About us

Get to know the friendly faces at work friendly

what we believe

Our mission at Work Friendly is to give every business, no matter the size or the stage, the resources to build and retain the most important part of their business, their people

Work Friendly has over 100 years of combined HR experience to tackle your people initiatives – learn more about us below!

How We Started

As a leader in her field, Celia Balson founded Work Friendly in 2016 with a commitment to helping companies of all sizes maximize their greatest asset – their people. She has since created an experienced team that specializes in helping quickly growing or transitioning companies build strong Human Resource and Talent Acquisition strategies.

With an ever-growing team of industry experts and a keen eye for detail, Celia continues to set the bar for modern HR strategies that make workplaces more productive and engaged.

About Us - Meet the Work Friendly HR Consulting Team

We know what matters

Culture is everything.  Work Friendly is committed  to championing and enhancing your company’s culture.

we have the experience

Work Friendly is industry agnostic and ready to jump in.  We’re able to support our clients through strategic advisory, full Head of People coverage and project based work.

We Deliver Results

Each Work Friendly consultant is trained in project management to exceed your expectations and deliver results.

We Keep It Simple

Work Friendly dedicates at least one main executive level HR consultant so there’s always a friendly face throughout your experience.  We pride ourselves in being an extension of your team.

your people are our people

putting what matters first

We are a Chicago-based and female-founded Human Resources and talent acquisition consulting firm. 

meet our amazing team

More About Us – Your Friends at Work Friendly

Celia Balson

Founder + CEO

Ben Balson

Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Bernheim

Head of Client Relations

Cori Anderson

People Expert

Julie Blomsterberg

People Expert

Erin McCourt

People Expert

Lauren Dal Santo

People Expert

Molly White

People Expert

Jessica Young

People Expert

Paige Vazquez

People Expert

Our Clients

Their People are our people

In 8 years, Work Friendly’s business has been built 100% on client referrals. We pride ourselves on long lasting, impactful relationships throughout various industries.

Not sure where
to start?

Work Friendly is here to help

About Us - Meet the Work Friendly HR Consulting Team