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Meet Jennifer Hopper

Photo credit: Dana Pleasant

She’s a strategizer. She’s a warrior. She’s Wonder Woman!

We are thrilled to announce a new addition to the Allovus family, Senior Recruiter Jennifer Hopper!

As a third generation Seattlelite, Jennifer is well acquainted with the Seattle vibe and the vast number of talented designers and creative people who make this their home.

Some of you may already know Jen, but for those who haven’t yet had the honor of meeting this wonderful lady, take a few minutes to read about her.

Allovus: Tell us a little about yourself!

Jennifer: I’m an unusual sort in that I’m third generation Seattle. My grandmother came here when she was 5 years old in about 1920 and grew up and raised her children here. She was born in New York, but all her brothers and sisters immigrated to New York via Ellis Island from Russia in 1912. They’d heard that Seattle was a place for opportunity and a good place to live. I think my grandmother taught me most about work ethic. She worked so hard all her life. She worked for the same company from the time she was 16 to the time she was 65. She taught me a lot about loyalty. The first time I got paid for anything was with her—I was about 8 years old. My grandfather was sick, and I would bring his meals and medicine up and down the stairs for him so my grandmother didn’t have to. At the end of the week, she gave me this envelope and inside of it was seven one-dollar bills, one for each day. From then on, I was pretty much hooked on working! My grandmother taught me work ethic, but my grandfather taught me a lot about how to connect with people. He was a jeweler downtown.  He was social and knew how to connect beyond the sale—his customers often became long-time friends.

Allovus:  How did you decide to become a recruiter and how long have you been in this field?

Jennifer:  I’ve been a recruiter for 20 years. I kind of fell into it. I was living in New York City after college. I was talking to a dear friend of mine whom I’ve known since I was eight years old. He was working as a recruiter in NYC. I asked him what his job was like. Coming from the theatre world, his job as a recruiter sounded a lot like being an agent to me. I liked the idea of working with someone creative but outside of my own field of study. He brought me on to his firm, and the rest is history!

Allovus:  What is your favorite part of the job? What drives you to do what you do?

Jennifer:  Making the connections! When we make a successful match, our clients and candidates both win. Our clients feel the relief of the work being handled, and our candidates expand their career. I love interfacing with both and making sure everyone gets what they need to be successful!

Allovus:  What made you decide to come to Allovus?

Jennifer:  Erin St. Pierre, who used to work for Allovus and is now working for Facebook in Ireland, told me how much she loved Allovus. I remember her saying the owner, Hayley, is a really good person. Several years later, Viviane found me, and we talked about the possibility of me joining the firm. Viviane is the real deal. Her passion, her knowledge of the industry, her authenticity. Her loyalty to the company (and to Hayley) made me want to learn more. And then I met Jason—and I could instantly tell he was smart and driven. He told me that he wants to work for Allovus until he can’t work anymore. That kind of loyalty speaks very highly of a company! I quickly learned that I could be 100% my authentic self here. It was one of the easiest yeses I’ve experienced. Also – the company’s mission aligns with my own. I have a sign in my house that says, “Work hard and be nice to people.” 

Allovus: What do you hope to bring to Allovus?

Jennifer: I will bring passion and work ethic to everything I do. It really matters to me that I represent Allovus well and do right by everyone. I also hope to bring authenticity and compassion to my work. I am so much more than a recruiter, and I hope that by being all of myself, I will continue to bring that out in others.

Jennifer singing with the organization she helped found, Angel Band Project.
Photo credit: Meryl Schenker

Allovus: What are your favorite things to do outside work?

I love music, and I love to sing and perform. I had a dream come true last year while singing a trio with Broadway stars Jessie Mueller and Lindsay Mendez. It was at a fundraiser that Norbert Leo Butz headlined in New York. 

Allovus: Wow! How did you get to be a part of that?

Jennifer:  I was engaged to Norbert’s sister, Teresa, 10 years ago. Unfortunately, there was a violent attack on us in our home, and she was killed. A non-profit was started in her name, and Norbert and I have served as founding board members. We provide advocacy and specialized music therapy programs to survivors of sexual violence. Feel free to check us out: Angelbandproject.org.

Check out some of Jen’s performances on YouTube:

Trio with Jennifer Hopper, Lindsay Mendez, and Jessie Mueller:

Duet with Brandi Carlile:

Angel Band Project – The Story:

Now you see why she’s known as Wonder Woman! We hope you have a chance to connect with her sometime soon.

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