Evolved Employer

A Better Workplace

About Us

We are a team of organizational development experts, coaches and leaders who can help your employees perform at a higher level and align your organizational structures, programs and policies with your people and business strategy.

Evolved Employer is dedicated to improving workplace cultures and systems by working with leaders and change agents directly.

Our motto is simple “Improve the system and empower the talent within it to perform”

Evolved Employer is the sister site of www.theglasshammer.com

Theglasshammer.com informs, inspires and empowers professional women in their careers.

We publish research around workplace topics.

  • Consulting services for culture change management/ culture audits, talent and/or diversity strategy formation and support, employee performance/engagement issues
  • Hire us to train and coach your leaders, managers and change agents
  • Hire us to work with your Employee Resource Groups to empower the people within non-dominant power groups (e.g. women, LGBT, Multicultural)
  • Thought leadership: sponsor our research so that we can continue to benchmark specific industry topics, e.g. how ambitious are women in tech? how do they define success and do they want to be leaders?

Our team:

Nicki Gilmour, CEO

Nicki Gilmour, a Belfast native, is a dedicated workplace game changer with over fifteen years of experience working with clients on talent and business strategies.

Nicki began her career in sales within the newspaper publishing industry as one of the original team assembled by Angus MacDonald at the Financial News in London. She relocated to the US in 2004 to run The Financial News Group’s online career sites (efinancialcareers.com and jobsinthemoney.com) as Managing Director and was appointed to the Board in 2006.

After the successful sale of The Financial News Group in 2007, Nicki went on to found Evolved People Media LLC in July 2007 by launching the flagship website  theglasshammer.com which is now the leading career advice website and networking community for professional women in financial and professional services. Theglasshammer.com holds regular events for women and aims to inform, inspire and empower women.

Nicki launched evolvedemployer.com in 2010 to consult to businesses on workplace development and change projects. Nicki works with leaders, managers and change agents of all kinds to create high performing teams. She specializes in consulting, coaching and training around leadership, managing and leveraging diversity and difference, intercultural competency, culture change and individual/team/organizational performance.

Nicki has an undergraduate business degree from the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK and a graduate economics and business degree from the Universidad de Murcia in Spain, undertaken in Spanish. In the US, Nicki obtained a Masters Degree in Change Leadership and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in the City of New York. She resides in NY, Vermont and Spain and enjoys frequent trips to the UK and Ireland.


Our Strategic Partners:

Carol Frohlinger, Esq., Managing Director, Negotiating Women Inc.

Carol Frohlinger is a co-author of Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, September 2010) with Deborah M. Kolb and Judith Williams, and also co-author of Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It with Dr. Lois Frankel.

Carol has been a strategic partner of Evolved Employer and The Glass Hammer since 2008 and excels in creating and facilitating content driven women’s networks. She is also available as a speaker and gives talks to groups and organizations who understand that promoting and retaining talented women is a “win-win-win” — good for women, good for men, and good for the bottom line.

Carol is a former sales executive, commercial banker, and practicing attorney. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and is admitted to practice before New York State courts and the U.S. District Court for the Second Circuit. Among many other volunteer activities, Carol served on the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force for the Future of the Legal Profession and as chair of the Best Practices Sub-committee of its Committee on Women in the Profession.

Michelle Friedman, CEO Advancing Women’s Careers LLC

Michelle Friedman MA, CPCC is a certified executive coach, organizational consultant, facilitator and speaker, with an expertise in the various stages of women’s careers. She is the Founder of Advancing Women’s Careers, a full-service consulting and executive coaching firm dedicated to advancing women into greater leadership roles within demanding industries. Michelle’s work is grounded in the conviction that building a strong pipeline of female leaders requires a multi-faceted and systems-based approach, combining individual action and organizational change. As such, she works with individual clients both 1-1 and in group coaching circles. She also consults to, and designs programming for, progressive organizations committed to attracting, retaining and advancing their female talent. Organizational clients have included Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, KKR and The Wharton School. Special focus areas include organizational change, women’s leadership development, career navigation, maternity transitions, and accelerated career re-entry.

Kathleen McQuiggan, President and founder of Catalina Leadership

Catalina Leadership provides strategic consulting to financial services firms looking to advance women employees by teaching communication and networking skills to enhance business relationships. Kathleen also develops focused sales strategies for firms looking to market to affluent high net worth women. She was formerly a vice-president at Goldman Sachs where she served as an Institutional Equity Franchise salesperson in Chicago and Boston. She has 22 years of experience with major investing firms, concentrating in sales.

Kathleen is a long-time activist for women’s issues in business, and is currently Co-President of the Boston Chapter of 85Broads; a supporter and spokesperson for the National Council for Research on Women, Women in Fund Management report; a member of Women Fighting Hunger GBFB Campaign; a member of the Boston Women’s Entrepreneurial Council; and is a member of the Simmons SOM Women’s Initiative Forum.

Kathleen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Towson University. Kathleen currently serves on the YWCA Boston Board of Directors, on the advisory Board of Invest In Girls (IIG,) and is an active supporter of the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust. Kathleen resides in Boston and Dartmouth, MA.

Schéhérazade Zekkar, Managing Director, Al Wakil Global Talent Development (based in France)

Schéhérazade’s background includes 12 years of strategic and hands-on HR Management in 11 countries throughout Europe, the US, Middle East and APAC. As HR Director for global organizations, she gained valuable experience in global communication and change processes, strategic planning, managing and motivating people across borders and cultures. Her experience and international background provided a sound basis for her to move into the area of organizational transformation and integration of diversity in the workplace, with an emphasis on developing the capabilities & talents of individuals, teams and organisations by transforming mindsets and unlocking potential, thus allowing individuals, teams and organizations to be ahead of the game in global, multicultural and ever-evolving environments.

Schéhérazade has a double UK & French degree in Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University and Pierre Mendès France Université in Grenoble, a Masters in Personnel Development from Westminster University in London and an Executive Masters in Coaching and Change Management from Université Paul Cézanne, in Aix-en-Provence, France. She is also qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish and has a good working knowledge of Arabic.

Other information about Evolved Employer

Evolved Employer and theglasshammer.com are both registered trademarked brands and are part of Evolved People Media LLC which is a woman and LGBT owned business. We work with multicultural partners to bring a “think global, act local” perspective to our work. We live our values.