The Greenhouse podcast: People-first, featuring Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri, Edith Cooper and Jordan Taylor

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People-first companies prioritize their people and foster a culture of hiring. They understand that people are their most valuable asset, so they treat all their people practices – especially hiring – as strategic, rather than administrative, functions. On the Greenhouse podcast: People-first, join host Donald Knight, Chief People Officer at Greenhouse, as he sits down with individuals at innovative organizations to discover how these companies prioritize their people.

In this episode, Donald is joined by Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri, Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at TPG Global, and the Co-Founders of Medley, Edith Cooper and Jordan Taylor, CEO, to discuss the importance of feedback loops and how to manage with intentional focus. You'll also learn strategies to create development opportunities and how to formally invest in employee growth.

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

People-first means meeting your employees where they are, staying flexible and understanding their goals.”

Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Partner & CHRO, TPG Global

Edith Cooper

People-first is being human and really doing the work to create an environment where everyone can flourish.”

Edith Cooper

Co-Founder, Medley

Jordan Taylor

Hold empathy for your customers, your colleagues, stakeholders and partners – that's your decision-making superpower.”

Jordan Taylor

CEO and Co-Founder, Medley

Success for people-first leaders starts with embracing empathy.”

Donald Knight

Chief People Officer at Greenhouse

Donald Knight

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Special thanks to our production partner, Wonder Media Network. Our producer is Brittany Martinez, and our supporting producer is Sara Schleede, with additional production assistance from Lila Watts. Our Greenhouse producer is Marnie Williams.

About Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

Anilu is a member of TPG Inc.’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Executive Sponsor of TPG NEXT and co-chair of the TPG Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council with CEO, Jon Winkelried. Anilu currently serves on the boards of Upwork, Inc., Greenhouse Software, Inc. and the boards of the following nonprofit companies: Teach for America-Bay Area, the Vera Institute of Justice and Charter School Growth Fund.

Prior to joining TPG in August 2018, Anilu was with Goldman Sachs for more than 11 years, where she most recently was the firm’s Global Head of Talent and Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Anilu was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits group from 2002 to 2007. Anilu received an AB in History and Latin American Studies, cum laude, from Princeton University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.


About Edith Cooper

Edith is the co-founder of Medley, a membership-based community for leadership development. She launched Medley in July 2020 with her daughter, Jordan Taylor, to bring decades of experience in creating environments where people can perform to their potential to a broader audience.

Edith is one of the nation's leading Black business executives, having spent 30 years on Wall Street. Most recently, she was a Partner, Executive Vice President and the Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs. Edith serves on several public company boards, including Amazon and PepsiCo, and nonprofit boards, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Mount Sinai Hospital.


About Jordan Taylor

Jordan’s purpose is to create teams and groups where people can be their true selves. She co-founded Medley, a group coaching platform for leadership development, because throughout her life she’s felt the power that comes from being part of a team and felt a void when it was missing.

Prior to founding Medley, Jordan worked in media as Chief of Staff at Mic and was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She received her AB from Harvard College and her MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.


About Donald Knight

Donald is the CPO at Greenhouse Software. He leads with a people-first mentality hoping to unlock the potential of Greenhouse talent globally. With a laser focus on the connection between people and the processes that serve them, Donald and his team create proximity by building bridges focusing on enhanced experiences that nurture culture and develop people. He is responsible for providing global strategy and leadership in developing, overseeing and administering people programs.

Before Greenhouse, Donald served as Senior Vice President of Global Talent for Edelman, where he helped shape the HR brand as a proactive, insightful and collaborative solution provider.


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