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Margaretta Noonan, Innovative Business Hiring Council Strategist

Margaretta Noonan founded noonanWorks after lengthy management experience with global Fortune 500 companies in the retail and professional services industries. She has a proven ability to identify issues in complex organizations and implement effective solutions.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Margaretta was the Chief Administrative Officer for Hudson Global, Inc., a worldwide recruitment and staffing company. Prior to Hudson, Ms. Noonan was the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Monster Worldwide, Inc., the parent company of Monster.com. Her career in the retail sector included senior level roles at Lord & Taylor, Kohl’s, Best Products and Thalhimers (Carter Hawley Hale Stores).

During her corporate career, Margaretta participated in the leadership of a high growth organization (Kohl’s), an acquirer of more than 100 firms (Monster), a Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Best Products), a company closure (Carter Hawley Hale), and a successful public-company spin off (Hudson).

Now, much of her work is focused on applying the lessons learned in large organizations to help small/medium-sized businesses benefit from “big corporate” practices – without making the “big corporate” mistakes.

Speaking and writing regularly, her recent articles include “Women Won’t Wait” (Enterprising Women Magazine) on gender pay equity, written with Linda Hallman, CEO of the American Association of University Women; “Harnessing the Power of Disruption” (BizJournal360) on delivering results through executive transition, written with C. Evan Smith, and “Are You All There?” (BizCatalyst) on the power of individual and team engagement

Margaretta’s television appearances include CNNfn, Extra!, the Oxygen network and interviews with print media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Working Woman Magazine. She has spoken at the Leadership Summit of the Legal Marketing Association, the International Quality & Productivity Center, Columbia University Graduate School, and the Global Summit of Women, among others.

Her professional and civic affiliations have included Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board, the Board of Directors for Navicore Solutions, the Global Summit of Women (member of the International Planning Committee) and Enterprising Women Magazine (advisory board).

A runner, cook and devoted “puppy mom” to Lulu, Margaretta meditates regularly, scuba dives when she can and loves to read the great literary classics.