The Greenhouse podcast: Talent Makers, featuring Erin L. Thomas, PhD and Kari Adwell

TM podcast 2022

Talent Makers are leaders who believe that talent is their top business priority. Rather than seeing hiring solely as the role of People teams, Talent Makers champion better hiring and strengthen DE&I across their entire organizations to achieve business success. On the Greenhouse Talent Makers podcast, join host Micah Gebreyes, Senior Manager of Editorial Content at Greenhouse, as she sits down with hiring managers and recruiters who are changing the game in diverse and inclusive hiring.

In this episode, Micah is joined by Upwork’s Erin L. Thomas, PhD, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and Kari Adwell, Senior Technical Recruiter. Erin and Kari will share advice for companies who are hoping to diversify their talent pools in a remote work environment. We’ll also discuss how hiring managers and recruiters can mitigate unconscious bias in the hiring process.

It's key to remember that work is not a place – it is a thing that people do.”

Erin L. Thomas, PhD

Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Upwork

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The biggest part of my job is relationship building with the talent and my clients.”

Kari Adwell

Senior Technical Recruiter at Upwork

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The hiring process is an opportunity to create authentic connections.”

Micah Gebreyes

Senior Manager of Editorial Content at Greenhouse

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Thank you to HireRight for sponsoring this episode. Be sure to visit their blog post, How Do Salary History Bans and Salary Transparency Laws Impact U.S. Employers? for more information.

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

About Erin L. Thomas, PhD

Erin is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Upwork. She is responsible for leading the company’s mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives by driving the diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIBs) strategy, implementation and coaching.

Prior to Upwork, Erin was a Managing Director at Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion consultancy, and held DIBs positions at Grant Thornton LLP and Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a PhD in social psychology; a Master of Philosophy in social psychology; a Master of Science in social psychology; and Bachelors of Arts in psychology and international studies from Yale University.

About Kari Adwell

Kari is a Senior Technical Recruiter at Upwork. Kari has been with Upwork for three years, previously a Senior Recruiter at Verizon Media (marriage of Yahoo and AOL properties) and prior to that she was teaching Pilates and Stretch Therapy whilst pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles, CA. She has her degree in Humanities from the University of Oregon. Go Ducks!!

About Micah Gebreyes

Micah is Senior Manager of Editorial Content at Greenhouse where she builds the editorial strategy for Greenhouse blogs, social media and thought leadership newsletter, Modern Recruiter. When she's not working to bring the brand story to life, she enjoys cocktail lounges and lavishly spoiling her Instagram famous Pomeranian, Cashew.

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