For over 25 years, Leslie Kay and Hillary Black have been connecting top pedigree talent with advertising agencies, branding firms and direct-to-clients. Leslie, Hillary and the firm’s team of talent managers specialize in identifying, educating and counseling talent in all areas of career development, with an established reputation for their approach to staffing – driven by human insight and integrity.
Through three core service offerings, Kay & Black offers talent acquisition, outplacement services, and coaching through learning and development workshops. We believe in nurturing talent as well as advocating for our clients’ needs so that all can find their most successful and satisfying career relationship.
Kay & Black is also equally set to respond to the ever-changing advertising atmosphere and client needs in a constantly evolving landscape. Together, we are equipped not only to locate the best talent for your openings, but to understand each unique culture to properly match the human behind the talent. Creative problem solving is not just part of our vision at Kay & Black—it’s something we do every day.
Kay & Black’s core division recruits and represents talent at all stages in their careers, from entry to executive level.
We place freelance (temporary) and full-time (permanent) talent in the following roles and categories: Art Directors, Copywriters, Designers (UX/UI/Graphic/Branding), Producers, Project Managers, Account Executives, Strategists, New Business Managers, Social Media Specialists, Creative Recruiters, Creative Service Directors, Resource Managers and Talent Acquisition experts, among others.
This pool of talent works in the following mediums: digital (web/mobile/apps), social, broadcast, experiential, print and content.
Campus educates all levels of talent, from those who have recently graduated to those who are seasoned professionals.
Through educational panels, workshops, lunch & learn sessions, career boot camps and more, we educate talent to fulfill their career goals armed with current, hands-on industry knowledge. Campus was originally created when the Kay & Black team recognized that talent didn’t always have the tools beyond their resume and or portfolio to feel confident. In a time of great change in our industry, Campus was created to support talent beyond the job application and then it grew in to so much more.
Past and upcoming panel topics include: diversity and inclusion, salary and benefit negotiations, ageism, mastering workplace conversations, networking, personal branding, portfolio and website best practices, using LinkedIn as a tool, interview tips, how to handle critique and feedback, and building successful partnerships.
Whether talent is in the process of landing a job or advocating for themselves in their current role, we assist in successfully navigating their careers within their industry of expertise. We collaborate with industry partners and experts to provide talent with the best and most resourceful industry knowledge and insights.
perQ coaches and consults entry to executive-level talent in one-on-one sessions to support both individuals as well as firms in need of outplacement services.
perQ tailors its offerings based on each individuals’ needs — whether it’s working through a job or career change, navigating a current role, or moving forward after unfortunate layoffs. perQ delivers customized offerings to empower talent to step boldly into the next great opportunity, and can coach talent on many topics including: career & job transitions, personal branding, portfolio, website and resume-building, job search and networking strategies, interview preparation, salary and benefits negotiation skills, handling difficult workplace conversations and more. perQ’S mission overall is to provide invaluable, hands-on expertise to empower talent to find fulfillment in their career and life’s journey.
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.
I had a great experience building my team at Peloton with Kay & Black. They are a trusted partner in locating amazing talent with various strengths and backgrounds.