Introducing Jenn Warwick, Talent Acquisition Sourcing Strategist!

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Comments Off

We are pleased to introduce you to Jenn Warwick!  Jenn recently joined the agency and the Talent Acquisition team two weeks ago and we are very excited to have her on the team!  Jenn is our Sourcing Strategist, based in our Bellevue office,  who will always be on the lookout for top talent to join the agency.  Read on to learn more!

 

 

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?

My former colleague and friend had recently joined the Talent Acquisition Team at Waggener Edstrom and was telling me about how great the team and the agency were.  After hearing her speak so highly of the agency and to also see how happy she was with her career, I asked her about possible opportunities. She and I discussed the Sourcing Strategist role and after doing some research on www.waggeneredstrom.com I decided that WE was the place I wanted to take the next step in my career.  Ultimately, it was the challenge of the role and the people on the team who helped solidify my decision to join the agency and I am thrilled I did!

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide? 

As of Friday, 11/18 I have worked at WE for almost 2 full weeks!

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team?

 I love the overall group dynamic of this team.  I know that everyone works extremely hard and is very committed to the agency and to the work that we produce.  In addition to that, this is a team of people who genuinely care about one another and strive to make each other look good.  Everyone is collaborative and shares best practices and pitches in when someone on the team needs some additional help.  The great thing for me about working at WE is that it is not a huge corporation and I can tell that people are invested in one another and know who they work with on a deeper level than what you might get at a large company. 

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee?

 Since I haven’t been here for very long, I don’t have a lot of experience to draw upon, but aside from the great people and the interesting work I am loving the little things about the office environment.  I love that the kitchens are stocked with real plates, glasses, mugs and silverware instead of paper and plastic, I also love working in downtown Bellevue and having so many great places in walking distance.  I am looking forward to summer when the days are longer and I can take walks after work!

 

 

 

What would you consider your one unique talent?

 I have a great memory and can remember names really well.  In my previous job I worked on an HR team with roughly 80 people across multiple HR disciplines.  At an all-hands meeting I won a gift card for being able to name every single person in the room!

Some fun Jenn facts:

I was a theater major in college and I love to sing, act and direct.  I am still actively involved with the Microsoft Theater Troupe and have been involved with 12 shows over the last 11 years.  Another interesting tidbit is that my first babysitter was Julie Brown (singer of Homecoming Queen has a Gun and “star” of Earth Girls are Easy).

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

 I would be a celebrity chef, perhaps winning Top Chef!

Connect with Jenn:  Twitter / Linked In

 

Say hello to Aimee Brackenbury, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner

Posted on November 17, 2011 by Comments Off

Aimee Brackenbury, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, most recently joined our team in May of 2011 and we are extremely lucky to have her!  Along with Ara Vallaster, together they manage the recruiting for our Microsoft account.  Aimee is located in our Bellevue office (outside of Seattle!) and has hit the ground running from the start.

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?

I was contacted by Waggener Edstrom via LinkedIn and was thrilled to hear about the opportunity.  Having worked at Microsoft in the past, I was very familiar with the agency, its reputation, and their long-standing commitment to doing only the very best work.

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide?  (if you’ve worked on multiple teams, would love to hear which ones they specifically are to show the opportunity to move within the agency, etc)

I joined WE in May of 2011—time has flown by and I’m loving the agency and our team.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team?

First and foremost, WE has great people at every level of the organization—from the business leaders to the interns, everyone is passionate, motivated, and not afraid to laugh at themselves.  Our Talent Acquisition team is the most supportive group I’ve ever been part of.  I’ve been a Recruiter for almost 14 years and worked in some amazing companies, but I’ve never been made to feel so welcome, so encouraged, or so included.  The TA team has a level of responsiveness to their clients, candidates, and teammates that blows my mind.  Oh, and the fact that we all enjoy the occasional happy hour doesn’t hurt!

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee?

At the risk of sounding cliché, getting to know the people and building relationships with them has been my favorite experience.  I’ve also really enjoyed getting a better understanding of the ins and outs of PR—I’ve learned a ton in a short amount of time.

What would you consider your one unique talent?

I have an abnormally good memory.  Unfortunately, I usually only remember really random information, but at least it’s something!  If you need a movie quote, song lyric, or the name of someone the team met three years ago, I’m your gal.

List one or two additional interesting facts about yourself

Um…  I’m really not very interesting.  I tried out for College Jeopardy! Back in the day, but let’s just say I didn’t get to meet Alex Trebek in person.  My good memory didn’t help with the 16th Century Architecture questions.

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

I’m clearly not qualified for the job, but I’d love to work in sports broadcasting or journalism. 

 Connect with Aimee:  Linked In / Twitter

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Spotlight on Dorie Overby, HR Generalist Extraordinaire!

Posted on November 16, 2011 by 1 Comment

Ready to learn more?  Dorie Overby, HR Generalist Extraordinaire, represents us from the greatest city in the world, New York!  Dorie has been with our team for almost 4 years and the value she has brought to us has been immeasurable.  We don’t know what we’d do without her!  Dorie helps support our North America Practice Groups, as well as managing the hiring for the North America Practice Internship Program, focused on Consumer, Healthcare, Tech, Public Affairs, among others!  Read on to learn more:

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?

I heard about the job on the HRNY website. I decided to join the agency because I liked the people I interviewed with (5 people) and I knew this company would help me go to the next level in my career.

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide? 

I have worked at the agency for almost 4 years

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team?

I really enjoy working with the people. The ladies on the Talent Acquisition team are great! I love the energy and their teamwork.

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee?

My favorite experience so far would be participating in the Global Exchange Program! I went to London for the first time and fell in love with it. I love the city, the people, the food, etc. I loved working with my WE colleagues too! I learned a lot about the culture in the London office and learned a lot about the way the PS team functions. It’s very different (we’re spoiled in the US)!

What would you consider your one unique talent?

I don’t think I have one….unless shoe shopping counts?

List one or two additional interesting facts about yourself:

I love to sing (although I’m too shy to do it in front of others)

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

I’d own a Jazz club

 Connect with Dorie:  Linked In / Twitter

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Meet Ara Vallaster, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner!

Posted on November 15, 2011 by 1 Comment

Ara Vallaster, a.k.a “Pippa!” is our next Talent Acquisition Team member we’d like to introduce you to!  Ara has been with the agency since 2006 and has supported a variety of teams, from Business Services/Finance to Legal to Software Development to Marketing and Corporate Communications, and is now a Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner on our Microsoft account hiring top talent for the agency. 

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?

I had worked with a good friend at a couple of different companies and she kept telling me how much she loved her new job and the agency she was working for now.  She told me all about the super smart people she was working with, the talented and fun people she was learning from, the opportunity for professional development not to mention the excitement around the monthly unveiling of the free “Soda of the Month” program.

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide? 

I started on a short 3 month assignment with the Talent Acquisition team and soon realized Waggener Edstrom Worldwide is a great place to work.  Female leadership of a strategic communications agency with a tech focus gives us a unique and valuable perspective.  I come to work every day excited about the work we do here.  One of the most amazing things to me about this agency is that, because we are still privately held, we get to choose our clients and areas of investment (hence the large CSR Program which means we  believe in the innovative products we work and take on clients we feel inspired by and passionate about.) It is a great feeling!

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team? 

I love that I work for a company leader in Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility.  Not only do Melissa and Pam lead by example but they give each of us 16 volunteer hours to use a variety of ways; through corporate events, team events, or on our own favorite non-profit.  WE also does pro-bono work (Mercy Corp) and the agency goal is to give 1% of gross profit to Charitable Organizations. Also, I get paid to seek out and talk to thought leaders in the industries we support.  ‘nuff said.  My team?  I laugh with them every single day!  Sometimes is all day long, and sometimes only 3 times, but there is nothing better than working with people who respect each other, are great team players and are truly the best at what they do and have fun doing it.

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee?

Road trips with the team when 2 people on our team spoke at the Social Recruiting Summit (ask me about road trip stories.)  It was great to rally around team mates and get to share in that excitement and support them.  Chasing the Texas Lone Star Roller Girls in a Pedi cab while they were promoting out Hot Spot App that our Software Development Team designed on the new Windows 7 Mobile phone during SXSWi is a favorite memory as well. 

What would you consider your one unique talent?

I can sniff out the best cup of coffee in any town AND the best talent.

Interesting Ara facts:

I lived in Balikpapan Indonesia and went to school there for a time.   I love food and will try almost anything once.  I have eaten Jelly fish, frog legs, turtle and tripe.  I shook Billy Idol’s hand when I was 14 at my first concert (I know, I know, don’t hate me!)  I also sold silk boxers to Johnny Cash at Nordstrom in San Francisco!

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

Traveling the world helping to create education programs for developing countries, supporting green energy and eating my way through various cultures. All while spending loads of time with my brilliant husband and amazing kids.

 Connect with AraLinked In / Twitter

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Meet Tori Quinn, Intern Program Recruiter/Sr. Coordinator

Posted on November 14, 2011 by 2 Comments

 Tori Quinn, Microsoft Intern Program Recruiter and Sr. Talent Acquisition Coordinator has been with the agency since August 2003.  After initially starting as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator, she managed candidate care for all teams throughout the agency and is currently still supporting the Microsoft, Infrastructure and Studio D Teams in a coordinator role.  As time went on, she also came to lead a few initiatives, including the Referral Program along with Michelle Dollarhide.  After the Microsoft team launched our Internship Program, Tori stepped in to help lead the charge and has loved it ever since!  Read more about Tori here:

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?

I learned of my role through networking, being a part of an HR network that shares all job openings in the Portland area.  I had reached out to the recruiter who had posted the role, he put me in touch with the recruiter hiring for my position and two weeks later I started!  I actually started as a temporary employee for the first 3 months before getting hired permanently.   From the very first phone screen I knew this was the place I wanted to be and then after having interviewed with some of the team in person, I was definitely excited about the opportunity.  When they called to offer me the position I accepted on the spot, possibly before they even finished making the actual offer!

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide? 

A little over 8 years now.  I started as a DTE (defined term employee) on August 12th, 2003 and became permanent on October 15th, 2003 and haven’t looked back since!  Coming into the agency as a DTE (or intern!) is a really great way to start your career here.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team? 

I love working with my immediate team on a daily basis.   I work with the best group of recruiters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  And they aren’t just recruiters, they are recruiters that care – they care about every single candidate we interact with, more so than any others I’ve experienced in my past.  I also really enjoy hiring for our Microsoft Internship Program and partnering with two of the best people at the agency on it:  Melanie Moir and Shanti Barnes.  Their leadership of our internship program has brought it to new levels and we are excited to see it continue to grow and expand!

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee?

Finally taking advantage of my sabbatical, even if it was a year overdue!  One of the best benefits at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide is the sabbatical program the agency is able to offer.  I took mine a year late, but it couldn’t have come at a better time and it was the most amazing time off I had ever had!  I love how it re-energizes you and re-motivates you to want to come back and work even harder to accomplish goals and the daily work at hand.  

Also, during the first few weeks of starting at the agency, one of our awesome Executive Assistants, Carol Hummel, nicknamed me TQ and it’s stuck ever since!  We love nicknames on our team!

I also was very fortunate recently to be able to travel to our Washington DC and New York City offices and had a blast!  It’s always so great to be able to visit other offices and meet those co-workers face to face that you’ve worked with over email for so many years!

Tori’s unique talent:

I wish I had one, but I’m afraid I don’t!  Although I think I might finally have my dad, who has been a skeet shooter for over 30 years, teach me how to shoot one of these days!  Although that’s not so unique…

Tori’s interesting facts:

 I have a great-uncle who played in the NFL and my grandparents used to own The Green Store in Hermosa Beach years ago before retiring around 1984.  The Green Store is located near  “the strand” in Hermosa Beach.  I sat three rows in front of Clint Eastwood at his Unforgiven premiere (thanks to my mom and aunt who grew up with his publicist!)  In addition, my extended family started the Body Glove/Dive-N-Surf business so I always grew up with that big yellow hand everywhere!  I guess those are my claim to fame interesting facts!

One last fact though is that I was a tripawd owner for almost three years.  What’s a tripawd you ask?  My black lab Smokey had gone through skin cancer and in order to take care of it all, I had to make the very hard decision to have one of his legs amputated.  But it was the best decision ever and after having gone through it, I’m always happy to help anyone else facing this decision to share my story.  It gave me 2 ½ extra years with him that I will cherish forever! 

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

Petitioning to bring Friday Night Lights back to TV!!!   I would be a photographer living in Steamboat Springs, CO!

 Connect with Tori:  Linked In  / Twitter

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Spotlight on Marcy McCoun, Talent Acquisition Partner

Posted on November 7, 2011 by Comments Off

Ready for another?  Please meet Marcy McCoun, Talent Acquisition Partner.  Marcy manages the hiring for some of our North American Practices groups:  Technology and Healthcare, with a little Social Innovation mixed in!

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?   

I had heard about the agency during a few of my PRSA events during college.    I made it my mission that, once I moved back to Portland, I’d get a job here. 

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide? 

I joined the agency in September of 1994.  I began my story as an administrative assistant for the McCaw Communications team and then the executive staff, supporting and being a fill-in for all the executive assistants when they were on PL.  This was an amazing experience meeting the Sr. Executives and learning about how an innovative communications agency functions.  During this time, I also had my first opportunity to work on the agency’s recruiting efforts as I managed the coordination of communications, interview schedules and travel logistics for our external candidates.   After 18 months, I moved over to the account side working on the SAP account and Microsoft team where I spent the next five years managing the reviews programs for products such as NetShow, BackOffice and Site Server (yes, I’m dating myself) and then later managed the reviews and analyst efforts for Visio and (my favorite) Exchange Server.   In 2001, I took over managing the Rapid Response team (that was spearheaded by my current manager on the TA team, Michelle Dollarhide) for four years.    I loved every part of my PR career at the agency and will always be thankful that I ‘learned from the best’ in every sense.   I left the agency in early 2006 to be a stay-at-home mom but after a year missed the energy of the agency.  I came back as a DTE focusing on analyst programs for various Microsoft teams until an opportunity to contract for the TA team came-up. I jumped at the chance to stretch in an area that I first became interested in when I joined the agency over 12 years earlier.   I absolutely love what I am doing and can’t think of a better way to make an impact than to focus my day on finding the best talent for our growing teams. 

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team? 

I love my team and what we do.  I also love partnering with the practice groups and becoming more familiar with the amazing work they are doing.

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee? 

It’s all about building relationships, with either my team or my clients.  It is those partnerships that make coming to work every day a great experience.

Marcy’s unique talent:

Laughing at my own jokes.

Marcy’s fun facts:

I represented the agency in a grape stomping contest in 1997 and won a dinner at the Hotel Vintage Plaza.  I have three amazing children, a wonderful husband and two dogs that live with me in Bend, Oregon.  

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

Sailing in the Caribbean.

 

Connect with Marcy:  Linked In / Twitter

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Meet Darcy Frentress, Waggener Edstrom Talent Acquisition Partner

Posted on November 7, 2011 by 1 Comment

Ready to meet another Talent Acquisition team member?  Meet Darcy Frentress, Talent Acquisition Partner!  Darcy has been with the agency since 1996 and we are now lucky to have her as a member of our team!  Read more about Darcy here and the opportunities she’s had with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide:

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency?

I first heard about the agency in 1996 from my sister who is a PR Professional.  I vividly remember sitting in the lobby waiting for my interview and feeling the energy and the buzz; I knew right then that I wanted to be here.

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide? 

Fresh out of college, and just a few months back from my travels in Europe, I began working here in March 1996 as an Administrative Assistant.  I figured out quickly that I really wanted to be on the account side so interviewed for an Account Coordinator role on the Windows NT Server Reviews team and got the job!   After spending a few years on that team, I worked on several other Microsoft account teams including Netshow,  Visual Studio/Developer tools, Internet Information Server, Enterprise Technologies, Analyst Relations and now the Talent Acquisition team. 

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team? 

I am consistently amazed at how many smart people work here and am inspired by their passion, drive and creative thinking. 

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide employee?

There are many but I loved the haunted house that Zebra Design would put together when our agency was on Macadam Avenue.  The whole company dressed up and there were some VERY creative costumes (i.e., Rob Johnson’s “guy on a windy day” costume complete with glued on leaves, tousled hair, tie with hanger in it to make it fly over his shoulder.)  Super impressive!

Darcy’s unique talent is…

Fixing copiers and printers…. !

Fun and interesting facts about Darcy:  

I’m the ultimate boomerang; I’ve left Waggener twice (once to try my hand at pharmaceutical sales and next to be home with my kids for a few years) and they’ve taken me back both times.  I love that Waggener is accepting of us boomerangs! 

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member?

If I could sing, I’d be on tour! 

 Connect with Darcy:  Linked In / Twitter

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Meet the Talent Acquisition Team! Jodi Moore, Talent Acquisition Manager

Posted on November 3, 2011 by Comments Off

Welcome to the Meet the Talent Acquisition Team blog series!   Over the next couple of weeks we will be highlighting our Talent Acquisition Team members who hire top talent for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide in the United States.  Hope y’all find it entertaining!

To start, we’d love to highlight Jodi Moore, our Talent Acquisition Manager.  Jodi has been with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for over 8 years now and prior to leading our Talent Acquisition Team, Jodi most recently managed the recruitment for our Studio D team.

Read more about Jodi here:

How did you first hear about the opportunity at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Worldwide and why did you decide to join the agency? 

I’ve been recruiting since 1993 (oops now you all know I am not 29!) and every job I’ve ever been offered has been by referral, as was the case with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.  Prior to Waggener Edstrom Worldwide I worked at IBM, and while I was there made some great relationships and connections, one of them being Leslie.   I found out that Leslie had been working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide the past few years and absolutely loved the company, so really it was a no brainer when she said the recruiting team was hiring.  I had no idea who or what Waggener Edstrom Worldwide was (until I did my research of course J) and realized they were a very cool, hip public relations agency doing amazing work with innovative companies on a global scale.  So I decided to interview, which started with a phone screen (whew, passed the first round) and then I met the team in-person.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked with amazing teams in my past, but there was something different about this team and for the first time in a long time, I found myself super excited to be moving to a new industry and joining such an amazing team and company.  As I look back 8 years later, I am still reminded why I took the job in the first place…THE PEOPLE! 

How long have you worked at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Worldwide? 

I’ve never worked for a company longer than 4 years, but April 7th will be my 9th year at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide – WOW! I started as a Talent Acquisition Partner supporting our infrastructure teams (Operations, Tech Services, Legal, Finance, Administration), and account teams such as Bioscience and our Tech practice in Austin.  After some time, I also took on our Professional Services teams (writing, editing, graphic design, research, measurement, communication training) and also ran our Internship Program.    In 2008, I got to support our digital team which has now grown into our digital powerhouse – WE Studio D!  Today I have the best job on the planet and of course I think within the company, because I get to lead a team of the most amazing, dedicated Talent Acquisition Partners on the planet!  That’s right – there is not a day that goes by that I don’t remind myself how lucky I am to be at a company that recognizes good work and also rewards you for it as well! 

What do you enjoy the most about working at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and on the Talent Acquisition Team? 

The People.  The Fun.  Seriously if you are going to spend 8-9 hours a day with your co-workers – you better like them and have some fun too!  I’d also say no one day is ever the same in recruiting, so I am constantly amazed at what I learn and how I can still grow in my job on a daily basis. 

What has been your most favorite experience so far being a Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Worldwide employee?

Opportunities to try new things and take risks on a daily basis!

Jodi’s unique talents:

I only know recruiting – seriously that is it…..but I think I might make a good foot model in my next career

What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a rock star Talent Acquisition team member? 

If I wasn’t a TA rock star and didn’t have to pay my mortgage, I’d be a painter!

Connect with Jodi:  Linked In / Twitter

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