A company’s success starts first with its culture, which is often the combination of how a company embodies its core values and the way it rallies employees around a common purpose/mission.
For 15 years now, CareerPlug has been an organization that is deeply rooted in its Core Values, of which we truly live out and model in how we interact with one another. These values are the bedrock of our culture and are a large component of what makes CareerPlug so special. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to name them as one of our biggest strategic advantages. Our Core Values have slightly evolved over the years, but have kept the same spirit and heart. Since we started EOS in August of 2020, we’ve adopted a condensed, revised set of Core Values that have proven to be tried, true and genuinely authentic to who we are.
Soon after we revised our Core Values, we also repositioned our mission statement to become our Core Focus™ – a combination of our Core Purpose (the what) and our Niche (the how) – to articulate our intention to impact the world around us – combined as our “why.”
Nearly two years into EOS and a pandemic that forced us all home, we’ve found ourselves, like many other organizations at this moment, responding to the changes and crises our world has experienced. The work we do everyday tells the story of how the last two years have changed the labor market, likely in perpetuity. The impact of the pandemic crisis and the interrelated labor market changes have allowed (and maybe caused) the broader workforce to even more deeply examine what they want and expect in an employer and workplace experience. Today’s employees are placing greater weight in everything from company culture, commuting requirements and wage transparency in their employment options. The patterns are so notable that they’ve earned names like “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reset,” and “The Great Reshuffle.” Considering the substantial shift in employee expectations over the last two years and how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have become workplace practices that are understood, valued and expected, employers have two choices: ignore the shifts or respond to them.
An organization that not only navigates but thrives within these societal shifts has to be willing to examine itself, listen to the unique calls of the market and its employees, and respond strategically and empathetically, all while remaining focused on progress toward the business goals. It’s not an easy balance to strike, but it’s necessary to achieve in today’s business environment.
Even beyond navigating societal shifts, a company’s success is heavily determined by its culture. Great culture is the foundation of a strong employee retention strategy. Employee retention is critical for business success and employees stay when they feel connected to one another and engaged in their work. Connected and engaged employees are more innovative, performant and foster healthier relationships within the workplace. All of those factors are ultimately very important building blocks for an organization’s success.
So, how will CareerPlug respond to this moment and the various lived experiences of our people today? How will we foster the desire of employees to feel more connected while working remotely? How will we make sure we are creating the best possible work experience for all employees? How will we compete in our industry amongst other technology organizations to attract and retain talent? How will we respond to the overwhelming data and research that supports the business case for creating a diverse workforce? How can we answer the call to articulate our approach and intentions for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts within our organization? Ultimately, this moment calls for intentionally digging in and beginning to define how these concepts are and will be even more woven in the CareerPlug employee experience ongoing.
In early 2022, we set out to learn and understand why and how other organizations are approaching DEI. This was done as a step toward CareerPlug arriving at what this means to us.
Here are the larger insights after this quarter of learning & understanding more:
What does DEI mean?
Diversity is the representation of many identities and lived experiences (across the company and within teams/levels).
Equity is individualized access to opportunities and resources needed so that all can thrive equitably.
Inclusion is about valuing perspectives and belonging for all employees.
CareerPlug will approach this work as an ongoing journey of maturity and a process of growth. We welcome and value transparency and accountability along the way. As we engage this work, we will use four primary motions to identify and decide on initiatives and/or related goals as we proceed: Examine, Learn, Implement and Measure.
Manager of Partner Success
Creative Design Manager
Kacie was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology.
Kacie joined CareerPlug as an intern while still in college in 2012. Post-graduation, she joined the CareerPlug team full-time as a Talent Specialist on the Recruitment Services side of the business, eventually working her way up to be the Recruitment Services Manager. From there, she learned her passion for the internal processes of what makes the business tick and explored other roles at the company, including Internal Support, Implementation, and Quality Management, before eventually finding her home in Design. She is now building a Creative Design branch off of the Marketing team.
Outside of work, you can find Kacie walking her dogs Bixby & Bean along Buffalo Bayou, hanging out with friends (and their pets), and tending to her 40+ house plants.
Native to Texas, Jenny graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and joined CareerPlug in 2017. She retired her first career path as a Registered Dietitian after 10 years, and has found her true belonging in business operations.
As CareerPlug’s President, Jenny leads all teams to an aligned effort toward achieving our vision. She works to build healthy and scalable internal systems to equip and empower the CareerPlug teams to bring their best for our clients. She loves contributing new ideas and rethinking the status quo. Jenny really connects with the company’s core values, but especially with our intent to “Keep Growing.”
In her non-work life, Jenny enjoys time with her family, playing drums and performing with the Austin Samba School, and finding excuses to be on the lake.
Vice President of Sales
Chris accidentally started a 20-year career in franchising when he was 18 years old and took a job painting houses for College Pro Painters. That job turned into the ownership of his first franchise (a house painting franchise). While at Monmouth College in IL, he operated his business, played on the varsity football team, and studied to become a teacher.
The taste of entrepreneurship and desire to coach others led Chris deeper into franchising, working with a few franchise brands helping them grow their businesses. He lived in the Chicagoland area his entire life until recently moving his family to Austin, TX.
In his free time Chris coaches youth sports, especially youth football, and spends as much time as he can with his wife and 2 children.
Vice President of Product and Engineering
Senior Director of People
Senior Director of Client Experience
Director of Sales
Director of UX & Product Design
Director of Engineering
Director of Product Marketing
Senior Content Marketing Manager
Originally from small town in central Texas, Ashley Johnson graduated from Texas State University in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration. She was hired by CareerPlug as a Talent Specialist in 2014, and moved up to ultimately lead the Recruitment Services team. From there, she pivoted to Implementation, and is now the Implementation Manager.
As the Implementation Manager, Ashley and 3 direct reports function as a transition between Sales and Partner Success in helping our clients get set up and established in our software. She spends her free time raising her 2 dogs, playing cornhole, and perfecting the art of charcuterie.
Sales Operations Manager
Director of Client Experience
Manager of Account Executives
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Founder & CEO
Clint founded CareerPlug in 2007 with the simple idea that there was a better way to help employers connect with quality applicants. Today Clint works every day to fulfill CareerPlug’s mission: Make Hiring Easier. Leading by example, Clint loves spending his time developing new ideas and teaching others.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Clint worked in investment banking and strategic marketing; both experiences influenced the development of CareerPlug. He also spent a year away from the business world teaching 5th grade in Boulder.
Clint is passionate about helping others succeed and is involved in numerous mentoring programs. He and his wife, Sarah, are also foster parents. Clint enjoys family time, beach volleyball, and outdoor adventures.