Our Approach

Meskin Consulting, Inc. believes that
  • Organizations that spend significant attention developing their leaders derive positive business outcomes
  • Organizations that listen to their employees and understand what drives them will be rewarded by greater commitment and retention
  • Organizations that address talent management in a pragmatic yet systematic way can significantly impact productivity
What we bring to our clients is an approach that is:
  • Innovative yet practical
  • Based on diagnosis and listening to the organization
  • Tailored to the unique organizational needs
  • Specific and actionable
"When I look back at what we did over the last several years, Ilana's passion and skill in implementing several key talent driven initiatives in our organization was a major factor in achieving success, and helped drive the growth of the company"
- Brian McNamee
Senior Vice President,
Human Resources, Amgen
President's Bio

Ilana MeskinIlana Meskin's passion for leadership and organization development comes from an impressive corporate track record of over 20 years of professional Human Resources experience with 2 major companies, Amgen and ARCO, with significant accomplishments across both line HR and corporate functions. In her 16 year tenure at Amgen, she held key roles of increasing scope as her own career tracked the company's hyper growth period, pioneering in HR while the company grew from a workforce of 2000 to 20000, and from $1B to $15B.

Ilana is an Executive Coach, having achieved ACC level accreditation from the International Coaching Federation and is a graduate of Fielding University's graduate level Accredited Coach Training Program in Evidenced Based Coaching.

Experience Highlights:
  • As the former Executive Director of Leadership and Organization Development at Amgen, Ilana owned talent review processes such as succession planning for the top 100 leaders, and drove a focus on career management at all levels.
  • Ilana co-led an executive assessment and development process focused on the most senior leaders, designed to enhance self-awareness and drive coaching for development.
  • Ilana led the entry into executive development, worked directly with the CEO on the early definition of leadership expectations, and initiated a values based 360 instrument and coaching for the top 300 leaders.  During this period, Amgen became a case study in the groundbreaking McKinsey research, described in The War for Talent, and Ilana's reputation for giving straight, constructive feedback to senior executives is profiled in the book.
  • Ilana facilitated as the commercial management team articulated a talent philosophy with clear career paths, ultimately achieving a significant increase in mobility over a 2 year period, which yielded a deeper bench ready to take on future leadership roles.
  • Ilana's background also includes facilitating large scale change, workforce engagement, and shaping organizational culture and values; she is experienced in design and interpretation of focus group or climate survey data to inform and drive recommended action.
  • As Project leader of the cross-functional Program Management Office for HR, she directed key message development and integrated rollout of successful enterprise-wide initiatives, as well as relevant training for HR business partners, executives, managers and employees.  Key initiatives involved the introduction of a new career framework, new manager self serve systems and processes, performance management enhancements, flexible work arrangements, and a significant company restructuring.

Prior to Amgen, Ilana's career included 11 years with a subsidiary of ARCO, and subsequently held HR roles of increasing responsibility including Director of HR until the acquisition of ARCO Solar by Siemens.

She holds a BA in Linguistics from York University in Canada, and is fluent in French.  Ilana serves as Chair of the Board of Camp Ramah in California, and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation program in communal leadership.

Meskin Consulting, Inc. maintains a strong network of leadership and human resource experts ready to participate in client projects as needed.