December 4, 2019

Aspirant Acquires HR Imagined, Expanding Org & HR Offerings


HR Imagined President Cheryl Paxton-Hughes will join the Pittsburgh-based management consulting firm to deepen its HR experience as part of the acquisition.

Aspirant, a Pittsburgh-based global management consulting and technology firm, has acquired HR Imagined, an outsourced HR solution organization that provides on-demand HR services for small- to mid-market businesses.

This acquisition will expand Aspirant’s Organizational Effectiveness service area to include additional HR-based offerings across the employee life cycle, including HR transformation, outsourced HR, and HR technology. As part of the acquisition, HR Imagined President Cheryl Paxton-Hughes will join Aspirant as an Engagement Manager in the Organizational Effectiveness service area.

“We are thrilled for Cheryl to join the Aspirant team. Cheryl and HR Imagined bring a wealth of experience in HR and technology, broadening our Organizational Effectiveness offerings while affording us the opportunity to grow high-demand HR services to larger industry players looking for similar support,” said Aspirant Vice President and Organizational Effectiveness Director Judy Johnson, Ph.D. “This acquisition reinforces Aspirant’s dedication to changing the way management consulting is delivered. We place importance on smaller, more experienced teams and accelerated results through unique modeling and the use of technology, which affords us the ability to charge reasonable rates compared with traditional consulting companies. And Cheryl brings the type of commitment to clients and drive for results that will fit in perfectly at Aspirant.”

Paxton-Hughes is a seasoned business leader with experience in training and development, human resources, and information technology. She spent several years deploying talent management and HR strategies as well as developing and deploying organizational development processes and practices in a variety of industries including healthcare, legal, retail, manufacturing, and technology. Paxton-Hughes holds multiple HR and IT certifications and earned her MBA from Robert Morris University and an undergraduate degree from Phoenix University.

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“This acquisition will add tremendous value not only for HR Imagined clients but also for any market where there is a gap to serve mid-market organizations with both strategic and tactical HR services,” said Cheryl Paxton-Hughes, President of HR Imagined. “With unemployment at record lows in the United States, acquiring and retaining talent is a top priority for all organizations, regardless of size. HR Imagined’s portfolio of HR services will provide access to best-in-class people practices and services at affordable rates.”


Cheryl Paxton-Hughes, President of HR Imagined, has a unique background in human resources and information technology. She has a combined 20 years of experience leading HR & IT functions for a variety of industries and company sizes. She holds multiple HR and IT certifications and is an MBA graduate from Robert Morris University. Cheryl has led multiple IT and HR projects for both large and small-scale organizations in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, technology, and services.

Aspirant partners with business leaders to implement practical solutions to their most critical strategic, technological, and talent-related challenges. Our collaborative teams apply industry and functional expertise to help clients achieve sustainable results. We also strive to make a meaningful impact in the community by raising awareness of domestic violence and supporting victims through our Connection of Hope program. For more information, contact

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