Kimley Svendsen

Drive Talent

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Drive Talent


Kimley builds teams from director-level through the C-Suite, and while an internal veteran of legacy companies and leading services firms, she has excelled in diverse and disruptive industries such as Cannabis. Her experience includes co-founding Waterstone and launching their Cannabis Practice. Following a successful 5 year run, she launched her own firm, Drive Talent, which focuses on Cannabis and recently received the Women's Business Enterprise Certification. Early in her recruiting career, she led college recruiting for CNA and headed up recruiting for Capital H Group and GATX. She had a front seat to the financial crisis while at Citadel, and spent four years working with Consumer and Financial Services Practice Partners within Korn Ferry. This prepared her to found Drive Talent, where she has provided high touch search services to Cannabis during rapid expansion, including private equity and their portfolio companies.

By working arm in arm with the C-Suite, Kimley has learned the direct correlation between talent, fit, and the survival of an organization. She attributes her longevity to strong relationships and her role as a truly consultative decision-making partner. Her curiosity for how people relate and make decisions earned her success in recruiting and outplacement, and is bolstered by her master’s in Psychology from Northwestern University.

Kimley sits on the NCIA HR Committee and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

The same integrity and sincerity keep Kimley grounded in her life away from work. She finds meaning in service to her family and community. A Chicagoan for decades, Kimley was born in Montana. So when she steps away, she is likely out west, savoring huckleberry pie or hiking a remote trail with her husband and three daughters.