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Vaco Holdings Adds Melissa Phillippi, HR Tech Founder, Innovator and Thought Leader, to People Team

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Melissa Phillippi joins Vaco Holdings as VP of Organizational Development and Talent Management 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (APR 20, 2023) – Vaco Holdings, a global professional services firm, has added HR tech founder, innovator and thought leader, Melissa Phillippi, to the People Team as the Vice President of Organizational Development and Talent Management. 

In this newly created role, Melissa’s primary focus will be developing and implementing strategies that enhance employee performance. Based out of Raleigh, Melissa will also be overseeing Vaco Holdings’ talent management and career progression programs, succession planning and performance management. 

Prior to joining Vaco Holdings, Melissa co-founded and served as the CEO of WorkDove, an industry-leading performance and talent management platform. Melissa led the sales and operations teams and oversaw the implementation of the employee performance management system, serving as both an advisor and performance coach to clients. 

“Melissa comes to us with over 15 years of experience and a deep understanding of organizational behavior. She has an incredible passion for people and has built exceptional programs and platforms that support employee development and mentorship. We are thrilled to have her as part of Vaco Holdings’ People Team, and I know she will be instrumental in driving our company’s future growth and success as well as the future growth and success of our people,” said Vaco Holdings Chief People Officer, Tracey Power. 

Melissa was recognized as a Wilmington 40 Under 40 honoree in 2020, and she is currently an advisory board member of HR.com. She is a frequent SHRM guest speaker and contributes a variety of thought leadership and content relative to female entrepreneurship, performance and talent management, career pathing and related topics. She has been profiled by the MGMA Insider podcast series, the Human Capital Institute, WRAL TechWire and more.  

“I genuinely love people and to work for a company that is all about people – you couldn’t get any closer to my heart and passion,” said Melissa. “Vaco is an incredible company on an incredible journey, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.” 

Melissa Phillippi Vaco

Melissa Phillippi

About Vaco

With expertise in accounting and finance, technology, operations, supply chain management, and governance, risk and compliance, Vaco Holdings encompasses a unique family of brands that provides end-to-end enterprise solutions: Focus Search Partners, a retained executive search practice; MorganFranklin Consulting, a finance, technology and business advisory firm; Pivot Point Consulting, a Best in KLAS healthcare IT consulting leader; and Vaco, a talent solutions company providing strategic staffing and direct-hire solutions. 

Since its founding in 2002, the company has grown to serve more than 12,000 clients across the globe with 10,000 employees. For the past 16 years, Vaco Holdings has made Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies. For more information, visit vaco.com

Media Contact: 

Brittney Kowalski  

(603) 504-2024  



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