Mia Kells

Staffing Extraordinaire!

With 19 years of technical and corporate recruitment experience, Mia leads a global team that executes against Vendor Management, Workforce Planning, and Staffing Strategy. Building trusting relationships with clients, positive rapport with candidates, and leading the charge for her team, Mia prides herself on identifying and creating all-star teams to help build the global future of Technology. In her free time, Mia spends quality time with her four children. The life of a working mother never throws a curve ball Mia can’t catch! Clifton Strengths: Input, Harmony, Intellection, Connectedness, Developer #INFP
Mia Kells


  • Walmart


    Talent Acquisition Consultant

    Jan 2024 - Present

    Sixty years ago, Sam Walton started a single mom-and-pop shop and transformed it into the world’s biggest retailer. Since those founding days, one thing has remained consistent: our commitment to helping our customers save money so they can live better. Today, we’re reinventing the shopping experience and our associates are at the heart of it. When you join our Walmart family of brands (Sam's Club, Bonobos, Moosejaw and many more!), you’ll play a crucial role in shaping the future of retail, improving millions of lives around the world. We are ecstatic to have been named a Great Place to Work® Certified May 2023 – May 2024, Disability: IN 2023 Best Places to Work, and Fast Company 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators 2023. This is that place where your passions meet purpose. Join our family and build a career you’re proud of.

    • Staffing up for our eCommerce Marketplace! Come join me!


    Founder, Consultant

    Apr 2006 - Present

    Engineering talent acquisition specialists, at the ready! We have seasoned professionals with between 15 and 30 years of experience.

    • Clients include: APM Music; Astreya; Auspion; AvidXchange; Canon; Credit Suisse; Deluxe Entertainment; Digital Disbursements; Eikon; FastPay; Hulu; Ignite360; Infusion Partners; IQTP: (Attune Insurance, Liveramp, Splunk, ZLeague); Lereta; LOL!; Meebo; MOCA; MySpace; NBCUniversal; NeoHire; OPOWER; RegASK; Roostify; Social Native; Specific Media; Staffing on Demand; Stitchfix; Swivl; The Walt Disney Company: (Disney Interactive, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Digital, Maker Studios); Viant; Vindico; Xumo; YP
  • Walmart Connect

    Walmart Connect

    Talent Acquisition Consultant

    Jun 2023 - Jan 2024

    With nearly 90% of U.S. households shopping with us every year, Walmart is deeply integrated into customers' lives and understands how they engage with products and brands throughout their shopping journey. Walmart Connect helps brands connect with our customers more often and more meaningfully than ever before to accelerate shared growth. As the closed-loop media business of America's largest omnichannel retailer, Walmart Connect offers unparalleled opportunities for brands to reach their desired customers no matter where, how, and when they shop. For additional information, visit walmartconnect.com or careers.walmart.com/walmart-connect. More than media. Meaningful connections.

    • Focused on finding top talent in Data Science and Product Management for WMC.
  • Pixelated Talent

    Pixelated Talent


    Aug 2022 - Jan 2024

    Pixelated Talent helps gaming and entertainment employers and employees find and attract that perfect next employee or next career choice. We specialize in sourcing and recruiting hidden talent, career counseling for employees, recruiter training, recruiting tool installation and everything recruiting. Our goal is to provide the best recruitment experience for everyone in games and digital entertainment. From QA to C-Level, we can help you all go to the next level. We specialize in console, mobile, PC, digital entertainment, and adjacent technical work spaces.

  • Route


    Talent Acquisition Leader

    Mar 2022 - Dec 2022

    Route is the all-in-one post-purchase platform reimagining the ecommerce experience from product discovery to delivery via the Route app. This suite of tools empowers both sellers and shoppers to enhance the overlooked and often unpleasant post-purchase experience. With Visual Tracking, one-click package protection, and tailored brand discovery all in one app, merchants can finally engage authentically beyond checkout while shoppers enjoy the immersive and transparent experience they crave. After all, the best customer experiences don’t just happen. They’re delivered with Route.

    • (Part of a 20% RIF in December, 2022.)
  • Wish


    Lead Recruiter, Data Science & Data Relevancy

    Apr 2021 - Mar 2022

    • Leading the efforts on recruitment for all things Data Science and Data & Relevancy at Wish! Come join me!
  • Very Good Security

    Very Good Security

    Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Feb 2020 - Dec 2020

    VGS is the world’s largest cloud-based tokenization platform. As a payments infrastructure company, we offer solutions for PCI descoping, payments orchestration, and omnichannel matching. The VGS Vault protects your sensitive financial information, orchestrates your payments, and consolidates your transaction data from multiple processors.

    • Recruiting top talent, globally, for a Very Good, a16z-backed company with a suite of Very Good products. Also, managing a global TA team, and creating programs, process, and policy. Touting an amazing 18-day time-to-fill!
    • (Impacted by CV19.)
  • Lyft


    Talent Acquisition - Data Platform & Engineering

    Feb 2019 - Feb 2020

    Ride by ride, we’re reimagining the world’s best transportation.

    • Hiring all levels of Data Engineers, both on the proactive and reactive sides of firehose data.
  • City National Bank

    City National Bank

    Vice President, Technical Talent Acquisition

    Jun 2016 - Sep 2018

    At City National Bank, we make it our business to be personal. Since our founding in 1954, we've always prioritized helping our clients, colleagues and communities flourish, and our legacy of integrity and unparalleled client relationships continues to drive strong growth today. Along with personal, private and business banking, City National Securities offers a full range of investment capabilities, brokerage and leasing services, and software solutions. We are committed to a company culture that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Investment products: • Are not insured by the FDIC or any other federal government agency • Are not deposits of or guaranteed by a Bank or any Bank affiliate • May lose value Equal Housing Lender | NMLSR ID# 536994 City National Bank Member FDIC. City National Bank is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, one of the world’s largest banks. Brokerage Services are provided through City National Securities,Inc. (Member FINRA/SIPC), a subsidiary of City National Bank. Investment management services provided by City National Bank through its wholly owned subsidiary City National Rochdale, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisor.

    • At City National, our team of colleagues delivers specialized and highly personal services to entrepreneurs, professionals, their businesses and their families. Relationships are more important than statistics. Results are more important than swagger. Hard work and dedication are rewarded.
  • Amazon


    Recruitment, Tiger Team

    Nov 2015 - Jun 2016

    Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. We are driven by the excitement of building technologies, inventing products, and providing services that change lives. We embrace new ways of doing things, make decisions quickly, and are not afraid to fail. We have the scope and capabilities of a large company, and the spirit and heart of a small one.Together, Amazonians research and develop new technologies from Amazon Web Services to Alexa on behalf of our customers: shoppers, sellers, content creators, and developers around the world.Our mission is to be Earth's most customer-centric company. Our actions, goals, projects, programs, and inventions begin and end with the customer top of mind.You'll also hear us say that at Amazon, it's always "Day 1."​ What do we mean? That our approach remains the same as it was on Amazon's very first day - to make smart, fast decisions, stay nimble, invent, and focus on delighting our customers.

    • Technical Recruitment focused on the highly sought-after SDE3 level at Amazon.
  • Nickelodeon


    Manager, Digital Strategic Staffing - Nickelodeon Games

    Feb 2011 - Dec 2013

    Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Paramount (Nasdaq: PARAP, PARA).

    • Neopets.com, MonkeyQuest.com, PetPetPark.com, TMNT: Rooftop Run, SpongeBob Moves In, etc.
  • MTV Networks

    MTV Networks

    Manager, Digital Strategic Staffing (West Coast)

    Jul 2007 - Oct 2010

    Viacom creates entertainment experiences that drive conversation and culture around the world. Through television, film, digital media, live events, merchandise and solutions, our brands connect with diverse, young and young at heart audiences in more than 180 countries.

  • Flashpoint Chicago

    Flashpoint Chicago

    Advisory Board

    Jan 2007 - Dec 2015

    Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood, is a non-profit liberal arts college in downtown Chicago, specializing in digital media arts, and communications. We offer programs in film, graphic design, marketing, animation + digital art, and recording arts. We are dedicated to graduating the best prepared, most highly pursued creatives in the industry. Flashpoint was founded by industry professionals to meet the demand for talented artists in the exploding digital economy.

  • UserMade Studios

    Manager, HR & Recruitment

    Dec 2006 - Jan 2008

    • Startup sold to Archetype Media | SocialVibe | True[X]
  • Yahoo! Inc.

    Yahoo! Inc.

    Jr. Technical Recruiter/HR Rep

    Jun 2005 - Apr 2006

    Yahoo serves as a trusted guide for hundreds of millions of people globally, helping them achieve their goals online through our portfolio of iconic products. For advertisers, Yahoo Advertising offers omnichannel solutions and powerful data to engage with our brands and deliver results. To learn more about Yahoo, please visit yahooinc.com.

  • JPMorgan Private Bank

    JPMorgan Private Bank

    Banker Support/Research Analyst

    Sep 2004 - Jun 2005

    j.p. morgan is a leader in financial services, offering solutions to clients in more than 100 countries with one of the most comprehensive global product platforms available. we have been helping our clients to do business and manage their wealth for more than 200 years. our business has been built upon our core principle of putting our clients' interests first. j.p. morgan is part of jpmorgan chase & co. (nyse: jpm), a global financial services firm. social media terms and conditions: http://bit.ly/jpmtermsconditions © 2017 jpmorgan chase & co. jpmorgan chase is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer disability/veteran.

  • Warner Bros.

    Warner Bros.


    Jan 1999 - Dec 2004

    warner bros. entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. a time warner company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to dvd and blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting. the company’s vast library, one of the most prestigious and valuable in the world, consists of more than 61,000 hours of programming, including nearly 6,500 feature films and 3,000 television programs comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes. warner bros. entertainment has employees in over 30 countries. the company is headquartered at the warner bros. studios lot, 142 acres in burbank, california,

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