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Adriana Llames Fortune 500 Executive | Speaker | Published Author | Personal Branding Syndicated Blogger

Employee turned Entrepreneur turned Employee Again
In January, 2012 I re-joined the ranks of “Big Business Corporate America” after a successful decade as an Entrepreneur. It was a difficult decision made easier by the executive team that I’m surrounded by daily. They are the reason I said “yes”. The professional challenge to grow and expand my personal professional capabilities each day was the final “Let’s do this!” reason. I’m glad I chose to join this iconic American retailer as the Division Vice President, Social Media Marketing and look forward to bringing the brand into your homes through the power of social media.

Conquering Corporate America
My days in Corporate America, prior to joining it again recently, were the best learning experience and I’m grateful everyday for the time I spent in “big business”. Starting with PrimeCo, now owned by US Cellular, I quickly fell in love with business and was hooked. I went on to work with AT&T, Level 3 Communications and US West, now Century Link. I climbed the corporate ladder from Human Resources Assistant to Recruiter, HR Generalist, Career Events Manager and Training Director with a few years spent in what would become my second passion – and an important part of my business- marketing. By the time I left Corporate America I had led award-winning teams of 25+ direct reports with $13MM+ budgets across North America, Europe and Asia. It was a great ride!

Employee Turned Entrepreneur
“Best of Chicago 2011” – US Commerce Associate
“One of the Finest Career Coaches” –
The Examiner
“One of the Most Influential Women in Business” – Maven Media

adrianallames career services clients

The start of something new came in 1998, when, after a speaking engagement I was approached by the former CFO of Copper Mountain Ski Resort and CTO of a Fortune 500 company to coach them individually. Fast forward 10 years and I’ve been blessed to build a boutique personal branding and career coaching business and become an internationally featured, top rated career coach featured in on ABC and WGN News, CNN Money, Huffington Post, Fox Business, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! and Forbes.

My second business began in 1999, thanks to friend’s request. My best friend’s dad, Dr. Walter, needed Human Resources forms, policies and an employee handbook for his office. Once I put it all together, his physician colleagues called for help with their offices.  HR In-A-Box, was born and celebrated its’ 10th anniversary in 2009. Over the past decade, this small business human resources software has provided comprehensive HR forms, policies and procedures for companies across America.

All good things come in three and what better to do with hours 20-23 of the day than a third business. My passion for social and digital media burns deep and is the core of my third business, Caffeine Project, aptly named after my favorite drink. This group serves as social media strategists for two types of clients: Fortune 500 companies and new companies seeking VC-funding. Social media is the way to engage customers, hear their voices and truly connect to them. Caffeine Project takes the mystery out of social media and shows the results.

Books and Blogging
Job Search Career BookReflecting on the economic climate in 2010, with 15MM+ job seekers, I felt a social responsibility to provide job search tools, resources and expert advice for a nominal fee.  Engaging my business brain, career expertise and writing skills, I wrote and delivered “Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game” to the market. Released with top bookseller Amazon.com and featured on top media outlets ABC News, Fox Business and Career Builder. It received a double nomination for “Best New Career Book”, Amazon’s highly coveted 5 Star Rating and is raved a “MUST READ” by authors and readers alike.

Falling in love with writing came easily and the social media community took notice. Following a request by founder Dan Schwabel. Since then I’ve become a Top 50 Media & Marketing blogger, rated by Ad Age, on The New York Times-Rated Personal Branding Blog with over 125,000 twitter followers, syndicated weekly on Inc. 500, Yahoo, AOL, Forbes, Hoovers, Fox Business, Reuters, Huffington Post, Glassdoor, Monster, TheLadders and BNET.

Undergraduate Happiness and Harvard
Settling in to undergrad life was much harder than falling in love with business. As a pre-med freshman at The University of Dayton with 21 credit hours, I was bored. I wanted to do more, be on the go and see more of the world. I left UD and finished school with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Metropolitan State College of Denver, while working full-time.

I’m also a Certified Project Manager through Regis University and a Certified DACUM Facilitator through Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  An avid learner, I have completed 30+ management and leadership courses including two Management & Leadership Programs through Harvard Business School’s corporate training programs.


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