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Lisa Neakarse

Associate Recruiting Partner

Lisa grew up in a south suburban town outside of Chicago as the oldest of three. Her strong work ethic was forged by her mother’s 25+ year career in HR and her father’s work as a controller. Lisa attended Illinois State University for two years and transferred to Governor’s State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in school social work.

In her 20-year professional career, Lisa’s roles have centered around cultivating and nurturing relationships, building trust, and making a positive difference. Her genuine ability to focus on values, build rapport, advocate for and respect diversity, and employ a strength-based perspective to support clients formed the foundation of her recruiting career. In her recruiting role with a large executive search firm in Chicago, she was responsible for researching the organizational structure and identifying executives. She aided in the development and analysis of research strategies and contributed to both new business initiatives and search assignments.

Lisa’s sports-oriented background showed her that individual team members don’t win games—it’s a collaborative effort. She was taught that being a good sport and looking for positivity in life will help you succeed as a team player.

Lisa lives in Orland Park, IL with her husband, Joseph, three active children–Ethan, Emma, and Caden–and their German Shephard-mix, Harley. Extra-curricular time is filled with baseball, cheer, and time with family and friends.

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