The team behind Growth by Design Talent

We are passionate about building inclusive teams, sustainable recruiting cultures, operations for scale, and iconic employer brands.
Jill Macri
Jill Macri
Jill specializes in recruiting fundamentals that support growth in alignment with values and mission, and is passionate about supporting women in leadership roles. Previous to GBD Talent, she was the Director of Global Recruiting at Airbnb for over 5 years, growing the company from 150 to 4,500 people with a focus on building diverse teams and maintaining values. As a partner and founder at GBD Talent, Jill leads executive searches, trainings for hiring managers, workshops and strategic advisement.

Jill holds her B.A. of International Relations and Affairs. Jill worked in luxury active travel before she transitioned into recruiting, speaks four languages and has worked on six continents.

Adam Ward
Adam Ward
Adam connects people with opportunities, improving their personal and career prospects, with a keen awareness that there are right roles for the right people at the right time in companies. Adam has over 20 years of experience at high growth companies including Pinterest and Facebook where he served as the Global Head of Recruiting and Director of Recruiting, respectively, leading the companies through their IPO and major growth phases. Serving as a Founder and Partner at GBD Talent, Adam specializes in guiding Talent leaders as they navigate change as well as advising clients on how to effectively scale their business and sharpen their recruiting processes.

Adam holds his B.A. of Communication and Psychology. He is a proud #GirlDad, enjoys watching sports, coaching softball, and is self-proclaimed below average on the green.

Mike Joyner
Mike has broad scaling experience in leadership roles within IT, HR, Total Rewards, People Analytics, and Recruiting while also helping two companies IPO. His background includes recruiting and people operations leadership experience during pivotal growth stages at some of the world’s most recognizable technology companies -- Apple during global retail expansion, Facebook pre-IPO 1,500 employees to over 7,000, and Pinterest from Series D pre-revenue and 150 to over 2,000 employees. As a partner and founder at GBD Talent, Mike leads foundational projects, enhancing our clients operational and foundational processes, market mapping and intelligence for executive searches, and Academy operations.

Mike holds his B.S in Business Management with a concentration in IT and Marketing. He is the father of two rambunctious boys, an avid soccer player, coffee lover, and enjoys drawing in his sketchbook.

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Katie drives executive search recruiting and sourcing at GBD Talent. With roots in university recruiting, Katie has a strong programmatic skillset and specializes in her ability to creatively problem solve. From the introduction of the Jedi Academy program at Lucasfilm to the successful hiring of exceptional talent across Facebook, Pinterest, Carta and Plenty. Katie is excellent at communicating with candidates and finding alignment with their career goals and our clients’ opportunities.

Katie holds her B.S. of Kinesiology and a M. Ed. in Educational Counseling. She is the mother of two girls and enjoys going to the beaches of Central California, while also participating in a local book club.

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Dayna leads GBD Talent’s Leadership Academy and outreach channels. Her brilliant communication skills and emphasis on representing the GBD Talent brand as best-in-industry have shaped her program management, recruiting coordination, and scheduling approach. With experience growing tech companies like Airbnb, Dayna focuses on the candidate experience: putting them at ease and ensuring their process is impeccable.

Dayna holds her B.A. of Psychology. In her free time, Dayna enjoys trail runs and inspirational TedTalks by awesome women.

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Shanza Baig
Shanza is responsible for sourcing at GBD Talent. Originally on the path to work in food and agriculture, Shanza’s work as a recruiting coordinator and sourcer at Airbnb have sharpened her expertise in asking the right questions, remaining organized when working with candidates, and connecting with hiring managers to find the best fit. Her work with GBD Talent includes aiding in reimagining the top of the recruiting funnel with candidates from more diverse schools, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Shanza holds her B.S. of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She enjoys traveling, fermenting, and hiking, and spent a “year in a van” where she and her partner traveled the US and Canada.

Jill Macri
As a principal at GBD Talent, Janet focuses on strategic partnerships with clients. Her skillset grown at Airbnb and refined at GBD Talent has led her to successful engagements with companies including Alto Pharmacy, New York Times, and Opendoor. Janet’s work is fueled by partnering with leaders of companies who are in their early through mid stages and building processes to put them on a good trajectory as the company grows.

Janet holds her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sustainable Food Systems. She is an avid writer, loves to read, and is passionate about urban agriculture.

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Jasmine partners with clients to source candidates at GBD Talent. Coming from powerhouses Facebook and Airbnb, Jasmine is uniquely skilled at synthesizing information, understanding business goals and how they affect hiring, and building a rapport with hiring managers. Jasmine is currently working with Alto Pharmacy and seeks to eliminate bias in the recruiting system. She values the relationship building on both the hiring manager and candidate side, allowing her to be a trusted business partner.

Jasmine holds her B.S. of  Psychology and Spanish. If she weren’t in recruiting, she would travel to a new country every few months, working with people all over the world.

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Lindsay Mason
Lindsay drives Recruiting for Recruiters at GBD Talent. With a background in corporate banking and experience with tech companies like Eventbrite and Yelp, Lindsay’s collaboration skills and empathy have made her excellent at partnering with and coaching hiring managers. Always striving to understand the business with which she is working, Lindsay takes ownership of how each hire affects the company. She knows recruiting is a crucial arm of each company and encourages her clients to build strong teams with talent from a range of experiences and backgrounds.

Lindsay holds her BA of Sociology. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. When she's not recruiting, you can find Lindsay getting her bake on, PRing on Peloton, or dreaming of a vacation to Scotland.

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Kira leads diversity recruiting and sourcing at GBD Talent. Kira is passionate about being creative in how she sources and placing candidates in companies with which they align. Within diversity, equity, and inclusion work, Kira is focused on changing the recruiting pipeline and giving all candidates equal opportunities to jobs in tech. Her ability to back her work with data, communicate with hiring managers, and understand their motives have made her an integral part of the team.

Kira holds her B.A of Peace and Conflict Studies with a music minor and an M.A in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys hiking, running, and exploring trails in her free time.

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Andy Flack
Senior Technical Recruiter
Andy excels in finding specialized engineering talent. With experience at large companies like Facebook, Andy understands that optimizing and reducing interviewers’ time is crucial when hiring at scale.  His work at GBD Talent is mostly centered on working collaboratively with hiring managers and internal recruiting teams to develop strategic searches. Knowing that recruiting does not happen by accident, Andy ensures that all of his candidates can trust him and focuses on closing the candidate. 

Andy holds his B.S  of Criminal Justice. A father of three, Andy enjoys listening to music, spinning records, golfing, or rowing his hydro in his free time.

Jill Macri
Passionate about both sports and racial inequality, Nira seeks to utilize sport to make the world a better place. With experience in both the collegiate athletic and retail athletic industries, Nira has proven steadfast in her pursuit. Nira is currently interning with Growth by Design Talent, shadowing on client calls and executive searches and leading an industry benchmarking project.

Nira is a rising senior majoring in Afro-American Studies and Sports Administration at Howard University.

Sharing our knowledge

Talk to Me Podcast

Adam explains how to distill core competencies from company values and assess for them in a dedicated cultural interview, as well as the common problems he’s helping Heads of Talent address.

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Handshake helps all students find meaningful careers.

Adam shares how Pinterest builds diverse & holistic teams with Handshake.

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LinkedIn Keynote

Jill gave the keynote at LinkedIn's Talent Connect Sydney.

Hyper-growth: Airbnb's recruitment transformation journey.

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LinkedIn Interview

Jill is interviewed by LinkedIn blog's Samantha McLaren.

Jill explains how Airbnb is working to eliminate bias from its interview process.

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Career Hiring Report

We partnered with Jumpstart to gain a clearer picture of what early career hiring will look like due to Covid-19's impact.

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Recruiting Leadership in Uncertain Times

Adam and Jill are interviewed by URx Founder, Wahab Owolabi, to discuss the importance of recruiting leadership in uncertain times.

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