CURATORS & CONFIDANTS
WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS DRIVEN BY CREATIVITY AND TRUST AND WE ARE EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH YOU
For over 20 years, Leslie Kay & Hillary Black have been connecting top pedigree talent with advertising agencies, design firms and brands. Leslie, Hillary and the firm’s team of talent managers specialize in identifying, educating and counseling talent in all areas of advertising, with an established reputation for creative insights and integrity.
Through our three core service offerings, Kay & Black offers talent representation and recruitment, talent outplacement and creative boot camps. We believe in nurturing creative talent as well as advocating for our clients’ needs so that all can excel, and our team works hard to meet clients’ expectations while remaining humble throughout the journey. Together, our team is equipped not only to place talent, but also to respond to ever-changing client needs in a constantly evolving landscape. Creative problem solving is not just part of our vision at Kay & Black—it’s something we do every day.
REPRESENT | TALENT RECRUITMENT
REPRESENT recruits freelance and full-time talent in the following categories: Art Directors, Account Executives, Strategists, Copywriters, Branding/Agency Designers, Producers, Project Managers, Social Media Specialists, Creative Recruiters, Creative Service Directors, Creative Resource Managers and Talent Acquisition candidates. This pool of top pedigree talent work in the following mediums: Digital, Broadcast, Experiential, Print and Content. Kay & Black represents all levels of talent and has placed all levels including entry to executive search positions.
campus | COACHING
campus educates students and all levels of talent through teachable moments at creative panels, learning sessions and all day intensive career boot camps. These workshops assist talent in successfully navigating the advertising industry. campus was created when the partners of Kay & Black recognized that talent did not always have the tools beyond their portfolio and/or resume to feel confident in not only landing a job, but in advocating for themselves in their current role. Both seasoned talent and those first entering the industry often need direction on how to navigate their search for employment, showcasing their portfolio, successful reviews, understanding their worth, negotiating their offer and their approach to accepting a position with humility. Kay & Black’s team of talent management professionals and expert consultants will counsel talent through invaluable insight and advice on the how-to’s of entering the Advertising and Design industry.
KEEPING US HUMBLE
The best part about working with Hillary, Leslie and the rest of the team at Kay & Black is that they actually care about candidates as people. They look out for what's best for their careers and not as the next paycheck. The best talent in our industry knows and respects this about them. So when Kay & Black presents you a candidate, you know they're going to be top notch.
I have been fortunate to have worked with Kay & Black for many years. They are great at finding top talent as well as providing talent management for those looking for some guidance. Everyone at the agency is a pleasure to work with and they all make my job easier.
My relationship with Hillary goes back 25 years - Her devotion to the ask is unrelenting. No stone goes unturned in search of the perfect candidate. And if he or she doesn't exist, she'll surprise you with someone completely unexpected.
Hillary and Leslie are fantastic partners. They consistently deliver great talent and are on top of my speed dial list whenever I need to find that perfect person to add to my Creative team.
Kay & Black is one of those rare companies that are completely honest and deliver exactly what you asked for. A pleasure every single time.
Leslie and Hillary have the deepest rolodex and biggest hearts in the business. They go above and beyond to understand the exact needs of the job to match with the best candidates. I feel I can call them anytime day or night and they are on the case in no time.
Hillary and Leslie have a knack for taking decades of industry experience and mixing it with natural warmth and accessibility; their past panels/sessions have students and emerging professionals on the edge of their seats asking questions and jotting notes. It's no surprise that we watch everyone leaving feeling a little more connected and prepared to tackle the often daunting job-seeking process.
If you want to partner with a team of genuinely good people that kick ass at what they do, then Kay & Black is your answer. Hillary and Leslie are smart, professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy and all around amazing to work with.
The best thing about working with Hillary and Kay & Black is that they care so much about the human experience. They won’t just send a candidate befitting the standard criteria, they’ll go above and beyond to ensure submitted candidates are not only A list talent, but those who will compliment and promote a positive and creative culture as well. Hillary has also been an amazing career mentor to me, always making time for the people she meets along the way, and that is invaluable.
For nearly 20 years Leslie & Hillary have had an uncanny ability to read the changing creative landscape. That insight gives them the ability to consistently pair the right people with the right projects.
Kay & Black found us the perfect team to run one of our most important accounts. It was a very hard-to-fill role and they nailed it! We constantly remark that they totally get our culture and find us talent that’s the right fit. That's no easy task and we find ourselves saying "thank you" on a weekly basis.