Next Generation Leadership – Finalist
Chief of staff, IBM Kenexa
Lauren Luellwitz has spent nine years with IBM, including time overseas. She recently moved back to Milwaukee to serve as head of business planning, chief of staff for IBM Kenexa-Smarter Workforce.
Despite her busy schedule, Luellwitz always has remained committed to the nonprofit community at home and abroad.
She continued that commitment by volunteering with Milwaukee-based Exploit No More, an organization dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking in the Greater Milwaukee area.
Shortly after joining the organization as a volunteer, she was asked to help in its search for a new executive director.
Despite a heavy national and international work schedule, Luellwitz developed a formal hiring process that included timelines and the position’s job description.
She identified 11 leadership objectives, developed qualifying behavioral attributes for the candidates and coached the board members on interviewing techniques to draw out those qualities. She screened approximately 250 applications and personally conducted nearly 50 phone interviews before presenting the board with candidates.
Jarrett Luckett, Milwaukee, was named the new executive director of the organization in September.