Michele Silagy is the Chief Talent Advisor at Kinetix. Prior to joining Kinetix, Michele was the Corporate Director of Recruiting at AutoTrader.com, a leading Internet auto classifieds website based in Atlanta, where she created the company’s first centralized, strategic recruiting function. Michele was responsible for building strategies related to university hiring, diversity recruiting, succession and workforce planning, employee referral programs, and pre-hire assessments. It was in this role that Michele first met Shannon and hired Kinetix for several recruiting projects.
Prior to AutoTrader, Michele was Director of Staffing and Relocation at ING, US Financial Services at their Atlanta offices where she led the successful implementation of a shared service recruiting function due to the acquisition of Aetna Financial Services and Reliastar Insurance in 2001. Michele also spent five years at AHL Services and its predecessor Argenbright Security, where she was a Regional Human Resources Manager for the Western Region out of Los Angeles, and later served as Director of Recruiting in Atlanta.
Michele has an MS in Human Resources from Georgia State University, and received her BA in Human Resources from Michigan State University. Originally from Michigan, she currently lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, Ron, and two children, Emily and Jack.
5 Questions with Michele Silagy
1. First thing that comes into your mind when I say this: “RPO works because ____…” First thing. Don’t plan it.
RPO works because it provides the right amount of focus and skill to a very complicated function. Recruiting should not be taken lightly – the pace of change and chances for error are too great.
2. Who are your favorite two recruiters – RPO, sports, entertainment, whatever – and what makes them rock stars from a recruiting perspective?
My recruiting rock stars (this is too easy) – Coach John Wooden and Mother Teresa.
a. “Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.” – John Wooden
b. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa
3. 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:
First song that comes to mind… “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (cue the fighter jets and some hot Navy pilots…) It’s all about tension, pushing the limits, living on the edge – gotta take chances to learn what you’re made of…
4. Describe your first car to us. God, please let it be a junker that embarrasses you:
Can you say “1974 Plymouth Scamp”? Yeah, baby… I started working when I was 14 so when I turned 16 my parents were more than happy to buy me a $500 set of wheels to become more self-sufficient. I loved that car. V8. 4-60 air (4 windows down at 60 miles per hour). AM/FM stereo with presets – remember those clunky buttons that made a “cha-chunk” sound when you pressed them? I was totally stylin’.
5. Give it up – 2 things that the last 10 people you’ve talked to outside of Kinetix don’t know about you:
I’m a pretty open book so there isn’t much people don’t know about me… how ‘bout these – I was voted “Most Likely to Adopt a Grandparent” by my senior class and Brad Pitt touched my tummy when I was 8 months pregnant.