How to hire like a rocket scientist (in less than 4 minutes)

Who should we hire? People who make companies perform better. Find out why an entrepreneur (and rocket scientist) wanted to make sure he had a gender-balanced leadership team from the beginning of his start up. It’s not about diversity, it’s about building great products.

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the right fit, either
interim or direct hire

Core

We get to know your
skills and goals
& match accordingly

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Our Story

I'm often asked, 'Why did you name the company Forshay?'

The process involved a few branding brainiacs (thank you Nina, Jennifer, and David), and possibly several glasses of wine. And when we hit on the name, the reason for it was very simple.

The inspiration for my becoming an entrepreneur was my brother, Will Forshay. When Will was 37, he was killed in a plane accident. At the time of his death, I was eight months pregnant with my first child. I had been working the long hours Silicon Valley demands, commuting into the office every day and staying far too late. When I heard about Will, I flew to the crash site. That day, my mom told me that as much as I loved my work (and I do love my work), I couldn’t know how much time I would get with my son. She encouraged me to find a new way to blend work and family so I would have no regrets about whatever time I was given with my boy.

So Forshay stands for all people who love their work—and who strive to do their best work while living full lives with no regrets.

Photo: Will, Sally, and their sister, Ann Marie, in 2003.

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Our People

Sally Thornton

Founder + Chief Curator

Andrea Yelle

Head of Talent

Marc Pajarillo

Principal

Stephanie Taylor

Talent Partner

Michelle Clancy

Operations Manager

Lauren Aguilar

Diversity & Inclusion Partner

Tyi McCray

Diversity & Inclusion Partner

Teresa Hadly

Recruiting Partner

Kristine Shine

Executive Search Partner

Amanda Park

Recruiting Partner

Paul Malling

Recruiting Partner

Erica Garcia

Learning & Change Consultant

Kate Earle

Learning Development Consultant

Patty McCord

Advisor

Sally Thornton

Founder + Chief Curator

LinkedIn

Sally has extensive experience addressing the unique talent needs of the Bay Area’s most remarkable companies, including national business leaders such as Genentech and Levi Strauss, rapid-growth startups such as ngmoco and Sonos, and radically creative companies including Method Home and IDEO. Before creating Forshay, Sally cofounded Flexperience in 2006, growing it into a nationally acclaimed talent firm that the San Francisco Business Times listed as one of its 2010 “Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies.”

As a thought leader on work and talent, Sally has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, KQED radio, Forbes, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, Entrepreneur.com, ABC’s View From the Bay, and BNET.com. She has presented at many conferences and business events and has been a regular guest lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sally is a frequent keynote speaker, discussing talent recruitment and engagement strategies, how to increase the number of women in leadership, and how to apply research on happiness and meaningfulness to create a practical work/life blend. She is honored to serve on the advisory council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of LeanIn.org.

Andrea Yelle

Head of Talent

LinkedIn

Andrea has an uncanny ability to find the perfect talent match for each of our clients. She’s on the speed dials of talent chiefs everywhere, and is the first person they call when they have an important position or project to fill. Andrea’s recruitment portfolio includes the likes of Lucasfilm, ngmoco, mFoundry, One Kings Lane, and Timbuk2 Designs; she’s plugged in to the Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston markets. Andrea internalizes client needs, relentlessly scouts just the right talent, and nimbly delivers amazing results.

Marc Pajarillo

Principal

LinkedIn

Marc’s superpower is his ability to intuit, analyze, rebuild, and fine-tune systems, from enterprisewide initiatives to client relationships. Trained as a molecular biologist and with a background in management consulting, he loves to geek out on data analysis, then apply the results to on-the-ground initiatives that reduce cost, increase efficiency, and improve productivity for clients in  financial services, health care, technology, and retail.

Stephanie Taylor

Talent Partner

LinkedIn

Stephanie is Forshay’s go-to expert on the nuts and bolts of employment. Talent search, new project, new hire? She dots the i’s and crosses the t’s, helping everyone from Forshay’s staff to consultants to direct-hire candidates navigate the hiring process (and its otherwise painful paperwork) with grace and ease. In addition to her prodigious organizational talents, Stephanie also helps our in-house and core consultant teams manage benefits, and leads the recruiting and screening of Forshay’s exceptional talent.

Michelle Clancy

Operations Manager

LinkedIn

Michelle makes the complicated, complex, and seemingly impossible possible. She leads Forshay operations and administration – spanning marketing, contracts, IT and finance. She is the talent concierge, providing support to consultants and helping them be successful on projects. She is the point of contact for clients throughout the project lifecycle, ensuring that results meet expectations.  She somehow enjoys the challenge of herding cats… and the team is ever so grateful for her organizational prowess.

Lauren Aguilar

Diversity & Inclusion Partner

LinkedIn

Lauren Aguilar, PhD, is one of the world’s foremost scientific experts on diversity and inclusion, who specializes in translating the science of diversity into actionable strategies that organizations and teams can use to foster more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Lauren’s superpower is using a data-driven—yet human centered—approach to understand your organization. She loves working collaboratively with clients to design, execute, and support scientifically-grounded diversity strategy.

Her research on diversity, team dynamics, belonging, and communication has been published in Physics Today, Gender News, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality. As a thought leader, she has been featured in ZD.net, Fast Company, the Women in Science Forum, and was named a “Distinguished Emerging Global Leader” by Womensphere. Lauren has presented her research and her unique diversity and inclusion approach at many conferences around the world, and has taught courses on diversity at Stanford University and Columbia University. In industry, Lauren has trained hundreds of employees on how diversity and inclusion affect organizations’ and teams.

Prior to Forshay, she was a partner at a boutique diversity consulting firm, a research scientist and co-director of a diversity fellowship/mentorship program at Stanford University. Lauren earned her PhD in social psychology at Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Department of Psychology at Stanford University

Tyi McCray

Diversity & Inclusion Partner

LinkedIn

Tyi McCray , PhD, is a diversity and inclusion (D&I) thought leader, a dynamic presenter and trained coach.  As a D&I consultant for the private sector, Tyi has helped organizations in a range of industries develop tailored diversity strategies and workshops (working with companies such as Twitter, The New York Times, Airbnb, Pinterest, and GoPro).

Before becoming a consultant for the private sector, Tyi served an 11-year tenure at Cornell University. As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell’s business school (Johnson Graduate School of Management), Tyi designed and executed a data-driven strategic plan aimed at cultivating an inclusive environment. She also taught graduate level courses for MBA students on leading diverse teams, with a focus on effective communication across social and cultural differences.

Tyi is an expert in development programming and has designed leadership development programs focused on women, people of color, and the LGBT community. She is passionate about social justice. Tyi is originally from Brooklyn, New York and has worked in Germany, across South America, and in South Africa. She has a PhD in Plant Biology from Cornell University and is certified by the Coaches Training Institute.

Teresa Hadly

Recruiting Partner

LinkedIn

Teresa is possibly the world’s best recruiter. Not only is she incredibly talented at discerning each candidate’s skills and cultural fit, but she genuinely cares about every candidate’s experience. Hard-to-reach candidates respond quickly to Teresa because she has cultivated real, trusted relationships with good and talented people.

Marc Pajarillo

Principal

LinkedIn

Marc’s superpower is his ability to intuit, analyze, rebuild, and fine-tune systems, from enterprisewide initiatives to client relationships. Trained as a molecular biologist and with a background in management consulting, he loves to geek out on data analysis, then apply the results to on-the-ground initiatives that reduce cost, increase efficiency, and improve productivity for clients in  financial services, health care, technology, and retail.

Kristine Shine

Executive Search Partner

LinkedIn

Kristine is a business leader with expertise in business management, marketing, sales, media and product development. Her strong instincts about people and their capabilities enable her to build and lead teams, and drive consistent business growth. Kristine has years of experience in the internet industry, giving her the knowledge, background, and insight to know what will work and what won’t. Her intuition is everything and as business shifts rapidly, and it is what she depends on most to guide decision-making to consistently deliver results.

Amanda Park

Recruiting Partner

LinkedIn

Amanda is our go-to partner when it comes to candidate sourcing and direct hire search. Amanda gets culture fit — and that has translated to a proven track record when it comes to filling key roles at the executive level. Through her many years of experience, she has cultivated a vast network from sales and marketing, to engineering and IT.

Whitney Hischier

Advisor and Training Consultant

LinkedIn

Whitney is an über-connector with a knack for solving people challenges big and small. She honed her expertise in learning and development as an assistant dean at UC Berkeley, where she designed customized executive education programs. Her passion for learning started at Stanford and continued at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Now Forshay clients get the benefit of her acumen as she finds and develops talent, particularly in R&D-intensive industries.

Paul Malling

Recruiting Partner

LinkedIn

Paul has 20+ years of human resources management experience in large fortune 100 companies as well as small entrepreneurial start-up organizations. He has developed strong intercultural and diversity skills managing teams, developing global training programs and taking on projects in Africa and Asia.

In the last ten years, Paul has been both recruiting and coaching top talent.  His focus has ranged from finding talent at top universities for a leadership program at a Fortune 5 firm to identifying talent for high-tech start-ups and computer gaming companies.  He is savvy at matching candidates to a firm’s culture.

In his spare time, he helps prepare shelter dogs for their new homes at the SF SPCA, training over 300 new shelter volunteers, and being active in community outreach dog training and support for dog owners in Hunters Point, Bayview, and Outer Mission neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Erica Garcia

Learning & Change Consultant

LinkedIn

Erica has a passion for streamlining processes and creating effective learning to achieve business results. She is highly self-motivated, a creative problem solver and a relationship manager. Erica is able to “pinch hit” and flex across multiple streams of work. She has over 10 years of experience in the business environment in the following areas:
•Change Management
•Strategic Planning
•Instructional Design
•Program and Project Management

Kate Earle

Learning Development Consultant

LinkedIn

Kate Earle, PhD, most recently served as the Chief Learning Officer at Quiet Revolution with Susan Cain, where she worked with Forshay on the client side. Luckily for all of us, Kate is now a Forshay consultant. As we all work to harness the collective intelligence of diverse and inclusive teams, Kate has seen first-hand the business impact when neurodiversity is optimized.

Patty McCord

Advisor

LinkedIn

Patty is an executive wrangler, workplan rethinker and cultural maven. As a Forshay Advisor, she is a thoughtful sounding board and generator of new ideas to make work better. Drawing on her vast network, she can help to move the ball forward in the Future of Work.

Our Values

Respect

Our relationships are founded in respect. We have esteem for the inherent worth of others, and support everyone in making the right decisions for their situation, never withholding or deceiving for our own benefit.

Authenticity

We are genuine in our actions, interactions, and relationships. We are transparent, fair, open, and honest, creating deeper, more fulfilling, trust-based work experiences.

Entrepreneurship

We embrace possibility and spur progress. We question assumptions, discern new opportunities, take initiative, and advance with agility and speed. We lead and thrive by adapting and moving decisively.

Fun

We create an environment where people take genuine pleasure in their work. We encourage originality, feed curiosity, enable exploration, and foster relationships that feed the mind and inspire the spirit.

Co-Evolution

We cultivate the symbiotic advancement of the individual and the community. We provide people with the autonomy, resources, and support to thrive on their own, as well as connection into a vital community.