Hiring Success: Attract and retain top talent with James Lea and Geeling Ching

  • 16 Nov 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


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How do we overcome the staffing crisis our industry is faced with?

Join Global Head-hunter James and Operations Expert Geeling as they discuss:

  • Strategies to attract and keep top talent
  • Practical ways to implement these in your business
  • Understanding the recruitment cycle and the role of HR
  • Onboarding, training and reviews
  • Succession planning for future success
  • Pay, bonus and commission
  • Global hiring trends

James Lea, Society

James Lea is Regional Director, Asia Pacific at the executive search firm Society. With offices in Auckland, London, and New York, Society solves senior recruitment challenges for responsible businesses and purpose-driven organisations on a retained basis. The firm is also a certified B Corporation. Originating from Lancashire in the UK, James started his career working at some of the world’s most iconic properties before moving into the recruitment sector. Today he consults to hospitality clients globally to aid in securing the best and most diverse talent for their organisations. Having lived and worked in London, Sydney, New York, he has a unique global view of the talent landscape and now calls Aotearoa home.

Geeling Ching, Soul Bar

Geeling Ching is the Operations Manager at Soul Bar & Bistro, a role she held for the first 12 years of Soul’s life, and one that she has recently returned to. In her words she “does everything no-one else wants to do”! Part of that broad scope is the management of HR/employment for the business, which currently employs 80 staff. She started in hospitality as a dishwasher in a late-night café in Sydney’s Kings Cross, and her career has seen her open an Aussie café in London, a pop-up Kiwi-style restaurant in San Francisco for the 2013 America’s Cup, and a 670-seat live theatre in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. She believes that hospitality can be a rewarding, life-long career, and her goal is to indoctrinate as many people as possible into believing the same.

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