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With Toby Hervey (Founder/CEO, Bravely), Toni Thompson (VP People & Talent, TheMuse), Kate Muzzatti (SVP People Ops & Experience, MM.LaFleur), Freyan Billimoria (Head of People & Culture, Skillshare).
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 06:30 PM   $20
Alley Chelsea, 119 W 24th St, 2nd Fl

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A company's culture is the foundation for future innovation. An entrepreneur's job is to build the foundation. - Brian Chesky, Airbnb We've assembled a superstar panel of experts in recruiting, culture, & teambuilding because finding the right team to launch & grow a startup is one of the most difficult challenges any entrepreneur will face. It requires a thoughtful sense of what your still nascent company's needs will be over the next 1-3 years, a vision for what kind of culture & team you want to build, & the logistical chops to run a good recruiting process. But that's only the beginning. Onboarding your new team members & fostering a productive, good longterm working environment is an ongoing necessity for a growing company. And so is culture; it aligns your team & your vision, & helps you continuously hire the right people as you grow. Join us as we discuss these hiring, culture, & recruiting topics:

Hiring your first 10 employees
Hiring & recruiting strategies
Defining your company culture
Managing employee performance
The importance of diversity in the early stages (and beyond)
Managing a team through the inherent ups, downs, & changes of any startup
Handling problematic employees & conflicts

About the panelists

Toby Hervey, Founder & CEO of Bravely (@tobyhervey) - Toby is the Founder & CEO of Bravely, a startup that connects employees with HR experts for off-the-record conversations. They launched in 2017 with a $1.5 million seed round to help employers retain talent, & help employees be more proactive & more productive. Toby is also one of the founding members of Pager, & the Board President of Out in Tech.
Toni Thompson, VP of People & Talent at TheMuse (@toniimtalking2u) - Toni is the Head of HR & Talent at TheMuse, a career advice & job hunting platform. TheMuse is a Y Combinator alumni & has raised close to $30 million total in venture funding. Prior to working at TheMuse, Toni was the Executive Director of HR at Conde Nast, & a Diversity & Talent Manager at McCann Erickson.
Kate Muzzatti, SVP People Operations & Experience at MM.LaFleur - Kate is the SVP of People Operations at MM.LaFleur, a fast-growing professional womenswear company based in New York City. MM.LaFleur is a fast-growing brand, reporting an average of 300 percent year-over-year growth since 2013, & with over 200 employees. Prior to MM.LaFleur, Kate was the VP of Human Resources & Talent at Blue Apron for 3 years.
Freyan Billimoria, Head of People & Culture at Skillshare (@freyanfb) - Freyan is the Director of People Ops at Skillshare, an online learning community designed for both students & teachers. Skillshare recently exceeded 5,000 teachers using its platform & 50 full-time employees - all of which together have resulted in the company nearly doubling revenue year over year.

6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking6:50 - 7:50: Panel7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking

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