Women in Leadership Scholarship Recipients

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The ASA Women in Leadership scholarship program, launched in 2020, honors rising stars in staffing and recruiting who show exemplary professional growth potential and a commitment to a career in the industry. The program awards rising stars with free registration and travel to ASA events.

Here are the inaugural recipients of the ASA Women in Leadership scholarship program.

Brenna Barnett

Brenna Barnett

Director of Marketing, Carlton Staffing

Brenna Barnett joined Carlton Staffing in 2015 and serves as the director of marketing. Her responsibilities include the company’s social media, public relations, branding, company engagements, and digital recruitment strategies. With the adoption of Barnett’s strategic recruiting plan, the company has seen a 472% increase in Facebook followers. At the same time, she has been able to reduce recruitment spending by 49% while still accomplishing the marketing and recruiting objectives. In addition to spearheading Carlton’s community partnership activities, her involvement with employee engagement events has earned her the unofficial title of “chief fun officer.”

Carlton has been acknowledged as a winner of the Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work and Houston’s Best & Brightest Companies. The company has been on ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing list in each of the past eight years. Barnett is currently leading the yearlong celebration of Carlton’s 40th anniversary.


Madelyn Varner

Madelyn Varner

Area Director, Randstad Staffing

Madelyn Varner started with Randstad Staffing in 2016 and serves as the area director of East Carolina. Her responsibilities include overseeing performance activities including, training, mentoring and motivating, business development, candidate recruiting, conflict resolution, customer service and retention, intraoperating company synergies, and profit and loss account responsibilities. In addition, she is responsible for managing and developing a team of 23 employees as well as leading by example, particularly in the areas of production and business development.

Randstad is currently ranked as a top staffing agency in the U.S., and Varner’s branches have been honored as “Best Rated” for staffing agencies in their locations.



These scholarships has been made possible by the generous support of Assurance, founding sponsor of the ASA Women in Leadership Interest Group.

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