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Our Mission

We are Bridge Builders 

 

 TalentCheetah's mission is to be the only solution your business needs to hire an expert project professional.

 

Project and Program Management is a science. Some refer to it as an art form. A project manager’s vital role includes orchestrating the seamless execution of a work plan by navigating through the complexities of people, priorities and unexpected change. PM’s are seasoned communicators, empathetic partners and native problem solvers.

Their expertise is in high-demand and demand will continue to soar as businesses recognize the financial value of effective project management in the delivery of critical initiatives such as digital transformation, new product introduction and cost optimization.

Organizations that invest in project management talent can increase their project success rate to 92%!

"By 2027, employers globally will need 88 million individuals working in project management oriented roles, which represents a 33% growth in the number of new jobs.  8.8 million of these jobs will be in the United States." (Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027, PMI, 2017). 

Our vision for TalentCheetah was incepted in 2014 when our Co-Founder, Rebecca Medina, resigned from the high-technology company she was employed with for nearly two decades. Though she was flourishing in her Senior Leadership role, having recently started a family, she struggled with burnout and work-life balance.

In pursuit of more flexible and diverse project opportunities, she began working with local clients as an independent project consultant, doing business as Mobile Program Management.

Once exposed to the freedom and autonomy of freelance work, she knew she could never return to traditional employment. However, she discovered a major impediment when searching for new clients.

Existing methods, such as job boards, staffing agencies, recruiting firms and competitor online marketplaces are time-consuming, inefficient and yield mediocre results. Likewise, without a centralized source for hiring quality freelance project experts, clients invest valuable time and money on an exhausting and often futile talent acquisition process. There had to be a better way!

It became our MISSION to build a robust technology-driven solution that bridges the gap between organizations looking for premier project talent and experienced professionals seeking a flexible and viable alternative to traditional employment.

Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Northern California’s Silicon Valley, TalentCheetah is the first talent marketplace dedicated exclusively to freelance Project and Program Management.  Whether you are a career consultant, a full-time employee seeking supplemental work or ready to jump into freelancing for the first time, TalentCheetah is your trusted partner.

Our company was launched because we recognized that there had to be a faster, easier and more cost-effective way for clients and project professionals to find and work with one another.

We cordially invite you to join our rapidly growing community of innovative people improving our world: one successful project at a time.

68% of organizations use outsourced project managers
45% of the U.S. workforce is freelancing
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Our Founders

 

Rebecca Medina
Co-Founder & CEO


Rebecca is an East Los Angeles, California native and former student of Jaime Escalante, the inspiring AP Calculus educator featured in the movie Stand and Deliver.  She relocated to Northern California to attend Stanford University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a PMP® certified Project Management Professional with over 25 years of hands-on experience managing complex information technology portfolios, primarily in the Telecommunications and Software industries. She is fluent in diverse development and project methodologies including Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, Theory of Contraints (ToC) and Critical Chain.

Rebecca has extensive experience launching new Project Management Offices and leading senior program teams in the delivery of successful technical products and services. Her passion for the customer experience fuels her core values of humility, integrity, trust and transparency, which are the cornerstones of TalentCheetah’s business culture.

A strong advocate for community engagement and servant leadership, Rebecca has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Santa Clara County, a career counselor to economically disadvantaged women and an academic advisor to at-risk youth.

She resides in Silicon Valley, CA with her husband, TalentCheetah’s Co-Founder & Technical Advisor, Rich Medina, and their son Adam.

Rich Medina
Co-Founder & Technical Advisor


Rich is a Silicon Valley, California native and a United States Marine Corps veteran. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) from San José State University. Rich is an accomplished technologist with over 22 years of experience working in Information Technology & Security for the United States Government. Specifically, the U.S. Geological Survey bureau, which is the sole science agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Throughout his career, Rich has served in highly visible technical leadership roles and has acquired a deep understanding of IT security governance and policy. He has earned numerous technical certifications including Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Network+, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Rich’s knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in defining TalentCheetah’s strict privacy and security service requirements, with the primary goal of safeguarding user data.

Rich coaches little league baseball in his local community and volunteers as an academic advisor to at-risk youth.

Betsy Vernon
Talent Advisor


Betsy grew up in Upstate New York and has lived in several states across the U.S. throughout her successful corporate career.

She has over 20 years of experience developing and leading project, product and operations organizations for high-value private and public companies in the Technology, Telecommunications and Automotive industries.

Passionate about helping others realize their full potential and achieve fulfillment in their careers, Betsy became a Certified Professional Coach in 2017 and transitioned from corporate senior leadership into freelance executive consulting and career coaching. 

Betsy attended Harvard University and has earned numerous professional certifications including the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®), Certified Scrum Master® (CSM®), Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC®).

She is proudly based in Franklin, TN with her husband Damian, their two children, Daniel and Ellie, and their rescue dogs, Rumi and Bodhi.

*PMP and PfMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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TalentCheetah is an online talent marketplace that makes it fast and easy for any business in any industry to hire independent project management experts. We are not a staffing agency, recruiter or consulting firm. We leverage technology to instantly match clients with pre-screened and high-quality project and program management freelancers.

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