Jumping Into the Deep End with Fidelity’s SVP, Talent Acquisition, Tara Amaral

If you are a current or aspiring recruiting leader, an executive recruiter, or a talent technology vendor wondering what keeps corporate recruiting leaders up at night, the “Big Fish in the Talent Pool” podcast is your new best friend. Through the magic of podcast technology, I capture my coffee conversations with current Fortune 500 Global Heads of TA exclusively, about the joys and challenges of TA leadership.

For our inaugural episode, we caught up with Fidelity Investments’ SVP and Head of Talent Acquisition Tara Noonan Amaral. She is the embodiment of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” concept. She has taken the hard assignments, overcome huge obstacles, taken risks, and gained keen insights she shares candidly with our audience. In fact, my interview with her is rich enough that we divided it into three parts. Topics include employment branding, her favorite new technologies, culture, and unconscious bias in hiring, global team management, smart sourcing, the state of RPO, and more.

The three parts of my interview recorded at the last ERE event, in Minneapolis, are below. Also, if you want to sign up for future episodes, stay tuned to ERE or go to my Soundcloud page.


Erin McDermott Peterson

Erin McDermott Peterson is a partner and global talent acquisition consultant with PeopleResults. She previously led talent acquisition for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon. She translates her unique global experience to help her clients with their talent acquisition strategy, employment branding, candidate experience, and recruitment outsourcing decisions. 

She has a degree in Psychology from Concordia College in Minnesota and is a frequent speaker and writer on talent and career topics. She hosts a podcast in collaboration with ERE called “Big Fish in the Talent Pool” interviewing corporate recruiting leaders.  She also serves as a committee chair for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals, and writes for The Muse.com.  She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and HR Executive. She also volunteers with Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and Golden Retriever, Moab.

Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPeterson or connect via email at epeterson@people-results.com