Irina Shamaeva is a Partner and the Chief Sourcer at Brain Gain Recruiting, an executive search firm that specializes in placing senior software development and management consulting candidates nationwide. In addition to full cycle recruiting, Irina does Sourcing projectst across numerous industries and geographies. She is an expert and an authority in People Sourcing, i.e. finding professional information about people on the Internet. She shares techniques that she invents, while hands-on sourcing, in blogs and in presentations. In August 2012 she was the Keynote Speaker at the Sourcing Summit in Sydney and Brisbane. In 2009 and in 2013 Irina won SourceCon sourcing Challenges. She presented at SourceCon 2013 in Atlanta. Future events where Irina is keynote speaker include Sourcing Summit in New Zealand and Sourcing Summit in Europe.
Irina runs the world’s largest online community of Sourcers: the Boolean Strings LinkedIn group and the Boolean Strings Ning network, with over 25K total members. Irina maintains an active blog, Boolean Strings, where she publishes sourcing advice, tips, and best practices, that has enjoyed 175K+ visits to-date. Thousands of students have attended Irina’s webinars on Search Engines, LinkedIn, “Social Recruiting”, and productivity tools.
In March of 2012 Irina opened the People Sourcing Certification Program that covers everything anybody who searches for professionals would need and provides certifications at two levels. The program is praised by students who learn “how to think, not memorize” and apply the new skills during the month of supported practice. The first two rounds have included students from 14 countries around the world; corporations like Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Pepsi, OfficeMax, Genentech, Oracle, and Verizon Wireless; recruiting agencies; and research organizations.
Prior to Brain Gain Recruiting, Irina held engineering and management leadership positions at biotech and high technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Applied Biosystems, MDL, and e-Motion. Irina holds a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics from Moscow University. To learn more about Irina, check out her LinkedIn Profile , follow her on Twitter, and circle her on Google-Plus.