Sharon L. Olzerowicz

Hired by Matrix, Inc.

“I believe in the power of constantly connecting with people. People are so interesting! Every conversation provides me with gems that upgrade my vision and re-ignite my passion. Energy is contagious and passion a powerful inspiration.”

About Hired by Matrix, Inc.

Hired by Matrix (HbM) is a full service professional staffing and direct hire firm, specializing in IT, Accounting/Finance, Human Resources and Administrative/Clerical roles.

HbM provides mid-market and Fortune 500 companies the unique talent to build out their teams which help their businesses succeed. Our clients rely on us to help them remain competitive by quickly supplying these resources and assisting them in identify skill gaps. They’ve entrusted us with their most valuable assets for decades.

Headquartered: New York, NY

Founded: 1986

Company Website: www.hiredbymatrix.com

When and how was your business started?

I was working at a staffing firm start-up and was incredibly energized by the start-up mentality. This was for me; it was liberating and empowering not having the constraints that come with a large company. Successfully securing a small credit line, I was good to go. And in 1986, I started Hired by Matrix. I worked from home, was frugal, wore all hats and did everything to ensure my business got off the ground. 

How has being a WBENC-Certified WBE helped your business?

WBENC symbolizes my core beliefs – meeting people and connecting them with opportunities. Hired by Matrix team members attend every national event as well as every regional event of the RPOs to which we belong. The WBEs in the network are the WBEs in our supply chain. And this network is where I’ve met the WBEs I mentor. I stay involved because of all the awesome people who likewise are drawn to and committed to WBENC’s mission and values.

What is your business philosophy and how has it impacted your success as a business?

Giving generously is the foundation on which I’ve built my business. My values are rooted in integrity and ethics. I care deeply about pleasing people and bringing them happiness. Being a constant learner has also served me well, particularly as the rate of change continues to accelerate in the world today. I believe in the power of constantly connecting with people. People are so interesting! Every conversation provides me with gems that upgrade my vision and re-ignite my passion. Energy is contagious and passion a powerful inspiration.

What are some of the biggest challenges and barriers you’ve faced as a woman business owner? How have you overcome them?

Over the years, I’ve seen many employees and clients come and go, some of whom I would have much preferred to have longer relationships with. Yet this is part of the ebb and flow of business. My attitude is, keep the pipeline full. I prefer to look at a door closing as a window through which to see new opportunities. I treasure all the awesome HbM team members and our long-standing clients. We overcome the challenges of constant change as a group, looking forward with excited anticipation to what is to come, working together to make it so.  

What is your proudest moment thus far in business?

I have way too many to count!  Over the life of HbM, we’ve connected thousands of people to the jobs they want. Every job we fill is a proud moment for me and reminds the HbM team of the importance of the work we’re doing.  

What advice do you have for new entrepreneurs?

Being an entrepreneur requires a 100% commitment so choose something that moves your heart. This will bolster you in low times, and make the highs the best! Trust your gut. Make the best choice you see with the information available. You’ll know soon enough if you need to redirect.

How did you first learn about WBENC Certification?

UPS Supplier Diversity Manager, Glenn Mayer introduced me to Marsha Firestone & the WPEO, and also to Roz Lewis & the GWBC. I knew fairly quickly, this was a community to which I wanted to belong. I became WBENC-Certified in 1999 and joined the WBENC Women’s Enterprise Forum in 2003. I remain an active member of WBENC nationally and of the WPEO, GWBC, and WBEC-PA-DE-sNJ.

What advice would you share with a newly certified WBE looking to make the most out of her certification?

Most importantly, attend the events. Supplier Diversity professionals promote those they trust. Give them the opportunity to get to know you and your company as one they choose to recommend with confidence to their stakeholders. They will advocate for you. Further, I strongly encourage you to give back to our WBENC family. I spend a great deal of time mentoring and advising young women entrepreneurs, encouraging them to become active members of our WBENC community.