About tellent

tellent is a resource for professional women to pursue flexible careers and for employers to attract and retain talent in the new work economy.

Our mission is to increase women’s economic contribution and progress gender equity by leveraging evolving workforce and technology trends and employer needs in the Future of Work.

We are a community and resource platform for professional women to pursue their career and life ambitions through access to flexible work and return to work programs. We provide the tools, support, and opportunities to make this happen.

This is not a one-sided mission. We partner with employers to build more flexible and equitable workplaces and to attract and retain talent in the new work economy.

Our team

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 5,000 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

Allison Lockett

Allison is one of our Return to Work Coach and advisors. She develops human potential with a focus on career transition or re-entry after a career break. Allison directly transforms the raw talent in our community into confident and focused candidates ready to embark on their next career adventure through the Returners Membership.Her professional experience includes building and leading compensation and talent programs for companies ranging from startup to multi-nationals.

Beth Yarzab

Beth Yarzab is one of our Recruitment Advisors at tellent. With a background in Executive Search, Recruitment, Human Resources and Coaching, Beth has over 15 years experience in the talent acquisition space. In addition to her deep curiosity about anything career related, Beth is also passionate about human wellness. She is multi-certified fitness professional with a group exercise business running in Toronto.Beth provides talent acquisition services to tellent clients in need of top-tier talent including candidate sourcing and interviewing.

tellent Advisory Board

Vandana Juneja

Vice President, Global Markets (APAC, LATAM) at Catalyst Inc.

Steph Morgan

Head of Auto Ventures at RBC Ventures

Terri Howard

Director of Human Resources at BASF Canada

Julie Branscombe

Inclusion, Culture & Talent Leader at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Vanessa Serra Larocci

President at McCarthy Uniforms Inc.

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.

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  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.