Meet Colleen (Liebig) Jenkins founder of PluggedIN
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What is PluggedIN?
“PluggedIN is a career matchmaking platform that connects job seekers with high growth companies. It’s a high-touch, matchmaking platform that connects job seekers to startup companies; talent events (Startup Talent Showcase); hiring and recruitment consultation.”
How did PluggedIN get its start?
“For the past 4 years, I’ve been working as a talent partner with early-stage, high-growth, (venture capital-backed) startup companies. My initial role as Head of Talent Acquisition for Cultivation Capital’s portfolio companies served as my initial foundation as a recruiter for startup companies. I’ve been interacting daily with both job seekers and founders/hiring teams of startup companies working to connect the two and bridge the gap. I became less of a recruiter, and more of a matchmaker, as the go-to person for jobs and for talent. For the past 2.5 years, I’ve also been working as a career advisor at Washington University’s Olin Business School for students seeking careers in entrepreneurship. I’ve learned first-hand and have gained a deep understanding of the struggles students face when searching for an internship or first job out of college.
What are you proud of that makes PluggedIN unique?
Have you faced any adversity as a woman in your position?
“I was once approached by a male CEO of a competing company at a networking event who berated me and told me I would never make it as a business, and to jump off my sinking ship. He told me I would never be able to raise venture capital as a female founder and that his business would be taking over the market and mine would go under. He then continued to try and recruit me as his Chief Product Officer. I don’t believe he would have used that ‘recruitment tactic’ towards a male CEO. I’ve also been told by others that I would have a very hard time raising venture capital. It’s a well-documented fact that female founders receive less venture capital funding than their male counterparts. Women-led companies made up 4.94% of all VC deals in 2016—the highest percentage in the past decade. I chose to ignore these comments and threats by channeling my energy into creating a business and product that provides value. People have and continue to find us and pay for our product, so I focus on continuing on this path.”
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