Who we are

Judy Wert - Team Photo
Judy WertCo-founder
Jeff Wert - Team Photo
Jeff WertCo-founder
Nadya Karyo
Nadya Karyo Senior Partner
Daniel WertManaging Director
Leigh Kader
Leigh Kader Associate

Judy Wert Co-founder

Judy has been working with the leadership of innovative companies for over 25 years. She has earned an international reputation as a pivotal force in executive search. A trusted authority in the world of design and business, Judy is also known for bringing an added dimension to her work—a humanistic approach—fostering deep relationships through empathy, intuition, and curiosity.

Judy works with a wide range of CEOs, designer-founders, executive teams and companies at various stages of growth and development. Her relationships span across sectors from leading venture capital firms and design-led organizations to hospitality, technology, cultural, social and educational institutions. Judy navigates the complexities and cross-cultural contexts that make up the strategic fabric of a given organization. Successfully recruiting high performing leaders and their teams, Judy coaches and guides conversations in an ever-changing business landscape resulting in true impact.

Throughout her career, Judy has gained a wealth of insights and instructive experience from working with both young professionals and seasoned executives. Her relationships are cultivated over time, ensuring that opportunities for change reflect enduring interests. Judy is sought-after as an advisor and connector who has the ability to inspire and engage the most in-demand talent (including leaders at the highest levels) to consider new opportunities in a competitive marketplace. Employing an agile approach to recruitment and consulting that is clear and authentic, she is always listening for the “unspoken” to uncover strategic epiphanies.

At Wert&Co. Judy guides our search and consulting engagements, promoting clients’ vision and objectives throughout the process. Known for championing people, organizations, and brands, she offers a discreet, nuanced insider’s perspective as a design practitioner by training. Judy grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan. When she is not tirelessly recruiting, she can be found traveling to indigenous villages, craft-making, walking her Norwich Terriers, practicing yoga and tending to her garden.

Judy was featured on the podcast Reconsidering discussing the career arc and gardening and in Fortune discussing the next generation of Design talent. She was also featured on the High Resolution video podcast series in a fireside chat, and profiled by Fast Company regarding “What Companies Really Want in a Designer…

We seek partnerships and conversations with individuals who believe, as we do, in the power of creativity and innovation.