Success Stories

Talent Connect success stories show the direct impact that this unique program has on families relocating to the Capital Region.

Talent Connect Helps Newcomer from South Korea Find Her Calling

Talent Connect Helps Spouse of The Sage Colleges New Archivist Right Career Path with Job at RPI

Talent Connect Matches GE Global Research Engineer’s Spouse with Engineering Lecturer Position at Rensselaer

Talent Connect Helps RPI Sr. Principal Gifts Officer’s Family Make Troy Home

Talent Connect Helps Process Engineer’s Family Make Niskayuna Home

Employer Testimonials

“Having a relationship with Talent Connect is an effective secret weapon when it comes to attracting top talent to the region. The Service allows relocating professionals and their families to quickly build the professional networks and personal support systems that many individuals are reluctant to leave when considering a new job. Everyone likes to feel like an insider; Talent Connect helps relocated professionals and their families become insiders quickly!”

– Kathy McNamara, SHRM-CP, Manager, Employment Relations, RPI


“The Pre-Hire Consultation services offered through Talent Connect provide a great resource for out-of-town candidates/families considering positions in the Capital District.  The Talent Connect Team offers a personalized approach to each candidate often answering questions and providing information regarding topics that are difficult for a business to address in the pre-hire stages.  This is an extremely valuable piece of our hiring process – helping candidates and their families to feel supported and confident in the choice they are making to move the Capital Region!”

– Kim Speck, Director, Talent Acquisition/HR Systems, MVP Health Care 

New-Hire Testimonials

“We were referred by RPI (Ulysse’s employer) to CEG’s Talent Connect Program for six months of New-Hire Navigation service. We used the program while we were still in France to gather information about housing, connections with an immigration lawyer, banks, and our current apartment thanks to the Talent Connect. CEG also provided Laetitia with several networking opportunities for her consulting business.” – Laetitia Duret and Ulysse Pedreira-Segade, professional new hire at RPI.  


“When my wife and I relocated to the Capital Region, we were referred to Talent Connect from Rensselaer (RPI) my spouse’s new employer. We received detailed information about community resources, advice on where to live, school ratings and reviews, banking and mortgage professional recommendations, cultural activities, the best healthcare facilities…Over the past year, Joanne has worked relentlessly to help me with job opportunities, informational interviews, and strategic introductions and I have secured a professional role locally.”  Bruce Hunter, spouse of RPI professional new hire 


“Talent Connect worked hard to understand my career goals and to find companies with a potential mutual fit. With their help, we found a vibrant neighborhood, exciting jobs and great friends. We are happy to call the Capital Region home.” – Luke Neubert, spouse of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professional new hire


“Talent Connect has been very helpful and valuable during the entire course of moving in and settling down. We had met Joanne around two months before we actually moved in. We kept on asking her questions over email and in person too once we were in. These were around learning more about neighborhoods, school districts, commercial establishments (malls, shops) and various service providers.

We enjoyed a few good experiences during events organized by Talent Connect – Breakfast and tour at Saratoga Race Course, Capitol Hauntings, among others. These events and other newsletters and mailers give a good sense of the cultural and historical aspects of the area.

Professionally, I got a good overview of the opportunities in the area. Talent Connect heard out my professional background and aspirations and offered various suggestions around the potential employers and partners. Talent Connect also organized connections and interviews with various employers.” – Tarun Bangari, spouse of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professional new hire


“I thank you for your help through the year I relocated to Albany. I deeply appreciate it. I think I have been well adapted to life in Albany. I hope to explore more about this area rich in history and culture.”
– Shuying Sha, Excelsior College professional new hire



“A big ‘thank you’ to Talent Connect for working to make us feel a part of our new community. We feel such a warm welcome from the Capital Region!” – Amy Pabbi, spouse of Beech-Nut Nutrition professional new hire


“I would like to thank Joanne Bucher with Talent Connect for arranging multiple informational interviews with reputed academic institutions in a very short time. These interviews helped me get my foot in the door, make connections, and gave me the opportunity to leave a good first impression. In a few weeks time, one of those interviews turned into a job offer and I was able to relocate back with my family. I highly recommend career search services provided at Talent Connect to anyone in the job market.”– Mahmood Hameed, spouse of GEGRC professional new hire


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