From CEOx1Day to Starting My Career at Odgers Berndtson

CEOx1Day Finalist Kayla Maduk speaks to why she chose the firm as the jumping point for her career.

Kayla Maduk CEOx1day finalist

Odgers Berndtson Project Coordinator and CEOx1Day Finalist Kayla Maduk with Ottawa Senators Foundation CEO Danielle Robinson in March 2018


As a recent commerce graduate from Carleton University, I could have chosen many different organizations to kick-start my career, but an unexpected and natural connection with Odgers Berndtson through the CEOx1Day program led me to pursue a Project Coordinator role at the firm starting this May.

In the winter of 2018, I was chosen as a Finalist for their unique CEOx1Day program and paired with Danielle Robinson, CEO & President of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. After a rigorous selection process, I was a semi-finalist in the final program stage where I took part in a half-day evaluation conducted and hosted by Odgers Berndtson in their Ottawa office.

During the semi-finalist day, I felt an instinctive connection to the team at the Ottawa office. As I learned more about the firm, the people and the world of executive search and talent management, I felt that my educational background, my personal experiences and passion for people would make me a great fit. I was motivated to join the team as a Project Coordinator, which I gladly accepted for the following reasons:

The Team – The team members in the Ottawa Office are very inviting, enthusiastic and genuine. When I started, I felt extremely welcomed and supported. Since I’ve started, there has been a heavy focus on integration, team-building and learning from each other.

The Work – Odgers Berndtson is a very dynamic place to work and every day is different. I love that there is always a new challenge, and a never-ending learning curve. Professional services offers a wide range of opportunities to work with various clients across all industries and functions, which keeps the work varied and exciting!

The People and Networks – I’ve always known that I wanted to work with people. Building comprehensive and sustainable relationships with clients and candidates is the bread and butter of Odgers Berndtson. I am proud to work for a company who puts such value on people, regardless if they are clients, candidates or employees.

I am looking forward to my future career growth and leadership experiences working at Odgers Berndtson. As a former CEOx1Day Finalist, I am also excited to be on the other side of the selection process after the program applications open this September!