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Amanda Schmidt

Global Chief Talent Officer

As Global Chief Talent Officer, Amanda Schmidt is charged with leading Essence's talent operations teams in 21 offices and 12 countries around the world.

An accomplished talent and operations professional with a track record of delivering progressive and creative solutions that drive business growth, Amanda joined Essence in 2016 to run the agency's global resource management team. As head of talent operations, Amanda designed organizational processes and management practices that enabled Essence to grow by 300% in just three years.

At Essence, Amanda has created the ability for employees to transfer easily between offices, significantly increasing professional mobility and employee satisfaction and retention, created new reporting capabilities that ensure the same data-centric approach that informs our work also informs our own business strategy and decision making, and instilled purpose-based learning and development into employee education programs.

Prior to Essence, Amanda was Director of Resource Management at Havas, Global Director of Creative Services and Project Management at Spring Studios, and Group Resource Manager at R/GA. She has also served in talent leadership roles at Interbrand, WJM Associates, and XIcon.

Amanda studied Human Resource Management and Development at New York University, Strategic Human Resources at Cornell University, and Psychology at Rio Salado College.