Mark Stelzner, Founder/Managing Principal

Mark Stelzner

Founder/Managing Principal


With more than 25 years of HR transformation experience, Mark has spent his career fostering relationships through attention to detail, natural curiosity, and a self-deprecating sense of humor. By offering unbiased and candid advice to C-level leaders in nearly all geographies and vertical market segments, Mark has brought over $3.5 billion worth of value to his clients and employers.

Prior to IA, Mark co-founded and served as executive vice president of market and business development for EquaTerra Public Sector (now KPMG), a leading sourcing advisory and consulting firm. Previously, Mark was Senior Director of Global Alliances and Channel Management for Convergys Employee Care. Mark also successfully co-founded a workforce effectiveness firm, whose platform was applied to Department of Energy labs, federal contractors, and strategic Department of Defense assets.

A highly sought-after voice in the industry, Mark has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, CNN and NPR. Mark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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You might not know:

Mark has held a longtime side gig as a voice actor — he’d be happy to record your voicemail greeting — and he’s a determined (and increasingly slow) runner.

Prior Experience:

  • EquaTerra Public Sector
  • Convergys Employee Care
  • Kadiri/Workstream
  • Edify/Workscape
  • Hewlett-Packard


  • BA/BS, The University of Texas at Austin


Distilling large amounts of information into the key points that matter.

Location: Nashville, TN


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