Whether you call yourself a solo practitioner, army of one, or just hair-on-fire busy, running a company’s people function alone can be a rollercoaster ride.
Join Victoria Schanen as she sits down with Sarah Schoolcraft, Fred Leong, Morgan Williams, and Kenyachta West to discuss how people functions can be stood up by a single person or small team.
Key takeaways of this discussion will include:
- Standing up the people function in a startup by yourself
- Deciding between prioritization and postponement
- Building key relationships
- Making an impact on a lean budget
- Setting up easy wins
- Knowing when to wave the white flag and hire help
Victoria Schanen is the founder of Ghrow.io, a consulting services firm specializing in fractional human resources and recruiting leadership for startups. Prior to launching Ghrow, Victoria served as an HR executive in three midwest SaaS startup companies. Hailing from the Silicon Prairie mecca of Minneapolis, she speaks and presents often in her local startup community (at events such as MinneBar, Twin Cities Startup Week, and Enterprise Rising). In her free time she performs comedy improv and is trying to improve her pickleball game.
Resources for Humans Ambassador
Resources for Humans
Sarah Schoolcraft has been in People Operations roles since 2003 at both nonprofits and startups across Washington, DC, Lithuania, and now Minnesota. She’s particularly passionate about employee immigration/mobility, onboarding, benefits, LOA, and compliance. In addition to exploring the world, Sarah has been making ceramics: mugs, bowls, and vases. She finds it incredibly satisfying to drop some flowers in a vase or sip her coffee out of a mug she has made!
Chief People Officer
Fred Leong is the Chief People Officer at dv01, a fintech company that he's helped scale from 40 to 120+ people and through a recent acquisition. He believes that every People Ops practitioner has potential to be amazing because they are “the glue” that holds the company culture together. On the side, he helps people and organizations get ‘unstuck’ through pragmatic solutions, prioritize relationships/work that truly counts, and execute with a sense of humor. Also, doing his best to balance being the servant leader to 120+ folks at dv01 and to his family (better half, two children, and two doodles).
Founder - HR Consultant
MW HR Consulting
Morgan Williams is a curious people leader championing the psychology and fundamentals of human behavior to create dynamic policies, habits and results. She partners with founders, mentors emerging HR leaders and focuses her time consulting and advising. While she now mainly focuses on startups she's worked across an array of industries to enable her thoughtful approach to HR, which embodies the principle that we are all human and therefore should be treated as such.
Kenyachta West is a multifaceted people function professional focused on bridging dynamic strategy and human development. She has held people operation roles across the tech industry for startups, scale-ups, and enterprise organizations. Kenyachta is a strong believer of people being an essential part of an organization’s success. She is driven by creating unforgettable employee experiences and cultivating progressive leaders. In her leisure time she enjoys DIY projects and discovering new tools.