Elaine Poucher, Protiviti Recruiting Director
As we shared earlier this month, we are proud to call our recruiting director here at Protiviti (and my boss) a Glassdoor Talent Warrior. Elaine is an influential leader within our organization and we are happy to see her recognized for the impact that she makes.
Glassdoor recognized Talent Warriors who weren’t afraid of taking risks, and that certainly describes Elaine. Elaine is a founding member of Protiviti and started her career in the Technology Risk Consulting side of the business. In 2005, she moved from the practice side of Protiviti into operations. “I was a bit worried my career would stall out,” she admits. “However, I have found that to be just the opposite. I have had amazing opportunities within recruiting and HR for career growth and development.”
Elaine is also extremely committed to her family – both her Protiviti family and her own. “If you ask my son what Mommy does for work, he says, ‘She talks on the phone.’ That’s pretty accurate.” Elaine communicates daily with her team of recruiters across the country, with top candidates, and with individuals in our practice with whom she partners. When asked what she enjoys most about her role, Elaine responds: “My team and the opportunity we have to make a direct impact on the bottom line.” She cites her proudest moments as ones when members of her recruiting team progress to management positions in the organization.
When she is not “talking on the phone”, Elaine is busy raising her two children, Nolan (3) and Ansley (7 months). She and her husband Dale work hard to balance their professional careers with their roles as parents. “I do have some crazy days from time to time and I have to ask for help,” says Elaine, “but Protiviti has been extremely supportive in helping me to manage both.” She looks to her mentor and Executive Vice President of HR, Scott Redfearn, for guidance as a working parent. “Scott is an amazing example of how you can have a successful career and still spend quality time with your family,” Elaine says. “He is supportive and empowering.”
We asked our Talent Warrior what advice she has for new consultants entering the workforce, and here’s what she had to say:
“Say yes. Say yes to every new project opportunity. Accept every lunch invitation. Attend as many social and community service events as you can. Attend every professional development opportunity you possibly can. Ensure that you are taking advantage of every opportunity provided to you as you start and grow your career.”
Thanks for the powerful insights, Elaine, and congratulations again on your award!