Pearl Collective, Interior Talent partner to help design professionals recruit top talent

Denver, CO, November 1, 2022 —As part of its ongoing mission to help interior design professionals become more successful, Pearl Collective, formerly known as Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting, in conjunction with Interior Talent, a leading architectural and design recruitment firm, are providing design professionals and firms an up-to-the-minute understanding of how to find, attract and retain top talent in today’s competitive environment.

Gail Doby

The Hiring & Competing for Top Talent Challenge is offered as three one-hour live presentations taking place from Nov. 15-17, featuring Gail Doby, co-founder of Pearl Collective, and Ken Roberts, principal of Interior Talent. Each one-hour session covers a distinct topic: Day 1—Competing for and winning top talent; Day 2—How to find and attract top talent; and Day 3—How to retain top talent in a competitive environment. Each session takes place 12:00 noon – 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

“Talent acquisition and retention are at the forefront of virtually all designers’ minds,” notes Doby, “Finding the best talent for your company is crucial to the success of your business and the well-being of your team. Understanding how to find candidates that fit your business, culture and team dynamic is one part of the equation; retaining all your best talent in the current climate is another. Learning strategies for both is what will give designers a leg up on the competition.”

Ken Roberts

Pearl Collective recently revealed initial findings from their months-long survey entitled, 2022 Interior Designer Survey on Fees, Salaries and Competing for Talent. On the topics of hiring and compensation, they found 62% of those polled said there is a lack of available applicants for open positions. Ranked equally as high, 62% of business owners also said that applicants who have applied for positions with their firm are not qualified, while 48% said that applicants were not a good fit for open positions and/or the firms’ culture. In addition, 42% indicated that applicants are seeking higher salaries than what was being offered.

Roberts understands the challenges design firms face. His company has been helping creative businesses recruit and retain exceptional employees for 20 years. “This is as challenging a hiring environment as I have seen,” he says. “Understanding what is meaningful for you and motivating for potential candidates is key. Knowing how to differentiate yourself, so candidates want to join your team is next level. And having a grasp on how much and what kinds of compensation you can offer is essential.”

To assist with these processes, attendees will learn how to implement top interviewing tactics; receive onboarding tools for new hires; and take away best practices in employee retention that will help both current and new team members.

Registration is open now through November 15th . The cost for the three-day program is $198, which includes the full results from the just-completed 2022 Survey on Fees, Salaries and Competing for Talent, available immediately following the close of the Challenge.

A portion of the proceeds from the Hiring & Competing for Top Talent Challenge go to the Design Leadership Foundation whose mission is to ensure a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the fields of architecture and design. DLF believes, at a young age, everyone should be able to envision themselves in the professional fields of architecture and design no matter their race, gender, creed or background. The DLF seeks to create new opportunities and exposure for historically marginalized and vulnerable groups to better unify the world of design.

In addition to Interior Talent, the Hiring & Competing for Top Talent sponsors include Client Expander, Accounting Frontier, Stemper & Associates , Business of Home, Furniture Lighting & Décor, High Point Market Authority and The Home Trust. Referral partners are Christina Juarez & Company, High Point x Design, Lexington Home Brands, Return on Interiors and TMM The Media Matters.

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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