While at Cornell Law School, Lennie Sliwinski fell in love with the idea of starting a tech company and began to learn all he could about high-growth companies. He knew he needed a different skill set — specifically, how to get people to buy his eventual product. Thus began his journey toward staffing.
After passing the New York bar exam, he promptly moved to Austin, Texas, and joined digital marketing analytics firm Adlucent, where he equates his two years’ experience with a master’s in marketing. His next stop was with Hired in San Francisco, where he spent three years learning to market and manage a high-growth business.
But he began to feel the need to push himself further. He wanted to do something that “really mattered,” and focus on more than a company’s efficiency or selling ads to people. Enter his mom, a nurse who had apprised him of the nurse staffing issues hospitals face. He turned to Matt Pierce, who had launched Hired’s temp staffing business, and together they launched Trusted Health in 2017.
Just two years in, the digital job platform for nurses has secured a total of $25 million in funding, had registered nurses in half the US states and is gaining 1,000 nurses per week at press time. Sliwinski envisions reaching all 50 states by the end of the year. The platform has done away with commissioned recruiters and ambiguous pay and in fact places control in the hands of the nurses. Sliwinski and Pierce believe this enables nurses to administer care most effectively, affecting patients and their families for the better.