What We Do

Forshay specializes in connecting leading-edge companies with exceptional talent. We work with clients ranging from newly minted startups to some of the most established brands in the Bay Area. Whether you’re looking for short-term project expertise or full-time employees, we hit the ground running, ready to meet your needs.

Pre-IPO
Innovation Prototyping
Scaling Key
Employees
Key Player
Maternity Leave
M&A Integration
Scaling Key Employees M&A Integration Key Player Maternity Leave Innovation Prototyping Pre-IPO Organically Grow Your Team Utilizing Our On-Site Search Experts

Pre-IPO

With Forshay’s help, HR leadership transitioned operations from early-stage approaches to scalable processes that included clear documentation, communication, and consistency in compensation practices.

Forshay began with gathering and analyzing data to paint the overall landscape. Helping to prioritize goals, the company was able to grab hold of the biggest opportunities and address the highest risks. In just one month, our compensation expert completed a market study for key resource categories, using this information to design and implement a consistent and competitive rewards strategy. At the same time, our HR operations expert readied the broader HR team for a smooth transition of recordkeeping to the cloud, drafting some critical policy documentation and leading a data cleanup effort.

In the end, the client took bigger steps toward an IPO – with clarified HR policies, organized data, reduced audit risks, and more competitive rewards for attracting and retaining high-caliber talent.

Innovation Prototyping

The Head of Innovation hired Forshay to focus on three areas: 1) forming business strategy, 2) developing a transparent approach to accessing information and 3) running operations, talent management and HR functions. The Forshay consultant started by looking at the ways people were contributing to innovation across the global organization. Next, she developed an understanding of the linkages between communication, culture, behaviors and values in order to shift the view of the type of talent they needed to look for in the future.

The Forshay consultant proved to be a strategic thinker and thought partner who could navigate a strong culture, taking ideas and translating them into practical plans. In the end, the client felt they got more experience and stronger results than expected. They achieved a significant increase in employee engagement, going from 38% to nearly 70% in 18 months. They set the groundwork for a human-centered approach to design, and a more planful use of innovation across the company. They also created a workforce of the future, focusing on a 21st century framework centered around diversity, inclusion and fluid organization structures. The models are still in use today and continue to be built upon as the company continues their courageous commitment to medical innovations for all.

On Demand Needs

Our consultants have the expertise and the get-stuff-done mindset to jump in and give you leverage while easily blending into your team.

Scaling Key Employees

She hired Forshay because she needed recruiters who were highly experienced, well-connected and knowledgeable in the space. Partnering with the Head of Recruiting, Forshay sharpened the focus and drove decision making while working across a large team of internal and external stakeholders . Attacking from multiple angles, employing creative brainstorming, piloting new ideas on the fly and quickly adapting to course corrections were some of the tactics used to achieve impressive results.

By the end of the project, the team had extended 114 offers with 102 offers accepted. The Forshay consultants were also able to lend their expertise in other areas of HR, bolstering the on-boarding process, strengthening the employer brand and refining the people strategy. In the end, the client received value well-beyond expectations.

Key Player Maternity Leave

When the executive returned from maternity leave she had this to say: “I came back to the best job I could dream of…my team stepped up while I was away and the leverage of the Forshay consultant’s expertise and hands-on help allowed them to focus on the right things. Coming back, I feel more like a leader than a manager as they are doing so well.  Now I can step right back into the strategy part of my role because my team has stayed on top of everything else.”

Forshay has interim professionals who can be brought in to keep teams at full productivity. When key positions need to be filled in the short-term, Forshay delivers so that leaders have the support they need when they are at inflection points in their careers & lives.

M&A Integration

Within 3 days on the job, the Forshay consultant was up to speed and adding value. He worked with the internal staff to prioritize projects and develop detailed plans. Implementing a metrics scorecard allowed him to keep the leadership team in the loop, while staying on task by easily identifying gaps. And then he set to work filling those gaps– performing diversity inclusion analysis, facilitating a strategic planning process, and acting as both product manager and project manager.

In a short period of time, the team had clear priorities and knew what they were responsible for. They were able to solidify their People Strategy, set up a People Scorecard, and implement new processes that helped everyone stay coordinated and effective. The C suite knew without question what HR was up to, and the HR area became a model to other internal organizations facing similar post-merger challenges.

Organically Grow Your Team Utilizing Our On-Site Search Experts

Forshay introduced the client to a strong, collaborative recruiter who could work side-by-side with their hiring managers. The Forshay consultant helped create a comfortable interview dynamic that allowed for the candidates’ personalities and styles to come through early on in the screening process. As a trusted partner, she discussed her observations with her client partner, calibrating her approach and recommendations throughout her year-long engagement.

The results included a variety of senior level placements in the US, along with an infrastructure for screening and hiring employees through local agencies in Europe and Asia.   By starting the process with a contract recruiter, the client got a real sense for the qualities and processes they needed from a full time in-house recruiter. They leveraged this experience when hiring a permanent resource which set them up for success in continuing to support their fast-paced growth.

Typical Recruiting Firm
Forshay
They Own the List
You Own the Pipeline
They Own the List
You Own the Pipeline

Our extensive network of qualified, curated candidates becomes yours, helping you plan for both now and long term growth.

Blind Placement
Blending the Art and
Science of Recruiting
Blind Placement
Blending the Art and<br>Science of Recruiting

We take the time to get to know your company culture. We make sure the candidates are a good match for the vibe at your company and will mesh well with your existing team.

Generic Metrics
Metrics that Matter
Generic Metrics
Metrics that Matter

We have the playbook on what metrics you need to see weekly. Transparency in all we do is key in delivering the right results.

Single Analyst
The Network Effect
Single Analyst
The Network Effect

We send an expert backed by Forshay’s methodology, database, and extensive network.

Pre-IPO

A dynamic, late-stage startup needed HR expertise to prepare them for going public. Hiring as many as 50 people in one month, company leadership knew that effective HR operations and compensation practices were a must.

With Forshay’s help, HR leadership transitioned operations from early-stage approaches to scalable processes that included clear documentation, communication, and consistency in compensation practices.

Forshay began with gathering and analyzing data to paint the overall landscape. Helping to prioritize goals, the company was able to grab hold of the biggest opportunities and address the highest risks. In just one month, our compensation expert completed a market study for key resource categories, using this information to design and implement a consistent and competitive rewards strategy. At the same time, our HR operations expert readied the broader HR team for a smooth transition of recordkeeping to the cloud, drafting some critical policy documentation and leading a data cleanup effort.

In the end, the client took bigger steps toward an IPO – with clarified HR policies, organized data, reduced audit risks, and more competitive rewards for attracting and retaining high-caliber talent.

Innovation Prototyping

With innovation at the core of this company’s mission, it was critical to hire the right consultant to support the leader of an innovation startup. The task at hand was to take a holistic view of innovation and design the people and process models to support the future vision.

The Head of Innovation hired Forshay to focus on three areas: 1) forming business strategy, 2) developing a transparent approach to accessing information and 3) running operations, talent management and HR functions. The Forshay consultant started by looking at the ways people were contributing to innovation across the global organization. Next, she developed an understanding of the linkages between communication, culture, behaviors and values in order to shift the view of the type of talent they needed to look for in the future.

The Forshay consultant proved to be a strategic thinker and thought partner who could navigate a strong culture, taking ideas and translating them into practical plans. In the end, the client felt they got more experience and stronger results than expected. They achieved a significant increase in employee engagement, going from 38% to nearly 70% in 18 months. They set the groundwork for a human-centered approach to design, and a more planful use of innovation across the company. They also created a workforce of the future, focusing on a 21st century framework centered around diversity, inclusion and fluid organization structures. The models are still in use today and continue to be built upon as the company continues their courageous commitment to medical innovations for all.

Scaling Key Employees

This west coast gaming company was looking to achieve explosive growth in a short period of time. After management set an aggressive target of 90 hires in 90 days, the Head of HR knew she needed some on-demand recruiting support – so she hired two Forshay consultants to join her team.

She hired Forshay because she needed recruiters who were highly experienced, well-connected and knowledgeable in the space. Partnering with the Head of Recruiting, Forshay sharpened the focus and drove decision making while working across a large team of internal and external stakeholders . Attacking from multiple angles, employing creative brainstorming, piloting new ideas on the fly and quickly adapting to course corrections were some of the tactics used to achieve impressive results.

By the end of the project, the team had extended 114 offers with 102 offers accepted. The Forshay consultants were also able to lend their expertise in other areas of HR, bolstering the on-boarding process, strengthening the employer brand and refining the people strategy. In the end, the client received value well-beyond expectations.

Key Player Maternity Leave

This internet-based image publishing company was looking to backfill one of their key marketing executives for five months while on leave. Finding a consultant with deep marketing expertise, proven leadership skills and the “can-do” attitude needed to hit the ground running appeared to be near impossible – until Forshay delivered a top notch consultant.

When the executive returned from maternity leave she had this to say: “I came back to the best job I could dream of…my team stepped up while I was away and the leverage of the Forshay consultant’s expertise and hands-on help allowed them to focus on the right things. Coming back, I feel more like a leader than a manager as they are doing so well.  Now I can step right back into the strategy part of my role because my team has stayed on top of everything else.”

Forshay has interim professionals who can be brought in to keep teams at full productivity. When key positions need to be filled in the short-term, Forshay delivers so that leaders have the support they need when they are at inflection points in their careers & lives.

M&A Integration

In the afterglow of a complex merger, a mid-sized technology company had a long list of priorities, including a complete overhaul of their Human Resources function and a new “People Strategy”. The client said, “We called Forshay because we needed a strategic, productive thought partner with an executive presence, but not a lot of ego.”

Within 3 days on the job, the Forshay consultant was up to speed and adding value. He worked with the internal staff to prioritize projects and develop detailed plans. Implementing a metrics scorecard allowed him to keep the leadership team in the loop, while staying on task by easily identifying gaps. And then he set to work filling those gaps– performing diversity inclusion analysis, facilitating a strategic planning process, and acting as both product manager and project manager.

In a short period of time, the team had clear priorities and knew what they were responsible for. They were able to solidify their People Strategy, set up a People Scorecard, and implement new processes that helped everyone stay coordinated and effective. The C suite knew without question what HR was up to, and the HR area became a model to other internal organizations facing similar post-merger challenges.

Organically Grow Your Team Utilizing Our On-Site Search Experts

Working for this mobile gaming company is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. The team is “all in” – working hard and playing hard, together. So when it was time to grow the company, the management team knew that culture fit would be an important ingredient in hiring. As recruiting had been a constant challenge for them, they called Forshay to help.

Forshay introduced the client to a strong, collaborative recruiter who could work side-by-side with their hiring managers. The Forshay consultant helped create a comfortable interview dynamic that allowed for the candidates’ personalities and styles to come through early on in the screening process. As a trusted partner, she discussed her observations with her client partner, calibrating her approach and recommendations throughout her year-long engagement.

The results included a variety of senior level placements in the US, along with an infrastructure for screening and hiring employees through local agencies in Europe and Asia.   By starting the process with a contract recruiter, the client got a real sense for the qualities and processes they needed from a full time in-house recruiter. They leveraged this experience when hiring a permanent resource which set them up for success in continuing to support their fast-paced growth.

Typical Recruiting Firm
Forshay
They Own the List
They Own the List
You Own the Pipeline
You Own the Pipeline

Our extensive network of qualified, curated candidates becomes yours, helping you plan for both now and long term growth.

Blind Placement
Blind Placement
Blending the Art and<br>Science of Recruiting
Blending the Art and
Science of Recruiting

We take the time to get to know your company culture. We make sure the candidates are a good match for the vibe at your company and will mesh well with your existing team.

Generic Metrics
Generic Metrics
Metrics that Matter
Metrics that Matter

We have the playbook on what metrics you need to see weekly. Transparency in all we do is key in delivering the right results.

Single Analyst
Single Analyst
The Network Effect
The Network Effect

We send an expert backed by Forshay’s methodology, database, and extensive network.

On Demand Needs

Our consultants have the expertise and the get-stuff-done mindset to jump in and give you leverage while easily blending into your team.

The Power of Forshay

Highly coveted people pulled together to tackle business challenges on demand.

Community

Vetted candidate
community matched for
skills culture/available
for hire.

Core

Seasoned Forshay
consultants work for us
and deliver for you.

Connected

Boutique service
provider agencies that
share our values.

Clients

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.

Our People

Sally

Sally Thornton

Founder + Chief Curator

Andrea

Andrea Yelle

Head of Talent

Cam

Camela Matteoni

Talent/Client Relations Guru

Stephanie

Stephanie Taylor

People Resource

Michelle

Michelle Clancy

Makes Stuff Happen

Marc

Marc Pajarillo

Advisor and Consultant

Tim-Gourley

Tim Gourley

Consultant

Whitney

Whitney Hischier

Advisor and Consultant

Kelley

Kelley Steven Waiss

Advisor

Sally

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

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.

Cam

Camela Matteoni

Talent/Client Relations Guru

LinkedIn

Camela is a communications connoisseur who believes in the value of building efficient teams with effective talent solutions. Drawing on years of experience as a LucasArts executive, she has found, cultivated, and managed an astounding array of talent. As director of studio operations at LEC, she directly managed the domestic and international production groups; third-party external developers; and the art, level design, voice, sound, and QA department groups. Her ability to identify an individual or organization’s strengths to best promote growth and, ultimately, success, lends itself perfectly to our task of finding the best talent.

Stephanie

Stephanie Taylor

People Resource

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 administrative 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 assists with recruiting and screening of Forshay’s exceptional talent.

Michelle

Michelle Clancy

Makes Stuff Happen

LinkedIn

Michelle makes the complicated, complex, and seemingly impossible possible. She organizes the Forshay team to deliver for both talent and clients. Despite being ridiculously overqualified, she somehow enjoys herding cats… and the team is ever so grateful for her organizational prowess.

Marc

Marc Pajarillo

Advisor and Consultant

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.

Tim-Gourley

Tim Gourley

Consultant

LinkedIn

When it comes to finding the right people for high-level tech jobs, we go straight to Tim, who helps companies from startups to Fortune 50 clients find their ideal developers, CIOs, and every role in between. Tim started out as a programmer and then, after learning the ropes at a national recruiter, launched a technology search firm where he identifies and evaluates talent with honesty and efficiency. He’s an avid UConn fan and soccer coach who spends his free time either on the field or in the stands.

Whitney

Whitney Hischier

Advisor and 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.

Kelley

Kelley Steven Waiss

Advisor

LinkedIn

Kelley is adept at connecting business goals with “people goals.” Her secret sauce: being a great communicator, influencer, and leader. Whether running HR for a global technology company or working on an innovation project for a Forshay client, Kelley sees the big picture, clarifies priorities, rallies the troops, and rolls up her sleeves to get things done.