The Greenhouse podcast: People-first, featuring Foram Sheth, Paul Saiedi and Will Leahy

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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 Foram Sheth, Chief Coaching Officer at Ama La Vida, Paul Saiedi, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Uber, and Will Leahy, VP, People Development & Business Partners at Greenhouse to discuss how to prioritize inclusion in the face of different hiring challenges. You’ll also learn why some conflicts can be a good thing, even in the healthiest organizations.

Foram Sheth

Treat your employees like you treat your customers – go out of your way for them.”

Foram Sheth

Chief Coaching Officer, Ama La Vida

Paul Saiedi

Companies need to get intentional about which people we’re putting first, when – and then articulate the why.”

Paul Saiedi

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Uber

Will Leahy

What are your employees sharing with friends and family about your company around the dinner table? That’s the measuring stick for people-first.”

Will Leahy

VP, People Development & Business Partners, Greenhouse

People leaders show up every day to encourage others. Don't forget to put yourself first, too.”

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 Foram Sheth

Foram is the Chief Coaching Officer & Co-founder of Ama La Vida, an innovative career and leadership coaching company. Foram became a coach after her experience of burning out in her consulting career inspired her to help others create careers that are fulfilling, meaningful and fit to their personal needs and goals. She built Ama La Vida to help others stop settling and start living a life they love by making coaching more affordable and results-oriented.

Foram has been featured in publications like CNN, CNBC and The Chicago Tribune, where she shares her vision of making coaching accessible to people of all age groups and socioeconomic statuses.

Foram served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and has a Masters in Learning and Organizational Change with her coaching certification in Organizational and Leadership Coaching from Northwestern University.


About Paul Saiedi

Paul Nezaum Saiedi is the Tech Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Uber. Paul has been a DEI business and culture change leader for 13+ years, previously at Unity Technologies, Twitter, Leadership Mountain Vie, and at the University of Maryland College Park. He has robust experience in change management, intersectionality and coaching leaders and organizations to become more inclusive.


About Will Leahy

Will leads the people development function at Greenhouse, growing the talent that makes our company such a special place work. His team focuses on optimizing performance, team dynamics, career growth, L&D and driving culture. He's had the opportunity to learn at companies like LinkedIn, Hulu, Virgin and GoDaddy. His passion is helping people say, “This is the best year of my career,” while finding a way to prioritize well-being.

Will has his masters in Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern and lives in Temecula, CA with his wife Faye, daughter Lake and doggy Niles (not to mention another little one on the way).


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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