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Alaant Workforce Solutions Announces Key Hires as Business Booms Amid Historically Tight Job Market

Albany, NY – Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional workforce services firm, is strengthening its commitment to helping organizations recruit and hire top talent amid a historically challenging job market with the addition of two senior professionals to its staff. The hiring of Michelle Conn and Lauren Valentine reinforces Alaant’s ability to serve a fast-growing client base, an expansion that has been rapidly accelerated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workplace. 

Joining Alaant as Senior Talent Acquisition Managers, Conn and Valentine bring more than 30 years of combined experience in assisting organizations of all sizes, and across multiple industries, in building high-performing teams. With demonstrated expertise and a proven track record of success, they will be significant assets to Alaant’s expanding clientele as the firm sees 30% growth in job placements, and a 50% increase in direct hire revenue, over last year. 

“We are delighted to double down on our commitment to serving our clients’ critical workforce needs with the addition of Michelle and Lauren to Alaant’s outstanding professional team,” said Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner of Alaant Workforce Solutions. “In the most challenging recruiting environment in recent history, and amid the continued impact of the pandemic on how and where work gets done, the expertise, experience and passion Michelle and Lauren bring will be invaluable in ensuring employers can find, hire, and keep top talent to drive business success.”

Conn is rejoining Alaant following a stint at one of the nation’s leading biotechnology companies. Her recruiting experience of more than 20 years spans financial services, marketing and advertising, high-growth startups, and biopharmaceuticals. She excels in sourcing to fill mid- to executive-level positions, particularly in marketing, creative, finance, human resources, regulatory/compliance and supply chain. She has also completed the SHRM Veterans at Work Certification, gaining unique insight into the value skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace.

Valentine has spent the past decade as a sales consultant and manager, working closely with business owners and leaders to help them develop and grow high-achieving sales teams. Her experience includes providing critical support during the hiring process to identify and qualify “right fit” candidates, an experience she will build on in her role with Alaant.

Alaant has been honored by Forbes as one of America's Best Recruiting Firms for each of the past 5 years (2017-21). In addition, it has received the Best of Staffing® Client Diamond Award and Best of Staffing® Talent Award from ClearlyRated – given to the top 2% of staffing firms in North America – for the past 5 and 3 years, respectively. Alaant was also selected by HR Tech Outlook as one of the nation’s Top 10 Employer Branding Consulting/Services Companies for 2019, and was chosen in 2020 by NYS-SHRM as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York.  

Offering innovative practice areas such as Talent Acquisition Partnerships and Employer Brand Strategy, Alaant has helped more than 400 companies attract, acquire, engage and retain over 4,000 elite employees over the past decade. For more information, visit


About Alaant Workforce Solutions. For nearly two decades, Alaant has delivered a full suite of consulting and recruitment services that enable employers to attract, hire and retain the best employees, strengthen business performance, and accelerate growth and profitability. Alaant’s team of employment experts uses innovative recruiting tools and solutions, creates effective Employer Brand Strategies, and provides exceptional RPO capabilities, always guided by a personal engagement with both candidates and employers, and a recognized commitment to integrity and excellence. To learn more, visit

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