FORWARD // CANADA
Caroline Stokes is a human capital entrepreneur specializing as an executive headhunter, certified executive coach, and certified EQ.2.0 trainer, for global technology and creative media innovation leaders, including Autodesk, Microsoft, EA, Disney, the BBC, Amazon, Samsung, Adobe and Google.
Caroline has written over 80 human capital articles for Forbes, Venturebeat and Undercover Recruiter, and regularly blogs on Huffington Post, Thrive Global, LinkedIn and Medium.
Caroline draws from her previous experiences as executive headhunter and partner of international search firm Natural Selection, and from her time working in media relations and product strategy for PlayStation, Nokia and Virgin across North America, Europe and APAC.
During that time, Caroline was appalled to discover how the recruitment ecosystem was broken: from talent evolving their leadership and career journey, to recruiters lacking EQ that impacts employer brand, through to companies poor first 100 days management when their highly sought after unicorn joins.
In 2013, Caroline founded FORWARD, the first executive search and coaching firm to incorporate executive coaching to talent seeking new work or leadership development (ICF article), plus first 100 days coaching to all talent placements, to expedite success for both new employee and organization (Emotional Intelligence Training Company article) Caroline founded The Emotionally Intelligent Recruiter training platform, and hosts the podcast to help recruiters, leaders who hire and HR evolve their human strategies in the AI age.
Caroline’s executive career transition coaching has helped clients successfully find roles at Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple.
Caroline Stokes is regularly invited for interviews on international podcasts and quoted or featured in Forbes, Fast Company, TechRepublic, Business News Daily, Monster, Recruiter.com and Recruiting Daily.
Caroline has been called to speak or join panels about current talent technology trends at Academy of Arts and Interactive Sciences DICE 2018, Las Vegas, Recruiting Trends Conference, West Palm Beach (2017), ERE Recruiting Conference San Diego (2018), SHRM Cleveland (May 2018), World Bank (October 2018), Pocket Gamer Connects Vancouver, VR Connects Toronto and VR Connects San Francisco (2017, 2016), and BC Labour Market Report – Technology (2016).