Suzy: Challenging HR Directly

11/29/2022 1 min read
Anthony Onesto is Chief People Officer (CPO) of Suzy, a cloud-based consumer insights platform focused on culture, talent, and human resources. Previously, he served in executive and HR leadership roles at FreshDirect and Razorfish. He’s the author of The New Employee Contract: How To Find, Keep, and Elevate Gen Z Talent and creator of “Ella the Engineer,” a cartoon series and comic book that encourages girls to pursue STEM careers. Onesto is a founding member of CPOHQ, a network of more than 2,000 CPOs, and a board advisor to high-growth tech startups.

Suzy is a leading global consumer insights platform that integrates quantitative and qualitative research with high-quality audience insights into a single connected research cloud. In this episode of The Talent Economy podcast, Anthony Onesto, Suzy’s Chief People Officer, speaks with Toptal’s Chief People Officer, Michelle Labbe.

Anthony Onesto’s career story started with a stumble—the way many great career stories do. After starting his career as an accountant, Anthony was quickly told by his company that he wasn’t good at the job. Despite this, Onesto found his stride in the dot-com era when he began to build and scale HR teams at various startups. With HR leadership roles at FreshDirect, Zeta Interactive (now Zeta Global), Big Fuel Communications, and SapientRazorfish (now Razorfish) behind him, Onesto joined Suzy in 2018.

Having experienced a range of corporate cultures in previous roles, Onesto vowed to challenge the HR norm. Kim Scott’s book Radical Candor inspired him to implement new practices into Suzy’s culture.

In addition to sharing his experiences navigating the HR world, Onesto talks about his recently published book on a hot topic in the HR world—The New Employee Contract: How to Find, Keep, and Elevate Gen Z Talent. Onesto also shares his experiences co-creating “Ella the Engineer,” a cartoon and comic book series that encourages girls to study STEM subjects.

Some Questions Asked:

  • How do you incorporate the book Radical Candor into Suzy’s cultural philosophy? 6:42
  • What is the importance in challenging directly and allowing for contrarian ideas? 10:21
  • How does Suzy support employees who have a side hustle? 15:45

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why Onesto decided to implement Radical Candor into Suzy’s culture.
  • How Onesto came up with the idea for his comic book, “Ella the Engineer.”
  • How Suzy is using data and analytics in the benefits space.
Anthony Onesto is Chief People Officer (CPO) of Suzy, a cloud-based consumer insights platform focused on culture, talent, and human resources. Previously, he served in executive and HR leadership roles at FreshDirect and Razorfish. He’s the author of The New Employee Contract: How To Find, Keep, and Elevate Gen Z Talent and creator of “Ella the Engineer,” a cartoon series and comic book that encourages girls to pursue STEM careers. Onesto is a founding member of CPOHQ, a network of more than 2,000 CPOs, and a board advisor to high-growth tech startups.