People Ops Track

"Why is culture so important to a business? here is a simple way to frame it. The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing." - Brian Chesky

Learn how successful companies approach hiring, company culture, building a mentor network and managing a remote workforce.

Perfect for: leaders who are helping a growing company attract, train, and retain top talent in a competitive startup scene.

Executive Recruiting: How to Find Your Next Gen Leader

Mon, Sept 20th: 10:30am - 11:30am EDT

Executive recruiting is more complex and nuanced than lower-level hiring. The multi-faceted nature of executive positions, the challenges of evaluating emotional intelligence and leadership qualities, and the fact that C-suite hiring decisions are often made by a range of stakeholders within both the company and board makes for a highly rigorous talent acquisition process.


In this interactive workshop, you’ll develop skills and a framework to power your executive recruiting program. Whether your company’s needs for a C-level executive are imminent or you are simply looking to expand into a new vertical in the talent acquisition space, you’ll discover:


  • Strategies for sourcing quality C-suite candidates, and the benefits/ pitfalls of internal and external hires 

  • Interview questions to ask to vet an executive and their leadership abilities

  • How to think about different leadership styles so that you can find a match for your organization 

  • How to scope out authenticity, values of inclusion and anti-racism, and other qualities and criteria that are difficult to measure


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for Talent Acquisition professionals and Founders at early and growth-stage startups.

Health, Hustle and Burnout: The State of Startup Mental Health

Mon, Sept 20th: 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT

The startup grind is known for being a round-the-clock commitment of blood, sweat, and tears. And in an American culture that is notorious for being overworked, prioritizing professional and organizational success over sleep and wellness, it’s no wonder that mental health often takes a back seat in startup life.


This expert panel is here to change that by getting us talking about the state of startup mental health. We’ll explore:


  • What are people leaders and founders doing within their own companies to address America’s mental health crisis?

  • Why are startup employees more likely to face burnout than employees in large corporations?

  • What resources are available to identify and address burnout and mental health concerns within our companies and communities?

  • How can we normalize conversations around mental health?


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for leaders and employees at startups of all stages.

Leading by Influence: How People Ops Professionals Can Get Executive Buy-In

Mon, Sept 20th: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Leadership is more than just having positional authority over others. Truly impactful leaders are able to create a vision for a more effective and connected team and to use the power of positive influence to steer the ship toward that new reality.


Positioned at the nexus of company mission and talent, you as a People Ops professional have a unique, high-level view of the organization that allows you to identify team needs that others may not immediately see. Join us for this expert panel to discover how you can step into a leadership role in your startup and generate executive buy-in for your initiatives.


We’ll discuss:

  • How can People Ops professionals influence the executive team? 

  • How can you create a persuasive business case for initiatives, such as additional headcount, a people analytics platform, or a new professional review process?

  • What resources can People Ops professionals look to to increase their business acumen and ability to influence?


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for People Ops, Talent, and Human Resources professionals at growth-stage startups.

Through Thick and Thin: How to Engage and Retain Employees Through Challenging Circumstances

Mon, Sept 20th: 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT

Few things are for certain. But we know, with certainty, that sometimes Life will throw us curveballs. 


You care about your employees as people—of course you want to support them through difficult times. You also want to retain great talent! But remaining engaged as an employee is not always easy when we feel overwhelmed by stress, worry, sadness, or other familial/ health-related issues in our personal lives.


This panel will unpack both the tactical/ procedural side of employee engagement as well as the human side. We’ll explore:


  • How can you support employee engagement when individuals are undergoing difficulties in their personal lives?

  • How do you create a work environment in which employees feel safe to ask for support?

  • What role do surveys play in your employee engagement strategy and tracking? How frequently do you initiative these, what do you ask, and how do you use the information? 

  • What metrics do you use to hold your startup accountable for engagement?

  • What tactics have you found to support remote team engagement, especially during this past year?


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for People Ops professionals, Founders, and Managers at growth-stage companies.

People Ops 101: Getting Starting and Navigating Your New Career in People Ops

Tues, Sept 21st: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

People are too often overlooked as “supporting actor” to the innovative product or winning business model. The truth is that the people are the company—its most essential asset. 


People Ops professionals are responsible for curating a powerful team and encouraging a positive, productive company culture that allows that winning product and business model to thrive. To be successful in this critical role, it’s important to have a strong grasp on the employee experience at your startup and take real ownership of that experience—improving connectivity and communications while removing barriers to productivity.


These lightning talks by expert POPs (People Ops professionals) are designed to coach people who are new to or considering the People Ops field on how to launch a successful career in this mission-critical space. Each speaker will present on a different topic relevant to understanding People Ops and developing or advancing in the POPs field.


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for new or aspiring People Ops professionals.

A Culture of Belonging: How to Develop a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy That Works

Tues, Sept 21st: 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT

Representation matters. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is good for your employees and it's good for businesses—boosting creativity, promoting a broader perspective and relevancy to more audiences, and encouraging product development and marketing that's more conscious of your customers.


But it isn’t enough to hire diverse employees. A fully inclusive and anti-racist organization is one in which reflects full participation and mutual power across racial and economic groups and cultural identities. Inclusion doesn’t just happen—it requires intentionality and commitment.


Join this panel of experts to explore frameworks and thought work around developing a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We’ll discuss:


  • How do you develop a strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)? 

  • How do you plan and execute cost effective DEI programming?

  • What does it take to build a culture of belonging and authenticity?

  • What might support look like for your overwhelmed teammates, especially those in marginalized or underrepresented groups?


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for People Ops professionals, Founders, and Managers at growth-stage companies.

Virtual Possibilities: How to Create Remarkable Hiring and Onboarding Experiences for Remote Candidates

Tues, Sept 21st: 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT

The workforce has changed dramatically in the past year and a half. While it’s likely that your organization engaged in remote hiring practices previously, the pandemic opened up new possibilities and efficiencies for distributed and remote teams. It remains to be seen to what extent, but one thing seems clear—remote hiring and onboarding is here to stay.


This panel discussion will focus on how to build the trust and rapport needed to woo top-talent from a distance. Our expert hiring managers, People Ops professionals, and experienced founders will discuss:


  • Current trends in remote hiring and onboarding

  • How to create a high quality candidate experience, virtually

  • How to create consistency and excellence between the recruitment process and onboarding experience


This event is part of the People Ops Track for Startup Boston Week 2021. It is perfect for Talent Acquisition Manager, Founders, and other hiring managers at growth-stage companies.

Startup Boston's Job Fair

Wed, Sept 22nd: 5:45pm - 6:45pm EDT

Is your startup hiring? Submit your startup to be a part of our reverse-pitch night for job seekers! Learn more here.