Q&A with Meg Nurre
How would you summarize what you do?
I bring top talent onto our teams!
What work/project are you proudest of and what impact has it made?
It is really hard for me to narrow in on one project, but overall I am most proud of the number of outstanding individuals I’ve been able to bring onto the team at Inspire11. There is nothing as satisfying as looking around a room and seeing the faces of people that you brought in the door, watching them get promoted, and seeing this company change their career trajectory forever.
What’s unique about working for Inpsire11?
The autonomy that you have here. From day one I have been trusted to take ownership and make an impact. Not many places let you truly do that.
How has your background shaped how you think, relate to others, and conquer challenges?
I studied musical theater in college and worked in theater for a few years after I graduated. Working in theater makes you tough, but it also makes you empathetic. You have to be able to deal with rejection on a daily basis, take criticism and implement it even if it’s not packaged nicely, and work really hard with no guarantee that it will pay off. At the same time, you have to be able to get inside the skin of a fictional character. You can’t judge your character; you have to empathize with them and understand their motivations. Both of these skills have helped me tremendously in my career in recruiting. I am able to put myself in a candidate or hiring manager’s shoes. I’m also able to send out 200 LinkedIn messages and not cry myself to sleep when no one responds. Who says a theater degree is not valuable?
What does “inspiring a better tomorrow for all” mean to you?
Inspiring a better tomorrow for all means bringing in the marginalized and raising up those who did not have the opportunity. This is not just through our service in the community or how we treat our internal teams, but also in how we build solutions to make sure that they are serving the greater good and not discriminating against any group of people.
Describe how you’ve grown professionally since you started working for Inspire11?
Oh boy – that’s a biggie. I’m not sure I know where to begin or am able to count the ways. For one, I learned the importance of running a meeting effectively and honed the skill to do it. While it may seem simple, a well-run meeting leaves you energized, whereas a poorly run meeting drains you. It can drastically affect the morale and productivity of the team. I’ve also learned how to manage others, lead by example, advocate for the business as well as the candidate, manage vendors, manage projects, think strategically about recruitment, and so much more. When I look back on the recruiter I was when I started 4 years ago, it’s incredible the growth I’ve seen over my time here.
How do you turn it up to 11?
I hire a lot of people, and I hire a lot of high performers, but I think where I truly add the most value is my understanding of the partnership between the business and recruitment. I’m able to help set a strategy around what our headcount goals should be and what skillsets we need. I’m constantly acting as a sounding board for how we level up our current talent, while also hiring those with the skillsets that can mentor and grow our team. I understand our business inside and out and can market that to candidates in a way that is consistent with our brand. Above all else, I show up for my team. I am always willing to jump in and help, troubleshoot a problem, talk through the best approach, or simply be a sympathetic ear.
If you have to be odd to be an Eleven, what makes you odd?
I love the muppets. There was a time when FAO Schwarz let you design your own muppet and I told my siblings for years that I wanted one. FINALLY, one year for Christmas they gave me one and I was able to design her myself. Thus Wanda was born. Naturally once I had acquired a muppet, it only seemed natural that I would record “music videos” of her singing pop songs in a muppet voice. She has not yet become the YouTube sensation that I dreamed of, but there is still time. I introduced her to Inspire11 in the pandemic when everyone was in need of a good laugh. Naturally, the team embraced her with open arms and were soon her biggest fans. She even made an appearance in one of our quarterly meetings. That is the type of team we have here. It’s awesome.
What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know?
I was almost a professional yo-yoer.
What advice would you give someone who wants to enter your field?
Learn to listen. Being a good listener is the key to building strong relationships and driving long-term strategy.
Which company values resonate with you most?
Do the right thing no matter what. Doing the right thing doesn’t always make the most money in the short term, but it always wins out in the long run.