Small Giants understand that hiring for culture fit is key to building a thriving company culture. But mastering the prep work to recruit and hire exceptional candidates is an involved and time-consuming process. Are you writing effective job descriptions that attract top talent? Are you asking the right questions in job interviews? In order to have the right people on the bus, leaders must master these essential steps.
Amy Whipple and Carrie Schochet of Purple Squirrel Advisors specialize in customized recruiting in the accounting, finance, human resources and operations functions for companies across industries and ranging from 8 million to 700 million in revenue. In this interactive fishbowl, you will learn about the aspects of recruiting and hiring that Amy and Carrie have identified as crucial to bringing exceptional candidates on board, including how to write comprehensive job descriptions, identifying and avoiding common discrepancies when writing job descriptions, and mastering behavioral interviewing.
In this fishbowl, you will learn the following key takeaways:
Amy is a Michigan native with a broad network of professional contacts. She brings nearly 20 years of marketing, sales and fundraising experience in the technology, manufacturing and non-profit sectors to Purple Squirrel Advisors.
Amy enjoys building relationships, trust and rapport with both clients and candidates. She appreciates the challenge of finding just the right person for each client and has a strong desire to broaden her network.
Amy graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and minors in Business Administration, Marketing and Spanish.
Amy is passionate about steering funding to local non-profits who are working to provide support
to Southeast Michigan communities. In 2013, she and two friends founded 100 Women Who Care, Greater Rochester Area. As of February 2015, this group of 160+ members has steered over $130,000 to six worthy charities.
In Fall of 2016, Amy founded 100 Businesses Who Care with Purple
Squirrel Advisors Co-Founder, Carrie Schochet and 6 other business executives. The organization was created to bring together 100 business executives bi-annually for a “Shark Tank” style networking and voting meeting. At the end of the meeting, one Southeast Michigan non-profit will walk away with a $500 donation from each of the 100 business members, resulting in a combined $50,000 donation.
A part from founding the two philanthropic groups, Whipple has spearheaded a volunteer-driven fundraising effort over the years, which raised over $1.6M to support ALS research. Amy continues to support many local and national organizations
including: P.E.O., ALS Therapy Development Institute, Hands of Hope, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Carrie Schochet is the Founder and CEO of Purple Squirrel Advisors, a boutique executive search firm based in Troy, Michigan. With a passion for helping companies grow by creating exceptional leadership teams, Carrie has spent the past 13 years connecting C-level and senior executives with leadership positions in finance, accounting, human resources, operations, sales, and marketing.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, Carrie moved to Chicago and spent
over a decade climbing the ranks at one of the nation’s leading recruitment and staffing firms. In 2012, after the birth of her sons Nicholas and Brendan, she moved back to Rochester Hills to be closer to family. As a passionate Michigander, she wanted to focus her philanthropic and recruitment efforts on helping the economic growth in this great state. Influenced by Bob Burg’s philosophy of “net-giving” versus “networking,” Carrie quickly gained a vast network of industry connections throughout the Midwest.
On January 1, 2015, Carrie launched Purple Squirrel Advisors with the mission of designing a consultative, “white glove” recruitment process customized to each client. Her team’s expansive and loyal network, combined with their direct sourcing
activities, helps to connect companies with unique candidates and fulfill even the most difficult searches. With an in-depth understanding of her client’s needs, Carrie brings strategic advice, onboarding expertise, and objectivity throughout the hiring process. The team is dedicated to “Recruiting Leaders Who Have It All.”.
Carrie is also the founder of CFO Next, a group she launched in early 2013 when she discovered a
lack of resources and networking opportunities for transitioning or unemployed senior financial executives. With help from the group and Purple Squirrel Advisor’s pro-bono guidance, 60 members landed new career opportunities in its
first two years. To date, the group has over 60 Alumni members and is supporting over 20 “in transition” executives find their next career opportunity. Carrie also uses her network and resources as Co-Chair of the Career Services Committee for Financial Executives International (FEI), a non-profit organization with the mission to support senior finance executives through professional development and networking. Through this position, she works to bring valuable content and career management education to the
Carrie is a passionate philanthropist who has raised money for ALS research, The Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society, Power Company Kids Club and 100 Women Who Care – Greater Rochester Area, a group focused on steering funds to locally based non-profit organizations.
In 2016, Carrie co-founded 100 Businesses Who Care to connect executives who want to make a philanthropic impact on the Metro-Detroit community. By combining each company’s $500 donation at a two-hour meeting twice a year, the group is set to give a $50,000 donation to a local non-profit twice a year starting on February 15, 2017.