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Ann Piccirillo
Senior Vice President - People Operations

As the mother of an autistic daughter, Ann needed to learn how to connect with and care for her and in the process, she learned from her daughter how to connect with people at a deep level and became a much more caring and empathetic person. Those skills opened doors to opportunities she wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for her daughter.

Throughout her career, Ann has put her skills to work on a number of interesting projects. 

  • She was the only woman on a winning hackathon team at KPMG, gaining confidence in contributing to a topic that was far outside her comfort zone. 
  • She led a diversity team for a KPMG innovation challenge and was successful in leading people with different abilities to uncover their strengths in pursuit of a common goal: to win.
  • She built and united global employee resource groups and diversity and inclusion teams to connect purpose to social impact.

Working in consulting was pivotal to prompting Ann to develop her problem-solving skills, and instilling her with a lifelong curiosity and craving to learn. There is a structure and methodology to unpacking problems—going beneath the surface tension to discover the root cause and solve for that—and this is foundational to being a good leader. As an extension of that experience, Ann is currently enrolled with Harvard Business School on-line working toward a specialization certificate in Organizational Leadership & Management.

All growth organizations have challenges, and Ann’s level of calm, ability to lead people to solutions through coaching, and connecting people to purpose are the reasons people seek her out.

Ann, her husband, two children, and two dogs live in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Ann serves on the boards of two non-profits, the Bergen Volunteers, and the Center for Hope & Safety. In her spare time, she runs every day, loves old movies, and explores New York City every chance she gets.

  • Over 15 years experience in HR Strategy Execution, M&A, Operational Excellence, Organizational Design and Effectiveness, Employee Resource Group Development, DEI Programs and Strategy, Leadership Development
Recognition & Awards
  • Being recognized for her work in the special needs space through the programs she developed with employee resource groups by Disability Matters Organization 
  • Elected as board president for Bergen Volunteers and leading a transformation of the organization
  • Elected to the Executive Council for Center for Hope & Safety, domestic violence shelter and social services organization
  • KPMG Recognition Award for being on Inaugural Strategic Growth and Innovation Team
  • Invited to speak during KPMG Town Hall on leadership development through non-profit service programs
  • Invited to speak at Bergen Leads Leadership Development Training Program
  • Invited to speak at the YWCA Bergen County Women’s Leadership Conference
  • Invited to speak at Dress for Success, NJ chapter – women and leadership
  • Invited to speak at Rutgers Business School Women Build Leadership Summit
  • Executive Leadership and Management Program & Organizational Leadership at Harvard Business School Online
  • MA, English Literature and Critical Theory at Rutgers Graduate School – Newark
  • BA in English Literature, Rutgers University
  • BA in Political Science, Rutgers University
  • Global Director, HR Strategy & Ops at Gartner
  • Associate Director, HR at KPMG
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