Re-Imagining the Future of Work with Sally Thornton
We are a team of creative problem solvers who believe that respect, authenticity, entrepreneurship and fun are core to human-centered companies. Our reputation is based on the relationships we’ve nurtured and the innovative risks we’ve taken.
We began in 2011, solving for the fluid future of work with interim experts.
Working moms loved it. Then came the working dads, millennials without kids, and baby boomers, who all wanted new ways of working.
After expanding into executive search because we “always got the skills + the culture complement right,” we came to a realization: the “special sauce” critical to thriving teams is actually based on the social science happening within them.
Now we’re working on solving the whole system of work by uncovering the science behind how individuals and teams thrive.
I’m often asked. ‘Why did you name the company Forshay?
The inspiration for 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.
Sally Thornton, Forshay Founder
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. Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, including the science of work/life blend and applying design thinking to make work better. She also loves to share her expertise on women in leadership, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. When she’s not full throttle at work, you’ll find her playing tennis or digging into a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
As part of Forshay’s founding team and current Managing Partner, Andrea is involved in every aspect of running Forshay. Drawing on her past experience as an HR executive and recruiting leader, Andrea is equipped with the critical business acumen, deep analytical know-how, and the ability to effectively identify the right talent for clients’ needs. With talent networks in the San Francisco, New York and Boston markets, she is the first person companies call when they have an important position or project to fill. Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell, and in her downtime, can be found rowing or boating on the outermost Cape Cod waterways.
Michelle leads our operations and administration – spanning marketing, contracts, IT and finance. She’s also the Forshay talent concierge, client project contact, and general cat herder who makes the complicated, complex, and seemingly impossible possible. And if that’s not enough of a resume, she’s working on a screenplay about a New Jersey funeral (surprise: it’s a comedy!)
Casey enjoys recruiting for a variety of roles and assisting candidates in finding work that allows them to lead their best lives. She has 7+ years of experience in digital marketing and communication with a Bachelor and Masters of Arts from Stanford University, where her research focused on the effects of new technology on human interaction. In her spare time, Casey volunteers as a coach for mock trial programs and runs a social media community called Genius Baking.
Blanca is a change management evangelist for growth, accelerating adoption of new technology, and helping people, teams, processes, and forward-thinking companies evolve through engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion. She combines a global perspective with a knack for creating cultures of mentorship, inclusivity and collaboration. Often called the team “bio-sensor” and “culture compass”, she leverages her ability to tap into the vibe, mood, mindset, and morale of teams, to coach, lead, mentor, and motivate teams of individual contributors to managers to C-suite leaders. She has passion for forward-thinking change leadership, inclusion and diversity, and is currently advising and consulting on Organizational Design, Change Management, and I&D Program Management. An avid hiker and lover of everything outdoors, she is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
Paul brings a keen eye for matching candidates to a firm’s culture, along with 20+ years of human resources management experience in large Fortune 100 companies and small entrepreneurial start-up organizations. In the last ten years, Paul has been both recruiting and coaching top talent. Training is in his blood — in his down time, he trains shelter dogs at the SF SPCA to ace their adoption interviews.
Amanda is our go-to partner when it comes to candidate-sourcing and direct-hire searches. Amanda nails the culture complement — 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. An undercover country girl, Amanda’s bucket list includes the Kentucky Derby; her karaoke list nearly always starts with “9 to 5.”
Tenea Watson Nelson, PhD is a leading practitioner of inclusion and diversity. She utilizes her unique lived and professional experiences to champion social change, particularly in STEM. As a Black woman, Genentech and Gilead scientist, and a decade-long Stanford University Diversity and Inclusion Assistant Dean, Tenea has moved forward innovative organizational DEI solutions through knowledge building, process improvement, and behavioral change. Tenea earned her PhD in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine from The University of Rochester. She is from the East Coast and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two decades. Tenea earned her bachelor’s degree at 17, and her doctorate degree at 23 years old.
Andrea consults with small, medium, and large organizations that seek modern ideas for talent strategy, recruiting strategy, organization design, learning + development, and diversity + belonging. Andrea has held leadership positions at Lucasfilm, Airbnb and Autodesk, and holds a masters degree in Education from Harvard University.
Erica is a “pinch hitter” who can flex across multiple streams of work, but her passion is in streamlining processes and creating effective learning to achieve business results. She is highly self-motivated, a creative problem solver and a relationship manager. She has over 10 years of experience in the business environment in Change Management, Strategic Planning, Instructional Design, and Program and Project Management. She’s currently dreaming of planning an epic trip to Greece, specifically Kalokairi, of Mamma Mia! fame.
Carolyn Carpeneti is a high-energy relationship builder who cultivates an impressive network of top-tier talent. With over 20 years of executive recruiting experience, she works with executives to create game-changing talent strategies to propel teams and companies to reach new heights. Driven by high emotional intelligence, intellectual horsepower, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Carolyn is a trusted partner to over 100 CEOs and senior executives from early-stage companies to well-established, large corporations.
Fresh “Lev” White is a love and compassionate activist. He offers mindfulness, coaching, mediation, and diversity trainings as tools for shifting towards more authentic, conscious, and passionate living to individuals, households, and professional teams. As a certified coach, and professional trainer, Lev has offered over 200 talks and trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond. He earned his coaching and leadership certifications through the Co-Active Training Institute. Lev is mindfully grounded at the East Bay Meditation Center, and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership program. Lev also offers secular mindfulness and talks on Compassion in both corporate and private settings. He credits his ability to reach diverse audiences to his years growing up in diverse communities in New York.