Kay Colson is the Service Delivery Czarina at Kinetix, and is responsible for building and managing strong client relationships. For 15+ years has she developed, rolled out and managed both domestic and global recruiting programs. Prior to joining Kinetix, she operated through Resource Business Services, her own recruiting consulting practice, and was affiliated with Brightfield Strategies, a New York based consultancy. She was vice president of RPO operations at Spherion where she received the Outsourcing Excellence Award, was named Manager of the Year, and was a multi-year Performance Forum Winner.
Kay is a well-known innovator and critical thinker in the staffing industry. She frequently speaks and writes for staffing trade organizations and has been named in the Staffing Industry Analysts’ Who’s Who, the Staffing 100, multiple years. She holds a BA degree from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Houston. She serves as vice president for fund development and on the board of the US National Committee for UN Women, the United Nations agency for protection and empowerment of women and girls. She is also active in Toastmasters International.
5 Questions with Kay Colson
1. Tell us why you’re in the RPO game and how you got here:
I happened into recruiting in the late ’90s via a job installing major outsourcing accounts, and part of our portfolio was outsourced recruiting. We were one of the first firms providing this solution and I was quickly fascinated by the possibilities. I have never heard a good reason not to outsource recruiting! The rest is history as I have been selling, designing, installing, and running RPO engagements ever since!
2. Finish this sentence, “People want to hang out with me because… ”:
I love making friends and having a good time with them!
3. What’s your favorite HR/recruiting buzzword to openly mock and why?
“Best Practices.” When was the last time you met someone who proved something actually was a “best practice?” It’s a buzzword term used as filler in conversation, proposals, etc. It’s not a functional approach to improving things.
4. A great tradition in Major League Baseball is that each batter for the home team gets to pick his own intro music as he’s walking up to the plate. If you could choose a song to play as you entered the Kinetix HQ, what would it be and why?
”Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. The lyrics “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” sum up what we do every day. It’s never easy, but that’s what makes us better!
5. Give it up—2 things that the people outside of Kinetix don’t know about you:
I won a musical ice bucket contest when I was in college… what an experience! I am committed to supporting women and girls worldwide. That includes protection against violence, representation in the parliamentary process, and access to education and ultimately jobs. When women are empowered, so are their families and communities!