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Do Recruit

How to find and keep great people.

Khalilah Olokunola

Khalilah 'KO' Olokunola has an unconventional approach to hiring and retention that was forged during her time employing active gang members. As Chief People Officer at a progressive brewery, she looked beyond the CV to recruit the ‘whole person’; valuing traits such as loyalty, creative problem solving and life experience – all essential in today’s workplace.

In Do Recruit, Khalilah shares her tools and strategies for the first time. You will learn how to:

  • Rethink your ‘go to’ hiring platforms
  • Discover the real person at interview
  • Invest time and resources in onboarding
  • Let people go with kindness

With practical advice, real-world scenarios and handy ‘back-pocket scripts’, Do Recruit brings a refreshing and inclusive approach to the world of recruitment. It puts the ‘human’ back into Human Resources.

This paperback purchase includes a free ebook download. 


I look forward to the day when businesses adopt KO’s 'whole person' and leading from the heart approach. This practical handbook is for anyone aware that business needs collective and inclusive hand-holding to evolve.

Whitney Clapper, Community Relations & Impact, Patagonia

Brilliant. Filled with the kind of fierce-with-reality insight that only comes from lived experience. A must read.

Jerry Colonna, author of Reunion

Khalilah introduces a new perspective on what it means to be human in the business world. It's a courageous approach that challenges us to unlearn business as usual.

Duke Stump, founder Bonfire with Soul

Khalilah has a unique perspective in the recruiting space. You need to get a copy of her book. It will refresh how you look at talent!

Steve Browne, HR leader, author & SHRM board member

A refreshing rethink of traditional recruitment processes, Do Recruit encourages readers to reassess what they know about recruitment for the better.

People Management
Khalilah’s Do Lecture

From the Block to the Boardroom

From challenging the idea of how we use the boardroom to encouraging workplace diversity and training active gang members. 'Sometimes it’s the stories that we hide underneath tables that we need to share.'

About the author

Khalilah Olokunola is not your ordinary HR professional. An Impact Architect and the founder of ReEngineering HR, her clients include Patagonia and many others. She is known for transforming company culture and creating innovative hiring and retention strategies aligned with a company's mission and values. Prior to founding ReHR, Khalilah served as Chief People Officer at TRU Colors, a brewery with a social mission to reduce violence in the community by employing active gang members. Khalilah is an inspirational speaker. Her work has been featured in print, online and on TV, including Forbes and Good Morning America. It has earned her recognition as an HR innovator and Conscious Business Leader. She is married with four children and calls Wilmington, NC, home by way of Brooklyn, NY.

Product details

  • Pub date: March 2024
  • Dimensions: 120 x 178mm
  • Extent: 136 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-914168-30-7
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-914168-31-4


Linocut prints by Hannah Cousins

Paper & print details

Paperback editions are printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper.

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