I’m Adrienne Hatter, Head of Recruiting at Volley – the leading developer of voice-controlled gaming and entertainment for smart speaker devices (YC Top Companies '22, YC S18).
Before Volley, I worked briefly in Corporate Law…and quickly realized it wasn’t the “side” of the criminal justice system I wanted to be on; soon after, I transitioned to the reentry space.
I was hired as the third employee at 70 Million Jobs (YC S17), a startup dedicated to connecting employers with a vast, overlooked talent pool: the 70 million Americans (about 1-in-3 adults) with a criminal record. During that time, I helped the nation’s largest employers develop Fair Chance Hiring practices and connected over 10,000 justice-involved individuals to employment across the U.S.
Unfortunately, as many startups did, we took a major hit during the pandemic and weren’t able to make it through. So, my next step was to join another startup that shared similar values of inclusivity, equitability, and justice – and help them build that into their hiring practices. I was fortunate enough to find Volley, where I’m currently the Head of Recruiting; in my time here, I’ve helped the company more than double in size and hired for roles across every level (and in vastly varied economic markets).
I’m passionate about DEIB, fair chance hiring and criminal justice advocacy, and more broadly: helping good people find (and keep!) good people. During my down time, I enjoy reading, writing in my journal, and going to see live music around the Bay Area.
Ask me anything about recruiting, working at Volley, navigating the job search, resume writing tips and tricks, negotiating salaries, fair chance hiring, developing inclusive hiring practices…or anything else!