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HRCap CMO Named 2023 COLOR 40 Under 40

Written by HRCap

December 14, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that our Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Stella H. Kim, has been honored with the prestigious COLOR Magazine’s 2023 POWER 40 Under 40 recognition. 

Stella has been nominated, selected, and distinguished above all for her unmatched subject expertise in the recruiting industry, servant leadership in the Asian American community, and passion for empowering and building next-gen leaders.

Stella joined HRCap in 2016 on a mission to help it become the best Asian-American Total HR Solutions firm, not just the largest Korean-American search firm. HRCap had previously focused our services in the U.S. and South Korea but quickly expanded globally across North America, Europe, and APAC. In 2019, Stella transitioned into a new role to build the Executive Search Practice from the ground up and turned the division into one of the fastest-growing and most profitable divisions within HRCap in just 3 years. HRCap was named 2022 and 2023 Top 10 Executive Search Firm in North America, 2023 Top 10 Executive Search in Asia Pacific, and 2023 Top Executive Search in South Korea by Manage HR Magazine. Stella has also spearheaded the Global Digital Transformation team focused on building and leading agile projects that help automate processes, drive synergy across global teams and top client groups, conduct data-driven industry research, and help modernize and enhance the employee experiences at HRCap. Under her leadership, HRCap was named “2021 New Jersey Best Places to Work” by NJBIZ Magazine, and "2023 Empowering Women Organization" by NJBIZ Magazine.

Stella's journey is a testament to her dedication, innovation, and transformative leadership. From the early days of her career to her current role as our Chief Marketing Officer, she has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a passion for driving positive change within the recruiting and HR industry. As we celebrate this significant achievement, we look forward to witnessing Stella’s continued impact on our organization, the Asian-American community, and the global recruitment industry,

About COLOR Magazine

COLOR Magazine, an affiliate of BridgeTower Media, focuses on addressing issues in diversity and inclusion and recognizing the achievements of D&I leaders. The Magazine's publication also focuses on the unique experiences of people of color in business and leadership and serves as a resource for individuals and organizations seeking to promote diversity and inclusion.

COLOR’s POWER 40 Under 40 has recognized outstanding young professionals of color who have transformed industries and ushered in a fresh era of leadership. In a changing world, these pioneers distinguish themselves through their innovation, commitment, and unwavering pursuit of excellence.

The review process for this distinguished honor is through nomination followed by careful vetting and selection for emerging leaders of color who are setting new benchmarks in their respective fields and demonstrating modern leadership.

About Stella H. Kim

An official Forbes HR Council Member, "2022 Best 50 Women in Business in NJ" by NJBiz Magazine, and now a “2023 Power 40 Under 40” by COLOR Magazine, Stella embodies a modern leadership with the highest dedication to driving glocalization through key talent and learning investments. As a 1.5 generation female Asian American talent leader, Stella is highly passionate about bridging cultures and generations through appreciation, awareness, and acclimation. She believes that in order to effectively localize and globalize, organizations need multicultural leaders who can understand the market, maneuver all stakeholders, and drive transformational change.

Stella is an expert in identifying capability gaps and unlocking opportunities to empower greater potential in individuals, organizations, and communities. She increases value through the unique intersection of talent, technology, and transformation. She leads with a data-driven macro-approach of the labor economy while building empathy with a social-organizational micro-view to drive leadership development and aid HR decision-making. She has successfully driven projects at Global Fortune 500s and scaled start-ups from the ground-up. She believes in the power of community-building for innovation, sustainable development, and social impact.

Stella is currently the CMO at HRCap, Inc., the largest Asian Global Executive Search & Total HR Solutions Provider in the world offering premium recruiting services, talent intelligence, and HR consulting to Global SMB, Start-Ups, Venture Capitals, Private Equity, and Fortune 500 clients across all industries. Prior to HRCap, Stella specialized in Global Workforce Management & Talent Analytics at the Professional Development Center of Excellence at IBM Corporate HQ, providing data-driven Talent strategies to drive business growth and leading enterprise-wide projects to enhance employee engagement. Formerly, she was a Senior Strategy & Analytics Consultant at IBM Global Business Services, focused on global tech implementation and organizational change strategy projects for IBM internal stakeholders and IBM's Fortune 500 clients.

Stella serves leadership roles on advisory boards and has been appointed to speak at government, academic institutions, and professional associations to share her thought leadership on the labor market, HR strategy, and recruiting trends. She has been appointed to serve as an Expert Columnist for the Korea Daily (Joongang Ilbo) to write on the job market, recruitment guides, and multigenerational/multicultural trends in the workplace. She serves as a Jury for the world’s premier business awards, The Stevie® Awards, reviewing submissions for HR Category & Thought Leadership Category Awards. She contributes to Forbes HR Council Expert Panels and Manage HR Magazine for content on Executive Recruiting, Succession Planning, HR Strategy, Org Design, Leadership Development, and DEI.

Stella is a certified SPHR® and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She completed Executive Programs in Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania and HR Management at Villanova University.  

Stella is deeply passionate about her family, her team, her work, and her roots. In her "spare" time, she is found going on over-extended walks with her puppy Simba (HRCap's official executive woofcruiter), practicing her non-native languages with her community, repotting her plants, discovering new cuisines and coffee spots, and reminding herself to slow down just a tad bit.

Source: HRCap, COLOR Magazine


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