Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi there, I am so excited to be a part of this group. It's always been my mission to help other women succeed in business. I have a boutique retained search business. We are Talent Acquisitions experts. We don't merely just connect people to jobs. We connect the right people to the right jobs in the right culture.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
Several years ago, I started a women's networking group in Seattle called The Better Bombshell. It brought together a diverse group of entrepreneurs & solopreneurs. We met monthly that featured different speakers. When I was referred to Ellevate, I knew I had to join. It's always been critical for other women to work together. Now so, more than ever. I have been attending many of the fabulous events. Each 1 of them, I have gotten so much out of. This is an incredible group. There are 2 favorite things I have heard that aligns w/ my philosophy. First, someone mentioned the Madeleine Albright quote; 'There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.' Second was the other day in the Gravitas seminar. During our breakout sessions, we talked about how some women don't feel supported by other women. The mindset could be there isn't enough to go around. My philosophy: there will always be someone prettier, smarter, kinder, thinner, richer so there is no use of being threatened. We can all rise together. There is enough to go around!
How would you define your professional mission?
I always tell people; I'm transparent, honest, hopefully you find me respectful, I just ask that in return.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Authentic, high integrity, honest, good listener, curious, genuine.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
The recruiting industry is changing. While there is a lot barrier for entry, aka, no degrees in the field, you don't need a certification, many people don't say, 'when I grow up I want to be a recruiter.' When the economy is great, it's easy to enter the field. Our business can also be transactional which I am not. There are more bad recruiters out there than good. Therefore, I have to outcome a lot of challenges why we're different. Combine that with AI, the realization that recruiting is a gift & there needs to be an investment & buy in from leaders.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Believe it or not, Nordstrom didn't have an internal Executive recruiting program. They always look within 1st which can be good however can be a detriment. The brothers are also so very well connected. At 1 point, they had all their executive searches called out to different partners. Every agency had a different process, there was no one managing them either. So, I worked with the brothers, owned the relationships with the agencies, advised them on what was working, what wasn't as well as what they should expect. Then, I also owned several of the searches myself which saved them $1M in the 1st year. This was such an amazing project. I absolutely love the brand & I got the opportunity to know Blake before he passed.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Connecting the right person to the right job to the right company. When I get calls from professionals thanking me for finding them the best person or finding them the best job, when they were even looking, that brings the biggest smile to my face. They are a part of my family forever.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
Two fold: that people who were stagnant or unhappy in their job, I was able to bring them a life-changing opportunity. Second, that I am truly a Talent Acquisition Expert in that I care & make a difference in peoples' lives & business.
What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?
I love hearing peoples stories.
Who are your role models?
What is your morning ritual?
It's a little different in this pandemic; wake around 6am, make my cappuccino, go thru my emails, review my day. Workout around 7ish; maybe biking, running w/ my dog, yoga, jumping rope, weights, then hit the ground running. I am definitely a morning person.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Two things I've been told; I'm present when I'm talking w/ someone as well as I have great intuition. I can read people well.
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Being a thought leader in Diversity & Inclusion hiring. Also getting connected to successful female leaders. Outside of work, it's different right now so trying to spend as much time outdoors w/ my dogs & husband Continue Reading
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