Who We Are
Founder & Managing Director
My love affair with staffing began at an early age when I walked through the doors of a staffing agency. There was an energetic buzz in the room, and I was so impressed with the recruiter I worked with and the way she partnered with me. I wasn't a hot shot C-Suite Executive, but even so, I felt so seen and heard in the process, and she made me feel like my career was the most important thing in the world to her. She had a fiery passion for her job, and I thought, "I'm going to do this incredible work one day, and I'm going to do it even better."
Fast forward a few years, I noticed a job ad in the paper (remember those?) for an IT Recruiter role with a staffing firm and applied. When I walked in for the interview, I had a flashback to my earlier experience - that same energetic buzz filled the air and I wanted to be a part of it. I joined the firm a few weeks later, referred my roommate Angela, and we both rocketed to the top of the rankings in our first year, won numerous awards and accolades, and stayed at the top of the company for the decades that followed.
After all of these years, I feel that same fire in my belly and buzz of energy about this industry. I put my heart and soul into this work, and my clients and candidates tell me that they can feel it too. Every time I hear "You're so different from every recruiter I've ever worked with," I wear that as a badge of honor.
Who I Am
With 23 years of industry experience, I am so proud of my track record of delivering stellar results and bringing a spirit of fun to my work. I've been described as a "utility player" who can be relied on for anything and everything, since I've worn so many different hats and worn all of them with success. (What can I say? I look good in hats!)
I started my career with a highly-regarded national staffing firm, Kforce, and held roles in recruiting, sales, and leadership. During my time there, I achieved 10 consecutive years of President’s Club Awards and was one of the key contributors to the Seattle market's consistent success.
I also spent time leading a national recruiting force for a fast growth start-up, Clearwire (acquired by Sprint) where I worked closely with the senior leadership team and C-Suite to strategize, plan, and execute on a large nationwide build-out. In what turned out to be a very challenging phase in the company's lifecycle, I managed to increase the organization's headcount by 221%. This resulted in just under 5,000 new hires within one year.
I always knew that one day I would own and operate my own recruiting firm. The combination of staffing agency and internal recruiting leadership gave me a breadth and depth within the industry, but I always wanted to serve my customers my way. I'm choosy about who I work with, but when we work together, you get 100% of my loyalty and dedication. Bringing my true personality to every conversation and finding things to laugh about is so important to me. I'm thrilled to bring those things to work every day at Emerald Talent Group.
On a personal level, I love living an active lifestyle - hiking, biking, boating, backpacking - you'll notice that running fast and hard are themes of my life! I would do all of my work outdoors in the sunshine if the Wi-Fi was strong enough. I also love to cook, explore new wineries with friends, and spend time with my daughter who is attending WSU ("GO COUGS!") and two very energetic Labradoodles with big personalities.
"I have been in the Services industry since my time at Microsoft and have had the opportunity to work with a number of staffing agencies. I have had the pleasure of working with Emerald Talent Group and their founding partner, Lisa Crawford for over 7 years now and trust her with all of my hiring needs. Their customized approach, advanced resources and deep network of talent give them the capacity to compete at national scale. Additionally, ETG excels at managing the client / partner relationship as well as providing a top notch candidate experience. I value how they put the people first in everything they do! I trust in Lisa and her team to deliver talent across my start-up and enterprise clients. If you are looking for a strategic partner to solve your talent needs, ETG should be your firm of choice!"
"Lisa is nothing short of amazing! After reaching out to me about an opportunity, she was always immediate to answer any questions or concerns Lisa supported me throughout the entire interview process & I am now in a great position with my dream company! Lisa is the BEST, you will not be dissapointed."
"It's rare in the talent acquisition industry to find a gem like Lisa. She quickly builds trust with clients and talent alike due to her sincere approach and genuine concern for driving the best outcomes. This is simply her craft. Lisa reached out to me with an opportunity that directly aligns with my mission-driven experience and passion. Now I work with a company that speaks to my personal values, due in large part to her diligence and trust in my candidacy. You will want Lisa in your corner. She deserves the highest recommendation I can give her!"
"Emerald Talent Group has partnered with Delta Dental of Washington on three director level searches over the last four years, successfully identifying top talent for each placement. The team is an extension of Delta Dental and dives deep during job intake sessions to define criteria and clearly set expectations during the search. All three searches moved quicker than anticipated and ranged across different business units. We look forward to a continued partnership!"
"Lisa has been a wonderful mentor, is passionate about work and she banks her knowledge and expertise with people. She comes across as a visionary ready to take an important call much beyond the situation at hand. Her ability to take up challenges, to drive whatever it takes, has been a source of great inspiration. One would find a Visionary, Manager and an executive, all in one person. I found her a perfectionist at Business approach. She goes an extra mile to deliver more than what is been promised. It was really nice to work with her."
"Lisa is by far the best talent acquisition specialist that I have had the pleasure of working with. She certainly goes the extra mile; whether it's jumping on a call at 8am to help with interview prep or simply connecting for feedback and encouragement after an interview. Lisa exemplifies putting your client first. My relationship with Lisa started as she was looking for a candidate, like me, to go up against one of the more difficult hiring processes I've been through. I had a total of 7 interviews, one presentation with technical exercise, and Lisa coached me through the entire process. I felt as though she knew I was a fit for the role, the company, and the culture before I did. That unspoken ability to get to know someone quickly, is a talent she possesses and uses. She is communicative, trustworthy, an advisor, and a fighter for her clients. All qualities that make her a dream recruiter to have on your side. Thanks for the great experience Lisa!"
"Lisa has been one of my trusted recruiting and staffing partners over the last 5 years. She is deeply familiar with the Seattle/Bellevue technology community and uses her experience and vast network to connect the right companies and people together. Lisa is a compassionate and caring businesswoman, and has been a trusted friend, mentor and advisor for me as a transplant to the Emerald City. I look forward to working with Lisa on current and future projects."
"Through Lisa's management skills, her team only brought us candidates who were a good fit for roles we had open- saved us a lot of time,and got us some really good employees."
"Lisa has a unique ability to match the right candidate with the right role. This is true for both external and internal opportunities (sometime more challenging). Also, the team she lead was energetic and provide results at the caliber of Lisa's ability and expatiation. I would not hesitate to work with her again as both a colleague and a recruiter."
"Lisa provided excellent candidates for several open positions. Her pre-screening was spot on which showed she had a great understanding of the business as well as the needs of the position."