Vertical Elevation is a leading global executive search firm.

Quality, professionalism, integrity, confidentiality and personalized service are at the core of who we are and what we do. We utilize our proven expertise in the search process to ensure our clients successfully identify and recruit the most qualified senior leaders as well as individual contributors.


Carol Schultz

Carol Schultz

Founder & CEO

Carol Schultz is a sought after Executive Recruiter and Advisor who works with individual executives and their teams. She is a pioneer in the Recruitment Process Optimization and Career Strategy Industry and has built a client base of countless individuals and myriad companies from Seed stage pre-IPOs to publicly traded companies.

Over the past 27 years, she honed her industry expertise and formed an intrinsic understanding of successful recruiting processes. For many years the industry standard began with a strong resume. While and individual’s background is an element of recruitment, Carol believes the person behind that resume and their fit to company strategy and culture is the key building stone to company performance.

Armed with this knowledge, she designed and launched Vertical Elevation, a fresh approach to an industry that truly needed a paradigm shift to a recruiting and hiring process that incorporates the executive management team’s core values and permeates every aspect of hiring process.

As an advisor to corporations, Carol makes a stand for best practices to attract and retain the best and the brightest. In guiding individuals, she applies straightforward tools in taking their leadership skills and careers to the next level.

Taking corporations and individuals to the top with cutting-edge strategies for building top-performing teams is what gets Carol up in the morning.

A St. Louis native, Carol moved to Northern New Jersey following graduate school and settled there for 16 years. She relocated to Colorado in June 2003. When she’s not running Vertical Elevation she spends her free time skiing, riding her Rocky Mountain Horses, working hard in her garden and enjoying all the outdoor activities that living in America’s playground offers. She’s a foster mom for Animal Rescue of the Rockies and is the parent of a rescued Australian Shepherd, rescued Australian Cattle Dog mix, and a small herd of rescued cats. Carol is an advisor of the Innovation Pavilion, headquartered in Colorado and holds a BS degree from the University of Montana and a MS degree from the University of Michigan.

Darlene Craven, CPRW

Darlene Craven, CPRW

Lead Resume Writer

With an English teacher grandmother, who was a published author in her own right, Darlene comes by her talent for telling other people’s stories honestly. Her passion for helping people find their true north is what led her to resume writing and career advising. Crafting a resume that compels the reader to take action takes skill, focus and the ability to ask the right questions. Darlene has spent the last thirteen years honing those skills and guiding hundreds of clients and students to greatness. She’s been writing resumes and LinkedIn profiles for Vertical Elevation’s career clients since 2010. Her portfolio of resumes includes sales, executive management, technology, logistics and operations, engineering and professional curriculum vitae.

In addition to her substantial writing skills, Darlene also has edited numerous self-help books, annual corporate reports and legal documents. In 2019, Darlene added to her legal skill set by obtaining a certificate in paralegal from the Community College of Aurora. She has a BS degree in history from the University of Montana.

When Darlene isn’t writing resumes or articles for a rodeo news magazine, she is throwing kids on sheep and feeding cowboys as a volunteer for a couple of local rodeo committees. Other favorites include hiking, listening to live music, dancing and reading by the pool.

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