October 2023

Secure Your Legacy: The Art of Family Business Succession Planning

Family businesses are the heartbeat of our economy, with deep-rooted values and traditions. But without proper succession planning, they can face uncertain futures. Succession planning isn’t just about passing on…

August 2023

Scrimmaging: Unveiling the Winning Play of Business Team Development

By: Russ Barcelona, PhD In general, I get tired of the misuse and overextension of analogies between sports and business… until this morning. I’m guessing some of you may also…

January 2023

Michael Best

David A. Krutz
(Firm Managing Partner)

Michael Best’s relationship with Ascend Talent Strategies is approaching its 10-year mark. Ascend is now an essential component of all our searches for executive talent. The insights of their industrial/organizational…

September 2022

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Brian King (CEO)

The mission of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is to inspire all children to wonder and explore their world through play and innovative, hands-on learning experiences. Since 1995, the Museum’s…

January 2022

Catalpa Health

Mary Downs, CEO

Catalpa Health is a pediatric outpatient mental health and wellness organization that serves more than 9,000 kids annually. Mental health services are provided through clinics in Appleton, Oshkosh, Waupaca, and…

December 2021

Festival Foods

Joel Kuplack, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Founded in 1946 as Skogen’s IGA, Festival Foods is a Wisconsin family- and employee-owned grocer committed to giving back to the communities it serves and providing guests with exceptional service…

October 2021

M3 Insurance

Alicia Kiser, Vice President of Human Resources

M3 Insurance has worked with Ascend Talent Strategies for 5+ years and they have become an extension of our team. I most appreciate their ability to help M3 hone in…

September 2021

Hatco Corporation

Dave Ralston, President and CEO

Ascend has been invaluable to us in our leadership training and succession planning efforts. The combination of in-depth evaluations of candidates talents and motivations, along with the optional on-going coaching…

January 2021

The Cutting Edge Art and Science of Hiring Frontline Leaders

Organizations spend the least amount of time and investment at what is “by far” the most critical role in their organizations: Frontline Supervisors. In every organization, these leaders set the…

November 2020

Applied Materials

Susan Schmitt, Group Vice President And Head Of Human Resources At Applied Materials

Our client, Applied Materials, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world.