Rachel spent 10 years as an IT Recruiter before making the switch to HR Consulting for IT companies. She worked with software organisations for six years as an HR generalist and HR Manager and on HR strategy and organisational development projects. After more than 16 years in the tech industry, Rachel truly marries the ‘humanity’ and ‘technology’ in her work and is a self-proclaimed ‘PeopleGeek’.
Way back at the beginning of her career, Rachel started her working life at KFC in high school! Before settling into a ‘real career’ as an IT recruiter, she was a waitress, bar-tender, karaoke host, childcare worker, an actress in a theatre restaurant, and camp counsellor in the USA. Rachel has been an Executive Search Consultant in the IT Banking sector as well as Head of People & Culture at previous software organisation.
Rachel has worked with ServiceNow technology for the past two years and has even implemented the HRSD tool internally. In the past decade, she has worked closely with software development teams within Agile environments both as a recruiter and in HR Leader building IT consulting companies and transformation teams and more recently, working with higher-level HR strategy around employee engagement and organisation development for start-up and scale-up technology companies.
Rachel has a website dedicated to her passion – helping people do the work they love www.rachelsparkes.com She has written a book about this topic ‘Work It Real Good’ rachelsparkes.com/books/ and runs successful side business called ‘The Future Design Academy’ which exists to empower the next generation of female leaders in technology www.futuredesignacademy.com
She was recognised by Huffington Post as Australia’s Leading Career Navigator.
LINK TO ARTICLE – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/transitioning-from-an-int_b_9783764
When asked why she joined Enable “I originally joined due to the vision cast by good friend George Skordos who was the GM at the time. I soon saw the passion and commitment displayed by all the leaders, and I have been able to do things in my career I’ve never been able to do before. I’ve grown more in my leadership abilities, and been more creative and have had more impact than I have had ever had anywhere else.”
She added “I’ve been empowered to create a real difference and the culture here is like nothing I have experienced. Culture is only as good as the top leaders enable it to be and here, the culture we are building is truly something I’m proud of.”
Rachels favourite quote is – “You can’t unscramble eggs. It’s simple but just helps me accept things as they are, be present to solve the problem and move on.”
On the weekends you will find Rachel at soccer games with her son, volunteering at her local church, walking her puppy and catching up with family and friends.