Have you challenged your norm lately?

A Note from Denae Bluethmann, Senior Vice President, Recruiting + Development

The end of one year and the start of another. A truth that I have observed throughout my decades-long career in talent advisory is that if you are not judicious in stewarding your path of growth and development, you risk becoming accustomed to complacency. A state where you are definitively not progressing but also not necessarily falling behind. One of the core values of McDermott + Bull is to challenge the norm. This has allowed us to celebrate our successes while optimizing our internal infrastructure to support the growth and longevity of not just our practice leads but of the entire organization.

In spite of the challenges faced by many firms in our industry this year, we have continued to invest in our people and refine the work that we champion, which has led to our sustained progression and diversification.

As you enter this next year, I challenge you to reflect not just on your success, but also in the ways you can do better and even be better supported to achieve your goals.

Case Study: Interim Director of Human Resources Cuts Turnover in Half for a Privately Held Sustainability Company

McDermott + Bull Interim Leaders deployed a strong human resources executive with extensive experience helping large global companies attract and secure talent to achieve success.


Filled 10 new roles and increased efficiencies and speed in the recruiting process.


Introduced a monthly all-employee meeting to celebrate wins and share ideas and implemented leadership training for managers.



Brought the company to 100% compliance for California’s sexual harassment training.

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McDermott + Bull, the go-to executive search partner to empower change, has expanded its growing presence in the New York market with the addition of Noelle Swan as Managing Director. With an extensive background in information, communication and technology (ICT), networking, and cybersecurity, Noelle’s unmatched expertise and commitment to understanding her clients’ needs position her as a leader in identifying top talent for their organizations.

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Bryan Carter, Talent Associate

Bryan Carter
Talent Acquisition Partner

Bryan Carter serves as a Talent Acquisition Partner for McDermott + Bull’s Internal Recruitment + Development Team, where he leads research initiatives that support the firm’s expansion, including the recruitment of Managing Directors, Principals, Research Associates, and more. 

Bryan started his career at digital marketing start-up SimplyBe., where he served as Head of Executive Operations. He was also the Co-Host + Creative Producer of the SimplyBe. Podcast where he held conversations with innovative entrepreneurs, New York Times best-selling authors, National Football League athletes, and Hollywood showrunners. Bryan continues to utilize his passion for cultivating explorative conversations through his own podcast, BC’s Corner.

Josie Crete

Josie Crete
Talent Acquisition Partner

Josie Crete serves as a Talent Acquisition Partner for McDermott + Bull, where she assists with internal hiring and growing the company. Josie primarily focuses on finding new Researchers, Recruiters, Principals, and Managing Directors for the firm.

Prior to McDermott + Bull, Josie was a recruiter at Northwestern Mutual, where she was responsible for hiring wealth managers and internal team members, as well as leading the firm’s internship program. Before this, she served as a recruiter at Southwest Airlines. Josie has a huge passion for helping others and guiding people toward life-changing careers. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.