I Met Marie at SourceCon…

I met Marie Journey at SourceCon, the very first SourceCon event actually. We chatted and laughed and talked about all things sourcing. She had a passion for the work she performed and was generous with her knowledge. She was, for a time, a prolific blogger. If you take the time to Google her, you will see videos and other content she produced. You will, of course, recognize her creativity, expertise, and her genuine wholesomeness that infected all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Today, Marie Journey has passed on. She was a kind and loving mother who was loved by so many.  Marie was an entrepreneur, an artist, a writer, a creative free spirit, and so much more than words can say. Our community of recruiters and sourcers is poorer for her absence. 

As for me

I miss my friend.

One day, I will see her again.

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Good times then.


Over the past decade, Jim Stroud has built an expertise in sourcing and recruiting strategy, public speaking, lead generation, video production, podcasting, online research, competitive intelligence, online community management, and training. He has consulted for such companies as Microsoft, Google, MCI, Siemens, Bernard Hodes Group (acquired by Findly) and a host of startup companies. Presently, Jim Stroud serves Randstad Sourceright as its Global Head of Sourcing and Recruiting Strategy. In that role, he alleviates the sourcing headaches of Randstad clients worldwide. 
Jim Stroud has created and sold five online properties, managed an award-winning blog, published a weekly newsletter for jobseekers, a recruiter training magazine and co-hosted a popular technology podcast. Jim Stroud has also produced multiple web series devoted to such topics as: job search, recruiting, technology and language learning. Jim Stroud has been quoted by such publications as Globe and Mail, US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Monster.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Black Enterprise, and The HR Examiner have all cited Jim Stroud for his digital influence. Jim Stroud also served as the emcee of SourceCon, the premier global conference on sourcing for three consecutive years. He has also presented as a keynote speaker at Sourcing Summit Europe, Sourcing Summit Asia, the Australasian Talent Conference, Recruiters Hub NZ, and TRU London. 
Jim Stroud is the author of 5 HR related books, producer of the "Its all recruiting" podcast and the YouTube series - "The Jim Stroud Show." More details highlighting his career and his work history can be found on his blog - JimStroud.com
When not online, Jim Stroud suffers from withdrawal symptoms that can only be soothed by chocolate chip cookies and family time.


5 Comments on “I Met Marie at SourceCon…

  1. I too met Marie Journey for the first time at Sourcecon 5+ years ago. She came across as being friendly, smart, witty and very knowledgeable.

    The sourcing community and the sourcing eco-system (vendors) I belong to will miss her.

    Founder – eGrabber

  2. I met Marie during her time at Intuit. She was smart & always willing to share her knowledge. I am shocked by the news. RIP Marie & sending prayers of comfort to her family.

  3. I was introduced to Marie back in 2005 and recall being very impressed with her recruiting and sourcing skills. I hired Marie several times over the years – while I was the recruiting mgr at Manhattan Associates and again during consulting engagements with CDI and a start-up called HSL. Marie was on it. She was passionate about sourcing as well as just helping people. She quickly became a dear friend to my family. We will miss you Marie – Aloha – until we meet again!

  4. My dad actually met Marie before I did. She was in our hotel lobby at Sourecon New York several years ago. My dad is always taken with those who show spirit. She showed all that she was in those quick ten minutes as she busily gathered up hotel brochures to make a project for her son, ‘bear’.
    She was so enthused with how she felt about sourcing, how impressed she was with my daddy (confessed with a wink my way), and a nod to my humble credentials. All rolled into one of her prolific ‘Marie’ moments.
    She made us laugh heartily as she showed her spirit and vigor for everything around us there in NY. She was every woman. She was every mother as she’s shared videos lovingly made for her Bear.

    With a quick sashay of her flitty skirt, along with a tip of her signature hat, she left us there in the lobby… We both remarked about her presence for hours after.

    Yes Marie, you’ve again left us truly and wholeheartedly better loved. I now tip my hat to you, fine Miss.

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