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Vice President at Brown & Brown, Deborah Snow Walsh, on how to tell if your talent strategy is working for you (Ep. 116)
Episode 11626th October 2022 • Remarkable Leadership Lessons • Denise Cooper
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You know how to prioritize hiring, but do you know how to build a successful talent strategy?

How do we want to hire? Who do we want to hire? Who will work successfully? What areas of the organization need the biggest impact in order to grow the company?

This week, we Deborah Snow Walsh will be answering these questions and more. Snow Walsh's expertise includes consulting for corporations regarding their internal policies, executive search processes, and coaching for leaders. She has been involved with HRPS, and was co-chair of its annual conference and various planning committees.

This week's episode is part of a 12-month long series, where Deborah Snow Walsh will be a repeat guest on the show. Have a question you want her to answer? Drop us a line at and we'll be sure to answer it later this year.

If you're wondering how to positively impact the talent strategy at your organization, this is the episode for you.


  1. What is a talent strategy (04:29)
  2. How do you interview for people who have the same or similar level of bias or thinking and judgment about you?  (11:52)
  3. How do you measure how quickly someone is moving up the proficiency ladder? (19:01)




Debbie is a builder of organizations and a talent executive, focused on DEI in thought and view. Those are her passions. She has a unique background in sales, having successfully started her career selling large benefits packages to the Fortune 200, working for AXA Equitable. She knew nothing about benefits, or the Fortune 200. She was recruited to Lee Hecht Harrison, where she excelled in selling outplacement and coaching services to large, multi national organizations. When she was recruited again into the search business, she was already focused on female and minority talent and made the decision to become an entrepreneur and open her own firm. Ultimately, her organization included ten professionals and served companies including IBM, JPMorgan Chase, the GAP, Pfizer, AXA Equitable, and Prudential among others. In 2011 she was recruited to Zurich Insurance to run Talent Acquisition, University Relations and Diversity. She enjoyed the opportunity to see talent in action and build an organization. She returned to outside search and ultimately her own firm. Her clients include those from her previous firm as well as CDW, Icahn Enterprises, Citizens Bank, Pet Supplies Plus, Bloomberg and AIG.

She focuses on everything Talent: acquisition, development, management, assimilation, experience and retention. Debbie’s expertise is in consulting with corporations on their internal policies and practices to make them efficient, executive search and executive coaching. She has been involved with HRPS, was co-chair of its annual conference and various planning committees. She is part of the original CHREATE team, understanding and addressing the HR leadership of 2025. She is frequent and popular speaker before business groups.