She taught me that as a leader, you have to be fearless and that giving up isn't an option, regardless of the obstacles you encounter along the way.How did your previous employment experience aid with establishing your own business?Another 48% choose a partner after three or four introductions. Before she began hunting down lovers and mates for her high end clients, Barbie Adler was an executive headhunter with Chicago-based search firm Encore, and counted some of the country's biggest companies as clients.Barbie is a Board Member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO) a global peer-to-peer organization, and has been nominated by the City of Chicago's Entrepreneur Center for Ernst & Young's 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.Amy Van Doran, founder, says, “We work with fashion designers, doctors, architects, psychiatrists, chefs, artists, technologists, musicians, actors, etc. I have always had a soft spot for the underdog, the misfit, and the outlier.” By scouring trains for single commuters.Erika Christensen, founder, says, “We are still mainly recruiting on the subway. We can’t promise we’ll find clients a spouse, we can promise that we’re going to introduce them to awesome people in person. but more like, puppet-makers, and right now we have a chocolatier and he’s maybe my favorite client ever.They start with a fantasy, or something they saw in a movie and then they get introduced to a woman who is not only beautiful — because they’re all beautiful — but smart, engaging, kind, and grounded — and they learn something new about themselves and about matters of the heart.
I took the recruitment strategy used in leading executive search firms for Fortune 500 companies and evolved it into a proven method for helping people find love.
Working for an executive search firm played a major role in laying the foundation of the search strategy for Selective Search.
The parallels between the two industries of 'recruiting' are so profound.
These modern-day yentas — some are hipsters, some are WASPs, all are surrogate big sisters — specialize in everyone from the rich and famous, to the freaks and geeks, to, simply, regular riders on the F train. You need to bang two people together, let those pupils dilate, and see what happens!
We spoke to five of our favorites for the scoop on how it all works. Lori Zaslow, co-founder, explains, “Our typical client already has a great dating life; he’s made ‘meeting the one’ a priority. One of my favorite clients is dying for kids, rollin’ in it, and was having a hard time letting go of an ex!