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Demystifying "Head of" Hiring
As a founder, you have a lot of decisions to make. Few of those decisions are as important as choosing the people that make up your early-stage leadership team. While the importance of this decision is clear, how to make the decision is typically opaque.

Hyde Park Venture Partners and SwingSearch are teaming up to demystify the how, when, where, what, and who of hiring a first “head of” for a function. This “head of” profile is a unique candidate profile, one that SwingSearch specializes in placing. Join us to learn about what to look for when hiring your first leaders across Go-To-Market, G&A, and Product & Engineering.

We will be discussing:

• How to know when you are ready for your first ‘Head of’ role

• How to assess candidates appropriately for the stage and next evolution of growth

• Search and process advice for different functions

• Common mistakes made in this process

• Tools, tips, and resources to ensure a successful search process

Dec 7, 2022 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jim Conti
Talent Partner @Hyde Park Venture Partners
Jim Conti is the Talent Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners and has been with the firm since 2021. In this role, Jim provides strategic talent support and consulting to the firm's portfolio of companies. Prior to Hyde Park Venture Partners, Jim served as head of people at dscout and Sprout Social — both Chicago-based software startups. In these roles, Jim built, grew, and oversaw teams across recruitment, talent management, DEI, culture, HR, and benefits strategy. The impact of this work is seen in awards from Glassdoor, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago, and Built in Chicago.
Magna Sundstrom
Associate Partner @SwingSearch
Before finding Executive Search as a career, Magna was the former Head of People at the quickly growing startup, Tala. She joined Tala ($200M raised, ~600 employees globally) as the 12th hire and helped build out the Talent and People Function. She has lived through and led through rapid growth and has a deep appreciation for what Swing’s clients, Founders & Hiring Managers, go through. Magna spent the first part of her career leading Sales, Marketing, and General Management for The Princeton Review in Southern California. After receiving her MBA at USC, she joined the startup world. In early 2018, she transitioned to Executive Search where she recruited for VC- and PE-backed companies at Safire Partners before joining Swing. Magna leads production on C-level searches while managing a team focused on Director to VP level searches. She is passionate about using data to inform the search process while not losing sight of the human element.
Mandy Edmund
Managing Partner & COO @SwingSearch
Mandy Edmund, is known among the VCs in the Bay Area as having an uncanny ability to define the leadership needs of an early-stage company. Mandy serves as a stakeholder on C-Level late stage executive searches, partnering with senior leadership at SwingSearch. She also loves working with early hiring teams, providing clarity on what is needed in a role, and helping Founders with their pitch to top talent. A seasoned founder with a successful exit to a publicly traded company, Mandy is currently the COO for SwingSearch, a recruiting agency for startups and high-growth companies seeking top-tier talent. Renown Venture Capitalists confidently refer SwingSearch to their portfolio companies to lead end-to-end searches. Mandy is a Board Member of WorldWide Orphans Foundation, an active Mentor at Techstars, and a Mom to three amazing daughters.