“Great Vision without Great People is Irrelevant” – Jim Collins
Your startup is growing. There is a balance of budget, talent and time you desperately need to maintain. So how do you ensure Jim Collins’ observation remains a reality?
Part of the ‘Go Big, Go Home’ series hosted by the Village Mentor & Advisor Program, our panel explores areas including: Moving from organic to growth hiring, challenges in talent acquisition and retention, maintaining culture, and finding support resources.
Whether you’re at a founding stage making your first hires or entering late stage funding making geographic expansion, you won’t want to miss this in-depth discussion. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to converse with peers who have faced similar challenges.
About the Moderator:
Anand Thaker enjoys empowering and enabling marketing and growth leaders. He has over 15 years of experience working with MarTech startups to growth-driven groups at F500 companies in marketing & sales technology, strategy, operations, talent, and innovation. A complex problem solver, his expertise extends into data management and intelligent systems for marketing, finance, government, and energy. Currently, he is in research consulting mode in decision intelligence for marketing. With a strong network and eye for talent in marketing and sales, he advises investors, startups and enterprise executives in marketing technology and related industries. Anand is the Mentor and Advisor Committee Chair for Atlanta Tech Village and serves as a “no-nonsense” Mentor in the community. He is also very active in the private and public arenas elevating Atlanta’s startup and innovation ecosystem.
About the Panelists:
Carey Bongard has 20 years of experience in human resources, leadership and executive development, and communication with a master’s degree in executive coaching. Carey is passionate about helping others be their best through development, coaching, and mentoring. She’s equally passionate about staying relevant, personally and professionally, through curiosity and learning. An avid football fan, her Wisconsin roots show as she cheers on her favorite teams – the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Her Northern ties continue to show as her daughter, Kendall, is transitioning to live and work in New York City, but don’t worry – Carey’s proud to have made her way down South, living in Atlanta for the past 5 years.
Victoria Thornton is a former agency recruiter turned internal corporate recruiter with 6 years of recruiting experience. She has spent the last two years assisting rapid growth startups with all-things Talent Acquisition and Strategy. Victoria currently serves as the Talent Acquisition Manager at Rubicon Global, a cloud-based waste solutions provider with a mission to eradicate waste through cost savings and technology. Victoria earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from North Georgia College and State University and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from American InterContinental University.
Karen Houghton is a proud Atlanta native who has the honor of managing our incredible team and beautiful space. Karen is the voice of the Village, developing the culture and resources needed to keep 300+ startups running strong. From spearheading strategic marketing initiatives, organizing member events, and connecting with investors and sponsors, Karen has her finger on the Village pulse. She is passionate about well crafted emails, paying it forward, and relationship building. Karen also loves Vanilla Ice lyrics, great wit, and podcasts.
Tiffany Cosgrove is a Georgia Bar licensed attorney who has ended up in a career outside of the law practice arena. She’s been a part of several high-growth, fast-paced startups and has a passion for finding the right people and processes to get companies to the next level. Most recently, she joined the awesome, upbeat, and super smart team at Calendly as their Director of Customer Success. Day in, day out, her rockstar ‘Customer Happiness’ team is supporting, training, and servicing the thousands of customers that use Calendly to seamlessly execute simple, beautiful scheduling of millions of meetings.