Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedian, actress, screenwriter, producer and director, Amy Schumer hits the road for the first time in four years and makes a tour stop at The Ridgefield Gambling House for a sold out show on Friday, September 30.
His show at the Ridgefield Playhouse, sponsored by FoundHer – Recruiting with Purposewill be a special opportunity for ticket holders to see her perform in an intimate 500-seat theatre. FoundHer – Recruiting with Purpose fills the void in the workplace for mothers eager to return to work and seeking work-life balance.
Co-founded by Runa Knapp and Jasmine Silver, they are modernizing the hiring process by connecting talented, professional mothers looking for flexible opportunities, as well as commuters looking for new local or flexible opportunities, with many modern companies looking for diversity and a increased efficiency within their teams, but do not have access to highly experienced people. candidates outside their core network. FoundHer will be in the lobby before the show, ticket holders are encouraged to stop by their table for more information. They were inspired by Amy Schumer’s return to the road as a working mom and chose to sponsor her performance. The Ridgefield Playhouse sat down with Runa and Jasmine to learn more about FoundHer.
RPH: FoundHer LLC is sponsoring Amy Schumer’s sold-out performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse on September 30. This is Amy’s first time on the road as a working mother. How did your own experience of taking a break to focus on motherhood inspire you to create FoundHer?
JASMINE: The intense hours I worked as a lawyer in New York, coupled with my husband’s much longer work hours, no paid maternity leave, and no flex provisions when I returned, all of that was factored into my decision to leave the corporate world when I started my family. After leaving the corporate world, I vowed to work to tackle inequality for women in the workplace in my next role. Runa and I co-founded FoundHer in 2019 and in just three years, FoundHer has become an industry leader and one of the few full-service recruitment companies in the country focused on female talent and flexible opportunities.
RUNA: My business allowed me the flexibility I needed and I have spent the last four years in my business part-time. However, between my husband starting a demanding job in New York that required him to travel frequently and my two young children at daycare catching colds/flus for most of the winter (peak season for my job), I made the decision to leave the consulting business to focus on my family full time after my busy final season in 2016. During the work break I met Jasmine and realized there was a void at work for mothers like us, who were eager to get back to work and looking for a work-life balance. We knew there were countless other talented and professional mothers looking for flexible opportunities and we wanted to help them. We also knew companies that were looking to increase the diversity and effectiveness of their teams, which led us to form a high-end recruitment company.
RPH: What do you think are the biggest barriers working moms face and how does FoundHer help?
Working mothers need increased support and equity at home in order to truly succeed in the workplace as well. This goal requires a monumental societal shift in priorities and cannot be solved by a single company trying to make a difference. However, there are other tangible barriers that working mothers face that FoundHer seeks to address, including: (1) balancing family and caregiving responsibilities with work, (2) navigating the different layers of flexibility in the workplace with improved communication and logistics, and (3) challenging negative “working mom” stereotypes.
When it comes to balancing home and custodial responsibilities, FoundHer seeks to only work with companies that value work/life balance and offer their employees some form of flexibility. Our candidates can hopefully be confident that when they work through us, they are matched with a company that shares their values and recognizes the merit their unique experience brings to the team.
When it comes to navigating the different layers of flexibility, including the need to improve workplace communication and logistics, FoundHer’s role is twofold:
- First, we encourage and facilitate initial, direct communication and one-on-one or face-to-face meetings between candidates and employers about the agreed-upon working arrangement. This ensures that everyone is on the same page at the start, no one feels surprised or caught off guard, and new hires feel a sense of connection with their team members and supervisors or managers.
- Second, FoundHer works with clients to help them implement different forms of flexibility that go beyond traditional work from home or hybrid options, including allowing in-person employees to structure their workday around their schedule, or allowing flexibility for daytime appointments. .
Finally, when it comes to challenging the stereotype that working moms won’t work hard or be too distracted by their children to focus on their work, FoundHer is changing the landscape by working with companies that want to hire working moms. because they understand that a diverse point of view is an asset to their team.
We encourage the companies we work with to interview “job-ready” candidates, with the idea that if they want a diverse team, they must be willing to consider candidates who do not have exactly the same background as all other employees on their team, including mothers who have taken career breaks or are leaving a side industry. FoundHer prioritizes working with employers who see the value in this kind of untapped talent and are willing to take a little extra training to bring a diverse perspective on board.
RPH: How has the pandemic changed the landscape for working women?
Across many industries and businesses, the pandemic and resulting “work from home” revolution has worked well and changed the landscape for working women in a positive way. Employers noticed that employees who had had some kinds of flexibility in the workplace during the pandemic that they hadn’t had before, were more productive, efficient and happier without having to travel, and achieved a better work/life balance in terms of family and domestic responsibilities. Sure, some employees felt isolated by not seeing their colleagues in person or overwhelmed by not having a dedicated workspace, and many parents struggled to take care of their homes and their children without support, while simultaneously working from home.
While by no means perfect, I believe the global work-from-home experience has proven that the workplace does NOT need to stay the same for decades to be effective. So many companies are now continuing remote work indefinitely, or at least implementing a hybrid structure where employees work some days remotely and others in the office.
According to industry experts, many companies are now also investing in a “culture of care” for women that includes hybrid and flexible working models. While the public and private sectors must continue to work to advance policies designed to overcome long-standing and hostile policies towards women, especially mothers, in the workplace, the pandemic has pushed the movement forward and has in changed the landscape of working women in a positive way. .
RPH: How does FoundHer differ from other recruitment agencies?
The caliber of our candidates and our attention to detail are what make us successful. We have an extensive network of highly qualified professional candidates, many of whom are not seeking employment through avenues outside of FoundHer. 57% of our applicants hold an advanced degree, and many of our applicants are working women and mothers returning to the job market after a brief career break.
We modernize the hiring process by helping candidates and companies look beyond job titles and buzzwords, and focus on finding the best person for your team based on skills, personality and values. We provide companies with experienced candidates outside of the typical candidate pool and help women find career opportunities that match their passions and priorities. The good news is that we are growing rapidly as more and more women are ready to re-enter the workforce after taking time off during the pandemic and seek our services as their go-to recruitment agency.
RPH: What do you see for future generations of women in the workforce?
Flexibility and inclusion! I have my fingers crossed that in the future, flexibility and the conscious inclusion of women will be the norm in the workplace rather than new concepts, as both are essential to the long-term success of an organization. We are very encouraged by the efforts so many companies are now making to ensure these concepts become a reality in their workplaces. Whether it’s offering local satellite office space to an employee, working from home or hybrid opportunities, or even creating more part-time or flexible leadership roles, companies are now realizing that if they want to attract the best talent and elevate their business above rest, offering employees the necessary flexibility and encouraging diversity of thought is the way to adapt to the changing world.
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