Tara Lilien

Chief Talent Officer

I lead all things people for Peppercomm, with responsibility over talent management, development, engagement and acquisition for the agency. This includes creating an employee experience that addresses the needs of both our business and team members with the goal of being a sought-after place to work where people can build and grow their careers. I’m also a member of the executive team, which sets the overall business strategy at the agency.

Prior to Peppercomm, I was the U.S. Human Resources lead at Cohn & Wolfe, a WPP agency.  There, I drove talent initiatives for the agency across five offices and successfully attracted some of the best talent in the industry to the firm. Earlier in my career, I spent 15 years at MSLGROUP, a Publicis agency, working across the North America region. My focus there was to consistently drive HR and business through workforce planning, HR strategy development, employee policy and programs, mobility, diversity and inclusion and employee relations. At MSLGROUP, I also created innovative programs including Flexibility with Accountability, Beyond Boundaries and the Summer Insiders Challenge Program. My career began as an employee programs specialist at Conde Nast.

I’m a member of SHRM, have been featured in PR Week and was one of the founding members of Viva Mama while at Publicis.

I’m proud to be a born and bred New Yorker (now residing in New Jersey) and a graduate of American University in Washington, DC where I received a BA in Public Relations.

My greatest breakthrough moment was

Realizing work/life integration worked better for me than work/life balance, which I never was able to find!

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