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Video: 20 Questions with WilsonHCG COO Kim Pope

Curious about the role of a COO? Watch the video below to find out from WilsonHCG's COO, Kim Pope.

Video transcript

[TITLE CARD] 20 questions with WilsonHCG COO Kim Pope
1: What does a day in the life of a chief operating officer look like?
There's not a typical day in the life of a chief operating officer. it's different every single day. Different challenges, different solutions, just depending on the day. It's a very hard question to answer.
2: What book are you currently reading?
"Ride of a Lifetime" by Bob Iger.
3: How has employment branding changed in the last 5 years?
We've really seen it shift to more of a candidate mindset, and organizations are really realizing that it's not just a nice to have, it's a strategic imperative for them to operate their business and succeed.
4: What did you take away from our 2020 Fortune 500 Top 100 Employment Brands report?
So today's job seeker really wants flexibility, meaningful work environments, and the opportunity to make an impact in their organization.
5: What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Relaxing with my family, probably checking some work emails, and just spending time in the nice Florida weather.
6: What's one piece of advice you would give women who are just starting their careers?
Don't be so hard on yourself. It's a journey, not a sprint.
7: Any hints on your next topic for the Forbes HR Council?
No. BUT my preference would be '2020 trends and innovation and technology.'
8: What's your best time management tip?
Don't procrastinate.
9: What does Total Talent Solutions mean to you?
It means to me talent is talent, regardless of the classification of the role, perm contingent, level, location, area. Organizations today have got to figure out a way to create transparency between all positions, and that's what a true total talent solution really means to me.
10: On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is company culture to a growing organization?
11: What's one thing that the top Fortune 500 Top 100 Employment Brands all do?
They all include stories of their people.
12: When it comes to female leaders, who inspires you?
So all for different reasons, but Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Blakley.
13: Favorite place you've traveled?
Germany. It's beautiful, good people, good food, and good beer.
14: What do you get at Starbucks?
My go-to Starbucks order is a skinny vanilla latte.
15: What does a great RPO partnership look like?
A trusting relationship between two passionate organizations to drive results.
16: What's your favorite thing to do in Tampa?
There's a lot of growth, so one of the things my husband and I do is we try a new restaurant every weekend, which is very easy to do because of all the new growth that we have here.
17: Where are you originally from?
Columbus, Ohio. O-H-I-O.
18: How will AI impact HR and recruitment in the next 5 years?
AI is really an enabler to help people be more strategic in their roles. A lot of organizations are scared of it because they think it will take away positions. I think it will help elevate people to really focus forward and more on strategy.
19: What's your daily routine?
I wake up early. I love watching the news, a lot of people think I'm a conspiracy theorist. But I love the news, I love listening to Bloomberg every morning, starting my day with some coffee and really setting my intentions. And then head to work to have calls with Europe at 7am, and then I usually end my day around 7pm and head to the gym and wake up and do it all over again.
20: Leave us with words you try to live by.
I learned this at a very young age when I was playing sports, but the harder you work the luckier you get. I live by that every day.