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Lisa B. Frank

Founder & CEO


For as long as she can remember, Lisa Frank has been fascinated with people and their stories. Her gift for turning strangers into friends with her genuine interest in who they are, where they come from and where they want to go, has always been at the core of who she is– both personally and professionally. It is no wonder that Lisa has built her career upon the things she knows best: connecting, coaching and consulting.

Lisa began her career working in public relations, marketing and sales, which prepared her to her first recruiting role in 2006 as an advertising and PR recruiter at a firm in the Chicago suburbs. There, she was able to integrate all of her past experiences into her new career path. Through the twists and turns of the economy, Lisa continued to hone her skills as a full-cycle recruiter, partnering with global, mid-sized and boutique companies to effectively anticipate, plan for, and meet their talent acquisition needs.

It was through the downturn of the economy in 2009 that Lisa uncovered her professional passion for career coaching. After spending endless hours  talking to job seekers who were at professional and personal crossroads, Lisa’s work as a recruiter propelled her to obtain the necessary training to formalize her expertise in order to offer clients a more formal, holistic coaching experience.

Today, Lisa is the CEO of LBF Strategies, an independent executive recruitment and coaching firm, she founded in 2012. LBF Strategies offers recruitment services across a range of industries including, public relations, communications, marketing, nonprofit and startups. LBF Strategies also provides career coaching services to individuals, as well as talent acquisition strategy consulting to companies that don’t have robust internal HR/recruiting resources.

Lisa believes in creating partnerships with her clients by developing a deep understanding of their goals, and then helping them take the necessary steps to achieve them. Whether it’s working with a client to create a staffing plan that supports a business growth strategy or helping an individual identify their own professional goals, Lisa believes in providing honest, candid and constructive insight to help her clients find the right solution.

Lisa holds an MS in Public Service Administration from DePaul University and a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lisa was born and raised in Minneapolis, lived many years in Chicago, and now resides with her family in Carmel, IN. 

Robin Gallender


Robin is an Associate at LBF Strategies. She started her recruiting career as a Legal Recruiter, focused on recruiting Partners and Group Leaders for various law firms of all sizes, and also served as a Search Assistant for a Chicagoland executive search firm. Prior to recruitment, Robin worked as a Media Buyer at advertising agencies in Chicago, until she made the switch to selling radio time, representing a variety of radio stations in both small and large markets across the country.

Robin earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Riverwoods with her husband and

two children. During her free-time she can be found cheering on her Fighting Illini, playing pickleball, walking her dog, and spending time with her family.

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