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Kathy Graham

Kathy Graham is the CEO and Founder of The HQ Companies, Inc., which are:
All About Human Capital for Board Growth, Career Growth, and Corporate Growth.

People—human capital—in the appropriate positions, organizational structure, and culture are what drives corporate growth.

Kathy and her teams work with corporations stepping up to their next growth stage:

“I had the pleasure to work with Kathy on two projects: first, for a pre-IPO SaaS company where she provided the capabilities foundation for the finance function digitalization, [identified] and then successfully hired 12+ qualified professionals in less than 3 months to create the necessary finance skills for public company readiness."
"The second was an organization who engaged Kathy to recommend organizational structure and capability improvements to modernize their finance and accounting functions. Kathy is amazing to work with, hear her perspective on motivating teams in the digital space, and an asset to any team.” —Managing Director, Strategy & Transformation, top tech firm

Kathy and her teams work with C-Suite executives and Board directors stepping up to their next growth stage:

“Kathy has been an invaluable advisor as I have moved through my career and board journey. She guided me through her career process, resulting in me securing two dream executive jobs.” —Carol Rubin, Global COO, Jenner & Block

“Kathy is simply the best in the business at creating authentic and powerful board bios and resumes. Her proprietary process results in a portfolio of documents that effectively communicate your board value proposition and is an incredible prep for board interviews. She is a pleasure to work with and I recommend her wholeheartedly.” —CEO and Board Director

“The HQ Companies’ proprietary method, “Your Career Campaign,” helped me see my career accomplishments and future career roadmap in a way that I hadn’t imagined. Throughout the process, working with Kathy was a true joy." —C-Suite executive & Board Member

Kathy is adding to her human capital tool box by currently studying at Harvard University for a Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology to complement her MBA in Analytic Finance, Econometrics, and Statistics from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her undergrad in Business Administration and Marketing.

She sits on the Board of the Chicago Finance Exchange, an invitation-only organization of the top 200+ Chicago women finance leaders. Previously she served as Board member for The University of Chicago’s Alumni Club of Chicago Board for eight years, including as Co-Chair of their Governance Committee.

Kathy led 2020 Women on Boards Chicago from 2017 through 2019, connecting over 300 corporations with ~1,000 experienced/qualified Board Directors representing all types of diversity and expertise/industries. Since 2020, The HQ Companies, Inc. is a corporate member of the by-invitation only Thirty Percent Coalition, a consortium of public and private corporations, private equity, and institutional investment firms with over $6 trillion AUM working collaboratively towards U.S. board diversity.

Her economic employment forecasts for the last 17 years have been right on target, including forecasting the Great Recession, the changing nature of corporate boards, AI’s impact on white collar careers, and much more.

To summarize: Kathy combines her experience-based, outcomes-driven insights at the nexus of corporate growth through strategic and operational human capital enhancement AND via C-Suite executives through Board Directors career growth.

“Kathy Graham is a unique combination of a finance and human capital expert who aligns financial skill sets to strategic goals in order to drive excess stakeholder value through practical and actionable solutions.” —Eileen Kamerick, long-standing client & current Board Director for Associated Bank (NYSE), Hochschild Mining (LSE), Legg Mason Closed-End Mutual Funds (NYSE), & ACV Auctions (NASDAQ), a private equity-backed tech company that went public in 2021 AND former CFO leading/preparing numerous IPOs & M&A activities for public/private-equity backed firms, including CFO of Americas for BP PLC; EVP & CFO for Leo Burnett & for Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Contact Kathy directly at 312.945.2474 or via email at Graham@TheHQCompanies.com.