Episode Description

We chatted with Gabrielle Turner of Caroo today, a modern corporate gift-giving company based in Los Angeles, CA. Gabrielle is a natural-born people leader and someone who is instantly committed to the people she works with, coming in ready to take action with a list of new initiatives! Interestingly, Gabrielle never meant to take an HR role when applying for her first executive position. But by interviewing with a company that focuses on placing people in departments based on her soft skills, her career trajectory was set in motion.

Rooted in creating inclusive, rewarding employee experiences, Gabrielle discusses how she keeps her 100% remote team engaged through innovative new programs like Caroo Unboxed. Her work is focused on building community and connection, so whether you have a non-existent or large empowerment budget, this is the episode for you!

Talking Points

  • How Gabrielle got started in Human Resources at Target
  • Her biggest takeaway from her time at Target
  • Why it's ok, from her perspective, to make jumps from companies and HR functions
  • What is Caroo?
  • How Gabrielle quickly adopted new open enrollment strategies during lockdown
  • Where do HR leaders find the budget for employee gifts? 
  • Gabrielle's new initiatives at Caroo
  • How HR works in Start-ups
  • Gabrielle's "Year One" plan in her new role
  • Most difficult about being in HR today
  • Advice for employees looking for better work cultures
  • What's next for Gabrielle?

Resources and Links

Gabrielle's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielleturnercpsp/

Email: gabrielle.turner@caroo.com

Caroo: https://caroo.com/

Talent Empowerment Website: https://www.talentempowerment.com/

Talent Empowerment LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/talent-empowerment-podcast/

Tom's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomfinnleggup/

Episode Transcript

Tom Finn

Tom Finn

Podcaster & Co-Founder

Tom Finn (he/him) is an InsurTech strategist, host of the Talent Empowerment podcast, and co-founder and CEO of an inclusive people development platform.