Kathleen Duffy Yarra

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra

President and CEO of Duffy Group, Inc.

Knowing the struggles associated with being a primary caregiver and breadwinner, Kathleen wanted to create an organization with an unprecedented commitment to work-life balance. Duffy Group was one of the first to innovate and lead an entirely remote workforce in the 90’s.  Kathleen’s work-from-home program gives team members the flexibility of managing their day-to-day activities, with home office support that offers the tools to conduct day-to-day operations. In the first ten years, most of the employees were mothers who wanted to work while their children were in school.  Today with aging parents, life-threateningillnesses of spouses and children, changes in marital status, Duffy Group’s culture supports the employee, providing an opportunity for the staff to care for their family and still continue to work in their profession.

Becoming one of most respected recruiting firms in the country did not justhappen. Kathleen’s passion and dedication in helping individuals find their path is matched only by her deep knowledge of the recruitment industry. She imparts the same focus and strength of purpose to her entire staff,and the result is one of the strongest international recruitment teams, from top to bottom, in the business. 

Her commitment to serving candidates and clients alike motivated Kathleen to develop the Recruitment Research model which enables Duffy Group to harness marketplace intelligence, work as a discrete (and transparent) partner and deliver quality candidates with up to 50 percent savings over traditional recruitment fees. The ability to scale and customize processes to deliveran optimal outcome benefits both employers and job seekers.

  • Kathleen is a founding member of the Arizona Human Resource Executive Forum.
  • She is a highly-regarded keynote speaker on recruiting techniques, processes, andentrepreneurship.  
  • Recently, Kathleen was selected as a 2019 Most Admired Leaders honoree by the Phoenix Business Journal.
  • Kathleen was honored for her leadership, community service, and dedication to mentorship by being awarded the 2018 ATHENA Business Woman of the Year Award in the private sector. 
  • Kathleen was also recognized by Arizona Society of Human Resource Managementwith the Al O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award. 
  • In 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Kathleen was an honoree of the Sun Devil 100 which celebrates the achievements of Arizona State alumni who own or lead businesses across the globe and exemplify the spirit of ASU as the New American University.  

Kathleen has served as the National District Coordinator for National Charity League and President of the NCL Moon Valley chapter.

In 2016, Kathleen was honored for her community service as Panhellenic Woman of the Year; and in 2017, given the Kappa Delta Order of the Pearl which recognizes outstanding contributions to society at the national, state or local level outside of Kappa Delta service.  

Kathleen currently serves as the Co-Chair on 2020 Woman on Boards, a national initiative to increase the percentage of qualified women on public boards. She is also Co-Chair of the No Longer Homeless Capital Campaign Cabinet, a two-phase campaign to ensure that resources are available and accessible for veterans to help end homelessness. 

Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Arizona State University. An avid Sun Devil, she served as Chair of the ASU Alumni Association National Board of Directors and Council, and the Board of Trustees serving on the Arizona Leadership Council.  She is a member of the ASU President’s Club and the Chapter Advisory Board for Kappa Delta Sorority.