Ripley Hartmeyer

Ripley Hartmeyer

Head of Talent & Community
When you’re building a great team, you have to strike the balance of maintaining momentum and avoiding ‘talent inertia,’ but also remaining disciplined and patient in finding the right people.

Prior to joining Canvas, Ripley cut her teeth in a people-focused role at Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s largest retained executive search firms. There she experienced the impact strong leadership can have on an overall team, and she was inspired by helping executives uncover paths to compelling new senior leadership roles at Fortune 1000 technology companies. 

Ripley believes the best recruiters bring more art than science to their work. In prospective talent candidates, she looks for a balance between hustle and confidence with humility, self-awareness, and high EQ.

Ripley believes building robust layers of talent at the early stage can be one of the greatest contributions to a company’s success and she loves working with founders to build out their all-star teams.

In her spare time, you can catch Ripley playing tennis, squash, or golf. She’s a competitive athlete and currently competes with the Women’s Squash Doubles Association (WSDA).

Ripley holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) from the University of Richmond, where she was co-captain of the women’s varsity tennis team.

Biography

Ripley focuses on sourcing, cultivating, and placing top talent across the Canvas portfolio, as well as building the Canvas entrepreneurial community ecosystem. Ripley grew up in a close-knit community on Long Island where she spent most of her childhood outside playing sports. She learned through sports and her mentors that if you’re dependable, trustworthy, have grit, and can check your ego at the door, more opportunities will come your way.

Prior to joining Canvas, Ripley cut her teeth in a people-focused role at Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s largest retained executive search firms. There she experienced the impact strong leadership can have on an overall team, and she was inspired by helping executives uncover paths to compelling new senior leadership roles at Fortune 1000 technology companies. 

Ripley believes the best recruiters bring more art than science to their work. In prospective talent candidates, she looks for a balance between hustle and confidence with humility, self-awareness, and high EQ.

Ripley believes building robust layers of talent at the early stage can be one of the greatest contributions to a company’s success and she loves working with founders to build out their all-star teams.

In her spare time, you can catch Ripley playing tennis, squash, or golf. She’s a competitive athlete and currently competes with the Women’s Squash Doubles Association (WSDA).

Ripley holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) from the University of Richmond, where she was co-captain of the women’s varsity tennis team.

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Favorite book

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. Its study of high achievers has informed the way I interview and get to know people today, which always starts with “Where are you from? What was growing up for you like?” Bypassing that and jumping straight into someone’s career makes it a lot harder to understand the fabric that makes them who they are. Plus, it’s not nearly as fun.

Motivation

There’s no cap on how much we can improve as people, as professionals, as competitors, you name it. That fires me up.

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