Lori Eaton is the President of NextGen Information Services, Inc., a national talent engagement firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, providing Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and emerging tech organizations with a diverse talent community. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Lori has helped take the business beyond expectation to become the $60 million company it is today. As President, Lori is responsible for developing international strategic initiatives and expanding the firm’s global interests with the expansion of the company’s services, programs and capabilities.
Lori has spearheaded innovative outreach programs at NextGen, including the We Care Initiative, RAV (Recruit A Veteran), Diversity Works, and Next Dimensions …all designed to support charity, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, scholarship, and civic progress. She has also developed unique recruitment initiatives including CHAMBA USA designed to expand NextGen’s Hispanic talent network with recruitment efforts in Mexico and the NextStep program geared to college graduates and Millennials.
In her leadership role, Lori, 42, leads a tenured recruiting team and sales force for the firm that boasts more than 300+ consultants and a solid reputation in the industry as NextGen stands poised to become an $70 million enterprise. Established in 1997, she joined NextGen in March of 2000, was hired as a recruiter, and was named Vice President in 2010. During her tenure as President, NextGen has been named Missouri’s Minority Business of the Year by Governor Nixon, one of the top privately held companies and fastest growing companies in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal, Hispanic Company of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis and ranked 43rd in the Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the US 2016. The firm has also been awarded by Ernst and Young, Enterprising Women Magazine, along with numerous honors from Inc. Magazine, Diversity Inc. and Diversity Business.
Lori is a member of numerous professional groups and organizations including, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, the Regional Business Council, FOCUS St. Louis, the Young Professionals Network, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Professional Women’s Alliance, the Human Resource Management Association and a member of the Multicultural Cabinet of the United Way. Lori has been featured by the Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching, by Small Business Monthly as an A-Player and by St. Louis Women’s Journal article, Inspiring Women. She has been named to the prestigious list by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of St. Louis’ Most Influential Business Women and one of only six women in Missouri for the MAC Women of Distinction and one of 100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed In Business. She is also a featured media resource for tech news and hiring practices.
Throughout her career Lori has worked with startup (IT) organizations, small businesses and the Fortune 500 to bring sound business solutions to today’s high-tech challenges. Her experience in account management, recruiting, sales, business management and human resources, helped support NextGen’s history of success in maintaining long standing client relationships. A native of St. Louis and having “grown up” in the industry, Lori, brings to every business experience a strong understanding of technology and the marketplace. Her strong work ethic means she has been uniquely and personally involved in putting thousands of people to work throughout her career, making the workforce and workplace stronger, for St. Louis and across the US.
NextGen is a Certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and certified by the state of Missouri and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. As President, Lori works both professionally and personally to ensure that this commitment to diversity is maintained on every level. A dynamic leader she is a tireless mentor, and has a passion for helping children and teens find new opportunities in math, science and technology and in supporting young people to achieve their dreams through professional development opportunities. Her other interests include: the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Red Cross, FIRST (For Inspiration and recognition of Science and Technology) Adopt a Family, Kingdom House, St. Patrick Center and Race for the Cure. Known for her energy, enthusiasm and dynamic spirit, Lori is a manager, businesswoman, decision maker, who “makes a difference” in all those whose lives she has influence. As President of NextGen, she has the opportunity to grow the business, yet beyond that Lori works to help change people’s lives…for the better.