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Steve Cadigan    

Founder & CEO of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC; Co-Founder of ISDI Digital University; Former VP of Talent at LinkedIn

Steve Cadigan is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest properties when it comes to people, talent and culture. As Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a Silicon Valley-based talent strategies advisory firm, Steve helps organizations worldwide develop winning talent solutions.

In early 2017, Steve co-founded ISDI Digital University to help address the growing digital divide. ISDI offers a Masters Degree in Internet Business (MIB) and is the first of its kind in the United States.

Steve also advises fast-growth tech companies like Twitter, Google, Eventbrite, GoPro and some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms and media powerhouses such as Andreesen Horowitz, Sequoia, Greylock, and Norwest Venture Partners. In addition Steve sits on the advisory board of numerous companies going through rapid growth or building disruptive products in the Talent Space.

Steve is also frequently sought out as a talent expert on global TV and has been a regular guest on Bloomberg West and CNBC. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and has been interviewed by Bloomberg Business & Radio. Fast Company, SF Chronicle, Business Insider, Financial Times, Smart CEO, Human Resource Executive Magazine, HR Magazine, Quartz, The Channel Company, Expansion & El Pais (Spain), EL Tiempo & Portafolio (Colombia), as well as CNN Expansion, Reforma & Forbes (Mexico).

With more than 25 years of leadership and executive experience in global Human Resources, Steve has practiced HR in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific within a variety of industries. Through leading worldwide HR efforts for more than 60 M&A transactions at three global organizations since 1998, Steve has cultivated a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and the key elements required to forge an organization’s sustainability. Over the course of his career, the teams, cultures and organizations he has led and helped build have been recognized as exceptional, “world class” performers by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.

Prior to launching his own firm, Steve served as VP Talent at LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees, through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today. The groundbreaking work Steve did at LinkedIn as the executive responsible for culture, leadership, talent and organizational development is widely seen as the textbook example of how a company can leverage its culture to scale profitably in record time.

Steve holds a BA in History from Wesleyan University and an MA in HROD from the University of San Francisco. Steve currently serves as Advisor to Hirepool, Rentmoola, Simppler and Nutanix, among others.

Speech Topics

COVID-19 – A Massive Change Opportunity

A global pandemic has delivered us the biggest leadership test in history. Every individual and organization in the world has faced new circumstances and realities simultaneously. While many organizations have been severely impacted or frozen by COVID-19, some organizations have thrived. Difficult times are when you find out who you really are as a leader and a company. While all this feels scary, history has shown us that in prior economic recessions, some amazing innovations can result. In the last economic downturn of 2007-2007 when the global banking market nearly collapsed and thousands of people lost their homes and their jobs, something unexpected resulted: over 30 unicorns were born, such as Airbnb, Uber, Slack, Glassdoor, Groupon, and Dropbox, to name a few. Times or turmoil and change present amazing opportunities to look at problems differently and innovate. In this engaging talk, Steve will reveal examples and stories from history that show us NOW is the best time to play offense as an organization and turn what feels like a disaster into a victory.

Making Culture your Competitive Advantage

The Future of Recruiting

Leadership Culture

The LinkedIn Story and Why You Should Run To And Not Away From Social Networks


Gild Appoints Steve Cadigan, World-Renowned HR and Talent ...
Gild Inc., an innovator in tech hiring and talent acquisition, has appointed Steve Cadigan, former VP of Talent at LinkedIn and current Advisor at Cadigan ...

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