategy, innovation, and organizational design. She has received many awards, including the coveted Inc. 5000 for two consecutive years; 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year from Enterprising Women Magazine for her work to fuel lasting change in companies across the nation; and multiple achievement awards from Colorado Women’s Chamber, ColoradoBiz Magazine, and Denver Business Journal. Kathleen is currently serving as an advisory board member for Enterprising Women and is the former board president for ACG-Denver.  



Other honors and awards include:

  • Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America (2015, 2016)
  • CoBiz Magazine Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies (since 2013)
  • Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business (finalist – 2014, 2009; nominee 2013, 2007, 2006)
  • ACG Meritorious Service Award for extraordinary service and achievement (2011)
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Association of Women in Communications (2006)

Kathleen also enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and friends. Her leisure time is spent reading, cooking, and entertaining when she is not scuba diving in exotic locations.

3d book cover of solve the people puzzle

Solve The People Puzzle

How High-Growth Companies Attract & Retain Top Talent

In survey after survey, executives list attracting and retaining top talent as their #1 issue. Is it your top concern? While the so-called ‘people puzzle’ is not easy to solve, industry expert Kathleen Quinn Votaw embarks on a nuanced exploration of the challenges in staffing and how to overcome them. She…

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