November 2020


Frederick M Anderson, President/CEO at Wenthe-Davidson

“Wenthe-Davidson has enjoyed the service of Ascend for over 10 years. We have used them to assist us with strategic planning, talent fit and proper placement of top executives as…

October 2020

Creative Automation

Mark Streckert, co-owner, Vice President at Creative Automation

Creative Automation, Inc. is a world class manufacturer of custom material handling and processing equipment for the woodworking and related industries. We employ highly skilled electromechanical assemblers, machinists and welders,…

October 2020


Visu-Sewer, Inc.

Our client, Visu-Sewer, Inc., has had over 40 years of success providing reliable service in their industry. Starting out as a small, family-owned business, Visu-Sewer has grown to become widely…

October 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. The…

October 2020

A Tale of Two Leaders – Unpacking 7 Key Criteria for Success in a COVID 19 World

How can you hire, promote and develop leaders that strengthen your talent pool in our new operating environment? During this webinar, “Unpacking 7 Key Criteria for Success in a COVID-19…

October 2020

Hiring Frontline Leaders in a VUCA and Virtual World

Russ Barcelona, Ph.D. and Julie Unite, Ph.D.

What qualities are critical in leading at the frontline in a VUCA and Virtual World? Russ Barcelona, Ph.D. and Julie Unite, Ph.D. draw from their education, experience, and rigorous scientific…

October 2020

Hiring Frontline Leaders in a VUCA and Virtual World – 7 Critical Leadership Themes

Ascend Talent Strategies culled out seven critical leadership themes that have increased importance on the frontline and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 2020

Upskilling: Questions and Answers

Russell J. Barcelona, Ph.D.

Q1: What are effective assessment tools to identify internal candidates for upskilling? Interesting question…let’s turn this one on its head. First, what is truly different between the circumstances of upskilling…

August 2019

Testament of Services

Scott Frederick, Phoenix CEO

I have had the opportunity to use Ascend Talent Strategies assessment work for my managers. Their work has helped me strengthen emerging and…

March 2019

CEO Succession Planning

Bob Young

CEO Success Planning l Milwaukee l Wisconsin
Ascend Talent Strategies steps for CEO succession planning and creating a CEO development plan.