We are industry experts providing a high level of professionalism, integrity and client satisfaction.
We offer a full suite of services including Compensation Advisory Services, HR Advisory Services and Talent Acquisition.
We take a personalized approach to fully understand and adapt to the unique needs of our clients.
NANCY CONNERY // Founding Principal
The founding principal of Connery Consulting, Nancy Connery expresses her strategy succinctly, "I'm passionate about people." she says, and it's her passion for people that has fueled Connery Consulting's enormous success in helping to build many of the fastest growing technology companies in the history of the industry. Collaborating with entrepreneurs and senior executives to define their vision and build a strategic brand around talent acquisition, Nancy has helped companies including Airbnb, Dropbox, Instacart, Facebook, Medium, Twitter and Zendesk address the challenges of scaling and grow into vibrant and profitable companies. With personal attention to every project, Connery Consulting has become the premier human capital consulting practice, servicing the best of the best in technology.
Nancy has held management and operations positions in the human resources field for more than 25 years. Beginning her career in search, Nancy partnered with Marc Benioff to build two key divisions at Oracle Corporation, including Oracle's Promise, the company's first philanthropic venture. As the fifth employee of salesforce.com, Nancy recruited and hired more than 650 employees, and developed and built the human resources infrastructure to support the company's remarkable growth. In 2007, after a stellar run as salesforce.com's founding Vice President of Human Resources, Nancy founded Connery Consulting. With the idea of helping entrepreneurs with all things related to people, Nancy designed Connery Consulting to deliver a holistic approach that includes talent acquisition, strategic total rewards planning, and executive coaching for employees ranging from first-time managers to C-level executive.
Nancy is on the Board at Marin Primary & Middle School where she also chairs the development committee. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Compass Family Services, a philanthropic organization devoted to breaking the cycle of homelessness in San Francisco.
Nancy is devoted to her family, and enjoys global traveling, outdoor activities and olives in her beer. Her mentors include Marc Benioff and her father, Dr. John R Benfield, both of whom inspired her to give 110% to everything she does. And finally, check out @ajaxthegoldenpup on Instagram.
CLARISSA YU // Manager, Talent Research
Clarissa oversees the Austin office and has led the talent research and sourcing team since 2016. She has managed key sourcing accounts and led full-cycle recruiting efforts for top technology companies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. A few of her past clients include Curology, Remix, Weebly, and Zendesk. She has built long-lasting client relationships as a collaborative and creative talent partner.
Prior to Connery, Clarissa began her career with the HR benefits team at Microsoft then transitioned into healthcare recruiting. Outside of the office, Clarissa loves to cook, work out, and spend time with her husband and their dog Tango.
JENICA CANDELARIA // Director, Recruiting Practice
Jenica Candelaria is a recruiting expert with just under a decade of successful experience in hiring and employee management. She started her career as a Recruitment Consultant at Connery Consulting where she managed and executed on every aspect of recruitment for both Technical and Non-Technical clients, working directly with C-level executives. From there she joined Slack where she managed a Technical Recruiting team who focused on rapidly scaling their product engineering organization.
Recently, Jenica re-joined Connery where she manages the Recruiting Consultant team and as strong believer in unlocking performance and fostering inclusive environments is focused on allowing her team to do the best work of their life, here at Connery.
Outside of work you can find Jenica spending time with her Husband, daughters and Boxer, Finn, creating new recipes in the kitchen and on occasion indulging in the latest netflix binge.
LAURA RICE // Director, Human Resources
As a Director of HR at Connery Consulting Laura Rice has over a decade of experience implementing strategic HR initiatives for the likes of Anchorfree (now Pango), Betterworks, Calm, Chan Zuckerberg, Crux Informatics, HotelTonight, Landed and SambaTV. Laura has been instrumental at Connery in rolling out numerous Compliance and HR Operational Reviews, overseeing strategic re-orgs, designing and implementing career leveling and job architecture, conducting 360s, coaching and training. Prior to Connery, Laura worked in HR for a leading financial services company and for one of Asia’s most prominent internet companies.
Laura’s pragmatic approach and “can-do attitude” have proven time and time again that she is an outstanding advisor and confidant to leading C-level executives in technology. There is no situation too tough for Laura to navigate, and she does it with extreme grace and compassion.
As a graduate of Cornell University Laura studied Industrial and Labor Relations. She has her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications as well. Laura played an active role in supporting victims of sexual assault during her volunteer work with Vera House. Today Laura and her husband are avid supporters of Doctors Without Borders. In her free time, Laura enjoys yoga, travel, and reading. Her favorite adventures over the years have been exploring Africa, Ireland and Italy.