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Our Mission

We are Bridge Builders and Innovators 

 

 TalentCheetah's mission is to empower businesses to hire premium project experts on-demand through our free digital platform built for speed and agility.

 

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 value of effective project management in the delivery of critical programs such as digital transformation, new product introduction and Agile adoption.

"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). 

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

Our vision for TalentCheetah was incepted when our 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 project experts, businesses invest valuable time and money in 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 in need of contract project talent and experienced professionals seeking a flexible alternative to traditional employment.

Incorporated in 2021 and headquartered in Northern California’s Silicon Valley, TalentCheetah is the first U.S. talent marketplace dedicated exclusively to 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 platform was launched because we recognized that there had to be a faster, easier and more cost-effective way for hiring orgs 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 LEVERAGE outsourced project managers
45% of the U.S. workforce is freelancing
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Founding Team

 

Rebecca Medina, PMP®
Founder & CEO

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Rebecca is an East Los Angeles, California native and former student of Jaime Escalante, the inspiring Garfield High School AP Calculus educator featured in the movie Stand and Deliver.  His positive and upbeat character, heart to serve others, and emphasis on "Ganas" (translates to "desire") continue to inspire her. 

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, and Theory of Contraints (ToC).

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) for juveniles in the foster care system, a preschool Sunday School teacher, a mentor, 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 Technical Advisor, Rich Medina, and their son Adam.

Advisory Team

Rich Medina
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.

Jeff Phillips, PMP®
Strategic Advisor

Chief Technology Innovation Officer


Serving as TalentCheetah’s Strategic Advisor and Chief Technology Innovation Officer (CTIO), Jeff brings over 30 years of executive management success leading strategic programs at Fortune 50 Companies as well as start-ups in hypergrowth.

His career can be traced back to the early days of the UNIX Operating System and the time he spent working at AT&T Bell Laboratories to develop innovative technical product solutions. Jeff then transitioned to product development at NEC Corporation, where he led product R&D programs in their PC Division.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jeff moved on to work for Sony, where he was integral in pioneering proprietary technology that ultimately led to the launch of their first generation VAIO 505 laptop. He has also held technical and leadership positions at Microsoft, Technicolor, and Pace (now CommScope).

A respected community leader and published author (Hi Gear, Lo Intensity), Jeff has volunteered as a mentor and coach for Project Management Institute (PMI) Chapters in both Northern and Southern California. He has developed and delivered bespoke project management training courses that empower project leaders to upskill and prepare for PMI Certifications, including the PMP®.

Jeff resides in Danville, CA with his wife Betty, and is the proud father of 3 grown children, all of whom work in the tech and start-up ecosystem in Silicon Valley. In his free time, he volunteers at local social impact non-profits, enjoys going to the cinema with his wife, and works to further develop his fluency in foreign languages now that he’s mastered Spanish.

Laura Burford, PMP®
Strategic Advisor

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With over 30 years of management consulting experience, Laura brings her deep knowledge and consulting expertise to her role as Strategic Advisor.

Laura’s passion for helping others led her to notice a trend in 2016: as the world was changing, experienced professionals were building their own freelance and consulting businesses in record numbers. However, some people were struggling, becoming frustrated, and at times, giving up. Laura decided to leverage her consulting experience and pivoted her existing business to focus on helping independent workers and small consulting businesses succeed.

Prior to starting her own IT management and project management consulting company in 2002, Laura had a wide range of corporate and consulting experience, including working for several top 100 corporations, 10 years of BIG 4 consulting experience, and building consulting operations for major corporations. 

Today she is known as the founder of Laura’s Consulting Guide. Leveraging her proprietary model, The Consultancy Model©, and her program, the Consulting JUMPSTART Blueprint©, she helps independent workers clarify their focus and ideal client, while building trusted relationships that lead to successful client acquisition.

Laura is a keynote speaker, blogger, and creator of a popular YouTube Channel that includes videos and resources aimed at empowering the independent worker. She is also a published author. Her book, Project Management for Flat Organizations, is one of ten 2013 Small Business Book Award winners.

Laura lives in West Chester, PA with her husband, Dave. She is an occasional gourmet cook and a movie buff, most recently hooked on Marvel’s Avengers Series (but her favorite director is still Alfred Hitchcock). She enjoys traveling and shares her husband’s passion for history.

Brian Levy, PMP®
Strategic Advisor

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Brian has over 25 years of experience as a project management executive and organizational strategy coach.

He is the President of BridgePort Digital, an organizational optimization firm specializing in bridging the gap between strategic goals and strategic execution. He looks forward to leveraging his deep client experience to evangelize the TalentCheetah mission.

While others in the industry avoid metrics, Brian has been able to consistently improve business productivity by over 30% within 3 to 6 months of operation, verified with predefined metrics, by aligning an organization’s performance management processes to the appropriate strategic approach. 

Brian’s real joy is in putting his Scrum@Scale Trainer expertise to use in the classroom. That joy is often realized when he trains underrepresented minorities in careers related to software development or partners with his 10-year- old daughter to explain management by acceptance concepts.

Brian lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and daughter. In their free time, you can find them exploring new hiking trails and serving their local community.

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.

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