What We Do

Forshay connects leading-edge companies with exceptional people to improve the way work gets done. We work with clients ranging from newly minted startups to some of the world’s most established brands.

Executive Search

C-level, SVP and VP level placements.

Some roles we have recently filled:

  • CEO
  • President / Chief Revenue Officer
  • Product GM
  • Global Head of Marketing
  • SVP Sales

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Direct Hire Recruiting

Director and Manager placements, and specialized roles.

Some roles we have recently filled:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Performance Marketing
  • Graphics Engineer
  • Technical Recruiter
  • Director of Marketing
  • Software Engineer
  • Product Manager

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Interim Resources

Consultants available for short-term and project-based work. “Try-before-you-buy” is also an option.

Some interim roles we have recently filled:

  • Performance Management Consultant
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Interim HR Director
  • Strategic Advisor Chief of Staff
  • Compensation Consultant
  • Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
  • Training Lead
  • Communications Consultant
  • Interim Head of Total Rewards
  • Strategic Planning Program Management Consultant
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Interim Controller
  • HRIS Consultant

Consultants available for short-term and project-based work

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Diversity + Inclusion

Analytics, strategy, consulting, and capacity building.

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Organization Development

Alignment, Change Management, Leadership & Team Development, Process Optimization, Analytics.

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Worklab

Design-thinking accelerator to make work better.

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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.

Consulting with Forshay

Join a team of savvy professionals & solve real-world business problems

Community

Forshay finds you
the right fit, either
interim or direct hire

Core

We get to know your
skills and goals
& match accordingly

Connected

We partner with
other boutiques who
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.

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Our People

Sally Thornton

Founder + Chief Curator

Andrea Yelle

Head of Talent

Stephanie Taylor

Talent Partner

Michelle Clancy

Operations Partner

Paul Malling

Recruiting Partner

Amanda Park

Recruiting Partner

Ellen Hathaway

Executive Recruiting Partner.

Susan Wilson

Technical Recruiting Partner

Marc Pajarillo

Principal, Organizational Development & Change

Erica Garcia

Learning & Change Consultant

Molly Rosen

OD & Leadership Consultant

Sharon Kwok

Strategic Planning & Delivery Consultant

Lauren Aguilar

Diversity & Inclusion
Partner

Drika Weller

Diversity & Inclusion Vice President

Marlette Jackson

Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Sharon Jank

Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Jon Shafran

Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Paria Rajai

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Tania Tam

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Anna Dragotta

Data Scientist + Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Mick Coane

Diversity & Inclusion Operations Partner

Neese Applegate

Diversity & Inclusion Support Partner

Casey Khademi

Recruiting Partner

Sally Thornton

Founder + Chief Curator

LinkedIn

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally founded Forshay in 2011 to connect the Bay Area’s most innovative companies with exceptional talent through executive recruiting, project-based work, and improving the system of work through increased diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list for 2015. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.

A recent speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Sally co-founded WorkLab in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today’s workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. Sally lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

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.

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 Partner

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.

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.

Deva Ferar

Recruiting Partner

LinkedIn

Deva Ferar brings 22 years of recruiting, hiring and managing digital and content production talent, having led large teams at AKQA, Ogilvy, McCann and Venables Bell & Partners. He brings a passion and skill for honing in on hard-to-find digital talent in hypercompetitive markets, and scaling teams to meet demand.

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.

Ellen Hathaway

Executive Recruiting Partner.

LinkedIn

Ellen brings her previous corporate experience and ability to iterate quickly, to every interim or executive hire search, for tech-enabled companies. Working with Seed, Series A to Public companies, Ellen thrives on solving the puzzle to locate the right skills and experience her clients need to achieve transformational growth. Her domain experience spans AI, Analytics, enterprise & consumer Cloud Apps, ecommerce, etc. across several vertical industries.  Recent clients include Adobe, Sage, Worklete (Trinity Ventures), Persado (Bain Capital), True Anthem (Core Ventures), Fluxx (Canvas, Salesforce Ventures), Automation Anywhere (NEA, Goldman Sachs).

Susan Wilson

Technical Recruiting Partner

LinkedIn

Marc Pajarillo

Principal, Organizational Development & Change

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.

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

Molly Rosen

OD & Leadership Consultant

LinkedIn

I’m a Learning & OD practitioner and coach with a business mindset. Current and recent projects:

  • Coached leaders in technology, financial services and entertainment industries on managing diverse teams, strategic career positioning, and leading change.
  • Designed and facilitated leadership retreat for midlevel women leaders7.
  • Co-design and facilitate manager development incorporating “in flow” learning and 2-D Virtual Reality simulations.
  • Leveraged scalable online tools to enable unique, individualized career development experiences.
  • Led a team to redesign performance management to minimize bias and improve performance feedback, using human-centered design.
  • Designed and facilitated career development series, focused on “telling your career story” and job crafting.

Sharon Kwok

Strategic Planning & Delivery Consultant

LinkedIn

Sharon is an energetic change agent, who is passionate about strategic planning, delivery excellence and program management.  She is a problem solver, team builder, and coach.  She has over 15 years of experience in software development and operations, with a focus in:
  • Strategic Planning
  • PMO Process and Design & Development
  • Program Management

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

Drika Weller

Diversity & Inclusion Vice President

LinkedIn

Marlette Jackson

Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

LinkedIn

Marlette Jackson, PhD, works with companies to promote a culture of inclusion and equity that empowers all employees to be their full, authentic selves. As a Scientific D&I Consultant, she combines empirical research with a human-centered framework, and collaborates with organizations throughout the talent life cycle to drive meaningful and sustainable DEI efforts.

Marlette has a passion for translating academic research into impactful applications, where she specializes in identifying and remedying barriers to career advancement for women and racial and/or ethnic minorities. Marlette believes that the business case for diversity is necessary but not sufficient, and challenges clients to view a diverse and inclusive environment as mission-critical. She works with companies to amplify impact, harness the power of collaboration, and identify best practices to provide actionable and tractable solutions. Striving for equity with a lens toward innovation, access, and employee voice; Marlette empowers clients to become the change agents and thought leaders they seek in their organizations.

Marlette earned her PhD in Political Science from Stanford University and her BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University (Gig’em!). Prior to coming to Forshay, Marlette spent over seven years working on DEI projects at Stanford University, where she co-founded various inclusion and belonging programs, and collaborated on multiple professional development, alumni networking, and mental wellness efforts for underrepresented students.

Sharon Jank

Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

LinkedIn

Sharon is a social psychologist, researcher and consultant who understands that robust diversity and inclusion efforts need more than good intentions to be successful. She’s passionate about translating academic research from psychology, group dynamics and organizational behavior into practical industry-friendly solutions.

After 10 years of academic research, Sharon transitioned to industry, first working as a researcher at Apple and now working with companies to implement best practices in recruitment, hiring and equitable evaluation practices. Sharon has also contributed to projects at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research as well as the Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership.

Carolyn Carpeneti

Executive Search Partner

LinkedIn

Carolyn is an expert in executive search and leadership solutions. She is an author and entrepreneur, and draws upon her starup and corporate experiences to deliver results for clients. Her innovative and resourceful approaches have directly contributed to her success in executive recruiting.

Jon Shafran

Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

LinkedIn

Jon Shafran, PhD, believes that people are an organization’s most important asset, and organizations that cultivate a diverse workforce create the most innovative and profitable solutions. As a Scientific Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, he partners with organizations to build strategies that are easy to execute and positively impact each and every employee.

Jon specializes in helping clients understand how their business systems and the cultures they foster can create subtle barriers to the advancement of women and other frequently underrepresented populations. Using qualitative methods and insights from the social sciences, Jon partners with clients to create evidence-based strategies that treat employees equitably and foster inclusive workplaces where everyone experiences a sense of belonging. This approach, validated by research, ensures that clients have a leg up on their competition for attracting, retaining, and promoting the very best talent in their industry.

Jon earned his PhD in sociology from the University of California San Diego. He has over 7 years of experience working with startups, nonprofits, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies on strategy, process improvement, customer success and talent development. He lives in San Francisco but still considers San Diego his home away from home.

Paria Rajai

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

LinkedIn

Paria Rajai is a leader in the diversity and inclusion space and has been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion work for nearly a decade. Paria is an innovator in creative strategies for the recruitment and retention of women, racial and ethnic minorities and nontraditional candidates. Her operational experiences gives her a strong understanding of day-to-day pressures in companies and how to best incorporate diversity and inclusion strategies to companies as they grow. Her extensive marketing and branding experience is also a superpower she uses to help companies build strong internal and external communications around diversity and inclusion. Paria has worked with all organization sizes from growing  startups to Fortune 500 companies to help them implement successful strategies. She was recently profiled in Forbes for being a leader in diversity and tech.

Paria was previously on the leadership team of Hackbright Academy – the country’s first coding school for women – working to connect companies such as Amazon, Yelp and Slack with more diverse talent. She also helped organize the inaugural Women of MENA in Tech Conference in Silicon Valley and has been selected as a mentor for the State Department’s TechWomen program.

Paria was born and raised in the Bay Area but has lived across continents in Africa, Central America and Europe.

Tania Tam

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

LinkedIn

Tania is a behavioral scientist with award-winning research on intergroup relations. She is an experienced workshop leader and an avid improv facilitator. She has consulted in over 25 countries, speaks three languages, and has published extensively in the top psychology journals in the field. Tania received her doctorate in psychology from Oxford University.

Anna Dragotta

Data Scientist + Scientific Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

LinkedIn

Anna Dragotta, PhD, is a social/health psychologist who specializes in data analytics. As a researcher, she has studied communication within interpersonal relationships and its potential consequences for mental and physical health. Her knowledge and passion for this area have been strongly fueled by her experience as a professional communication skills trainer and coach.

Prior to joining Forshay, Anna worked in the healthcare industry. There, she analyzed and visualized sets of quantitative and qualitative data to help inform the development of actionable strategies for increasing customer loyalty and/or satisfaction.

Her previous training has provided Anna with a unique skill set that is highly relevant to the world of D&I. Besides her ability to work with data and clearly communicate her findings, she also possesses a strong sense of context, which allows her to understand that subtle changes in people’s communication strategies can make an important difference for others’ inner comfort and ease.

Anna approaches her partnerships with clients with much curiosity, warmth, and honesty, making her a good thought partner for employers who want to increase their work environments’ inclusiveness and their employees’ sense of belonging. 

 

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.

Mick Coane

Diversity & Inclusion Operations Partner

LinkedIn

Neese Applegate

Diversity & Inclusion Support Partner

LinkedIn

Casey Khademi

Recruiting Partner

LinkedIn

Casey brings her communications and marketing expertise to the Forshay Team. She has 7+ years of experience in digital marketing and communication with a Bachelor and Masters of Arts from Stanford University. There, her research focused on the effects of new technology on human interaction. She enjoys recruiting for a variety of roles – assisting candidates in finding work that allows them to lead their best lives.

In her spare time, Casey volunteers as a coach for mock trial programs and runs a social media community called Genius Baking.

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.

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.

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.