In Episode 30 of Best Hire Ever, Kris Dunn talks to Kinetix CEO Shannon Russo about being a woman founder and the complexities of women rising in the business world. With the backdrop of Women’s History Month, Shannon shares her story and compares and contrasts what she experienced coming up as a Wall Street analyst vs what women experience in 2021. Spoiler alert: It’s complicated!
3:00 – Shannon gives the listeners a rundown of her background — more finance than HR or recruiting, but all TA and recruiting since founding Kinetix in 2004.
9:10 – KD asks Shannon how she made it in a male-dominated world. Shannon shares she never thought about it that way, and that might be a key. She talks about how she was raised, growing up around brothers (note she has a sister who’s a firefighter).
17:28 – KD asks Shannon to describe how it’s harder for career-oriented women today than when she was starting out? How’s it easier?
22:03 – Shannon shares her nuggets of wisdom for women who want to become business leaders in today’s world
29:09 – KD asks Shannon to describe her style related to mentoring women in today’s business world. She thinks it’s easier for her as a woman to mentor than it is for men in 2021. Shannon focuses mentees on not being the victim and also the danger of imposter syndrome sneaking into the heads of women she coaches.
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31:49 – KD asks Shannon how men can be better related to being an advocate for women in the workplace. She focuses on men being coaches and staying engaged as advocates for women in the workplace
33:44 – Shannon finishes the following sentence: To really arrive in today’s business world, women need to..
40:06 – Shannon talks about the family DNA. She’s a woman founder and her sister was a firefighter. How did that happen? Shannon points to athletics as key.
41.21 – KD asks Shannon for the best piece of work advice she’s given her college-age daughter to prepare her for the world of work.