Episode 147

Mercedes Ballard, Co-Founder & Talent Advisor & Kristin Bonds, Co-Founder & Strategy Advisor at heristic - Dismantling Systemic Bias

About the episode
In this episode of Reimagining Company Culture, we’re chatting with Mercedes Ballard, Co-Founder & Talent Advisor, and Kristin Bonds, Co-Founder & Strategy Advisor at heristic. Mercedes Ballard is a Talent Management specialist with a successful track record in talent acquisition and culture. Kristin Bonds has a long history of recruiting and building Talent Acquisition infrastructure inside organizations of all sizes, and now she most enjoys helping startups create efficient talent programs that build inclusion into the bones of organizations from day one.
About the guest
Mercedes Ballard (she/her) is a Talent Management specialist with a successful track record in talent acquisition and culture. Mercedes specializes in talent management programs and technologies that showcase holistic employee engagement strategies that lead to high-performing, agile, happy organizations. As a tenured Talent Management professional, Mercedes is motivated to inspire individuals to master connection with others and their own purpose. This philosophy has guided Mercedes through her career and ultimately to Co-Found heristic, a consulting firm dedicated to helping growth stage companies build inclusive and scalable talent strategies. Mercedes lives in Philadelphia where she can be found dancing to all kinds of music and enjoying the high caliber of dining options available in the city. Kristin Bonds (she/her/ella) has a long history of recruiting and building Talent Acquisition infrastructure inside organizations of all sizes, and now she most enjoys helping startups create efficient talent programs that build inclusion into the bones of organizations from day one. Her longtime activism and community work serves as her guide in advising companies on inclusive strategies that will make a tangible difference in the communities they intend to serve. She believes that with intention, we can reach the future of work where inclusive, fulfilling practices of belonging are normalized and everywhere. Kristin lives in Austin, TX, where she catches live music a few times a week, enjoys the incredible food scene, and plays D&D.
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