Senior Executives and Fortune 1000 Companies Discover 'The Next Way to Work' is Called EPOCH

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Free agents go from "The Big Screen to the Boardroom." Is EPOCH the William Morris of Executive Search? A total picture radio podcast with Linda N. Stewart, Founder, CEO and President of EPOCH. "We're more like William Morris than Heidrick & Struggles. Our executive free agents play starring roles in specific projects and short term assignments." - Linda N. Stewart

Movie stars like Jody Foster and Denzel Washington have always employed talent agents to help develop their careers. Having knowledge of their client's goals and aspirations, the best are well positioned to find their perfect roles. Organizations such as Creative Artist Agency and William Morris are in the top tier. Why shouldn't highly accomplished executives have a "William Morris" to help direct, and accelerate their "next starring roles?"

That is the inspiration behind a new interim executive engagement consultancy called EPOCH. Linda N. Stewart, the founder, CEO and president of EPOCH, was interviewed for a Career Transition edition of the popular Internet radio show, Total Picture Radio.

Ms. Stewart, a former senior executive at Veritude and Fidelity, told Peter Clayton of Total Picture Radio, how EPOCH was conceived: "Those free agents author Dan Pink writes about have moved from the big screen to the ballpark to the boardroom, and that's where we come in," adding, "businesses are feeling the effects of retiring baby boomers, loss of skilled executive talent and ever-tightening cost controls. Our interim C-level executives are able to do far more than just to fill an executive gap, they have leadership, formidable skills, and experience to handle important initiatives that don't ever seem to get enough priority in today's high-pressure business environment." EPOCH's launch of its executive matchmaking services coincides with a time at which top-level executives willing to take full-time roles are becoming more scarce while their desire to work in new, more flexible ways is growing.

With 78 million baby boomers in the U.S., (the number swells to 100 million by 2010), Peter Clayton, producer and host of Total Picture Radio, asked Stewart if EPOCH "is specifically geared to representing executives in the boomer demographic?" She responded, "we're looking for people who have minimum 20 years senior experience in the business world." If you do the math, some Gen X'ers could qualify. However, the bar is set very high. EPOCH does a very thorough job of background checking and verification of all the candidates they represent. "After all, I come from Fidelity," she quipped, noting her more than 20 years as an executive with the mutual fund giant and its subsidiaries.

The host of TPR also engaged in some role-playing with Stewart: "Pretend I'm 65 and retired. Bored out of my mind. And guess what? I'm a Sarbox wizard. I worked for one of the Big Four accounting firms. I know everything there is to know about Sarbanes Oxley, and I'm looking for something for three to four months. Preferably somewhere warm, near a nice golf course. Can you help me?" Without hesitation, her response was, "you bet!"

EPOCH is a pioneering provider of interim executive services that help organizations obtain the executive talent they need on a free agent basis. EPOCH's founders each bring more than 20 years of executive business and recruiting experience. The company's mission is to develop and deliver innovative, high-quality workforce consulting services that match senior executives and accomplished professionals with financial services companies that need experienced talent for limited time and variable cost engagements. EPOCH's services include interim executive engagement, workforce consulting and educational seminars.

The company's proprietary Executive Backgrounder, which includes achievement summaries, behavioral assessments, background checks and references, ensures that candidates and opportunities are well matched and managed. Organizations representing a broad cross section of the financial services industry rely on EPOCH's workforce solutions to meet those recruitment needs where non-permanent personnel provide the best fit. EPOCH can provide productive resources up to 50 percent faster than traditional executive search and companies can then manage them for a limited time and a variable cost. For companies in need of executive talent, EPOCH provides access to experienced, senior individuals who would be unavailable to them otherwise. For talented executives in the pretirement phase of life, EPOCH offers a unique resource for identifying engagement style work opportunities for which they are both qualified and well suited. More information on EPOCH and its Executive Referral Network can be found on the Web at

About Linda N. Stewart
EPOCH President, CEO & Founder Stewart is an accomplished senior executive with international experience in both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial ventures. Stewart writes about the major business and social trends that are driving the adoption of executive free agency and the rise of the interim executive workforce at her blog, Workshifter. Prior to EPOCH, Ms. Stewart held executive leadership roles across sectors as diverse as financial services, technology and workforce development.

Her career has focused on helping companies to maximize delivery of critical business services to increase market share, build revenues and enhance the value of the customer experience. Her previous positions include EVP and acting COO of Veritude, a national recruiting, staffing and talent management organization owned by Fidelity, where she grew both revenue and contribution margins by more than 30 percent in the first year and more than 20 percent each of the two subsequent years. Before that, she served as president of ActionsXchange and held key senior executive positions at National Charitable Services, BostonCoach and Fidelity Investments. Prior to joining Fidelity, she held VP positions at both The Boston Company and at Boston Financial Data Services.

Ms. Stewart began her career in New York with the accounting firm of KPMG and also at Time, Inc. She is trained and licensed as a certified public accountant, and is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

About Total Picture Radio
Total Picture Radio is a career empowerment service for knowledge workers. We are committed to sharing ideas and commentary from thought leaders in business, strategy, marketing, career management, media, sustainability, and the Internet. TPR podcasts actionable information for high-performance careerists - and business leaders creating talent-focused organizations. Our in-depth interviews include best-selling authors, senior executives, visionaries, leadership coaches, and entrepreneurs. Total Picture Radio is "The Voice of Career Leadership." Sponsorship opportunities are available for talent-centric companies.

EPOCH, Executive Free Agent, Pretirement and The Next Way to Work are service marks of EPOCH Partners, LLC.


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