Toronto, ON (December 5th, 2012) - The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) announced Emilie Cushman as one of Canada’s most powerful women in the TELUS Future Leaders category due to her accomplishments with social activism with SIFE Windsor and as CEO of Kira Talent.
Kira Talent is a Toronto-based start-up that provides a video interviewing screening solution to organizations that helps to streamline and improve the interviewing process. Employers are able to record video questions and send them to candidates who can then provide video responses. The solution provides better quality insights to interviewers earlier in the process, allows for better collaboration within the hiring team, and savings organizations time and resources.
“Emilie is bright, full of energy, and, most of all, shows a keen understanding of how to solve real-world business problems.” said John Kelleher, Kira Talent Chairman of the Board and CEO RHB Group L.P. “I’m so proud of what Emilie has accomplished, and even more excited with what her and the team will do to solve a true pain-point for almost every business: hiring.”
Emilie was selected as one of The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. She and co-founder and CTO Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski founded Kira Talent in March 2012 and went on to win Most Outstanding Venture for 2012.
“Emilie is a first-rate example of the talent Canada holds and The Next 36 is thrilled to celebrate Emilie’s well deserved success,” said Claudia Hepburn Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Next 36. “From the beginning Emilie has been a force to recon with in the program where she has not only inspired those around her, but also been a great team player.”
The TELUS Future Leaders category recognizes exceptional young women who have distinguished themselves early in their careers, and who show tremendous potential to continue making their mark in the years to come. Nominees must be 30 years of age or younger (as of December 31, 2011) and may be from any professional background or discipline.
Kira Talent has recently closed a seed capital round with prominent Canadian investors, which will allow the company to scale to 10 employees by January as it looks to expand its client base across North America. Emilie along with co-founder and CTO Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski are some of the youngest Canadians to receive venture funding.
About Kira Talent
Kira Talent is an award winning online interviewing platform that allows managers and recruiters to record video questions and responses and to embed them in their online application process vis a vis any connected device. After candidates open the application they view the questions and reply back through video. These short videos are sent back to employers who can rate, share and compare the incoming pool of candidates within the company.
Kira Talent is a Toronto-based technology start-up and was named the Most Outstanding Venture within 2012 cohort of The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. The goal of The Next 36 is to help launch the careers of Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduates. Emilie Cushman and Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski are leading examples of young Canadian entrepreneurism and have been some of Canada’s youngest entrepreneurs to receive venture funding.
About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)
Founded in 1997, WXN has 16,000 members in Canada and Ireland. WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to support and recognize executive-minded women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables their partners and corporate members to become, and to be recognized as, employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of diversity. Membership in Canada and Ireland is offered to women who meet our membership criteria. Visit www.wxnetwork.com.
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