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The Hiring Panel

July 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Join us Wednesday, July 10th for a night with creatives and entrepreneurs at OCMA! We’ll hang out, eat pizza (thanks Vincit for making that happen), drink cold bevvies (thanks Column 5!), hob nob and then hear a panel discussion from some local faves. Our panel will be about what companies and teams look for when hiring, and how to be a great hire. Whether you have a job, are looking for a job, or are freelancing, we can all learn a few things about what teams are looking for in new members, subcontractors, and collaborators.


Tamara Hlava, People Ops & Org Design @ Column Five:
Pragmatic and perceptive People Ops & Org Design leadership with a passion for talent growth + acquisition, creative people and a harmonious work life. I truly thrive on helping organizations take care of their people, hire well and facilitate solutions that help teams execute amazing work. Often this means listening to individuals and scrutinizing assumptions. We all stand to learn the most when we are open-minded and flexible. I have over 28 years of experience working in digital and marketing industries in a variety of roles–as a member of the executive team in people operations (HR), recruiter & talent manager, project manager, interactive producer, advertising production coordinator and office + facilities management.

Panagiota Hatzis, VP of Differentiation at Common Thread Co.
As the Vice President of Differentiation I find the common thread between Logistics, HR, & Culture to secure a touch on CTCs pulse; ensuring our peoples heartbeat never flatlines.

Jed Bridges, Lead Designer at Bloq
 Jed is a traditional graphic designer gone digital. He has worked with startups and clients to create and scale products eventually used by hundreds of thousands of customers. After working in fintech with various banks and credit unions for many years, Jed saw a need for more accessible financial products and services. This eventually led him to the crypto space with a focus on humanizing blockchain technology.

Mary Claire Anderson, Sr. Talent Acquisition at Acorns, Inc.
A native of the Midwest, Mary Claire grew up in Chicago suburbs made famous by John Hughes and Ferris Bueller. Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mary Claire realized her passion for people and focused her career on investing in attracting and retaining passionate, smart and curious talent. She’s worked for a number of tech startups including Belly, Inc., Avant, Inc., and now leads the Talent Acquisition team at Acorns.



Location Sponsor:  Orange County Museum of Art.
They have some incredible exhibits going on now, which you can see during the event, including some epic pieces by Hiromi Takizawa.

Beer Sponsor: Column Five

Design: Hoodzpah

Video: Braedon Flynn 

Event Photography: Dario Garcia

Coordination, Social Media, Email Blasts, etc.: Emily Krauss, Hoodzpah, Josh Ritchie, Kohl Crecilius, Josh Ariza, Ryan Haack, Braedon Flynn, and Aaron Shintaku

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July 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Connecting Things Orange County, CA


1661 West Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704 United States
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