Meet Adela Dunlap, CEO and co-founder of Clear Choice Resources (clearchoiceresources.com).
Tell us a little about your business. – We are a staffing agency that specializes in staffing hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and labs around the United States. We staff medical professionals that are looking for a short-term contract with the possibility to experience new places and meet new people, all the while giving back and helping patients in need at the facilities they work at. Our mission is to improve the experience medical professionals have in the staffing industry by committing to putting our travelers first. We are dedicated to building honest and authentic relationships with clear communication by prioritizing communication, hiring top quality recruiters and account managers, maintaining a top-quality training program and lastly, putting quality service to our clinicians and facilities above all else.
How did you get started in the business? – I began working for a staffing agency in 2019 as a nursing recruiter. I fell in love with working with travels and getting to know them, their goals and what their career goals were, helping them achieve that has been my biggest achievement as a recruiter. Every person has a story, and a lot of times I feel like people don’t take the time to hear that story.
Tell us a little about your family. – My family means the world to me. I have a beautiful five year old daughter named Leila. She is starting kindergarten this year and keeps us busy with her spontaneous attitude and her no fear approach at life. I have an amazing husband who supports me through anything. He took on the bonus dad role perfectly and didn’t miss a beat at helping me raise my kiddo. Our family grew during COVID and we added a new dog to our family tree, a Pitbull Mix named Nala. She is the most protective big sister and she loves walks with her family, running after her ball outside and watching Leila play at the park. I am also very close to my mother, Safija Rikalo. She has been the best nana our kids could have and one of the most supporting parents through all my struggles in life and celebrations to go along with them.
Who inspires you? – My biggest inspiration is my mother. She has taught me what hard work and sacrifice truly means. She raised my brothers and I on her own as we immigrated to the United States as refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the most selfless person I know and always puts others before herself. She taught me to always stay positive, even when times seem tough to keep pushing myself to my limits and working towards my goals, they will happen if I don’t give up. She is by far my biggest cheerleader rooting for me to succeed in everything I do.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – Knowing three different languages.
What is your favorite movie? – Dirty Dancing.
What is your favorite TV show? – Grey’s Anatomy.
What is your favorite local Omaha restaurant? – V. Mertz. If you haven’t been, make a trip to Omaha to enjoy some amazing dishes!
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – I would love to have a conversation with Mother Teresa.