About Executive Talent Services

Our mission at Executive Talent Services is to help organizations and individuals recognize, develop and fully leverage their talent for maximum advantage.

Our vision is to be the first choice for clients who recognize the potential in leveraging talent to drive performance. To achieve this, we provide: high quality management consulting, targeted coaching and expert advice that deliver demonstrable results. We provide a full spectrum of services, from improving performance of individual key talent to developing and integrating an organizational talent management strategy.

John Madigan
Rhonda LoBrutto
Loretta Symons
Lisa Stafford
Ed Olsen

John Madigan
President & CEO
John Madigan John Madigan started Executive Talent Services in 2007 after extensive experience in corporate HR, specifically in the insurance and financial services sector. Most recently, he served as vice president of corporate staffing for The Hartford Financial Services Group. In that role, he led executive and professional recruiting for the enterprise, including field staffing for Property Casualty and Life businesses, college relations, assessment consulting and diversity staffing. Madigan held that position since May 2003.

Madigan joined The Hartford in 1996 as director of staffing for the company’s life insurance operations in Simsbury, Connecticut. He was named vice president in 1999 when he was tapped to manage human resources for The Hartford’s company-wide information technology organization.
Prior to joining The Hartford, Madigan spent three years in the executive outplacement business as a vice president at Drake Beam Morin, an international career management and outplacement firm, and nearly a decade in human resources management at Aetna Life and Casualty. Earlier in his career he directed career placement services at the University of Hartford and had been a career counselor at Trinity College in Hartford.

Madigan holds a B.A. in psychology, and a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Connecticut, where he also completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in adult learning.

For additional references, you can view John’s profile on LinkedIn and ZoomInfo.

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Rhonda LoBrutto
Senior Career Consultant
Rhonda Dablain LoBrutto, M.S., has career coaching experience in both Fortune 100 and consulting organizations. As a Senior Consultant for two international human resources firms, she helped hundreds of executives from Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profits reach their goals. Rhonda's clients have distinguished themselves in such fields as medical management, law, engineering, biochemistry, insurance, finance, computer science, education, retail, communications and entrepreneurship.

In her own 30-year career, Rhonda has held professional positions in federal, state, college and manufacturing environments. Past employers include the Library of Congress, Pratt & Whitney, People Management, Drake Beam Morin, and Hartford Financial Services Group. Rhonda has also been principal of her own consulting business, CareerFit, in Avon, CT, where she advised executives and entrepreneurs on career management.

Rhonda's experience covers all aspects of career counseling, including skills assessment and employment interviewing. A skilled facilitator, she has led workshops on Career Transition, Retirement Planning, Business Writing, Change Management and Selection Interviewing at many Fortune 500 companies. She is co-author of Who's Hiring in Connecticut, which gained her extensive knowledge on the Connecticut job market. Her graduate thesis, Careers in Connecticut International Business, offered further insight into international and federal markets.

Rhonda has published many articles in professional journals and newspapers, e.g., "Is Battle Fatigue Sabotaging Your Search?" and “Crossing the Finish Line” for The Wall Street Journal.

An honors graduate of St. Joseph College, Rhonda holds a Master's degree in counseling from Central Connecticut State University; she also attended Laval University, Quebec. She has been a member of the American Counseling Association, the Society of Human Resources Management, Connecticut Women’s Council, and World Affairs Council. Rhonda co-founded the Women Executives Healthcare Roundtable; she has also served on the board of STRIVE and volunteered for Prevent Blindness Connecticut and United Way.

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Loretta Symons
Leadership Development Professional
Loretta Symons, Center Stone Consulting, has been working with Fortune 500 companies and Non-Profit organizations for over ten years, focusing on Organizational Effectiveness, Leadership and Career Development and Executive Coaching. Her diverse experience, understanding of people and respect for the individual provide insights that her clients find useful both personally and professionally. Executive coaching clients have included senior executives and all levels of management. Loretta’s work with teams and their managers includes a variety of critical development and communication issues in settings such as Financial Services, Health Care, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Law and Consulting Firms, Manufacturing and a variety of Non-Profit Organizations. She also serves as adjunct faculty with the University of Hartford, teaching Group Dynamics and Leadership and Management classes in the management department, and Building Leadership Skills and Succession Planning for regional non-profit organizations.

Loretta brings an interesting perspective to career development work with organizations and individuals. She has worked in the career center at the University of Hartford; in career transition with executives for Drake, Beam, Morin and Career Management of New England, an OI partner. She also played a pivotal role in the development of the Internal Career Center at the Hartford Life Insurance Company. She has consulted with several other organizations on their approach to career development for their employees and managers. Loretta has been certified by Career Systems, Career Architect and the Career Development Team to use their product in training managers. She has also done exciting work enhancing client’s skills and expanding perspective through the use of personality and behavioral style inventories including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DISC and the Enneagram.

Her coaching is directed toward bringing out the best in individuals while increasing effectiveness within the requirements and culture of the specific workplace. This approach enables the leader to build on strengths and uncover new ways of operating that fit naturally within the leader’s style and value system as well as the needs and culture of the organization. Symons holds a master’s degree in counseling/psychology with a focus on organizational behavior.

Topic areas:
  • Leadership development
  • Strategic planning
  • Communication
  • Managing change and transition
  • Influencing skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress and coping skills
  • Succession planning
  • Career goals/ life goals
  • Political savvy
  • Understanding corporate culture
  • Giving and receiving honest input
  • Performance management

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    Lisa Stafford
    Senior Associate
    As a Senior Talent Consultant at Executive Talent Services, Lisa provides a personalized coaching experience for executives and professionals who wish to test their value on the market, or progress more quickly with their current employers. Lisa Stafford is a seasoned and highly skilled leadership and career coach, with over 27 years of experience working in the financial, insurance and academic sectors. Within the corporate sectors, she has provided customized coaching to top Healthcare executives on leadership and human capital strategy and execution.

    Lisa’s corporate experience includes working with clients at the C suite level, heading up teams of HR professionals involved in business transformation and culture change At Aetna, working for the Chief Medical Director, she created strategic plans for cultural transformation, implementing organization designs, and redesigning HR processes that increased business effectiveness and employee engagement. Lisa served as HR Head of Corporate Areas, Director of Corporate Selection and Development Training, as well as Head of Staffing and Organizational Development during her 18 years at Aetna, in Hartford, CT.

    In addition to her business experience, Lisa also consults within the academic arena, including her work with a college president to create a new organization structure that increased customer focus and service delivery.

    As a professor at Albertus Magnus College, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University (QU), Lisa has designed and taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Business Strategy, Human Resources, and Health Care.

    Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College in Investments and Finance and an MBA from Bryant University in Organizational Development and Human Resources. She holds certifications and/or licenses as a Master Career Consultant and in MBTI II, Greystone, Lominger 360 and Targeted Management (DDI).

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    Ed Olsen
    Senior Consultant
    Ed Olsen is a seasoned business and technology executive, experienced career coach and senior consultant with Executive Talent Services (ETS). Prior to ETS, Ed was a Managing Partner and Career Coach with Hire Aspirations and in 2007 opened an office in Longmeadow Massachusetts to better service clients in northern CT and western MA.

    Before Hire Aspirations, Ed was a Partner in Pinnacle Network LLC with responsibility for Operations, Carrier Relationships and Account Management. In this capacity, Ed managed consulting, education and training engagements for client companies including XDimensional Technologies, the Main Street America Group, and docSTAR Imaging.

    The foundation of Ed’s career was his twenty years at Aetna Life & Casualty beginning with various positions of increasing responsibility supporting Aetna’s SAFARI processing system within the Casualty Division IT department. Ed also worked in insurance agency automation at Aetna setting up and managing the Customer Service organization for the company’s newly created agency management system called GEMINI. Later, he was named President of Aetna Information Services, the Aetna Subsidiary that owned and managed GEMINI. In this capacity, Ed represented Aetna on the Insurance Industry’s ACORD Standards committee and on the ACORD Board of Directors. As President, Ed developed and introduced the second generation agency management system originally known as GEMINI II and subsequently renamed Sagitta.

    Ed left Aetna as part of a joint venture that resulted in the formation of CISGEM Technologies and became their Vice President of Sales. In 1993, he assumed responsibility for CISGEM’s Insurance Systems Services Department which included installation, training, and ongoing customer support for Sagitta, GEMINI, and Argo.

    When CISGEM was acquired by AMS Services, Ed assumed the position of Vice President of Service for all Agency Management System products supporting approximately 8,000 insurance agencies. Subsequently, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Customer Service, Training, Education and Documentation for all AMS products then serving 12,000 insurance agencies. In this role, Ed was responsible for the implementation, training and ongoing support of management systems for several National Agencies and Brokers and over half of the top 100 Brokers within the United States. In September 2001, Ed was promoted to General Manager of AMS Rating.

    Ed’s business and IT leadership experience have given him a unique capacity to understand both organizational change and individual executive transition, as well as high-level consulting and coaching skills.

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