The recruitment, hiring, and promotion process can feel like a mystery. Whether you’re looking to get hired or advance within your workplace, hear from local HR professionals to learn what they are looking for in new candidates as well as those looking to advance internally. This is your chance to ask candid questions and get real answers!
Anya Fisher, HR Operations Manager at Smashing Boxes
Anya is an HR Operations Manager at Smashing Boxes, a next generation software development company with a goal to inspire and impact clients, employees, strategic partners, and the overall community. Anya began her career in HR with a background in Psychology, and gained her first 6 years of experience working within a fast-paced heath care industry before transitioning into the Tech universe, which she has called home for the last 2 years. Her passion and expertise includes recruiting, employee relations, conflict resolution, and improving processes and procedures. Anya believes that a positive interview, and new hire on-boarding experience is essential to create a strong foundation for employee happiness, and retention. Outside of work, Anya enjoys cooking, baking, watching a good movie, and hiking with her husband and their Weimaraner, Marty.
Dana Kuhn, People and Strategy Leader at Personify
Dana has over 10 years of experience in executive people operations in SF Bay Area tech startups such as Location Labs, Jawbone, and hi5 Networks. In her professional experience, she has scaled companies from 50 to 200+, and managed leadership teams through exit events. Dana holds a J.D. from UCLA Law School and an LLM from UC Berkeley School of Law specializing in employment law and organizational development. Her post-graduate work focused on organizational culture and commitment in high performing technical firms. She is currently the Head of People, Strategy, and Partnerships at Personify, where she advises multinational clients on best practices in hiring, retention, and diversity initiatives.
Leslie Neitzel, VP, People at Pendo.io
Leslie has over 15 years experience driving innovation and change within the HR landscape. Leslie recently joined Pendo as VP, People after 10 years in HR leadership roles supporting global scale and growth within the Bay Area tech industry, including, ServiceMax and SuccessFactors. Her experiences have helped drive a successful IPO and acquisitions for both organizations. Prior, Leslie held a variety of talent development and HR leadership roles at Model Metrics, Tribune Media and Bank of America. Leslie holds an MBA from Loyola University and BS in Finance from NC State University.
Fela Powell, Global Talent Acquisition at Red Hat
Naya Fela Powell is a dynamic HR professional and Certified Business and Wholistic Lifestyle Coach. She holds an accomplished career of over 15 years of experience in HR Consulting, Talent Acquisition and Entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and the College of Executive Coaching; as well as, a native of Virginia Beach, VA; currently residing in Durham, NC.
Naya Fela is a member of Red Hat's Global Talent Acquisition team . She has been a strategic partner in driving diversity and campus initiatives for the company; specializing in HBCU collaborations. Naya Fela is the Vice-Chair of BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership & Diversity) at Red Hat.
Naya Fela founded: The Utopia Living Brand (A Wholistic Lifestyle Co.). Naya Fela and her companies have been featured in various publications to include: Upscale, Best-Self, and Rolling Out magazines; and have serviced celebrity clients to include: P-Diddy, Martha Stewart and Angela Bassett. Naya Fela continues to use her drive for diversity, community engagement, professional development, coaching and corporate wellness to empower others to live their most passionate lives on purpose...wholistically!
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