Inkwell’s New Referral Program Primes Diverse Executive Pipeline; Lets Advocates of Flexible Work Monetize Massive Network

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Inkwell launches employee referral program to help place top talent in flexible careers.

“To stop the brain drain and ease competition for senior hires, we’ve created a platform for an incredible executive workforce currently sidelined by parenting or other life commitments that require something different than a traditional 9 to 5.”

Inkwell, a leading voice in the flexible work conversation, announced today the official launch of its employee referral program, in which referrers can earn as much as $10,000 for fulfilling either side of a flexible executive position. After a brief beta, Inkwell recently paid out its first referral bonus of $5,000 to a referrer who connected a research analyst to a position at a well-known investment firm.

“I had kids young, and through a series of flexible jobs as a lawyer, was able to manage a full-time law career and actively parent. But as my friends had kids, many were forced to choose between their senior careers and their families because of a lack of flexibility in the workplace,” said Manon DeFelice, CEO and founder of Inkwell. “To stop the brain drain and ease competition for senior hires, we’ve created a platform for an incredible executive workforce currently sidelined by parenting or other life commitments that require something different than a traditional 9 to 5.”

Women vacate jobs at over three times the rate of their male colleagues, and companies need to broaden their search and retention efforts to attract and keep this invaluable workforce. California’s recent legislation and an investment bank’s call for more women board members show the importance of their role in leadership. Inkwell helps pair executive candidates through an exclusive referral network that features companies willing to offer flexibility to attract the best talent. The new Inkwell Referral Program puts some of that value back in the pockets of the networks who facilitate these connections.

“Research shows that 88 percent of employers identify referrals as the best source for high-quality applicants, but a redundant group of execs has an overlapping network and too many of us are left out,” continued DeFelice. “We need to accelerate change to the status quo and know a generous reward will help. Our commitment to pairing top talent with companies that value a flexible and diverse workplace is the inspiration for our referral program -- and as more and more research shows that diversity in leadership leads to better business outcomes, we know the demand is there.”

With referral payments ranging from $1,000-$10,000, the Inkwell Referral Program demonstrates the value of compensating professionals for network referrals while also providing businesses access to diverse top talent.

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About Inkwell
Inkwell is a company that places accomplished professionals in flexible high-level positions as a means to establish a new model for the 21st-century workplace. We focus on filling business-critical roles with top-notch talent, as well as providing strategic advice on integrating flexibility into the workplace. Inkwell is also the creator of The Well, a gathering of leaders of diverse backgrounds who all want to shape and improve the way we work, the workplace and the faces of leadership. The Well 2020 will be hosted by the Summit Institute and will take place October 2-4 at Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.

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