Annie Chae

Idea girl, disruptor and strategist, Annie’s endless curiosity drives her to reimagine how competitive intelligence(CI) is an exceedingly critical part of developing positive candidate and client relationships, increasing leads and a life-long customer base in the relationship business of Talent Acquisition. “Gathering CI is an extremely important aspect of business success by keeping you more focused, directly linking your business goals to the talent you hire/retain, collecting relevant, real-time insights while providing you with HR analytics to reduce risk or pursue growth opportunities for high value impact.”Annie’s business talents started at a young age and bloomed a bit more while helping her immigrant parents manage their family businesses. After graduating from Indiana University, Annie set on a path following her parents’ vision of entrepreneurism…but not until she dipped her toes in the corporate world first. Before joining Microsoft, Annie was at Booz Allen Hamilton, implementing strategic recruitment programs known as Research, Critical Sourcing and SWAT. She created an internal certification course called Black Belt Bootcamp for advanced talent sourcers and recruiters. Prior to Booz Allen, she refined her research and recruiting techniques by developing the sourcing ecosystem map as the Associate Director of Talent Sourcing at the Corporate Executive Board (CLC). Earlier on in her career, Annie had served as a full life cycle recruiter for multiple teams at BearingPoint as well as a Sr. Research Associate at A.T. Kearney Executive Search.Along her journey at Microsoft, Annie has collaborated with many wickedly talented colleagues…mixing mad science skills with operational excellence to launch Staffing Compete, a global talent research/CI program, across the company in 2012. She brought a wealth of industry expertise to this critical and highly visible role, including staffing leadership and sourcing strategy creation, human capital research, organizational mapping, market intelligence and direct sourcing. Upon the success of productizing HR and talent research globally at Microsoft, Annie decided it was time to leave Corporate and embark on her own story. She founded talentCI LLC in September 2014. Annie has found her nirvana in the heart of Seattle Washington, enjoys practicing yoga, strengthening her mind and soul at the gym (admittedly defeated by her trainer too), volunteering at YouthCare, and hanging out with her husband and 170