Sally Thornton from Forshay

Sally Thornton

CEO & Founder at Forshay

Lafayette, CA, USA

Last updated February 10, 2021

One Sentence About Me  

Fueled to make work better through building teams (recruiting) & improving teamwork (Inclusion & Diversity)

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, project-based work, and improving the system of work through increased diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 "Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list for 2015. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times. A speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, diversity & inclusion, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications. Sally launched WorkLab in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford's "Redesigning and Redefining Work" project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today's workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. WorkLab uses design thinking, lean start up, and storytelling skills to design, test, and scale experiments to #MakeWorkBetter. Sally lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She served for six years on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Interesting Factoid

I was in two Prince videos. The benefit of growing up in MN.

Countries Visited

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Trains all around Europe
New Zealand

What I Do  

Professional Experience

Founder & CEO

Aug 2011 - Present
We focus on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, project-based work, and improving the system of work through increased diversity, inclusion, and belonging. When we reimagine the future of work, we can be more impactful while leading more fulfilling lives. Whether you need to find quality talent or make work better through effective diverse teams, we help clients get sh*t done. (If these were easy problems, you wouldn’t need us.)

President & Co-Founder

Jan 2006 - Feb 2011
Sally is a sought-after expert on issues related to flexible work practices as the president and co-founder of Flexperience. Her clients include leaders such as Genentech, Pixar, and Levis, as well as high-growth start ups. Sally has been a featured guest on the KQED radio show Forum hosted by Michael Krasny, the Wall Street Journal, NBC11 News, the Washington Post, CBS Mornings on 2, San Francisco Chronicle,, and Sally supports other women entrepreneurs through her Board position on the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, and is a mentor for women entrepreneurs at Stanford’s GSB. Prior to starting Flexperience in 2006, Sally enjoyed her years as a global compensation consultant at E&Y and her HR and Customer Experience management roles with Covad Communications.
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Professional Organizations


2010 - Present

Professional Expertise

Team Dynamics
Inclusion and Diversity
Work Life Balance

Professional Interests

Behavioral Science
Inclusion and Diversity
Work Life Blend



What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Diversity & Inclusion
Mental Health




Music Genres, Groups & Artists


Jessie J
Mumford & Sons

Sports, Teams, Athletes


U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

Roger Federer

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Saturday Night Live
30 Rock
The Good Place
Sherlock Holmes



B.A., International Relations