About STS

We are never transactional

STS is here to serve as your trusted talent management advisors

STS is a Chicago-based talent management consulting firm specializing in driving deliberate change in senior executives, leadership teams, and organizations. Since our founding we have distinguished ourselves as business astute and organizationally savvy consultants who drive business results for our clients. Strategic Talent Solutions (STS) was founded in 2004 by Ed Gubman and John Philbin based on the fundamental maxim that all business strategies must be enabled by an aligned talent strategy to be effective. Ed authored The Talent Solution, a groundbreaking book that illuminated the importance of aligning business and talent strategies to drive sustainable impact. While Ed and John have transitioned on from STS, our team remains firmly committed to this principle, and we continue to put this idea into practice through all of our work by ensuring that each engagement is designed and implemented with a clear understanding of what must be accomplished for the business and in a manner that maximizes the results.

STS serves a diverse mix of client organizations (small, family owned businesses, Fortune 150 companies, and not-for-profits) across an array of industries. Our services support senior organizational leaders and teams who are positioned to have an impact on the business and who, over time, possess the capability and drive to assume a larger scope of responsibility. We closely partner with senior business leaders as well as Human Resource and Talent Management leaders to ensure the appropriate positioning and sustainability of our consulting beyond the engagement.

Ed Gubman, PhD,
Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor
John Philbin, PhD,

Our work matters because your work matters.

We use our wisdom, our experience, and our candor to meaningfully impact leaders and leadership teams so that they can meaningfully impact their organizations. Devoting our careers to this work is deeply rewarding and allows us to solve interesting, unique, and important challenges while having fun alongside our colleagues as we make the world a little better each day.

Our Core Values


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Our Communities

STS is grateful to have the opportunity to support a number of organizations that are meeting critical needs in our communities. We would encourage you to learn more about them and the important work they are doing. 

Our people define us

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