May 7, 2018 – NextOPP Search, a Stamford, Conn-based executive recruitment firm, has launched a new social responsibility platform in which the firm provides employment services to a survivor of domestic violence for every candidate it places.
“Hire One Help One,” as the program is known, is an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, said the firm. It is intended to help those affected by domestic violence find financial independence through employment services and coaching. The platform was inspired by the one-for-one social entrepreneurship model that has recently gained popularity in the retail space.
Through a partnership with the sustainability initiative offered by local domestic violence crisis centers, nextOPP Search’s program provides survivors with resume writing assistance, interview coaching, social media consulting, job board navigation tools and salary negotiation technique training. All of the firm’s employees who work directly with survivors have gone through extensive state-mandated certification training.
Inspired by recent research that directly links financial abuse to domestic violence, nextOPP founders Gail Tiburzi Buck and Rebecca Oppenheim said they saw the opportunity to provide their expertise in recruitment, as they strongly believe that employment opportunities change lives. Beyond that, Hire One Help One offers incentives to inspire others through action, rather than a basic donation model, thus helping women in a tangible way.
“As female entrepreneurs ourselves, we were inspired by the success of social entrepreneurship models used by companies like Toms Shoes and Bombas,” said Ms. Buck. “Rather than just creating a basic donation structure, the Hire One Help One program enables us to help women who are working hard to change their own personal destiny.”
Ms. Buck and Ms. Oppenheim, both managing partners, have more than 20 years combined experience working with companies in early-stage development to global industry leaders. “We’re passionate about connecting candidates with meaningful employment and want to empower the next generation of women while doing it,” said Ms. Oppenheim.
Formerly known as Wolf + Ryan, nextOPP specializes in banking & financial services, consumer products, enterprise solutions, financial tech, healthcare IT, insurance and venture capital portfolio companies.
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Purpose-Driven Organizations Thriving
Deloitte’s just-released ‘Culture of Purpose‘ study found that businesses with a strong sense of purpose are more confident about their growth prospects. These organizations also experience higher levels of confidence among key stakeholders and are investing more in initiatives that lead to long term growth. The study noted that respondents who say their organizations have leaders with a strong sense of purpose are much more optimistic about their ability to stay ahead of industry disruptions and to outperform their competition.
As a result, search firms continue to expand into new areas that include finding leaders with a social responsibility bent. Eighteen months ago, Calibre One launched what it called a ‘purpose-driven’ search practice led by partner Venesa Klein and backed by a team of specialists. Their focus: placing senior level executives in growing organizations seeking to create innovation with meaningful impact. This includes companies that focus on empowering employees and/or making positive social impact, such as benefit corporations, B-Corps, L3Cs and other purpose-driven companies as well as investment firms focused on this emerging sector.
Calibre One now assists clients in identifying leaders with the right desire, personal values and skills to drive both positive financial and social impact. The practice looks beyond traditional performance indicators through an extensive assessment process to ensure its search strategy is fully aligned with a client’s specific objectives, values and purpose. More search firms are following suit.
“A growing number of companies are looking beyond the traditional bottom line to incorporate a higher purpose into their success,” said Ms. Klein. “While the prospects for purpose-driven companies are bright, finding the right people to excel in critical leadership roles is what truly drives success.”
The idea behind the search firm’s launch, she said, was to focus on the unique niche of helping mission-driven companies find senior level executives who are aligned with their mission – “Executives, in other words, who share the same passion for a cause. Without that alignment, at the executive level the drive to make an impact becomes diluted. It is also critical within mission-driven organizations to understand their culture and find the right executives that mesh accordingly,” she added.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media