Ron Mitchell - The Initiative™

Ron Mitchell

Ron is a business executive with 20+ years experience leading people and organizations.  Ron has built and managed technology-enabled consumer and enterprise businesses focused on career education, talent assessment, job placement & professional development, which have assisted millions of professionals and job seekers.  He has also served as a partner in a private equity firm.  His professional experience has given him a keen understanding of the challenges that managers face in strategic execution, financial & operational management and team leadership.

Most recently Ron served as the CEO of Virgil Holdings Inc. (VHI).  VHI is a PE-backed enterprise that owns and operates technology-enabled human capital solutions, including Hcareers, the leading talent recruitment platform in the hospitality industry and Virgil Careers, a career assessment and analytics platform. Prior to Virgil, Ron founded and served as CEO of CareerCore Inc.  CareerCore is an enterprise SaaS platform that enables organizations to scale professional development coaching throughout an organization.  Through Virgil and CareerCore, Ron has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious organizations including Marriott, JPMorgan, Omnicom, JCPenney, Visa and Accenture.

Prior to his work in the HR technology space, Ron spent several years as an investment banker and private equity professional. Ron was a General Partner of Provender Capital Group, LLC, $150 million merchant banking fund making principal investments in media, financial services and specialty retail.  Through Provender portfolio companies, Ron worked on transactions involving the purchase of many well-known consumer brands such as Comet Cleaner, Prell Shampoo, Chloraseptic Lozenges, Vanguarde Media, and Pizza Hut franchises. Ron’s professional experience also includes Morgan Stanley, Mitchell & Titus, McKinsey & Co. and The Anschutz Corporation.

Ron earned his AB from Harvard University and MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business where he served as President of his class. While at Harvard College, Ron was a 2-time captain of the varsity basketball team and 3-time All-Ivy selection. He is also a member of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.

Ron is an avid sports enthusiast including basketball, tennis and golf.  He also enjoys salsa dancing. He and his partner, Eboni Gates, are the parents of identical twin boys Max and Trace.

Current & Former Board Participation:

  • Asterisk Ventures, Advisory Board Member (2020 – Present)
  • WeSolar Inc., Board Member (2020 – Present)
  • Virgil Holdings, Inc., Board Member (2018 – 2020)
  • Harvard University Alumni Board, Elected Director (2017 – 2020)
  • CareerCore Inc., Board Member (2005 – 2016)
  • Platform, Founding Board Member (2012-2013)
  • Odyssey House, Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee (2004-2008)
  • Guttman Community College, Founding Advisory Board (2009-2010)
  • Vanguard Media, Board Member (2000 – 2002)
  • PacPizza, Board Member (Interim CEO) (1999-2002)

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