Salima leads the Talent Practice at inovia capital as part of the team of Operating Partners. She brings the portfolio companies both broad-based mentorship and specific, tactical support in recruiting and retaining talent. She is a key lead within the team on matters of culture and has championed our policies and initiatives on diversity and inclusion. Before joining inovia, Salima was a Talent Advisor at OpenView Venture Partners, eventually joining one of their portfolio companies, Signpost, as Head of People Operations. She also worked in recruiting for Google and Salesforce. Salima begin her career in accounting at KPMG, after earning a Bachelor in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Salima also holds a Master of Science in International Employment Relations and HRM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
My passion revolves around working with companies, particularly startups to hire, nurture and retain their top talent. My goal is to achieve that perfect balance where companies exceed their goals while ensuring that their employees are happy and find purpose/meaning in their work.
I believe that the future is boundless. It will undoubtedly involve greater co-existence between humans and machines -- both will be required to transform a better tomorrow.
The toughest business challenge I ever had was finding creative ways to retain talent in competitive labor markets such as those in the Valley or NYC.
Fear is to be confronted and overcome.
The most overlooked skill in this business is perseverance.