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Gavin Stephens

Gavin Stephens is the Talent and Engagement Director at Cleveland Cavaliers, a cornerstone franchise in the NBA and central entity within Rock Entertainment. Besides the Cavaliers, his purview extends to the Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Charge, Cavs Legion Gaming Club, and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Starting his journey with the organization as a Merchandise Concession Manager, Gavin has since taken on numerous crucial responsibilities, notably overseeing the recruiting, onboarding, and employee engagement functions.

With a robust background in the sports industry, Gavin has showcased his prowess as a Training and Talent Acquisition Manager. His competencies include employee training, program coordination, leadership, and interviewing. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from Post University.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Gavin Stephens shares his background and journey to working with the Cavs
  • Getting buy-in from top management to create a diverse workforce to enhance collaboration and creativity
  • How to make it easy for team members to join in on an informational interview
  • Ensuring employee development and growth in a fast-paced industry
  • Employee engagement milestones that Gavin is most proud of
  • A mistake from the past that made Gavin stronger and better
  • Why staying steady and consistent is tough
  • Mentors and colleagues who made an impact in Gavin’s life

In this episode…

Change is inevitable, but how we respond defines our journey. In an era where adaptability is more crucial than ever, the world of HR is being reshaped, putting emphasis not only on policies but also on human connections and advocacy. These elements play an integral role in career growth and organizational success.

Gavin Stephens, a seasoned professional with an extensive background in HR and talent acquisition, has witnessed firsthand the transformation of hiring practices. Gavin underscores the importance of community engagement, adaptability, and mentorship in navigating the complexities of the corporate realm.

In this episode of WRK and WIN, host Corinne Milien delves deep into the evolving world of HR with Gavin Stephens. They explore the changes and challenges brought about by the pandemic, emphasizing the significance of community engagement in the recruitment process. Next, they discuss the invaluable role of mentors in career growth, the art of advocacy, and the essence of staying consistent even in the face of adversity.

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