Kristen Weirick is a developer of people and teams. For 20 years she has partnered with company leadership across varying industries as a human resources expert, to define and implement strategy that leverages talent resources to drive growth initiatives, often exceeding company expectations.
Currently she is the Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition at AbbVie, a research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. In more than 75 countries, 30,000 AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. In her role, she leads talent acquisition and development, executive recruitment, Employment Value Propositions, employer branding, diversity recruiting and the development and implementation of assessment and selection methodologies. She is focused on creating an organization that delivers long-term, sustainable performance and attracts and retains the best talent in the marketplace.
Kristen was tasked with leading Diversity & Inclusion and creating the culture at AbbVie when it spun off of Abbott Laboratories almost 6 years ago. She and her team achieved great success. In their most recent engagement survey they were up on all dimensions and exceeded the best company benchmark by 14 points. Since its inception, AbbVie has moved up more than 20 places on DiversityInc’s Top 50 list, is ranked in the top 10 on Working Mother Magazine’s Best Employer list and was recently ranked #6 of the Top 25 Workplaces in the World by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Prior to Abbott, Kristen and was Global Leader, Recruiting, Employer Branding, and Onboarding Strategy at Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products and services. Prior to Cargill, Kristen was the Director of Talent Acquisition at Whirlpool Corporation where she spent 12 years.
When she is not in the office, Kristen can be found training for distance swimming and running events and traveling the globe. She currently resides the Chicago area with her husband and three dogs.
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