Two executive search professionals re-uniting to launch new firm focused on finding leaders for the civic sector.
Saint Paul, MN
July 8, 2014
Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad have reunited as business partners to co-found Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc., a new executive search firm focused exclusively on civic sector clients
foundations, nonprofits, higher education institutions and professional associations. Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc. inaugural clients include Bush Foundation, CaringBridge, Northland Foundation, Rêve Academy and the University of Minnesota. Ms. Ballinger and Mr. Leafblad worked together from 2007-2012 as business partners and co-chairs of the civic practice at another Twin Cities-based executive search firm, KeyStone Search and are thrilled to be reuniting to pursue their shared passion for serving civic clients locally, regionally and nationally. Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc. is still finalizing a permanent office location but will be based out of the greater Saint Paul, MN area. Their website is located at http://www.ballingerleafblad.com.
Ms. Ballinger has been a leader in the Twin Cities executive search community for nearly two decades and is known for her body of work in recruiting across many sectors and functional areas. She is co-author of
and is a frequent speaker on the topics of networking, career management and best practices in executive recruiting.
She currently serves as board chair of Capella University and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Her former board membership includes American Red Cross
Twin Cities chapter, Human Resources Executive Forum, Minnesota Adoption Resource Network, and Milkweed Editions. Ms. Ballinger has been recognized as The (Real) Power 50,
; Top Women in Business,
Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal
; and with a Luminary Award by the National Association of Woman Business Owners. She holds a PhD, Organization and Management from Capella University where her dissertation topic (in conjunction with Personnel Decisions, Intl.) focused on executive coaching. She has an MA, Speech-Communication and BS, Business Administration, from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Leafblad has been called “the most networked man in the Twin Cities”
in the pages of
magazine and has spent his career doing what he loves best; connecting people with one another and with new opportunities to develop their careers
and connections. He’s served as Chief Development Officer for the Humphrey School of
Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and most recently led the Bush Fellowship