Whitaker Associates is a human capital management consulting practice focused on executive development, talent management, succession planning and leadership and team effectiveness. Alicia Whitaker, Principal, partners with top leaders to initiate and execute bold changes in how global talent is managed and developed. As Alicia assists executive teams to change and align their organizations, her practical approach consistently connects people-related issues to business strategy.
As Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Alicia created the investment bank's learning and development and diversity functions, built a global team and established the bank's first Leadership Institute significantly impacting how talent was managed and developed. Her team delivered succession planning and performance management processes around the world. Her recent assignments focused on HR4HR, communication and planning to support a major HR Transformation effort in the bank.
Alicia has a track record of similar accomplishments in leadership and talent development at Pitney Bowes, Colgate Palmolive, and Warner Amex Cable Communications. She began her corporate career with the Xerox Corporation, focusing on employee involvement. Prior work experience includes over ten years work in the not-for-profit sector as a general manager of a community development agency and consultant to not-for-profits.
Alicia has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Urban Studies / Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst .
Alicia serves as a board member of the Caring Community in Greenwich Village, Hunts Point Alliance for Children and the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. She has recently joined the Friends of Education of the Museum of Modern Art. She has been a board member of the New York Human Resources Planners, Human Resources Planning Society and the Kennedy Child Study Center and served as membership chair of the Global Organization and Management Council of the Conference Board. She has been a frequent speaker at national conferences on the topics of leadership development, succession planning and global human resources strategies.