Nice to Meet You

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I’m Missy Lafferty.

I am passionate about using data to make better decisions about business strategy, particularly talent and operations.

I’m focused on finding inventive approaches for companies to grow their workforce through technology and analytics.

I am the founder of Beam Talent, where I help high-growth companies reach their goals through better hiring.

Before launching my entrepreneurial career, I worked on the marketing team at Greenhouse Software as the Program Director of Talent Makers.

As the former Global Head of Recruiting Operations at Bloomberg LP, I managed a team that oversaw the recruiting experience for over 300,000 applicants annually, including data reporting and quality and supporting all recruiting systems. I also helped build the people analytics function, using company data to make recommendations on employee performance management, workforce development, and people strategy. I joined Bloomberg as an associate in the COO’s Office, advising on strategy and business operations and working with business leaders during the annual business planning process.

Previously, I spent five years in corporate recruiting and talent development at Barneys New York. At Barneys, I assisted with hiring strategy for 11 new stores across the United States and doubled the number of entry-level hires recruited through our college internship program. I worked as a recruiting partner to the team during the early years of that e-commerce business.

I have an interest in finding better ways to match people and careers. I did a business development internship with pymetrics, a company that uses neuroscience to help people find their optimal career path. I am a career coach at Columbia Business School and also worked as a career advisor at Teachers College, Columbia University. I have volunteered as a career mentor through Streetwise Partners, a nonprofit program that serves low income individuals with high-impact professional development services. In 2015 I co-founded Ask For It, a firm focused on training negotiation skills to individuals, teams and organizations.

I have a BA in Policy Management from Dickinson College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

In my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and writing music, walking everywhere in NYC and doing outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and paddleboarding. I live with my family in Long Island City, Queens.