Smart leaders know how important it is to have a stellar team, but hiring and retaining great employees is easier said than done. Whether you're just now considering hiring your first intern or you already have a large team but want to revise and refine your hiring strategies, we've put together a smart panel of local experts to help. These three local experts will dish on everything they've learned about putting together a dream team:
Brittney Matlock is co-founder and partner in PLENTY Mercantile, a sustainable lifestyle retail store with 2 locations in the Oklahoma Metro and an Event Venue at their downtown OKC location called The Venue at PLENTY. She studied sustainability and entrepreneurship at OSU and opened the first store just 6 months after graduating college. With over 6 years of gritty experience and over 80 employees during that time, she has learned a lot of what NOT TO DO on her way to learning what works for their business. Of their current 18 (non-owner) staff members, 3 have been there over 2 years, 1 over 3 years and 1 over 4 years. Every passing day hones her management style as she learned how to steer PLENTY towards success and away from risk, through and alongside her team.
An unlikely restauranteur, Molly Hall & her family started a food truck based on a family tradition simply to pay for her college. Graduating from OU with a Letters major & a Latin minor, Molly imagined herself teaching Latin. As graduation came & went, the Hall family realized they enjoyed what they were doing & decided to lean into their love for hospitality with a brick & mortar. The Hall's Pizza Kitchen opened in Midtown in May of 2016 & currently she acts as the General Manager & managing partner. She jokes that she will probably never make her Classics professors proud by selling pizza, but for Molly it's about a lot more than pizza. The HPK mission is to create memorable experiences for every guest. Their leadership team works hard to develop team members so they leave better than when they joined the team with an emphasis on connection-based hospitality. Ultimately, the hospitality they offer to guests starts with how they care for & act as a team. When not working, you can find Molly with friends or training for a half marathon.
Merideth VanSant is a fourth generation entrepreneur who lives, works and plays in her home state of Oklahoma. She has led teams that support various federal agencies in Washington DC. Through this work, she created and managed the rollout of national programs that still continue to enhance the safety, efficiency and expansion of transportation and aviation travel nationwide. This work awarded her the 2014 National Senior Consultant of the Year Award. Since then, she has built and sustained a multi-branch power yoga company. With more than 150 teammates nationwide and top spots in local and national rankings for service to community, her studio system was awarded MBO’s Visionary Award as the 2018 Top Revenue Producing Company in the industry. She has been featured on iTunes’ top business and entrepreneurship podcast and served as keynote speaker in national speaker series. Merideth has represented the U.S. State Department and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India. She is the co-founder of True U, a national social enterprise company that brings yoga + mindfulness + leadership to underserved teens through the United Nations, National Girl Summits, Girls Inc. and local chapters across the country. Merideth holds a Masters of Science degree in human development from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelors of Science in human environmental science from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is currently finishing her Executive MBA from New York University in New York City. Merideth is a member of Leadership OKC Class 37, is on the board of an OKC organization that promotes community connection and serves on local committees that support historic preservation, arts and education in Central Oklahoma.
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