For me, success at Kea means having a positive impact on the people that either Kea hires or works with as clients or candidates. We are committed to helping people grow so when we work with people, it is for the long-term and we’d like to go on a journey with them. If a client finds it hard creating a great culture within their business and we can help them with that, then we will have been successful.

I am fascinated and curious about humans and human development. Kea has provided a fulfilling vehicle for me to do what I am passionate about every day both internally with our team and externally with our clients and candidates. I don’t see the person in front of me as a transactional relationship, I see them as a someone I can learn from and be a longstanding contributing part of their professional journey. What a privilege.

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How has your education influenced your time at Kea?

C.S

School was not the place I thrived (to say the least); I was not academic and always felt that I was at the bottom of the class. It created many insecurities in me, so when I left I wanted to demonstrate that you don’t have to be super smart to be successful. In fact, if I am honest I’d say that one of my key drivers was showing the school how successful I would become regardless of what they thought of me.

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What’s your biggest professional regret?

C.S

When I was working for a recruiter in New York I was invited to interview for a job at a prestigious Venture Fund in San Francisco. It was the opportunity of a lifetime but complacently, I didn’t do enough preparation for the interview, so I was not able to give thoughtful, intelligent answers. Looking back, not being hired meant I went on and started Kea which is the best thing I have ever done, but my attitude came across as ungrateful and disrespectful and I regret that.

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I learn from doing, seeing and hearing so I fill my time with meetings; with clients, candidates, the team and anyone else I can gain insights on how to run the business better or how else I should be innovating.

Drive to
Improve

The belief that there is always more of the journey to go on for ourselves and our team. How can I be a better leader, mentor, how else can we provide a better service to our clients, are we evolving enough, are we doing enough to train our staff better.

Instead of focusing on the end, we focus on the journey. We care deeply about the work we do and the people we’re doing it with. This can be reflected by the fact that we keep in touch with people whether we place them or not. We focus on how we have added value to the candidates and clients we worked with. That is hugely important and what we feel differentiates us.