Well-known talent management and human resources news outlet TLNT.com published Bob Ryan’s guest article about the benefits of veteran leaders transitioning into the portfolio career. This is an entirely new way of thinking about work, life and success. You can find the article here.
Shields Meneley Partners’ M. Bernadette Patton, CAE wrote an insightful piece about what executives should do following an unexpected career transition for AssociationsNOW, the leading news source for association professionals. In her guest article, 5 Tips for Navigating an Unplanned Career Transition, Patton writes: “No matter what the reason is for your departure, there are several do’s and don’ts to ensure a successful career transition to your next professional chapter.”
Patton, an iconic HR and trade association veteran, was hired by Shields Meneley Partners as a partner to lead the firm’s new business development endeavors in August. She also spent the last 17 years as the president and chief executive officer of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, (HRMAC) the premier resource for advancing workforce strategy and leadership.
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When the leader of the Midwest’s most influential HR management association leaves her post after 17 years to head up the marketing and new business efforts of a career transition firm – that tends to grab attention in the marketplace. Not surprisingly, HRMAC ran Shields Meneley Partners’ announcement of hiring M. Bernadette Patton, CAE in its latest issue to members. Bernadette joined Shields Meneley Partners in August after retiring from her leadership position at HRMAC.
Here is HRMAC’s article about Bernadette’s own career transition in joining our firm as a partner. We are very excited to include Bernadette as part of our team.
Well established private-equity firms are taking steps to put in place the next generation of leaders
Succession planning in private equity continues to be an important topic for the well-established firms in the asset class. For a global perspective, Dow Jones’ private equity editor Laura Kreutzer interviewed Hugh Shields, co-founder and principal from Shields Meneley Partners. Hugh provided Laura with key insights into what is typically a secretive process of how large private equity firms choose new leadership and what firms today need to do to ensure a smooth transition.
Hugh’s interview was included in a terrific article in Dow Jones’ publication Financial News and can be found here.
For PDF click here: PE News – Private Equity Paves Road to Succession
Shields Meneley Partners is coming off of an exciting and eventful summer with the hiring of two new partners and the opening of our New York location!
In August, we announced M. Bernadette Patton, CAE was hired as a principal overseeing our marketing and new business development efforts. Bernadette has spent the last 30 years developing talent, including most recently as the president and chief executive officer of Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, (HRMAC) the premier resource for advancing workforce strategy and leadership. Chicagoland press picked up on this news, publishing announcements in the Daily Herald Business Ledger and related platforms.
As if that were not enough, Shields Meneley Partners announced the exciting news of hiring Nick Cianciola as partner in September. He opened our New York location at the historic 245 Park Avenue location and is doing a fantastic job of opening new opportunities for the firm in the Tri-State corridor, as well as casting a wider swath to the East Coast.
Picking up on the Ken Chenault retirement coverage and expanding it into what this means for minorities in executive leadership roles, The New York Times not only linked to Shields Meneley Partners’ Nick Cianciola’s article from The Wall Street Journal, but featured the following quote on the popular DealBook platform: “Part of the problem is a lack of good succession planning to groom African-Americans to get to the top. The executives aren’t getting the entire picture they need to see to get to the top.”
Shields Meneley Partners’ managers continue to enhance the firm’s global profile as a thought leader in C-Suite trends.
When The Wall Street Journal needed expert commentary about the announced retirement of AMEX’s Ken Chenault, John Simons, the Deputy Bureau Chief, Management/Careers, turned to Shields Meneley Partners’ Nick Cianciola.
Nick, Shields Meneley Partners’ newest principal and partner, pinpointed the current state of affairs at the CEO level for minority leadership, and delivered strategic and thoughtful interview for Simons’ article AmEx Retirement Shines Light on Lack of Diversity in CEO Ranks. A number of other global news outlets agreed and published the syndicated piece on their own platforms, including:
Don Perkins, our dear friend, and Advisory Board member with Shields Meneley Partners, died this week due to complications from thyroid cancer. During the more than ten years that Don served on our Advisory Board, he served as a model of one who listens intently, thinks deeply and speaks to the point. Our decision making was better because of Don.
Don was also our model for executives who don’t want to work at one company any longer, but are not sure how that life might look. Don was the person who coined and lived “a life of variety.” After retiring from Jewel Foods in 1980, he kept his family at his core and became involved in diverse leadership activities in non-profits, corporate boards, civic organizations and educational institutions. Throughout his life, he mentored hundreds and hundreds of people – from students to business people and political leaders around the world. In addition to his professional accomplishments and wisdom, he was one of the wisest and warmest men to have ever graced the planet. Along with his thousands of friends, we miss you Don.
Biographical Information may be found here.