Meet The Disruptors: Kathleen Teixeira of DisruptHR Toronto

Who are the people that are taking the lead in disrupting the future of work?

They‰’re the official Disruptors (Organizers) of DisruptHR events held in cities around the world. Each week, we‰’ll introduce you to one of these intelligent, inspiring, and beautiful people (okay, pick two) who have stepped up, and volunteered to organize a Disrupt HR event in their city.

Kathleen Teixeira of DisruptHR Toronto (Disruptor #13)

LinkedIn ‰- [ Kathleen Teixeira ]

Twitter ‰- [ @KathleenToronto ]

Who are you, and what do you do in your ‰day job‰?

My name is Kathleen Teixeira. I am the Talent Strategy Manager at Loblaw Companies Limited. My role focuses on Recruitment Marketing.

How did you first hear about DisruptHR?

Through Social Media. When Tim, Jeff and I came across #DisruptHR we knew this was something we wanted to be a part of.

Why did you decide to raise your hand and become an organizer for DisruptHR events in Toronto?

I am very passionate about all things Talent. I launched Canada’s First Social Recruiting Conference and have been speaking on the topic of Social Recruitment, Personal Branding and Recruitment Marketing for the last 8 years.

That being said, I was EXCITED about the opportunity to network with other HR “DISRUPTORS” and to hear about other areas of HR that need “DISRUPTING”

How many events have you organized?

We’re getting ready to launch #DisruptHRTO 6.0 in the coming months.

What types of people/industries have attended your events?

Our first event, held at a local Toronto Technology Startup was attended by 60+ HR professionals. Since then, our sold-out events attract 350+ HR and Non-HR Professionals, at all stages of their career and across the Greater Toronto Area.

What are you most proud of that has come out of being involved with/organizing DisruptHR events?

I am most proud of the impact that this event is having on the Industry. This event encourages people to exchange ideas and inspires them to take action.

What kind of feedback have you received from those who attended prior DisruptHR Toronto events?

I love hearing from past attendees about the impact they are having on their organizations. I also love hearing from past speakers and how their talk increased their visibility as an SME in their space.

What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?

My favorite talk was by Amanda Hudson, “The Best HR People are Not HR People” because it drives home a very important message – that HR is an incredibly multidisciplinary profession.

The Best HR People Aren’t HR People | Amanda Hudson | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

Based off of the Talks and conversations at your events, what do you feel are the areas with the biggest opportunity for disruption?

I’m pretty biased but I think Recruitment is broken and has the biggest opportunity for disruption. And rightfully so because people are the single most important part of any business.

What excites you or frustrates you about the future of work, your career and/or DisruptHR?

I wish there was more flexibility in terms of the event format and wish it was more interactive with attendees.

What‰’s Happening With DisruptHR Toronto:

DisruptHR Toronto Community Page

DisruptHR Toronto Facebook Page

DisruptHR Toronto on Twitter (@DisruptHRTO)


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