hosted by: Sujani Siva
I am so excited to introduce you to today’s episode because it marks the beginning of a mini series of episodes that will be a part of PH SPOTlight: The Entrepreneurship Series. It’s a topic that I am particularly passionate about so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to produce this series. The goal of the entrepreneurship series is to share stories of entrepreneurs in the public health space who are building great products. The hope is that their journeys will inspire you to think about building a product to tackle a public health problem, as well as give you the tools and direction to take your first step, or next step.
In this episode, I sit down with the team at ThriveHire, a company on a mission to build up the global health workforce by profiling organizations and helping connect them to top talent so they can solve the world’s greatest health challenges.
You’ll hear Hayley Mundeva, the founder of ThriveHire, along with Annalise Mathers and Malaika Kapur in our conversation. These three amazing people don’t only share their story with us, but also give us alot of great tips for building a company of our own.
So, I hope this episode leaves you feeling a bit inspired to think about the problems you are working on, in a new light, a light that includes you as the individual that will build a solution.
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
And, I must say that it’s not easy finding entrepreneurs focusing on building a business in the public health space, so if you have recommendations of individuals building a business in our space, please do share them with us.
- How the idea for ThriveHire came to be
- The exact first steps that Hayley (the founder) took to test her idea
- How Annalise and Malaika became part of ThriveHire, and how Hayley approached them
- How the team functions, with Hayley being a full time employee of ThriveHire, while Annalise and Malaika are part-time (i.e. after their 9-5 job)
- What is a social entrepreneur
- How the team tackled the issue of not having all of the skills needed to build this company
- What is an incubator program
- About Hayley’s move to Rwanda for two years
Hayley Mundeva is a Co-Founder and CEO of ThriveHire, an online career and community platform for the Global Health industry. Before this, Hayley worked for 4 years on Global Health research projects in Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia. She has 2 degrees in Global Health and is a certified trainer in social entrepreneurship. Despite starting her career in research, Hayley was surprised to find little information on ways to launch and develop a Global Health career. This is what sparked her interest in founding ThriveHire. Since then, Hayley and her team have been working with organizations including the Canadian Red Cross and Save the Children and have been awarded the National Innovation Award by the United Nations Association in Canada and the British Council.
Annalise Mathers is the Research Officer at ThriveHire, an online career platform for the Global Health community. She received her Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa. Annalise has experience working as a Global Health professional and qualitative researcher in the fields of occupational health and safety, the Sustainable Development Goals, tobacco control, medication management and health ethics. Annalise’s work has been published widely across academic journals, blogs, newspapers, policy reports, and other media. She has a passion for public health journalism and facilitating interdisciplinary learning opportunities.
Malaika has gained startup experience in the health technology ecosystem having done market strategy for a global health medical device startup in Vancouver and more recently supported growth at ThriveHire. She is currently immersed in the Toronto tech community running the education pedagogy portfolio at the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science and technology-based companies. With a background in Human Resources and interest in global health, being a part of ThriveHire came as a natural fit. Malaika’s role at ThriveHire has evolved overtime, recently driving online content by profiling organizations, writing blogs and building out a CRM strategy.
- Check out the ThriveHire platform if you have an interest in building a career in global health.
- Hayley speaks about using a Business Canvas to plan out your idea. Here’s a template and a reading on it: Harvard Business Review – A Better Way to Think About Your Business Model (Business Model Canvas)
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About the Show
PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes
On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.