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Women at Work: HireLevel CEO

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WSIL -- This week, California became the first state to require the boards of publicly traded companies to include women. The moves comes as, nationwide, the number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies declined by 25 percent this year.

One southern Illinois woman has remained on top of her company for 23 years. Teresa Katubig is the president and CEO of HireLevel. And it's not just a women owned business. Most of the 100 workers at HireLevel are women.

"I think HR is a very women dominated type of business," said Katubig. "We work with fortune 500 companies because we are a women owned business, so we are using our WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council) certification to grow that part of the business."

The staffing agency has nine offices, finding employees for major companies nationwide.

"We hire for people, we have a complete payroll department that processes payroll checks," said Katubig. "We do HR for them we do retirement, you name it. We're pretty 'recruitment to retirement'."

But the success wasn't overnight. After 10 years working for McDonald's, Katubig wanted a change. The Murphysboro native earned an accounting degree at SIU, then worked as a CPA for another temp agency. In 1995, she launched her first office in Johnston City.

Katubig said, "I kind of giggle because as I talk to groups about how I started, when I use the words 'credit card and a prayer' there is so much truth to that statement."

There were some bumps along the way, but now the company's growth can been seen inside her offices in various ways, including with newborns. HireLevel's 'Baby at Work Program' allows employees to bring their newborn back to work with them for up to four months.

"It has been terrific," said Katubig, "Every time I talk about the 'Baby at Work Program' I really encourage other employers to take the time to do some research on it. It's so easy and you get such reward and not just for the mother but for the rest of us. As a mom and as a grandmother I want them to feel good about it and we want them to return for goodness sake."

Katubig hires employees for large and small companies. She knows women are speaking up to shrink the gender pay gap, and says they're demanding change in the workplace.

She says, "They want the ability to have a good shift that they could have a good work-life balance. That's to me what I'm seeing out of the women today is just the knowledge that there is that pay discrepancy and two, that you can do something about it."

HireLevel continues to grow, Katubig says 30 percent just this year, "We set goals two years ago to be a $100 million company by 2020."

She stresses the women and men in her offices are to thank for that success, "It's super important that women support women, but you have to realize that you're cutting off half your market if you do that. There's a real fine line that has to be walked and we want to make sure that we're not hired because we're a woman owned business, we're hired because we do a great job. That's what we take real pride in."

HireLevel is not just for temporary work. Katubig says about 80 percent of the positions are "temp-to-hire." Katubig has been honored with dozens of awards and recognitions, including Enterprising Women of the Year.

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