HR Tech Quick Hits: acquisition; New DEI tool at General Mills

New Deals and Partnerships

AI-recruitment platform has acquired PrincetonOne, a New Jersey-based talent solutions provider with an emphasis on recruitment process outsourcing and permanent recruitment services. is on an acquisition tear: It bought cybersecurity-focused staffing firm HireVergence in 2020, and last year it bought three other companies. Those were travel nursing-focused firm Fortus Group, contract staffing provider Endevis and per diem healthcare staffing firm QCI Healthcare.

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General Mills has signed to use LaneChanger, a new DEI solution launched by Schuyler Bailar, the first trans NCAA Division I men’s athlete and the recent Grand Marshall of NYC Pride. General Mills will offer LaneChanger’s gender literacy training program for its 35,000 global employees. LaneChanger already counts FOLX Health, August, and Within Health as early adopters. LaneChanger modules cover common misconceptions of trans people, trans athletes in sports, dating a trans person, coming out and more.

Analytics provider Crosschq has partnered with TopFunnel, a candidate engagement provider, to deliver an end-to-end talent acquisition solution. The deal will allow both companies to source and engage candidates, leverage referral networks and reduce recruiter inefficiencies. Together, the tech vendors will offer data analysis—in a centralized place—from candidate recruitment through interviews and into an employee’s journey after hire. 

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HR Tech Number

At the close of the first half of the year, $9.41 billion had been invested in global work tech, according to George LaRocque, founder and principal analyst for WorkTech. This puts 2022 on pace to meet or exceed the record-setting $17.9 billion invested in 2021. “The pace of global work tech VC investment remains brisk in spite of the current global economic conditions and a slowing of VC investment across other tech categories,” says LaRocque, who will be speaking at the 2022 HR Tech Conference on transformation within the recruiting role.

HR Tech Conference Spotlight

Keynotes and case studies are exciting, but what about the New World of Work? There will be plenty of 2022 HR Tech Conference sessions that aim at finding the right balance between meeting the needs of the modern workforce with employers’ expectations. The sessions will cover the promise of modernization and daily pay options to satisfy workers desire for an inspiring, fair and respectful work experience. One session, “Great Expectations: Making hybrid work, work” is sure to be revelatory. Register here

People Moves

Trisha Stiles, chief people officer for Brightcove
Trisha Stiles, chief people officer for Brightcove

Streaming video provider Brightcove has named Trisha Stiles as chief people officer. An HR veteran for the past two decades, Stiles has served in HR roles at Tableau, CBS Interactive and NBC Universal, among other firms. In her new role, she will oversee talent and performance management and DEI efforts and will develop people practices. Stiles starts Aug. 29 and will report to Brightcove CEO Marc DeBevoise.

Canadian talent-acquisition platform provider Communo has named Olivier Gachot as CEO. A Silicon Valley veteran, Gachot will help clients find and hire talented and diverse people using the company’s AI- and ML-fueled talent matching platform. Gachot replaces current CEO Ryan Gill, who will continue to serve as an adviser and remain executive chair of the board. Gachot most recently served as chief revenue officer at Workspot and NewVoiceMedia and has held senior leadership positions at Lombardi, Spredfast and Skire.

Good Deeds  

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The co-founders of a digital HR transformation company are driving to the Ukraine border later this month to transport 15 refugees to the UK. Alan Walker and Jeremy Russon, who co-founded HR technology consultancy Udder in Staffordshire, will drive 3,000 miles through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany before reaching the Poland/Ukraine border where they will meet and collect several families who have gained visas for the UK via a partner charity. “We’ve all been struck by the horrors of the last few months, watching the heartbreaking stories of the war in Ukraine,” said Russon. “It’s incredible to think how welcoming the UK has been.”

Phil Albinus
Phil Albinus
Phil Albinus is the former HR Tech Editor for HRE. He has been covering personal and business technology for 25 years and has served as editor and executive editor for a number of financial services, trading technology and employee benefits titles. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and lives in the Hudson Valley with his audiologist wife and three adult children.