The Greenhouse podcast: People-first, featuring Jennifer Remling and Robyn Tombacher

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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 WPP's Jennifer Remling, Global Chief People Officer and Robyn Tombacher, Global Chief People Operations Officer, to discuss moving away from a leadership model of "command and control" towards "support and empower" in order to strengthen innovation and creativity. You'll also hear specific ways senior women leaders can impact company culture.

Jennifer Remling

I learned leadership skills from watching others and being in the room. Don't be afraid to ask for help getting in the door.”

Jennifer Remling

Global Chief People Officer, WPP

Robyn Tombacher

As a leader, we need the wherewithal to be inclusive and ensure people have an opportunity to be successful.”

Robyn Tombacher

Global Chief People Operations Officer, WPP

Donald Knight

The best leaders remain memorable far after their careers have taken them somewhere new.”

Donald Knight

Chief People Officer, Greenhouse

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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 Jennifer Remling

As WPP's Global Chief People Officer, Jennifer is laying the groundwork for unlocking the creative potential in all 109,000 employees within the WPP network. Central to that is ensuring DE&I is embedded in all aspects of the People strategy – from talent acquisition and total rewards to employee engagement and leadership development.

Jennifer has a wealth of experience building high-performing teams in agency environments in roles at Essence, R/GA, AKQA, 360i and most recently GroupM. There, she transformed the People team to deliver a world-class People proposition that ensured a fair, equitable and inclusive workplace for all 36,000 employees in 80 markets.

Jennifer is passionate about helping people find meaning and purpose in what they do, no matter their background. That’s why she published “Carve Your Own Road: Do What You Love and Live the Life You Envision” in 2009 and has made it her lifelong ambition to help as many people as possible reach their full potential.


About Robyn Tombacher

Robyn is currently the Global Chief People Operations Officer, WPP where she has established a rising career over 6 years. Robyn co-leads the design and delivery of the Global People team’s annual strategic plan and leads the transformation agenda for the People function across WPP, including plans to automate and modernize the role. Partnering with the Global Chief People Officer, she works closely with People Practice Leads and Chief People Officers from WPP’s major agencies to align initiatives to meet the high impact goals of the business, clients and 110K+ employees.

Robyn is a seasoned business and talent leader having held roles as Global Chief People Operations Officer, GroupM and Head of Workforce Management, WPP. She has a unique understanding of the complex media, marketing and technology industry and applies her in-depth knowledge into driving best-in-class solutions to future proof the business. She’s implemented several strategic workforce management platforms and is experienced at managing budgets and P&L’s for global organizations.


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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