Cielo, the world’s leading strategic Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) partner, has been named as one of Milwaukee’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by the National Association for Business Resources. This marks the third consecutive year Cielo has won this award, which honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.

Tara Cassady Headshot“We are really excited about this recognition. I was pleased to see our higher rankings in categories like DE&I, Work-Life Flexibility, Communication, to name a few,” said Tara Cassady, EVP of Client Services. “Our leadership team has been listening and actioning our teams’ feedback – and to see that show is extremely satisfying. Striving to be a destination employer can’t happen by chance. Our leadership team is committed to ensuring Cielo is a place where people want to share their talents and grow their careers.”

Thousands of companies across Milwaukee submitted entries for consideration. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on various categories. The categories in which Cielo ranked high compared to other participating companies include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Employee Education & Development
  • Employee Achievement & Recognition
  • Communication & Shared Vision

Kristan Sandford Headshot“Cielo remains at the forefront of Diversity and Inclusion. They understand that internal equity is critical, ensuring that employees can visually see diversity in the workplace,” said Kristan Sandford, Delivery Lead – Recruitment.

Andrew Burke Headshot“I appreciate Cielo because my leaders allow me to bring my whole self to work and recognize the need to balance work life with family obligations. In 2020 my family welcomed our first child which demanded a lot of balance, my team, my leaders and colleagues were more supportive, and helpful than I could have ever imagined,” said Andrew Burke, Client Service Manager.

This honor comes on the heels of an unprecedented year for organizations in Milwaukee and worldwide, as companies quickly adjusted to the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Last year, Cielo’s People & Culture team worked hard to balance the needs of the business with the wellbeing of their people – launching the Cielo Employee Fund to help employees facing financial burdens, using thoughtful and relevant conversations to advance Cielo’s progress in diversity, equity and inclusion, and more.

“Throughout the year of 2020, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through COVID-19,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs. “As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding race relations employee wellbeing. In these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® excel and share their knowledge with others.”

Winners will be honored on Tuesday, March 23. During the virtual ceremony, winning companies will compete for three “Best of the Best Overall” elite awards – winners that have excelled in all categories.

About Cielo
Cielo is the world’s leading strategic Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) partner and industry innovator delivering RPO, Total Talent Acquisition, Consulting, and Executive Search services in 100+ countries. We design comprehensive, people-centric solutions and leverage Cielo TalentCloud – our award-winning technology suite featuring CRM, AI, automation, and analytics capabilities – to help our clients find, attract and hire the specific talent to move their businesses forward. To learn more, visit

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About the Best and Brightest in Wellness® Program
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2021. Visit to obtain an application.