Curators & Confidants passionate about building relationships driven by creativity and trust.

Relationships driven by creativity and trust.
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.

Recruitment. Workshops. Coaching.
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.

We are problem solvers.
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.

Certified Women's Business Enterprise


Kay & Black’s core division recruits and represents talent at all stages in their careers, from entry to executive level.


Campus educates all levels of talent, from those who have recently graduated to those who are seasoned professionals.


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.

A Peek At Connections Made

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.

    Anthony DeBery Director of Creative Services | SS&K
  • 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.

    Tammy Skuraton VP, Creative Manager/Creative Recruiter at Mullen
  • 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.

    Andrew Christou Chief Creative Officer at Publicis Seattle
  • Kay & Black is one of those rare companies that are completely honest and deliver exactly what you asked for.  A pleasure every single time.

    Kelly Parrotto Director of Creative Recruiting, Weiden + Kennedy , NY
  • 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.

    Bill Oberlander Executive Creative Director, OBERLAND (Small Agency of The Year 2018)
  • 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.

    Emily Grotheer Education Director at The One Club
  • 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.

    Jennifer Catherall Chief Talent Officer at Tribal Worldwide and DDB New York
  • 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.

    Heather Beck Creative Resource Director at Momentum Worldwide
  • 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.

    Chris Cereda ECD Scratch, a division of Viacom
  • 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.

    Sandy Greenberg The Terri & Sandy Solutioin (Small Agency of The Year 2017)
  • 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.

    Donjiro Ban Head of Creative at Peloton