Sun Devil 100 with Duffy Group CEO Kathleen Duffy and Trish Gulbranson with Derma Health
The Sun Devil 100 celebrates the achievements of Arizona State University alumni who own or lead successful, innovative businesses across the globe. Spanning industries and locations, ASU entrepreneurs possess a history of enterprise, vision and leadership. This special awards program was instituted to invite these innovative leaders back to campus for a celebration in their honor. The Sun Devil Class of 2018 represents an elite group of talented business leaders who exemplify the spirit of ASU as a New American University.
The ceremony is happening on April 29th and is attended by major CEOs, community leaders, etc. Companies can purchase seats or sponsor tables.
Duffy Group, Inc. is a global executive search and recruitment firm. Kathleen has been selected as a member of the Sun Devil 100 for the fourth year in a row and will be joined by the Board Chair of the ASU Alumni Association to talk about this year’s celebration of Sun Devils who impact the community and the economy like Kathleen.
Kathleen Duffy Ybarra is the founder and president of Duffy Group, Inc., a global recruiting firm. She imparts a strength of purpose to her entire staff, and the result is one of the strongest recruitment teams in the business. Her commitment to serving candidates and clients alike motivated Kathleen to develop the Recruitment Research model which enables Duffy Group to harness marketplace intelligence, work as a discrete (and transparent) partner and deliver quality candidates with up to 50 percent savings over traditional recruitment fees.
Kathleen currently serves as the Co-Chair on 2020 Woman on Boards and is Co-Chair of the No Longer Homeless Capital Campaign Cabinet. A founding member of the Arizona Human Resource Executive Forum, Kathleen was also Past Board Chair for the ASU Alumni Association, she served on the ASU Board of Trustees and Leadership Counsel and as National District Coordinator for the National Charity League. Kathleen is also an active member of the Kappa Delta Advisory Board. Recently Kathleen was honored for her leadership, community service, and dedication to mentorship by being awarded the 2018 ATHENA Business Woman of the Year Award in the private sector.
Kathleen earned a B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University and is a proud Sun Devil.
Derma Health Skin & Laser is a top rated MedSpa in Arizona, specializing in laser skin treatments, skin care and facial fillers. We are a top 1% MedSpa in the nation for the volume of clients we serve. We are unique in our industry for our focus on internal health, which turns into external beauty and for our approach on the client-provider relationship. You won’t find a friendlier, more compassionate place for your skin care needs!
Accepting a job she didn’t want to take proved to be the catalyst for Derma Health Skin & Laser CEO Trish Gulbranson’s second career as an entrepreneur. Gulbranson credited her decision in 1995 to work for a small software company with giving her the confidence and vision to launch one of the Valley’s top med spas in 2005. Before entering this industry, Gulbranson was using her finance degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University as an accountant. She spent her first 10 years after graduating working for a large firm doing audits on major companies. She was offered a job with a software company that had a staff of 12.
A colleague convinced her that something called the internet was a game-changer on the horizon and that she’d miss the boat by not taking that job. She became the president and CEO of that software company and was with it for 12 years before it was sold. The founder of that company was a woman who inspired her to take a leap of faith. Working for a small and nimble company allowed Gulbranson to be more operational and get into every facet and department instead of being limited to her designated job title. There, a vibe that she described as “uplifting, inspiring and edgy” was something she wanted to replicate and built Derma Health around that goal.