SparkWorks Talent Strategies®
Leadership Development & Human Capital Strategies

Team (Archived)

Talent visionaries on a mission.


We are comprised of the wittiest and most people-passionate individuals out there.  From rock climbers to investment gurus, we bring our unique external perspectives to positively impact as many other companies and organizations we can.  Our team members make us excited to come to work every day, are the foundation of our company and the basis of our achievements.  


Dream Job Alert!!

The SparkWorks team is growing yet again and is on the hunt for a Head of Talent Management, AKA someone who can help us develop more fantastic workplaces.  Please click here for more information.


The Team

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Founder & CEO

Catherine Cummings

Catherine focuses on small and medium sized businesses in the throes of a corporate restructure, transformation or a period of rapid growth.  Her creative energy along with her ability to uncover root causes and detect unforeseen talent issues deliver quick results.  Prior to founding SparkWorks, Catherine spent 20 years in executive-level roles in HR, corporate strategy and internal communications for companies large and small.



Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Loyola University Chicago
M.S. in Human Resources

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana



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Senior leadership development architect

Lourdes Gonzalez

Lourdes is a multicultural human capital leader with proven expertise in all facets of human resources translating global entrepreneurial business strategy into innovative talent programs.  She has a knack for finding solutions that impact leadership development and employee engagement aligned with high-performing cultures.  

Through the years, her distinguished background at BP, fintech, and premier hospitality industries have built a deep understanding of leadership transformation and strategic change management.  While she calls the midwest home via Mexico City, Lourdes has lived in sunny San Diego, cosmopolitan Manhattan, and beer town Milwaukee. 



University of Chicago
Certificate - Several Courses, Strategic Talent Management and Organizational Design

Quinlan School of Business, Loyola Uniersity Chicago
MSHR, Human Resources

Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de Mexico
B.S. in Industrial Relations




Senior culture consultant

Elizabeth Samuels

Elizabeth Samuels is an accomplished Human Resource professional specializing in small and medium sized businesses, educational institutions, professional service firms, start-ups, non-profits, and foundations.  With more than 20 years of human resources experience, Elizabeth has a proven track record in reducing employee turnover and increasing employee retention in a cost efficient manner.  She has successfully guided organizations through reviews of existing HR systems, policies and procedures and has developed had implemented a wide variety of HR programs and systems.  Elizabeth has served in full-time, parti-time and interim HR management roles and has provided project management services for distinct HR initiatives.



American University
M.A. in International Affairs

Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University
B.A. in History




Office Manager

Mags O'Sullivan-Tomich

With Lourdes building out our new solutions, Mags is the driving force that will facilitate progression as our learning community continues to grow.  With high hopes, Mags will also contribute her experience as a Distinguished Toastmaster to the development of our management training programs.  Mags’ knack of taking something and running with it adds a layer of energy and a fresh perspective.  This energy comes from her passion to bring structure and order behind the scenes for smart, creative and busy teams.  As our team continues to grow, Mags is the glue that will hold us together, bringing a rejuvenating dynamic to the SparkWorks team.



University College Cork



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Inside Sales & Marketing Associate

Misa Cameron Myong

Misa's passions beyond the realm of business have led her to an extensive involvement in environmental issues as well as a well versed background in music.  It has thus provided a platform in which Misa can apply a broadened perspective through creative applications to problem solving.  

Her time at Patagonia and CareerBuilder have allowed for the development of extensive data analytic and consulting skills.  At SparkWorks, Misa is now expanding the application of her analytic skills by developing a digital marketing platform that will stimulate brand awareness and corporate growth.



Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
B.S. in Economics



Executive ADVISER

Fran Thompson

The face of pathfinder Asia, Fran has over 20 years' regional experience across virtually all segments of the financial services industry.  An executive MBA graduate from Kellogg HKUST, Fran is adept at identifying and implementing successful market strategies for specific client segments and territories.  She is passionate about getting the chemistry right between companies and candidates and is a firm believer that trusted talent solutions are critical to making good companies great.



Kellogg - HKUST Excecutive MBA
EMBA, Business

University of Wales
B.S. in Economics, French and Spanish