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International Women’s Day Luncheon

Filed under: company culture, Holidays, Professional Women, Women Leaders

Last Friday we honored the women of Solomon Page with a celebratory International Women’s Day luncheon. For all 365 days in the year, we strive to recognize and celebrate the tremendous impact these talented professionals have made on our business and the world around us.

A Night in Tuscany

Filed under: company culture, creativity

Painting Lounge made a visit to our office for A Night in Tuscany. At the event, employees from each division of Solomon Page painted a beautiful landscape and enjoyed each other’s company. What a wonderful evening!

Cycle for Survival Recap

Filed under: ambition, Attitude, company culture, Passion, What Inspires Me

On Friday, February 8th, the Creative & Marketing division of Solomon Page participated in Cycle for Survival at Equinox Rockefeller Center. Over 15 of our employees cycled in effort to fundraise for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. We are grateful to be a part of a great cause and encourage our community to get involved.

For more information on how to get involved, visit: Cycle for Survival.

WWD EXCLUSIVE: Solomon Page Acquires E.A. Hughes & Co.

Filed under: ambition, Big Ideas & Innovation, Branding, Communication, company culture, Company News, Job Market, Leadership, News, Organization, Solomon Page, Uncategorized, Women Leaders

The deal bolsters Solomon Page’s position in retail and fashion c-suite searches.

As seen in WWD.

By David Moin on January 28, 2019

Solomon Page, a $185 million staffing and executive search firm servicing 14 different sectors, has acquired E.A. Hughes & Co., a retained executive search firm.

“Our primary driver of growth historically has been organic,” said Lloyd Solomon, a founding partner and managing director of Solomon Page. “We attract experienced people, add to the team and build our service offerings. But selectively, when we see something we consider unique and special and circumstances coincide, we will do an acquisition and incorporate their team into ours to create a bigger family and better services for clients.

“We’ve done about four acquisitions over our 28-year history, in health-care executive search, the publishing search space, in the legal staffing world and technology,” Solomon said. “E.A. Hughes really extends our reach in the fashion retail consumer goods space and becomes a division. They retain their group, and operate autonomously and collaboratively with our existing fashion team.”

Solomon added that E.A. Hughes’ expertise in c-suite searches complements Solomon Page’s strength in full-time recruitment and freelance hiring, thereby providing Solomon Page with a “broader” approach.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The E.A. Hughes team of eight will continue to be led by Elaine Hughes, who founded E.A. Hughes & Co. in 1991. The boutique executive search firm has been serving the retail, apparel, footwear, beauty, home and e-commerce sectors, among others.

She reports to Solomon, and joins Solomon Page’s fashion and beauty division, led by managing directors Sue Lamoreaux and Patty Hoban Scott.

“Elaine has influenced the careers of many senior executives in retail and fashion and advocated for women in the industry by example and involvement in many organizations during the past three decades,” Lamoreaux said.

Hughes underscored the “synergies” accomplished by combining the two firms, and that the deal gives Solomon Page a broader scope of talent acquisition encompassing Csuite executive search, mid-level searches, as well as staff jobs such as sales associates.

As Hughes sees it, inadequate search is a big factor behind the industry’s high rate turnover at the c-suite level. Many search firms, she suggested, neglect conducting the proper “deep dive” into the candidate’s functional talents, experience and E.Q. to determine whether he or she is a good fit for the organization doing the recruiting and its culture. “No one really assesses it all,” Hughes said.

Recently, Lisa Berger, formerly with the 24 Seven recruitment agency, joined Solomon Page to launch its beauty segment.

“In the ever-evolving landscape of human capital and business models, our goal is to adapt to shifts in the marketplace and create a multifaceted approach to our clients,” Solomon said.

The New York-based Solomon Page, founded in 1990, has 275 employees, 10 offices in the U.S., and one in London. Scott Page is also a founding partner in the company and managing director.

Solomon Page Changes the Recruitment Landscape for Fashion, Retail, and Beauty Markets

Filed under: ambition, Communication, company culture, Company News, innovation, Job Market, Leadership, News, Organization, Press Release, Recruiting & Hiring, Solomon Page, Success, Thought Leadership, Women Leaders

The Company Acquires Retained Executive Search Firm E.A. Hughes & Co.

NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2019 – Solomon Page, a specialty niche provider of staffing solutions and executive search, announces the acquisition of E.A. Hughes & Co., a leading retained executive search firm servicing the retail and consumer markets. Founded by Elaine Hughes in 1991, E.A. Hughes & Co. has advised clients in their strategic growth initiatives through a unique and comprehensive approach to the search process.

The E.A. Hughes team will continue to be led by Elaine Hughes and will join the Fashion & Beauty Division of Solomon Page, led by Sue Lamoreaux and Patty Hoban Scott in the full-time and freelance fashion markets, respectively. This will further complement the excellent reputation the company holds both geographically and strategically.

“I am thrilled by the synergy this acquisition will provide to each of our clients,” said Elaine Hughes. “It will allow the team to deliver unpreceded talent acquisition encompassing the C-suite executive placements to temporary hires from a single source”.

Sue Lamoreaux adds, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Elaine and her team. She has influenced the careers of many senior executives in retail and fashion and advocated for women in the industry by example and involvement in many organizations during the past three decades.”

Simultaneously Solomon Page has increased its capabilities in the beauty segment, recently adding Lisa Berger to the team to spearhead the expansion. Ms. Berger has a proven track record in strategic talent acquisition and will advise beauty brands as they seek to build their organizations, in addition to providing relevant content and access to diverse channel partnerships.

“In the ever-evolving landscape of human capital and business models, our goal is to adapt to shifts in the marketplace and create a multi-faceted approach to our clients,” said Lloyd Solomon, Founding Partner and Managing Director of Solomon Page. “Our existing footprint coupled with E.A. Hughes’ established presence uniquely qualifies us as a progressive and forward-thinking brand in the new world of the retail, fashion, and beauty industries. Additionally, our strong and longstanding relationships in the financial services and private equity communities, led by Founding Partner and Managing Director Scott Page, uniquely position our firm as a strategic partner and advisor during this transformational time in the industry.”

The Most Wonderful Workstation of the Year

Filed under: company culture, Happy Holidays, Holiday, Holidays

This December, we started a new holiday tradition. With lights, [fake] snow, gingerbread houses, and more, our office transformed into a winter wonderland. In effort to be crowned The Most Wonderful Workstation of the Year, each division decorated its workspace, which spread holiday spirit near and far. Each space was judged on creativity, but to add a twist, we offered a People’s Choice award. Employees purchased tickets to cast their votes and all proceeds benefitted Toys for Tots.

Solomon Page Celebrates Halloween with Freaky Friday

Filed under: company culture, Company News, Halloween, Holidays

Last Friday, Solomon Page celebrated Halloween with a fundraising event we called “Freaky Friday,” fostering team collaboration and excitement for a great cause. Collectively our offices surpassed all three tiers of our fundraising goals—sponsoring underprivileged children through our charity partner, Save the Children.

By surpassing our first two donation milestones, Lloyd Solomon and Scott Page agreed to wear Halloween costumes and spend the morning working our reception desks. With guidance from our lead receptionist, Cassandra Brown, they did just that. Because we exceeded our highest donation goal, all employees were able to participate by dressing up in costume (imagine superheroes, animals, TV and cartoon characters, and more…recruiting for a day!).

All of this was made possible by the heartfelt contributions from our teams, and, as a result, we get to positively influence the lives of children less fortunate. Save the Children sponsorship gives children the gift of brighter futures; the organization provides tools that empower entire communities to better support their children’s health, education, protection, and growth—thereby breaking the cycle of poverty for generations to come.

The costumes, charitable spirit, and the collaboration made Freaky Friday a huge, enjoyable success!

20 Halloween Costumes You Can Wear to Work in 2018

Filed under: company culture, creativity, Halloween, Holidays

It’s that time of year again.

While picking out a crazy costume for that late night weekend party may be your thing, what do you wear to that office party on Wednesday? Before you get too deep into a Google hole, TheStreet rounded up 20 easy, work-appropriate Halloween costumes that you can probably scrounge up from what you already own.

Dressing up for that office party doesn’t need to spook you – we’ve got you covered. Whether you prefer going as your favorite character from a TV show, or only have time for something basic, there are plenty of costume options that won’t scare your coworkers (and, that just might earn you some creativity points with your boss).

So, what are office-appropriate Halloween costumes anyway? Basically, the PG-version of what you might wear after-hours. Plus, being able to use some pieces from your regular work wardrobe means these costumes are super easy, so there isn’t an excuse to not dress up.

Impress your coworkers with these costumes for both men and women.

Costumes for Women

There are a lot of ways to transform a blouse or button-down. Or, if you’re feeling something more creative, going the extra mile will surely put you in the running for your office costume contest.

1. Joan Holloway From ‘Mad Men’

Surely nothing comes to mind quite like “Mad Men” when you think office costumes. With that classic ’60s flair, Joan Holloway is the perfect retro office costume to show off to your coworkers. While there are a variety of outfits you could pick to resemble the AMC character, try pairing a form-fitting sweater with a high-waisted pencil skirt, heels, and maybe a ginger wig. Add some red lips and, of course, be ready to saunter around the office.

2. Jackie O.

Nothing says classy Halloween costume quite like Jackie O. The effortless First Lady had a flair for style – and so can you. You can do a quick search on Amazon for a Jackie O costume (most will set you back around $20 to $30), or get creative with what you already have in the way of pencil skirts and chic blazers. Of course, make sure to include her signature sunglasses and pearls.

3. ‘The Shining’ Twins

Got a best friend in the office? It’s time to coordinate. Pick out a grey or blue dress, add a ribbon (and a little bit of ghoul-ish makeup) and go as the twins from “The Shining.” You’ll have your coworkers seeing double all day.

4. Mary Poppins

No better way to use that white blouse work blouse than going as everyone’s favorite nanny – Mary Poppins! Add a black or grey A-line or circle skirt, a blazer, hat and parasol and you’re ready to go. Or, if that sounds like too much work, just pick one up here. You’ll still have to work on that British accent though…

5. Monopoly Man

Shake it up and go as board games’ favorite gentleman, the Monopoly Man! Get your best power suit on and snag a mustache while you’re at it (and don’t forget to carry a bag of money and cane).

6. Holly Golightly

What better way to use that black work dress you have than dress it up, Audrey Hepburn style? Simply add a pair of heels, a pearl necklace, and do your hair up in a ’60s bun for the perfect Holly Golightly costume from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Feel free to accessorize with a croissant in case you get hungry at your desk.

7. Rosie the Riveter

Need a super easy costume fast? Don’t sweat it. If you’ve got a red bandanna and blue button-down handy, you’ve got a costume. Simply add a red lip and your best bicep flex and you’re magically Rosie the Riveter. Easy.

8. Pam from ‘The Office’

Not all of us are fans of dressing up for Halloween. So, if you want to get away with the bare minimum, going as Pam Beasley from “The Office” is the perfect easy costume that is sure to get a laugh from your coworkers. Simply dig out a plain grey pencil skirt, button-down sweater, and get your hair all frizzy, and voila! You’ve got a no-fuss costume from everyone’s favorite workplace comedy.

9. Witch

Why not go with a classic Halloween costume? Grab a witch hat and cape from Party City and you’re good to go.

10. Mia Wallace from ‘Pulp Fiction’

Be ready to dance like Uma Thurman if you dress up as Mia Wallace from “Pulp Fiction.” All you need is a white button-down blouse, some black slacks, and, of course, the signature black bob wig (maybe skip the blood for daytime in the office, but a little red lipstick or paint will do nicely for after-hours).

Costumes for Men

For the men in the office, there are a lot of ways to wear a suit as a Halloween costume. But, if you’re feeling a bit more creative, try out something a little more adventurous like Michael Jackson or Where’s Waldo. Regardless of what you’re feeling, here are some easy, office-appropriate costume ideas.

1. Dwight Schrute from ‘The Office’

Why not go as everyone’s favorite bears, beets and “Battlestar Galactica” fan? Dwight Schrute from “The Office” is a pretty easy task – just get a mustard or yellow short-sleeve button-down shirt, slacks, and some clear glasses and you’re good to go. Throw in a briefcase and maybe that old tie hiding in your closet and you’ll have your coworkers laughing all day.

2. Where’s Waldo?

Feel like hiding from your coworkers sometimes? Now you can, guilt-free. Simply pick up a “Where’s Waldo?” t-shirt has one for $14.99) and a hat (find one at Walmart for $8.99), and you’re good to go.

3. Superman

Got a Superman t-shirt lying around? If not, don’t stress – you can pick one up for $12.99 to magically transform into Superman under your go-to work outfit. Add a pair of square-rim glasses for that extra touch.

4. Patrick Bateman

If you work on Wall Street (or even if you don’t), nothing is scarier than a deranged businessman. Put on your best “American Psycho” persona and don a suit, a raincoat and an ax for the perfect Patrick Bateman costume. You can snag the raincoat on Amazon for only $10.99 – although you might want to leave the ax at home.

5. Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller’

Even though “Thriller” may get overplayed during the Halloween holiday season, your costume can still be original. If you’re in a DIY mood, try to get a red motorcycle jacket, some slacks, and a frizzy, black wig. But, if that’s too much of a hassle, opt for a Thriller costume. As a note: you might need to practice your best moves if you are planning on going as the King of Pop.

This article was originally published by TheStreet. You can read the rest of the article here. 

5 Things You Deserve From Your Job (No Matter Where You Work)

Filed under: company culture, Professional Development, Respect, Success, Work-Life Balance, Your Career

I have news for you: There’s no such thing as a perfect job. Even the careers that seem like they jumped straight from your dreams and into reality have their downsides—that’s why there’s a paycheck involved.

But, while you might never love every aspect of your job, there are a few things that you absolutely deserve to get from your career—aside from enough money to cover your bills.

Believe me, I get it. It’s easy to think that wanting and needing these things makes you picky, entitled, or high-maintenance. You’re getting paid to be there, so how much else do you really need?

Well, think about it this way: You’re going to invest a large chunk of your time, energy, and attention into your job. That means that a work environment that checks the following boxes isn’t something that you should consider to be meant for just the lucky few—it’s something you deserve just as much.

1. A Safe and Supportive Environment

Let’s start with the basics. You’re more than worthy of feeling safe and supported in your office. You should be able to bring your authentic self (your authentic professional self, of course) into work and not feel worried or threatened when doing so.

Rest assured that your expectations in regards to feeling secure in your surroundings aren’t unreasonable or out of line.

Nobody should have to head into the office day in and day out wondering who’s going to throw them under the bus or stab them in the back. You’re entitled to a basic sense of respect and a company culture that isn’t overflowing with toxicity.

2. A Boss Who’s Invested in Your Growth

When it comes to your career, your manager should be your greatest ally. They should be in the loop on your desires and plans for professional development and provide necessary support and guidance whenever they can.

If you feel like your supervisor is always undermining your accomplishments, offering criticisms that are in no way constructive, and is completely disinterested in your growth and advancement, know that you’re justified in wanting more.

3. An Understanding of Your Life Outside of Work

Work is a big part of your life—but it’s still only a part. It’s not the entirety of your existence, and you’re entitled to an employer who understands that fact.

Endless pings and emails when your team knows you’re away and unplugged. Major hurdles and complaints when you have a family emergency to deal with. Relentless guilt trips when you finally take a well-deserved vacation.

Those are things you shouldn’t have to deal with on a regular basis. You deserve a life outside of your job—and an employer who encourages you to live one.

You can continue reading this article on The Muse.

15 Culture Perks to Boost Team Productivity During the Summer

Filed under: company culture, Productivity, Work-Life Balance

Summer is heating up, and so is the restlessness of your employees. You need to find a way to engage them and keep their head in the game. Giving your team top-level perks is one way to ensure they perform in the summer and keep the distractions at bay.

Summer hours, casual Fridays and outdoor activities can help your employees appreciate your company in the summer and help you retain them even if a better offer comes by. Using the summer to your advantage will allow you to provide your staff with all sorts of advantages they will enjoy, and will help increase the respect they have for you.

Below, 15 members of the Forbes Agency Council share some of the successful culture perks or bonding activities they typically implement in the summer to improve their teams’ creativity and productivity.

1. Summer Hours on Fridays

It’s not a radical idea in the agency world, but sometimes the best ideas are the tried-and-true ideas. We close our offices at 1 p.m. on Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Sometimes it makes the work week a bit more stressful, but on balance, that simple half day off seems to punch above its weight. And the net effect makes weekends seem much longer and more renewing. – Justin DaabMagnani

2. Walking Meetings

Walking meetings are a great way to get out of the office and enjoy the nice weather while still being very productive. For your next meeting, consider taking it outside. It’s refreshing, helps inspire creativity and breaks up the day in a fun and healthy way. – Brad WilliamsWebDevStudios

3. The Picnic Table

It is so simple yet powerful. Breaking bread has been shown to strengthen relationships, as well as give a feeling of stability and connectedness. We plan monthly team meals where we fire up the grill and eat outside around picnic tables on the back patio. It’s not uncommon to see team meetings and group discussions moved to the patio when the weather is nice. – Korena KeysKeyMedia Solutions

4. Meditation, Retreats And Shutdown Days

Everyone knows we take meditations, retreat and shutdown days seriously — not just because of their positive benefit to society, but because they aid the process of flourishing for each team member. When each person on our team truly flourishes, it has a great impact on how we focus on our work of building happier flourishing Africans. And if you cannot meditate for one hour, meditate for two. – Chude JideonwoJoy, Inc.

5. Innovation Days

We try to dedicate one day a month in the summer to innovation and creative thinking — not work product. Usually, this leads us outdoors and into nature. We often hike, talk and take photos and generally enjoy the fresh air. It’s amazing how this changes our perspectives and keeps us fresh. – Randy Shattuck, The Shattuck Group

6. Press Releases By The Pool

One of the things we do is soak up some Vitamin D by hosting a “press releases by the pool” day for our team. We’ll have refreshing beverages, Texas barbecue and pool activities all afternoon. Company culture should never take a break, and playing to your strengths is important. When it’s routinely 100-plus degrees outside in Austin, Texas, not only is this a nice culture perk, it’s practically a necessity. – Kathleen Lucente, Red Fan Communications

7. Work-From-Home Days

We rolled out a work-from-home policy every other Friday two summers ago and it was an instant hit. Employees, especially millennials, love the freedom to work where and when they want. We also found our employees achieved a lot on these days since most days were free of meetings. This day became a great “knock it out” day while providing the ability to work from your local park or schedule a personal appointment with more flexibility. – Simms Jenkins, BrightWave – North America’s Leading Email Marketing Agency

8. Monday Walk

People tend to dread coming into the office on Mondays. I am attempting to change that with a Monday afternoon walk. It breaks up the day, gets us outside and allows the team to bond. It also gives everyone something to look forward to (myself included). Thus far, it’s been a big success. – Aidan Cole, nTuitive.social

9. Airbnb Experiences

To say that summer in San Francisco is a bit chilly may be the understatement of the year. One way we beat the fog is to book an Airbnb experience. These experiences get us out of the office, collaborating and, most importantly, laughing. – Michaela Dempsey, Scout RFP

10. Special Party For Team, Clients, Family

Every summer around the 21st of June, we throw a party for our team, clients, friends and family. We work together to plan a meal and cook tacos for our guests, and we spend the rest of the evening celebrating a successful first half of the year. Guests tell us that it is one of the most unique events they’ve attended and our growing staff loves participating in the tradition. – Benjamin Collins, Laughing Samurai

11. Dedicated Remote Live/Work Space

Last year we opened the MODassic Outpost in Salida, CO which serves as remote live/work space where our employees can escape their daily routine. Our team is all in house, but we really value travel and getting away. We wanted to create a place where employees could get away and enjoy the mountains, river and town but still work and not have to use up their vacation time or spend money on hotels. – Ryan Short, MODassic Marketing

12. Summer Happy Hours

Our office is located in a cute beach town, and we especially try to take advantage of that during the summer. We typically pick a day during the week to do an office happy hour where we close the office early and walk to a nearby restaurant. I believe this makes my team more productive — having an outing to look forward to mid-week. Sometimes we even just opt for wine on the beach. – Leila Lewis, Be Inspired PR

You can continue reading this article on Forbes.