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Talent Acquisition Investment Banking

McLean, VA
May 13, 2024

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Stephanie C. Gray


A highly accomplished Talent Acquisition and DEI professional with over 25 years of experience within the Big 4, mid- tier professional services, management consulting, and investment banking. Self-motivated, with a results-driven track record in all aspects of recruiting and DEI for client service and practice support needs. Experienced with developing key relationships with colleagues and stakeholders while leading initiatives that create an equitable and inclusive workplace culture.


Stout Washington, DC

Director Experienced Recruiting March 2022 to January 2024 Led a team of national Recruiting Managers supporting client-facing and platform service needs across all service lines. Client-facing service lines included Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Transaction Advisory, Disputes, Claims and Investigations, Accounting & Reporting, as well as Specialty & Industry Services.

• Led, mentored and managed a high-performance team and collaborated across the firm to execute plans and build advocacy.

• Strong management and people skills and experience leading a team of geographically dispersed Recruiting Managers.

• Developed recruitment strategies that included DEI efforts that align with the business to create an inclusive work environment, while building the organization’s brand and reputation with key stakeholders.

• Planned and managed the recruitment budget; delivered an effective and efficient impact on the business.

• Analyzed and reported on recruitment and DEI metrics that provided insight and recommendations to improve the recruitment processes and outcomes.

• Created a clear vision and strategy for DEI process and learning at the firm. This included the preparation of an HR DEI roadmap.

• Possessed a deep understanding of recruitment best-practices, related laws, regulations, and compliance principles.

• Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with the ability to quickly build strong relationships and liaise with Stout colleagues.

• Active member of Stout’s DEI Executive Committee, co-lead for the People of Color affinity group and member of Stout Pride and the Women’s Resource Group.

• Supported affinity group efforts by identifying and planning networking events and outreach to underrepresented members of the community.

• Strong understanding of recruitment technologies, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), and sourcing tools. Treliant LLC Washington, DC

Director, Talent Acquisition May 2021 to March 2022 Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition August 2016 – April 2021 Partnered with leadership team, hiring managers, and project leads to identify, attract, and source our full-time and project-based talent. National service lines included Financial Crimes and Fraud Compliance, Capital Markets, Compliance and Operations, Risk Management, Mortgage, Data Analytics, Credit and Managed Services.

• Led full life cycle recruiting through all milestones, not limited to, research/sourcing, hiring manager needs assessments, interviewing, offer negotiations and closing.

• Identified high performing recruiting trends and established innovative recruitment strategies.

• Built a robust pipeline of diverse talent across various markets and demographics.

• Oversaw and supported the diversity goals and objectives.

• Prepared and delivered unconscious bias interview skills training for the firm.

• Built strong partnerships with leadership, engagement leads, and hiring managers, and maintained those relationships as a knowledgeable and trusted talent leader.

• Partnered with managers to help drive talent forecasting, bench strength, and retention strategies.

• Served as counsel to senior leaders and engagement leads on talent acquisition matters.

• Developed and led training programs pertaining to interviewing, branding, sourcing strategies, career fairs, internship programs, and recruitment process.

• Identified and measured key metrics to gauge recruitment status, including cost-per-hire, hiring cycle time, quality of hire, turnover, and new hire engagement.

• Managed and mentored a successful team of recruiters.

• Partnered with various external organizations including colleges, professional organizations/associations, and staffing vendors.

CohnReznick Bethesda, MD

Recruiting Manager October 2007 – August 2016

Recruiting Manager for Tax, Assurance, and Practice Support for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Responsible for managing all aspects of full cycle recruiting for tax, assurance, consultants, and practice support: executive assistants, marketing, accounting/finance, proposal writers/editors, general office service talent.

• Worked closely with partners, hiring managers, and members o f HR on the assessment and analysis of hiring needs.

• Managed all phases of full cycle recruiting from sourcing, screening, presenting, negotiating salary and closing candidates.

• Utilized various recruiting tools and techniques such as direct cold calls, LinkedIn Recruiter, Employee Referral Program, web-based tools, and search engines/job boards.

• Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Council.

• Incorporated diversity and inclusion initiatives within recruiting efforts.

• Established strong relationships with the local and national chapters of National Association for Black Accountants and other diversity organizations.

• Recruiting practice administrator for tools such as LinkedIn, Kenexa, Direct Employers, ProveIt.

• Functioned as a Leadership Training Facilitator. Career Blazers Washington, DC

Account Manager March 2003 – October 2007

Washington Metropolitan Area Account Manager – Temporary/Permanent Staffing Agency

• Proven ability to generate new leads and substantially increase sales.

• Responsible for recruitment of administrative, accounting, writers/editors, light industrial, IT and legal staff with a client focus on non-profits and members of the media. Clients included: Gates Millennium, T h e College Board, UNCF, Sierra Club, NPR, BBC, a n d CNN’ s Wolf Blitzer. Robert Half International Washington, DC

Accountemps – Full Time Consulting March 2002 – February 2003 Staffing Executive

Washington Metropolitan Area manager of Accountemps – Full Time Consulting outsourcing service.

• Spearheaded the roll-out of Full Time Consulting when it was introduced to the DC market in March 2002.

• Full cycle recruitment and management of accounting and financial professionals to function as project based RHI Accountemps consultants.

• Supervised and managed 12 accounting and financial consultants – clerks through senior level accounting and financial professionals.

KPMG LLP Washington, DC

Experienced Hire Recruiter October 1998 – October 2001 Regional Recruiter for Tax and Assurance practices. Focused on various candidates with backgrounds in tax law, accounting, health care, forensics, construction, and intellectual property.

• Sourced and identified candidates through a variety of resources - research, referrals, cold calling, networking, database and Internet searches, job postings, and career fairs.

• Incorporated diversity recruiting efforts through professional minority organizations and job fairs.

• Managed Recruiting Coordinator’s daily activities. Ernst & Young LLP Washington, DC

Experienced Hire Recruiter - National Tax Recruiting November 1996 – September 1998 Managed recruiting efforts for National Tax practices: SALT, International Tax, Personal Financial Planning, and Compensation and Benefits

• Sourced and identified candidates through research, referrals, cold calling, and networking, database searches, Internet searches, job postings, professional organizations, and career fairs.

• Incorporated diversity recruiting efforts through professional minority organizations, job fairs, and the Internet. Worked in conjunction with the partner-in-charge of diversity recruiting.

• Developed strategies for effective recruiting plans. EDUCATION

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


Diversity & Inclusion for Human Resources Certificate Skills

• Certified Targeted Selection Trainer

• Certified Leadership Training Facilitator

• Certified DEI for Human Resources

• Microsoft Suite, Adobe Pro, Workday, Elite, iCIMS, Cornerstone, GoFile Room, LinkedIn Recruiter, SharePoint, Cornerstone, ADP, OpenHire and proprietary software packages

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