Curators & Confidants passionate about building 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.

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.

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
  • 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.

    Kathy Delaney Global CCO Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness
  • 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
  • Since campus’s grounding and honest talk I’ve realized that advocating for myself actually makes me look better. Who wouldn’t want to invest in someone who is confident, knows their worth and isn’t afraid to reasonably negotiate?

    Malaika Danovitz SVP, Creative Director, Publicis
  • Campus came to me to speak at my school and they sure know about the etiquette, the hustle, and the industry. They offered incredible insight from both job seekers and agencies. In less than two hours they really made us feel ready to go out to the real world.

    Aaron Cheng Student Art Director
  • Campus should be named “Realness.” When campus discusses the ins-and-outs of your upcoming job-hunt, be prepared to hear about how people landed their dream jobs, nailed interviews, or had a great book but bombed an interview. Their information is current and their tone is honest, down-to-earth, and real. So while getting a creative job can seem overwhelming, the team at Kay & Black make it actionable and achievable.

    Gina Collura Adjunct Advertising Professor FIT
  • Campus has a knack for taking decades of industry experience and mixing it with natural warmth and accessibility; their past panels and 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 Former Education Director at The One Club
  • I had the privilege of attending a career workshop hosted by Campus. I was so impressed by the knowledge and advice shared by the panel, the real conversations that were happening from the Q&A, and the overall energy from every person in the room. I heard the advice I needed, and even more importantly, the advice I didn’t even know I needed. I left feeling empowered, focused and ready to take the next step in my career.

    Alex Fontova Senior Community Manager, WeWork
  • After 15+ years as an agency creative, Hillary at perQ was invaluable in helping navigate my entry into freelance. She ensured I didn’t undervalue myself and considered details I wouldn’t have thought of, like out-of-state labor laws. I love working with perQ because it gives me peace of mind and lets me to concentrate on the creative.

    David Waraksa Freelance Creative Director
  • Kathryn is an amazing coach! She connected with me and helped me navigate a difficult time of career while also keeping my true passion in mind. She and I discovered many ways to stay focused, and we did exercises that I’ll find useful for life! I truly feel I'm living a more positive life than before.

    Ying Deng Studio Manager
  • Kathryn’s coaching presence and ability to hold the space and my focus were gifts I really valued. In particular, creating a strong a clear Purpose Statement (that I continue to use with ease and resonance) and a vivid description and feel for my “guiding light” (Team Captain) aka “Sheagle” was an extraordinary experience with an outcome that remains energetically strong.... As a result I feel strong and clear in who I am in my expanded version of myself. I loved and appreciated that Kathryn truly wanted to support me. Her easy laughter and deep caring made this experience a very special one that will remain with me. I found her to be generous and humble and always in service of "me".

    Patti Martin The TJX Companies