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Our Story

LaunchpadHR's journey began when we realized that while many companies desire a thriving workplace, not all can justify hiring full time resources with the experience to do so effectively.

 

This insight sparked a passion within us to create a company that provides what you need, when you need it—we tailor People Solutions that are as unique as the companies we serve.


Our approach is grounded in empathy and respect for each individual within an organization, paired with a relentless drive to get things done efficiently and effectively.  We don’t just consult; we immerse ourselves in every project and move mountains to ensure our clients succeed.


Together we can "Get People right the first time".

Our Vision

Inspire thriving organizations where people love what they do.

Our Mission

To be the on-demand People partner, helping businesses and teams achieve their full potential.

Our Values

L

EARNING

We continually raise the bar and support growth and development.

I

MPACT

We focus on what matters and then “get sh*t done”.

F

ACTS, NOT FLUFF

We communicate directly and openly to build trust and set expectations.

T

RUSTED PARTNERS

We value strong partnerships built on trust, mutual respect, and accountability.

The LaunchpadHR Team

Holly Danko, Executive Leader in Human Resources

Holly Danko

Executive Leadership

Driven and action-oriented, Holly is an experienced executive in the startup, fintech, and high-growth space. 

 

With 20 years of People and Operations experience, she has extensive experience building world-class companies, scaling teams effectively, and creating great places to work that also achieve their goals.

At LaunchpadHR, Holly’s areas of expertise are:


Org Development and Design, Compensation and Benefits, Talent Acquisition, Change Management, HR Analytics and Technology, Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI), Performance Management, Employee Relations, Compliance, Employee Engagement and Retention, Employee Wellness, Employer Branding

Gabriela Villarreal, Strategic Human Resources Business Partner

Gabriela Villarreal

People Operations

Strategic and tactical, Gabriela is an accomplished HR leader who has successfully led and grown People and HR functions in early-stage startups. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she bridges communication gaps and fosters inclusivity.

With a decade of experience in People Operations within the FinTech sector, she is a seasoned generalist, proficient in a wide range of HR and People Operations functions. Her commitment to enhancing the employee experience is complemented by a strategic utilization of technology for streamlined HR operations.

At LaunchpadHR, Gabriela’s areas of expertise are:


Compensation, Performance Management, Employee Lifecycle, HR Strategy, Payroll Administration, Technology Implementation, Employee Engagement, Onboarding, Policies & Handbooks, Local & Federal HR Compliance, Employee Relations, Benefits & 401(K) Administration.
 

Renata Hua, Versatile Talent Acquisition Partner and Instructional Designer

Renata Hua

Talent Acquisition and Instructional Design

Empathetic and resourceful, Renata is a versatile strategic partner and practitioner across People Operations, specializing in Talent Acquisition and Instructional Design.

With over 7 years of experience in Talent Acquisition, she has both agency and in-house experience that spans large corporations and high growth start-ups.

At LaunchpadHR, Renata’s areas of expertise are:

Full-Cycle Recruiting, Applicant Tracking System Implementation, Interviewing Best Practices, Onboarding & Orientation Facilitation, Functional Training for New Hires (Instructional Design)

Beta Colussi, Innovative Learning & Development Strategist and Executive Coach

Beta Colussi

Learning and Organizational Development

Energetic and trailblazing, Beta is an accomplished and innovative learning & leadership development strategist and practitioner, organization development consultant, executive coach and human-centered learning experience designer.

 

With over 20 years of experience in the L&OD field, she has worked across diverse industries including tech start-up, retail, fintech and community based organizations, delivering creative solutions that strengthen connection, enhance collaboration and build critical capabilities for today’s and tomorrow’s missions.

At LaunchpadHR, Beta’s areas of expertise are:

Executive Coaching, Organizational Development & Well-Being, End-to-End Employee/Leadership Learning & Development, Performance Management, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Teaming, Offsite Design and Facilitation.

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