Leading Ladies 2018

Leading Ladies 2018: Melissa Reuter Shaw

Employment Recruitment Consultant, Shaw Search Partners


“I love helping people find their dream job,” says Melissa Reuter Shaw of Shaw Search Partners. Inspired by her father’s entrepreneurial spirit, Melissa founded her own recruitment consulting firm in 2010. “I started Shaw Search Partners with a belief that a recruiter should have a vested interest in the business, culture and environment of the client’s company,” she says. Melissa believes in a truly personal approach that comes from her drive to find exactly the right fit for exactly the right person. “Most recruiting firms work on a larger, team-based model,” she says. “I believe in a more personalized approach. I partner with my client companies to find just the right candidates as long term career hires, and this detail has truly made all the difference.”

Now, Melissa’s company is a successful business with over 20 clients. Shaw Search Partners is known for recruiting high level and executive Marketing, Creative, and Strategy talent, and competes with some of the nation’s leading recruitment agencies. “I work on national searches for Fortune 500 companies and am especially proud of the work I do right here in Rhode Island,” Melissa says. She partners with major Rhode Island corporations, but also growing small businesses and non-profits. “Rhode Island has been home for both my thriving business and my growing family,” Melissa says. “Being born and raised here, it’s an honor to work with my Rhode Island client list.” She’s also deeply invested in giving back to the community, with the East Greenwich Public Schools and Youth Sports Leagues, Dress for Success, Family Service Club of RI, A Wish Come True, the Wounded Warrior Project and more. Melissa is also a member of the Providence Lady Project, Society for Human Resource Management and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. “The success of Shaw Search Partners in some ways, feels as though its come full circle,” she explains. “The founding of my company was sparked very much by my dad’s example. Now as a proud mom of two, I strive for entrepreneurial success while achieving a work/life balance with a family of my own.”

“My mission is to treat every single client with the highest level of personalized service,” Melissa says. “These clients trust me to deliver results quickly and effectively; the ability to do that is the crux of my business. This service is my passion, and it has resulted in a thriving and successful business. I’m really proud of that.”

Shaw Search Partners

East Greenwich  | 419-5163