Papia Debroy, Director of Employer Strategy and Partnerships

Papia is responsible for growing the TechHire employer network, which provides talented nontraditional job candidates a direct connection with great organizations in need of talent. She works with community leaders to coordinate outreach and engagement activities that educate employers about the value of nontraditional candidates, and makes the business case for TechHire candidates. As part of this effort, she also connects employers to resources that can assist them in hiring, mentoring and promoting nontraditional candidates. She brings deep experience on employee hiring, engagement, and development to her role. 

Prior to joining Opportunity@Work, Papia served as a Research Director at CEB, a member based advisory organization serving more than 80% of the Fortune 1000. In this role, she counseled large, complex organizations on their hiring practices, employee engagement approaches, retention policies, competency models and succession plans.  She did so by conducting research on the key challenges of leaders across these organizations and using that insight to build and manage analytic tools, behavioral assessment solutions as well as leadership development offerings. To effectively deploy these solutions, Papia designed and led a complex sales enablement strategy, executed a new-to-world marketing approach, created operational processes, managed teams across several continents and built a product architecture that used these tools to deliver quality insight and actionable guidance to several thousand clients across her tenure. Her experience serving a wide range of corporate leaders with innovative solutions to chronic challenges related to attracting and retaining talent provides her with a unique perspective on employer performance management across a wide range of industries.

From 2004-2010, Papia completed her doctoral work at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Papia worked on projects aimed at understanding the drivers of graduate student success. To do so, Papia developed methods for systematically evaluating policies and programs that would enable the University to support students more effectively  – starting with recruitment of students through to the preparation of students for their respective professions – to shape and target university retention programs for these graduate students with more rigor.