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Higher Ground Associates

Recruiting and Business Research



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About Higher Ground Associates

Higher Ground Associates provides research support to the executive search and business communities, as well as individual and group coaching for people in career transition.  Our areas of expertise include:

     Executive Search and Corporate Recruiting Support

     Business Research and Competitive Intelligence


     Career Development Services


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Industry experience:


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Functional experience:

     High Technology

     Information Technology


     General Management


     Sales/Business Development






     Human Resources


     Finance/Business Office

     Financial Services


     Professional Services







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About our founder


Catherine Palma brings over 20 years of experience in human resources, including recruiting, employee relations, and training and development.  She spent four years immersed in the executive search industry as Director of Research for CEO Resources, Inc., a boutique retained executive search firm recruiting executive leadership for the Mid-Atlantic region’s high-technology and service sectors.  In this role she served as a one-person research department supporting both the account management and business development staff.  As Principal Consultant for Higher Ground Associates, Ms. Palma has spent over 12 years providing research and candidate development services to executive search firms and hiring companies in a variety of industries and functions


Ms. Palma is trained in internet research by Advanced Internet Recruiting.  Her background working within large, established organizations, as well as fast-growth start-up environments, provides a unique perspective on the internal structure and complex needs of various organizations.


Prior to joining CEO Resources, Ms. Palma worked in Marketing and Corporate Communications for Infonautics, Inc., the Philadelphia region’s first internet company, where she experienced firsthand its rapid growth from 32 to over 200 employees in two years.  Previously, Ms. Palma held positions in Human Resources at Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals and SpectaGuard, Inc.


Ms. Palma holds an MA in Theatre Arts from Villanova University, along with a BMEd and a BS in Communications and Theater from Evangel University.  She remains active in the local performing arts community, having served in a volunteer capacity as the Managing Director of Infinity Theatre Company and founding Board Member of Valley Forge Children’s Theater.
















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