Birgit Kamps was speaking 5 languages by the age of 10, and lived in 5 countries with her Dutch parents, prior to becoming an American citizen. This laid the foundation for her ability to quickly understand a company’s culture, read people, and identify leadership blind spots.
Upon graduating from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business, Birgit worked and was promoted several times in both public and private companies for her ability to quickly engage people in working together to attain desired results.
A decade later, she decided to start her own company. Applying her own formula to successfully hire and develop a very high performing team, she grew her firm, HireSynergy, to an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Company and a Best Company to Work for in Texas.
During that time, Birgit was appointed as a Board Member of the Gulf Coast Workforce Commission where she served for three terms, including as the Chair of the Education Committee.
After successfully building HireSynergy, Birgit sold the company to a national Employment firm and then spent the next year raising her young daughter and planning her next venture. Hire Universe was the result – a leadership consulting practice that brings a unique brand of advice to venture capital and private equity firms and supports high-performing enterprises in achieving their mission.
She is currently serving as a Board Member for a select number of companies.
Birgit is often referred to by her clients as the “Human X-Ray Machine” for her ability to quickly identify hiring blind spots, prevent costly hiring mistakes, and provide effective guidance for performance and conflict resolution issues. By supporting clients in discovering leadership blind spots, Birgit accelerates their company’s success, and they find that they can also enjoy a higher quality of life.
She applies the same principles as a Board member, focusing on empowering the Board and the company’s executives to collaborate in a way that provides meaningful and effective performance feedback, while optimizing their partnership and desired outcomes.
Birgit is also the creator of the “CEO Blindspots” podcast, where 100+ leaders have shared their best practices and blind spots with other executives via 15-minute podcast episodes. Spotify acknowledged CEO Blindspots in 2020 for having the “biggest listener growth in the USA” (733%), and for having “listeners in 11 countries.” https://ceoblindspots.com/
What our customers say
“I often refer to Birgit as an “Human X-ray machine” who can see right through people and discovers blindspots in lightning speed. The results that her unique ability lead to, include helping leaders accomplish more through further development of their teams and making sure the right people are on and off the bus.”
“We have retained Birgit Kamps’ expertise in evaluating executives for over 5 years. She has proven to be very effective and continues to exceed our expectations…We always engage her services prior to making any final investment decisions.”
“In 30 years of ministry, higher education, and non-profit leadership, I have never worked with a consultant who so immediately added value to our work while increasing my own skill set and leadership capacity. Birgit’s experience, data-driven analysis and extraordinary emotional intelligence makes her without peer in executive recruiting, retention and organizational culture. She is a joy to work with and a wonder to behold.”
“I can genuinely say Birgit is very possibly an “EQ genius”… I am shocked at her ability to “size up” a situation and offer “right on” advice. Her purity of language and commitment to honor people, allows for welcomed and effective transformation. We were already a successful organization, yet I am convinced that our team for generations to come will be blessed because of the coaching she has given me in how to raise us to the next level of excellence. Her coaching is most of all the gift of HOURS in your day.”
“Birgit’s thorough, objective process produced extremely valuable insights that I have already begun to use to make decisions regarding staffing and priorities. I knew she would be great, but she exceeded my high expectations.”
“Our firm received the top score of all the firms in the survey (550 participating firms). We wouldn’t be in this spot without Birgit! I appreciate her very much for working with me and helping me become a better manager of people, and highly recommend her!”
“Before Birgit, an important conversation with a few Board Members took over 3.5 hours. After my first visit with her, that same conversation with multiple Board Members only took 30 minutes, with a very favorable outcome for all involved. She also helped me prevent a potential legal liability and high impact morale issues, in the process of letting someone go. Birgit taught me how to catch my own fish in less than 10 hours, and I highly recommend her.”
“Birgit took on an assignment to work with us in evaluating a CEO candidate. The assessment work involved a broad circle of reference checks as well as face-to-face interviews with the candidate and extensive discussion with me. Her job was to assess the fit of the candidate with the company, the culture, and the mission…..She did an excellent job. It seemed to me that she had a unique skill in identifying important issues relative to long-term success that the rest of the hiring process did not address. I plan to use her services in the future”
“Having successfully worked with many reputable consulting organizations in the past, I can confidently state that Birgit Kamps of Hire Universe is simply, the Best of the Best.”
“Birgit is a pleasure to work with and brings tremendous value to the assignments she undertakes…..Birgit is fast, efficient and able to obtain deep insights into people that otherwise would be unattainable…..I highly recommend Birgit as an integral part of the process of hiring and building a strong, capable and highly motivated team.”
“Birgit has a unique ability to understand what a private equity type investor will want from its management team members…..Our portfolio company management team members are the most important assets for driving a successful investment outcome…..Our Company currently requires that all potential “C-level” managers go through the “Birgit process.”
“Our Company has been very pleased with the services of evaluating management teams provided by Birgit Kamps and highly recommend her and her services to others…..Through the years we have both invested and rejected investment with management teams based on her recommendations.”
“As an investment company, we have come to realize that our main challenge is to determine the quality and performance capacity of the executives of the corporations we have targeted to invest in. We were not effective prior to meeting you in putting this into practice…..Birgit’s first task performed on our behalf gave unexpected positive results that were frankly a true eye-opener. In one instance, your analysis kept us out of an investment that would have, at a minimum, been very painful but most likely a total financial loss.