Kathy Graham | ENGAGE 2020

Kathy Graham

Principal, The HQ Companies, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Kathy Graham is the Founder and Principal of The HQ Companies, Inc., a group of four firms focused on talent management growth strategies. For corporations, the majority of her recent consulting engagements have focused on her identifying and recommending practical customized solutions to the cultural/people aspects that led to her clients’ prior digital transformation effort failures.

Her process consists of a proprietary strategic analysis and tactical assessment of a group’s talent conducted in confidential interviews where the qualitative responses provide statistically significant data that correctly identify the root causes, the true internal structure including social network mapping, and the capabilities of the group and each individual as granular specific in detail as needed.

With this information, Graham works with the senior executives in organizational chart restructuring, with the systems consultants in providing critical talent capabilities information, and with the individuals in the group with coaching, leadership training, and overall change management support.

Graham earned an MBA in Analytic Finance, Econometrics, and Statistics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from North Central College. She has combined her experience of observing how professionals actually progress or not in their careers with her academic knowledge to create the content, programs, and successful outcomes that are the hallmark of The HQ Companies.

Graham is a member and Co-Chair of Membership for the Chicago Finance Exchange, an invitation-only organization of the top 200 Chicago women leaders in finance. She has also served for seven years on The University of Chicago’s Alumni Club of Chicago Board as a Board Member, most recently as Chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee for all of the University’s colleges and formerly Co-Chair of their Governance Committee.

As Kathy says, “It’s all about human capital for me—for board growth, career growth, and corporate growth. It’s what I enjoy, helping companies and professionals define and achieve their goals.”