1518 – What You Can Bring to The Table with Talents Ascend’s Robyn Grable

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the Founder and CEO of Talents ASCEND, Robyn Grable.

Connecting with Robyn Grable provides an opportunity to learn from an experienced leader with a deep understanding of inclusive employment strategies. As the Founder and CEO of Talents ASCEND and Veterans ASCEND, Robyn has worked extensively in human resources and talent acquisition, focusing on supporting underserved talent pools. Her private sector and U.S. Navy background offers valuable insights into workforce management and human capital planning. By connecting with Robyn, you can gain knowledge on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and potentially improve your organization's talent acquisition strategy.


About Robyn Grable: Robyn is the Founder and CEO of Talents ASCEND and Veterans ASCEND, now part of The ASCEND Collective (501c3), which she created to help employers invest in a talent acquisition strategy intentional model of inclusivity for military talent, people with disabilities, and justice-involved candidates. 

Her unwavering commitment to inclusive employment is well-served by her corporate and military experience, including more than 30 years of private sector human resources after nine years of service in the U.S. Navy. Her ongoing study of America’s workforce has made her a leading voice on advocacy, removing barriers, and providing connections to successful employment for our underserved talent pools. In recognition of her work, Robyn was named among the 2023 GSA Women of Influence.

She focused primarily on workforce management, human capital planning, recruitment, process and procedure evaluation, strategic alignment, and relationship management in the private sector. She created skills assessment programs at blue chip companies McDonald’s Corporation and McGraw-Hill. During her tenure as a Strategic Client Partner at ADP, a leading human capital management firm, Robyn successfully managed and grew the largest client portfolio of Fortune 100 companies.

Today she is focused entirely on ensuring the skills of veterans, military spouses, people who happen to have a disability, and second-chance candidates are recognized and valued for their talent and that America’s employers implement intentional change to realize the full value of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all to truly ascend.


About Talents ASCEND: Talents ASCEND is an AI-powered diversity talent sourcing platform that enhances profitability and inclusivity for employers. By adopting a skills-based approach, it addresses hiring challenges intensified by the pandemic. The platform connects organizations with the right candidates based on their skills, fostering a diverse and well-prepared workforce. 

Talents ASCEND streamlines the hiring process, enabling businesses to focus on interviewing, onboarding, and retention. The proactive, deliberate, and inclusive talent strategy not only reduces costs but also improves retention and promotes diversity. By prioritizing candidates' technical and soft skills, Talents ASCEND ensures that each hire is the right fit for the job, ultimately contributing to the company's long-term success.


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