Kip Hollister

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Founder and CEO

Kip opened the doors of Hollister Staffing in August of 1988 with the dream of eliminating the transactional nature of the staffing industry.  Thanks to this vision, her values and Hollister’s government and social responsibility partnerships, Hollister is one of the leading women-owned, full service recruiting firms in New England and has expanded its relationships and service offerings nationwide.
In 2008, when the Country fell into recession, instead of “right sizing” her organization, Kip invested in her employees and began the journey of creating a Leadership Development program to give them the tools to reach their full potential. This initiative proved so successful that Hollister has added customized Leadership Development programs to its service offerings through the newly formed Hollister Institute. 

Kip serves on the Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Development Committee of Massachusetts. She also sits on the Board of The Alliance for Business Leadership and is the Co-Chair of the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee. She is also on the Board of Cristo Rey Boston High School.  

Kip’s awards include the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (National Finalist).  Also in 2012, YMCA Training Inc. awarded her Employer of the Year for creating jobs and internship programs.  In 2011 she was named one of the Small Businesses of the Year Award by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  She was the 2008 recipient of The Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurship; 2008 Stevie Award recipient in Business; 2008 Enterprise Woman of the Year and in 2007 was inducted into the Boston Business’ Hall of Fame through Junior Achievement of Massachusetts. Kip Hollister was named on the Boston Business Journal Top 100 Women-Led Businesses from 2010 -2012 and to the Ad Club of Greater Boston’s 2013 100 Women We Admire.

Kip is a certified Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher and holds a BA in Sociology from Susquehanna University. Kip also received her Leadership & Mentoring certification through the Michael Shankin Arch of Leadership Program, taught by Bonnie Gorbady.

 She lives in Dover, MA with her husband, Warren, their four children and their two Labrador Retrievers Kijay and Tonka.