Sally Thornton

Founder & CEO

Sally is the CEO & Founder of Forshay, a firm that offers a modern approach to executive
recruiting, with the unusual blend of supporting overworked teams with interim experts
in the People/HR and Marketing domains, all grounded with inclusion, diversity, and
belonging. Forshay is proud to be a B Corporation, a for-profit community using business
as a force for good.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list
for 2015, and made the list again in 2019. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded
and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally
acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010
by the San Francisco Business Times.

A speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work,
women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make
work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational and diverse workforce, and
talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street
Journal, BBC, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED
radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Sally lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC
Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She served for six years on the Advisory Council of
Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of
However, her friends say the only thing that people really want to hear is that she was in
two Prince videos.

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