Kelly Barrena

RUNNER-UP SPOTLIGHT

Kelly Barrena


COMPANY SIZE:
1,001-5,000 EMPLOYEES

INDUSTRY:
TECHNOLOGY

Kelly Barrena
Director of Global Talent Brand & Outreach, KnowBe4, Inc.

Kelly Barrena is a distinguished leader with 10+ years of experience in talent brand and acquisition. Currently, Kelly is the Director of Global Talent Brand & Outreach at KnowBe4. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing a team that manages KnowBe4’s global employer branding and recruitment marketing, as well as the internships, scholarships, recruitment programs, recruiting events and talent pipelines for each of KnowBe4’s 11 offices worldwide. Prior to joining KnowBe4, Kelly built and sold two small businesses while living in Madrid, Spain. She is most known for her innovative mindset and is passionate about creating new experiences and programs to enable early-career talent to enter the professional workforce in high potential positions.

Career Highlight

When Kelly Barrena first joined KnowBe4, she noticed the lack of opportunities for early-career talent. Within her first 90 days, she managed to get senior leadership buy-in and she set out to build KnowBe4’s internship program, which has since grown from 16 to 38 interns. The program was so successful that it has now expanded internationally. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she was tasked with quickly pivoting the entire internship program to be virtual, including all social events and professional development opportunities. In order to increase diversity in the cybersecurity field, Kelly created KnowBe4’s Scholarship program which offers $10,000 scholarships for Women, Black Americans, and U.S. Military, Veterans and Spouses in Cybersecurity. In an effort to build a talent pipeline for early-career talent into sales, Kelly also built and launched KnowBe4’s Sales Career Accelerator program, a 6-month virtual training and professional development program for college Juniors and Seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in sales. This program allows them to gain knowledge, participate in networking opportunities and get hands-on sales practice under the guidance of KnowBe4's top sales reps and executives.


Congratulations to Kelly Barrena for placing as the runner-up of the Exceptional Leader Award in the category of Tech | SMB Companies!

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