Mike and Gabrielle are a testament to the power of diverse perspectives in building a successful partnership. 

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With a mutual passion for national security and an obsession with the art and science of talent solutions, together, they are greater than the sum of their parts. Collectively, their institutional knowledge and relationship building form a new paradigm of talent acquisition, founded on the principles of: Integrity, Client Satisfaction & Mutual Respect, and Continuous Improvement & Innovation.

A captivating speaker, he inspires audiences with ever evolving industry insights, unique methodologies, and hiring trend forecasting. His love of Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art, and ancient philosophy inform his innovative approach to growth strategies and team building. An expert on all aspects of the talent acquisition ecosystem, Mike elevates the profession and tradecraft employed by recruiters.

With 30 years of building high-performing recruiting organizations in the most complex hiring environments, Mike is especially seasoned in driving solutions in the federal government and the GovCon spaces. He is not just a thought leader; he has revolutionized the field, championing best practices in sourcing, technology, and TA organization and process design.

A Recruiting Visionary

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Our Partners

Mike Bruni

Gabrielle Braden

She is passionate about building and cultivating diverse, dynamic, and inclusive teams with clear pipelines to growth and leadership opportunities. She is also an aspiring beauty historian who wrote her Master’s thesis on the rise of cosmetics and is the founder of Day+West (dayandwest.com), a skin care company. Once upon a time, Gabrielle also worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Gabrielle spent two decades of federal service at the State Department and inside the Intelligence Community. After leading teams of national security professionals domestically and overseas, Gabrielle brings experience in operations, strategic communications, design thinking, organizational analysis, and recruitment strategies to Tal-Strat.

Federal Expertise Meets Entrepreneurial Spirit