May 18, 2022

Talent War Group is Bringing Their Innovative Leadership Solutions to SHRM’s 2022 Annual Conference

Written by Karli Waldon, Mike Sarraille and George Randle
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Talent War Group announces they will be joining the SHRM 2022 Annual Conference as an exhibitor to showcase their new leadership development programs and present their unique approach to character-based hiring through their Talent Advisory and Executive Search services.

This year’s SHRM Annual Conference theme is around the effect our HR community can create when we come together as one through our DE&I, talent acquisition, and culture efforts.

The pandemic brought us scenarios rarely seen in the HR space, such as the Great Resignation, Great Reshuffle, and Great Regret. As people across the globe began to spend more time at home and organizations shifted to virtual and hybrid environments, the priorities for every working American changed and they began to quit their jobs at an alarming rate.

In January 2022, nearly 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, a slight decline from the record number in November 2021. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job resignations are still at 23% above pre-pandemic levels- what can our hiring managers do to retain their talent and attract A-Players in this competitive market?

George Randle, Partner and Head of HR Advisory at Talent War Group, believes leadership development is key to moving forward,

As an HR Executive who has been in the field for over 20 years, the talent market in 2022 is unlike anything I have seen before, and the biggest factor at play is leadership and the lack of development. Leaders must begin to train… Click To Tweet

Every organization’s culture is set by its leaders, which is why Talent War Group begins each of our services with a discovery phase, analyzing your leadership and your organization’s current state to create a path to achieve your mission, tailoring each of our services to the client.

Two of my favorite takeaways from our services are our AARs (after-action reviews) and Overwatch Phases. Both allow us the opportunity to tie our engagements together and hand off the processes, systems, and methodologies to our… Click To Tweet

From leadership development programs and executive coaching to management consulting and executive search, our team of experts aims to reframe your organization and its teams to create your legacy of leadership and win today’s demanding talent war. Mike Sarraille, Founder and CEO of Talent War Group is excited to bring his team to the large audience at SHRM,

The most important thing I learned during my military career is that a team's success is always in the leader’s hands, not the members. We can train a team all we want, but if the leader is not constantly developed, they are going… Click To Tweet

Talent War Group also brings its podcast, The Talent War Podcast, to offer SHRM attendees a unique interactive experience. Tailored to voice the knowledge of HR leaders, we will support ‘live’ employers and employees at every level of the organization to develop a talent mindset and improve their teams. Our host, George Randle, will give a voice to HR leaders across all industries through live interviews and pre-recorded episodes. 

To unravel the whole experience and get more information, add us to your SHRM calendar here, and visit Talent War Group at Booth 1950 at the 2022 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo.

Talent War Group’s depth of industry experience in leadership development, Human Resources, and business operations help deliver sustainable and unmatched talent solutions for their clients. With the ‘train-the-trainer’ model, Talent War Group ensures every organization has the tools to continue attracting, hiring, developing, and retaining top talent long after their engagement. For more information, visit

Managing Partner, President & COO | + posts

Karli Waldon is a former US Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst, proficient in 6 languages and has served with distinction across multiple intelligence agencies on several classified but critical missions and in several hostile areas overseas.  Following her career in the US Air Force, Karli was the Global Sales Talent Acquisition Executive Leader at Forcepoint, a human-centric cyber security firm.

She is known in the Talent Acquisition space for designing, building, and executing complex talent strategies to help business leaders plan, attract and retain top talent- helping them achieve exceptional business results. Her experience spans across multiple industries and within corporate and agency settings.

Karli is a trained expert in human behavior analysis through complex questioning and observation as well as talent acquisition selection and assessment.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and is considered an SME in all things relating to veterans’ transition efforts.

Karli was the clear choice to take the reigns as President and COO of Talent War Group, leading and evolving the executive search function while driving best in class business processes from the start-up through maturity phases of our company’s evolution.

Founder, Managing Partner & CEO | Website | + posts

Mike Sarraille is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer and a former enlisted Recon Marine and Scout-Sniper. A graduate of the University of Texas McCombs Business School, he is the founder and CEO of Talent War Group, a specialized executive search firm, and talent advisory that finds high-performing business leaders for senior, executive, or other critical leadership positions. He is co-author of ‘The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent’ and a columnist for Men’s Journal and Men’s Fitness under ‘The Everyday Warrior’ column. He founded and served as a board of directors for the VETTED Foundation, a cutting-edge executive-level transition program.

Mike enlisted in the Marine Corps and later became a Recon Marine and also served as a scout sniper. He was selected for a Marine officer program, but after finishing his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University, he sought a commission in the Navy to try out for the SEAL Teams.  He is also a recognized keynote speaker and subject matter expert in leadership development, talent acquisition, and talent management.

Managing Partner & Co-Director of Talent Advisory | Website | + posts

George Randle is an experienced talent executive, veteran, coach, mentor, and leader known for selecting, building, and reorganizing teams to reach their full business potential. George has 20+ years of Fortune 100 and Fortune 1000 global Human Resources and Talent Acquisition experience building elite teams. George began his professional life by enlisting in the US Army Reserves.  While serving in the USAR, he received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and was commissioned an officer. His career assignments included Berlin, US CENTCOM, and III Corps with deployments to Africa (Somalia and Kenya), Central America, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Following his successful military career, George transitioned to the corporate world, experiencing many of the same challenges the Military and Veterans face today. These challenges along with the recognition that building elite teams are his true passion, George ultimately transitioned to the Human Resources and Talent Acquisition function. He later went on to create one of the largest and most successful Veteran Hiring Programs for a Global Fortune 50 firm. Collectively, the teams George has built have hired over 85,000 professionals, including over 2000 executives. He is also a Hogan (HPI, HDS, and MVPI) Leadership Assessment Certified coach.

George currently resides in Austin, Texas, and is the co-author of the best-selling book, “The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent” and the Host of "The Talent War" Podcast.

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