Described by her clients as “effective,” “knowledgeable,” and “an exceptional person to work with,” Michele Gayoba-Sloan has been deemed by many as a master of recruiting. She boasts an extensive background in executive recruitment with almost two decades of start-up and Fortune 500 company experience. Michele recently wrapped up a one year contract with Bank of the West where she successfully supported the Technology and Digital teams. Her success is due in part to her multi-dimensional and strategic approach to project requirements in order to outline an effective recruitment plan and her strong collaborative partnerships with hiring leaders within an organization.
Although her career had an auspicious start in nursing, Michelle has always been curious about how things work, and that is how she got her start in recruiting. During an interview at a Nurse Recruitment Agency in San Jose, the person interviewing her, who also happened to be the CEO of the Agency asked if she had heard of recruiting and mentioned it might be something for her to consider. After much consideration and research, Michele was hired by the Agency where she developed such an affinity for recruiting that she decided to pursue it as her full-time career. Nearly two decades later, she has held numerous leadership titles including senior staffing consultant, senior account manager, lead technical recruiter, branch manager, recruitment manager, and senior talent acquisition partner.
In February 2019, Michele joined Bank of the West when they began their digital channel initiative, essentially rebuilding their technology space. The bank’s focus is on digital automation, and their goal is to set a new standard for online customer experience. “It is a very diverse area since they are taking technology to the next level,” says Michele. As a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, she manages full cycle recruiting for all the different teams she supports within the Bank. She also helps establish effective collaborative partnerships with her hiring managers by helping them find the right people to add to their teams. This involves hiring Software Architects and Developers for multiple platforms and applications the Bank is enhancing and building. “It is a challenging role, but that is why I love it,” Michele says.
Michele loves where she works, with the Headquarters in San Ramon, California, it is an ideal location. Bank of the West is not only highly technological, but team members also pride themselves on upholding a culture of inclusion and diversity. They participate in different recruiting events such as HackerX, AfroTech, and Women Hack. The bank’s parent company is BNP Paribas, a French bank and global leader supporting the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Solutions. Michele calls BNP “a bank for an ever evolving world” because “they are always looking for ways to help customers improve their lives, and more importantly contribute toward more sustainable and equitable growth.”
Michele believes it is important to stay up to date with technology and to help facilitate positive change in the world. Therefore, she says that “Bank of the West is special and unique,” and she is proud to be part of the company. Her goal is to always establish positive relationships with candidates and to be a collaborative and valued resource partner to her hiring managers by staying involved and researching information that will aid in her understanding. Michele recently received a Star Card CFSD IT Team at Bank of the West in recognition for her work and dedication in hiring the best.
Senior Talent Acquisition, Digital and Technology
Bank of the West
2527 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583