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Rita Steel

President, Robert Half

Rita Steel is president of the Central and Western U.S. operation for the professional staffing service with more than 330 offices worldwide and is responsible for four specialized staffing divisions. She spent several years working as an accountant for the Gap and Touche-Ross (now Deloitte &Touche). She joined Robert Half in 1987 as a staffing manager in the San Francisco office. She serves on the boards of civic and nonprofit groups, including Dress for Success, a program that helps disadvantaged women launch careers. Steel was honored by San Diego Magazine as a Woman of the Year finalist in 2017 and was also named to the Staffing Industry Analyst Global Power 100 Women in Staffing list.


ADVICE: “Surround yourself with people who are better than you.”

AFTER HOURS: Enjoys watching her kids excel in life.

OUTREACH: Partners with Dress for Success and participates in the Woman’s Initiative for Self-Employment.