Hilary Klassen

Inhaberin, Co-Founder & CEO, bestselfy

Berlin, Germany


Talent Management
Performance Management
Cultural change management
Strengths alignment
Human Capital Management
Learning and Development
Coaching and Training
Employee Engagement


Professional experience for Hilary Klassen

  • Current 4 years and 1 month, since Dec 2019

    Co-Founder & CEO


    bestselfy - pocket coach for work. Supporting companies by delivering personalized, autonomous coaching to develop crucial soft skills through guided self-awareness and recommended actions.

  • Current 5 years and 4 months, since Sep 2018

    Founding Partner & Coach/Consultant

    Strengths Circle

  • Current 7 years and 10 months, since Mar 2016

    Founder & CEO


  • Current 8 years and 3 months, since Oct 2015


    Secret HR Society

  • 2 years, Jan 2018 - Dec 2019

    Founder & CEO

    Career Ari

  • 1 year and 1 month, Jun 2016 - Jun 2017

    Head of Human Resources

    simplesurance GmbH
  • 8 months, Aug 2015 - Mar 2016

    Business Mentor


  • 6 months, Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

    Director Global Talent Sourcing & Recruitment

    Fyber GmbH

  • 1 year and 4 months, Oct 2013 - Jan 2015

    Senior Consultant


    I consult with global companies looking to increase satisfaction, engagement and wellbeing in their workplaces and capture and increase customer engagement in order to grow their business. As part of Gallup’s global strategic development team, I create the initial dialogues with European companies to understand key levers of organizational performance, B2B/B2C strategies tied to business outcomes and how Gallup can support their growth ambitions.

  • 2 years and 2 months, Aug 2011 - Sep 2013

    Director of Talent Sourcing Europe & Middle East


    I oversee the entire talent acquisition and management strategy, process, and people business growth for Gallup in Europe and the Middle East. As a daily business advisor to C-level executives and regional leaders on hiring and developing top talent, I utilize both personality and qualitative assessments together with deep expertise of the markets to ensure top people performance measured by KPIs resulting in real, long-term business growth - for Gallup and our clients' businesses.

  • 4 years and 9 months, Nov 2006 - Jul 2011

    Director of Talent Sourcing Europe, Middle East & China


    I was selected from the external consultant team to take on new role to create local talent management strategies to drive business growth through people. Designed talent management strategies from zero, resulting in a process fit for region and increase of top talent hiring across all function from various consulting roles, managers, IT, finance and Human Resources. I launched the Middle East hub in Dubai and devised the talent acquisition/management strategy for China. Consulted on external projects.

  • 2 years and 1 month, Nov 2004 - Nov 2006

    Director of Client Services and Consultant


    I started my career with Gallup in Germany as an Emerging Leader Consultant to identify, develop and grow new and exisiting client business. I managed international client relationships, team deliverables, and project teams of 10+ associates on client projects in Talent Management, HR Strategy, Employee Engagement, Organizational Design, Customer Engagement and Individual and Team Coaching. I managed 2.5 Million € in business responsible for scope and budget.

  • 4 years and 1 month, Sep 2000 - Sep 2004

    Corporate Sales Development/Account Management

    Lufthansa (DC, USA)

    Responsible for the development and management of corporate, government and retail key accounts. Portfolio included managing $15 million per year.

  • 10 months, Sep 1999 - Jun 2000

    Policy Assistant - Wirtschaft u. Technologie

    Deutscher Bundestag

Educational background for Hilary Klassen

  • 1 year and 7 months, Apr 2017 - Oct 2018

    Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurial Leadership

    ESCP Europe

  • 1996 - 1999

    International Affairs - Political Economy

    The George Washington University - The Elliott School of Int'l Affairs

    Minor in German


  • German


  • English



Performance Management
Start-ups in Berlin
Meeting new people with fascinating ideas
Cape Cod (where I grew up)
Human Resources
Talent Management
Organizational Development
Training & Coaching
Digital Coaching

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