About tellent

tellent is a diversity recruitment and social impact company striving to close the talent gap in the new work economy. We work with flexible work opportunity seekers and businesses to make work, work better for everyone.

Our mission is to increase women’s economic contribution, progress gender equity and prepare companies for evolving workforce trends to stay competitive in the Future of Work.

Our job board and virtual networking platform support your journey.  If you’re transitioning to flexible work in a similar role, a freelance or contract worker looking to grow your current portfolio of clients, or you are looking to start something new that fits your life; we can help.  We bring together experienced female professionals and workplaces that have evolved beyond the traditional 9 am – 5 pm work model to help you find meaningful and financially rewarding work you love - that works for you.

We also work with employers and businesses to develop long-term, flexible work policies and leadership models for engaged workplace cultures, increased equity, and cost savings through our consulting services.

Our team

Jennifer Hargreaves

Jennifer Hargreaves

Hi, Jenny here! I am the Founder and CEO of tellent. I am an entrepreneur and problem solver committed to connecting and bridging work opportunities for professional women in the new economy. In 2016 I launched tellent with a mission to change the way that work works for women and to create more inclusive and equal opportunities to earn.

Driven by a passion to make meaningful connections and generate new opportunities for growth, I have built and support this growing community of over 8,000 professional job seekers, freelancers and employers that understand, value and promote flexible work. We have a pool of top-class talent looking for inclusive workplaces and flexible opportunities.

I am an enthusiastic contributor on topics pertaining to the progression women in the workforce and the rise of the gig economy and represented Canada at the Canada-US Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders roundtable in New York. I have also designed and facilitated several roundtable discussions with representatives from companies such as #Movethedial, TD Bank, LoyaltyOne and Randstad Canada around topics such as innovation, leadership and talent planning in the future of work.

My professional experience spans three continents across brand strategy and international market development. While my primary school teachers didn’t appreciate my questions challenging “why”, I embrace that curiosity and the perspective that comes with challenging the status quo to create impactful and lasting change. Get in touch at Jennifer@wearetellent.com

Jennifer Hargreaves

Johanna Navas

Johanna is our Partnership Lead for Western Canada. She is an experienced people leader and management consultant who is passionate about social impact and the advancement of women in the workplace. As tellent’s Partnership Lead, Johanna is excited about increasing women’s economic contribution, helping women realize their full potential, and partnering with organizations to build a powerful and inclusive workforce.

Johanna is a Civil Engineer who holds Master's degrees in Business Administration from Queens University and in Project Management from the University of British Columbia, as well as being a PROSCI Change Management certified practitioner. She is also the founder of Potentialize Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in people and change leadership and project management.

Based in Vancouver, Johanna brings to the tellent team over 20 years of experience in leadership, people management, strategic planning, business development, and project management. Get in touch with her at Johanna.Navas@wearetellent.com.

Allison Lockett

Allison Lockett

Allison is our Recruitment and Compensation Consultant. She supports corporate and small business clients in sourcing great talent and rewarding them strategically. Allison is also the founder of Allison Lockett Services, specializing in professional coaching, career development programs, and building workplaces that support people and their potential. Allison holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and an MBA from Queen’s University, and has extensive training in professional coaching, communication, yoga and creative arts. Get in touch at Allison@wearetellent.com

Allison Lockett

Rachel Gray

Rachel is our Digital Marketing and Community Manager. She is a passionate social media marketing professional with over 14 years of experience in social media management, marketing strategy, community management and creative design.

Throughout her career, she has amassed valuable experience working in a wide range of spaces including operations, project management, sales, business development and social media marketing. She has managed digital marketing programs as well as social media accounts in a diverse range of industries including wellness, travel, events, construction, lifestyle, food and beverage, fitness and technology.

Rachel’s areas of expertise include Social Media Management, Email Marketing, Creative Asset Design, Brand Strategy, Community Management, Digital Marketing Strategy and Copywriting.  As an avid travel enthusiast and nature lover, Rachel opened Minnow Bay, an Airbnb cottage rental in the Kawartha Highlands to create a blissful retreat for local travellers. She also recently made the move from suburban living to a 25-acre farm where she can spend her leisure time growing food for her family and adding to her menagerie of farm animals.

tellent Advisory Board

Vandana Juneja

Vice President, Global Facilitation & Client Impact at Catalyst Inc.

Annisha Chakravorty

CEO, Positive Influence Incorporated

Julie Branscombe

Inclusion, Culture & Talent Leader at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Vanessa Serra Iarocci

President at McCarthy Uniforms Inc.

Chor Lam

Director at OMERS Cares

Our Time is Now

The way we work has evolved, firmly putting the concept of a fixed workday out of date. For most professions physically being at an office to do your job within fixed hours is unnecessary, unproductive and unattractive to most job seekers.

In a future where people are predicted to be the most valuable resource, companies are rethinking how to attract and retain talent while that talent are re-imagining what it means to work. tellent sits at the intersection of three major workforce trends in this Future of Work, helping companies to adapt future ready workforce strategies and finding future ready talent.

  1. Flexible Work. Flexibility at work has shifted from an emerging trend to a hallmark in the Future of Work. Not just in how and where employees do a job but how companies scale their teams up and down through the gig economy to meet their business goals.  

  2. Skills Gap. With the digitalization of our economy and increasing pace of technological change, comes the need to adapt and iterate at amazing speeds. The skills you needed last quarter to succeed in your company may no longer be the skills you need this quarter. The ability to attract, engage and retain the skillset and resources you need is critical to staying competitive. It means that companies need to start looking beyond a postcode or city boundary to access those skills.

  3. Diversity of thought. The workforce is becoming more diverse with international barriers dissolving, more women in the workforce and an increasing range of ages actively engaged in work. Having diverse talent adds tremendous value to organizations through innovation, productivity and access to skills.

Why women?

It is imperative that, as workforce planning strategies evolve, equal access to benefits and opportunities are created for both men and women. tellent has chosen to focus on women, or individuals identified as female, because we are on a mission to accelerate progress for women’s economic development. We address challenges in our community that impede equal opportunity to workforce contribution and offer support through developmental programming that goes beyond the structure of work and job design.