In 2012… I kicked off the solopreneur life, helping fill a vital need for small companies and startups who lacked the benefit of an in-house recruiter, via retained search consulting services. In addition, I continued to coach job seekers in their efforts to take that next step in their careers (the latter I've done since 2008). I partnered with 30+ corporate clients to lead talent acquisition initiatives, mentored recruiters to give them the guidance they need in an often under-supported profession, coached hundreds of job seekers, and volunteered in my community to do what I can to make the world a better place.
In 2021… I retired from recruiting and made the decision to focus exclusively on partnering with community-focused organizations, supporting under-served youth, increasing access to healthcare, protecting our planet, and promoting social justice. Life is too short - it's time to be of greater service.
For 20+ years, I worked for a multitude of industries in corporate, agency, and independent consulting roles for organizations from 3 to 30,000+ employees. My strong reputation for delivering high-caliber results within quickly evolving industries resulted in strong partnerships with hiring teams to create strategies for attracting, retaining and developing talent, while using my extensive and diverse personal, professional, and community networks to bring candidates and companies together.
I hold my BS in Human Resources Management, maintained my Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from 2004-2017, obtained my certificate in Community Health in 2020, and along with immersing myself in a variety of learning paths, continue to volunteer my skills at numerous community events, from job fairs to industry forums, to mentoring youth, to tabling, organizing and leading special events for regional non-profits. I love getting my hands dirty and assisting wherever needed - leading with heart...rather than ego.
Beyond my professional life, I've dabbled in other careers as well, from freelancing as a portrait and live music photographer to creating and selling my own line of hand-rolled truffles as owner/chocolatier of Bittersweet.
Customer experience is the underlying theme in everything I do – whether we’re talking about hiring teams, candidates, or the general community. My clients and teammates know I won’t “sell” to them! I am known for my transparency, integrity, and reputation for building both strong processes AND relationships that respect everyone’s time, promotes diversity and inclusion, and delivers real results.
A native Northwesterner, I built my business in my hometown of Portland, working remotely in the city for many years before relocating to a 5-acre farm on Oregon's North Coast in 2018. There, my husband & I raised chickens, ducks, honeybees and restored our 80 year-old farmhouse until 2021, when we made the decision to return to my old stomping grounds of Seattle. In this I checked off several big Bucket List items, made the decision to retire from recruiting, and kick off a new chapter...one wholly devoted to my community and fighting the good fight!
"So whatever you want to do, just do it...Making a damn fool of yourself is absolutely essential."