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Monday, April 2
 

12:00pm PDT

Registration Open
Monday April 2, 2018 12:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Marriott Foyer

5:00pm PDT

Meet the Speakers and Writers
Monday from 5-6:30 pm we have an informal gathering to help you get to know a lot of the speakers and several of the regular contributors to ERE.net's blog. Nothing special is needed, just show up and say hi next to the ERE registration/sign-in desk.

Monday April 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Marriott Foyer

7:00pm PDT

WELCOME RECEPTION
Start of ERE Spring 2018 with our Welcome Reception.  A perfect time to meet up and socialize with peers, while enjoying food and drinks before the conference officially starts.

Monday April 2, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Marriott Terrace
 
Tuesday, April 3
 

6:30am PDT

Sunrise Yoga
Yoga Instructor: Elizabeth Wurm

Back by popular demand is morning yoga on the terrace which overlooks the beautiful harbor. 

What do you need?

Mats and towels are provided so just bring yourself.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 6:30am - 7:15am PDT
Marriott Terrace

8:00am PDT

BREAKFAST
Start your day off right with a nutritious breakfast and the chance to meet other attendees at the start before it gets busy.


Tuesday April 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Salons 8 - 13

8:00am PDT

Registration Open
Tuesday April 3, 2018 8:00am - 6:30pm PDT
Marriott Foyer

9:00am PDT

Welcome Remarks
Welcome, opening comments, intro keynote

Tuesday April 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:10am PDT
Salons 1-4

9:10am PDT

Scale? Scale. Scale!
There’s no one better in the talent-acquisition field to talk about recruiting that scales than Janice Bryant Howroyd ("the first black female billionaire not named Oprah,” says the Atlanta Daily World). She started ActOne in 1978 as a one-desk placement firm and turned it into a global, multi-billion-dollar business, including AppleOne, Agile-1, and more. Howroyd shares some of the secrets to her success, what you can learn from them, and will leave you inspired and energized. 

Speakers
avatar for Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Founder / CEO, Act 1 Group
Businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, author, and mentor -- Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Act•1 Group, a global enterprise that delivers customized, cutting edge solutions to the human resources industry. The Act•1 Group is... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 9:10am - 9:50am PDT
Salons 1-4

9:50am PDT

Be Fierce
Gretchen Carlson has faced her fair share of criticism and backlash. But rather than letting it bring her down, Carlson has resolved time and again to “be fierce.” With this talk, she explores the challenges she has faced in her own life and the lessons she’s learned along the way, including how to be a true leader by valuing your own self-worth, how to stand up against bullying or injustice, and how to fight for what’s right. A motivational and rousing look at how to cultivate talent and own failure, Carlson guides audiences on a journey to develop the strongest and fiercest version of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson

News Anchor and Journalist
Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors, a best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for women in the workplace. Named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2017, Carlson most recently hosted “The Real... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am PDT
Salons 1-4

10:30am PDT

REFRESHMENT BREAK
Questions about the sessions you just attended? It’s the ideal time to catch up around the watercooler and hear what others have to say


Tuesday April 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Salons 8 - 13

11:00am PDT

General Session Roundtable Discussions
The roundtables are small group discussions where you will select a table based on the topic. Each table has a moderator that can help lead or facilitate the discussion. This is one of the most popular sessions and the conversation can continue on into one of the new afternoon roundtable sessions.

Roundtable Topics (subject to change)
  • AI and future technologies
  • Assessments, games, screens
  • Branding and marketing
  • RFPs and vendor selection
  • Job postings and EVPs
  • Managing managers
  • Candidate experience
  • Improving your recruiting/talent acquisition career
  • Recruiting passive candidates
  • Recruiting and sourcing tools
  • Employee referrals

Speakers
avatar for Miranda DeZwarte

Miranda DeZwarte

Recruiting and Compensation Manager, Otter Products


Tuesday April 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Salons 5-7

12:00pm PDT

LUNCH
Fuel up for some great afternoon sessions and make connections while you stand in line. 


Tuesday April 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Salons 8 - 13

1:30pm PDT

A Search for the Best Interviewer in Our Company
Graeme Johnson, global head of employer brand, tells you how BT focused on the face-to-face interview stage and ran an inspiring internal campaign to raise the bar on candidate experience and interviewer NPS.

Who should attend

Talent executives/professionals interested in interviewing, metrics, and branding

What to Expect
  • You’ll be ready to examine the key Moments of Truth for your employer brand, and ideas on how to positively impact them
  • Key metric benchmarks to compare to your own company
  • Hints/tips to provide your interviewers
  • An example inspiring internal communications campaign

Speakers
avatar for Graeme Johnson

Graeme Johnson

Global head of employer brand & talent engagement, British Telecom
Graeme Johnson (known as “GJ”) is global head of employer brand & talent engagement at British Telecom, and a former head of TA & employer brand at Virgin Media, and recruiting leader at Accenture. He most famously developed a pioneering approach to candidate experience at Virgin... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

1:30pm PDT

Seeing 360 Degrees of Your Employer Brand

Your employer brand isn't something you control. It is the individual perception of everyone your brand comes in contact with. If you're ready to get a lot smarter about your own employer brand, this is a can't-miss session. Ellis will have you rethinking the way you look at your brand, and explain how so many have got it so wrong.

Who Should Attend

You, if you are ready to get serious about taking control of your employer brand to support all your inbound recruiting initiatives.

What to Expect

Get a great foundational understanding of all the elements that connect your employer brand to candidates. Then learn how to find the ones that are broken.


Speakers
avatar for James Ellis

James Ellis

Senior Manager, Employment Brand, Groupon
James Ellis runs The Talent Cast podcast (found on iTunes, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts) where he can be found doing deep dives all all things employer brand and recruitment marketing. He has years of experience helping companies of every size get smarter about... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
Salons 1-4

1:30pm PDT

In-House SMB Roundtable Discussions
The roundtables are small group discussions where you will select a table based on the topic. Each table has a moderator that can help lead or facilitate the discussion. This is one of the most popular sessions.

This 1:30 - 2:15 block of time is especially for recruiters at small- and medium-size companies.

Roundtable Topics (subject to change)
  • AI and future technologies
  • Assessments, games, screens
  • Branding and marketing
  • RFPs and vendor selection
  • Job postings and EVPs
  • Managing managers
  • Candidate experience
  • Improving your recruiting/talent acquisition career
  • Recruiting passive candidates
  • Recruiting and sourcing tools
  • Employee referrals

Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
Salons 5-7

1:30pm PDT

How to Recruit Better by Getting Out of Our Own Way

We’re quick to blame the supply-side issues and people competitors for our challenges in getting top talent, quickly. It’s all sourcing’s fault, right? Nope. John Vlastelica, former corporate recruiting leader who has consulted with 200+ companies to improve their recruiting skills and process, believes we’re to blame for at least 1/2 of our problems.

What to Expect

Vlastelica will walk through our biggest *internal* blockers, share insights on how companies are overcoming these challenges, and then open it up for live Q&A and discussion. Bring your biggest internal challenges to the conversation, and get free consulting advice

Takeaways

  • How to improve your process and the effectiveness of your recruiters and hiring managers.


Speakers
avatar for John Vlastelica

John Vlastelica

Managing Director, Recruiting Toolbox
John Vlastelica is the managing director of Recruiting Toolbox, a consulting and training firm focused 100 percent on helping recruiters and hiring managers recruit better. Startups to big global brands -- including PepsiCo, Google, Nike, Booking, IKEA, Starbucks, and Pokemon -- hire... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

1:30pm PDT

Leading Consultative Teams to Perform in the New Talent Acquisition Era Ahead

(first come, first served, limited seating)
The workshop is designed to address the key leadership and management skills necessary to effectively lead a high performing corporate and organizational recruiting team and provide a toolkit for recruiting leaders to optimize the way they lead and manage a recruiting function.

  • How do the best corporate recruiting leaders structure their teams and focus their teams on the top priorities for both now and in the future for their organization?
  • How do top recruiting leaders create a more consultative culture within their teams?
  • How do the best recruiting leaders develop high-performing recruiting professionals?

Using a consultative recruiting model, we will discuss key concepts in how to prioritize, structure, staff, lead, and problem-solve in the complex world of corporate recruiting and staffing.


We will discuss such important issues such as:

Organizing and structuring the recruiting function:

  • Prioritizing organizational recruiting needs
  • Aligning the recruiting function against priorities
  • Identifying in-sourced and outsourced resources
  • Identifying the best recruiting professionals for your team
  • Creating a consultative recruiting culture:
  • Leveraging contracting within the recruiting function
  • Managing challenging recruiting situations
  • Top-level overview of project management techniques for recruiting professionals


Developing high-performing recruiting professionals:

  • How to motivate and lead recruiting professionals
  • Increasing recruiting professional teamwork and collegiality
  • Developing recruiting professionals
  • Leading through problems and performance issues

Agenda (set for 3 hours)
  • 15 Minutes Introduction
  • 45 Minutes Section 1: Structuring the Recruiting Function
  • 15 Minutes Break
  • 45 Minutes Section 2: Creating a Consultative Recruiting Function 45 Minutes Section 3: Leading High Performing Recruiting Professionals
  • 15 Minutes Wrap-Up

 

All participants will receive a comprehensive workbook with tools and templates in the appendix as well as a copy of Jeremy’s book, RecruitCONSULT! Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Eskenazi

Jeremy Eskenazi

Managing principal, Riviera Advisors, Inc
Jeremy is managing principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc. (www.RivieraAdvisors.com), based in Long Beach, California, a leading human resources consulting firm focused on helping organizations around the world improve their internal recruiting processes and capabilities. In addition to his more than 17 years of consulting with Talent Acquisition teams all over the glob... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom A

2:30pm PDT

#RecruitHuman: Reverse Engineering Talent Sleuthing

Okay, so all the "latest and greatest" tools are out there (and yes, Jo does nerd out about them, too.)

But, alas, they won’t solve all the world’s problems … or even the world’s recruiting problems. She’ll help you with on the human side of the recruiting -- how a human can better recruit other humans … not in place, of technology, but by not relying on it 100 percent.

Who should attend

Talent professionals who want to use both technology and their people skills

What to expect

Robots, stand aside! You won’t walk out of the room against technology, just with improved people-recruiting skills.



Speakers
avatar for Jo Weech

Jo Weech

CEO, Exemplary Consultants
Jo Weech is the CEO of Exemplary Consultants, supporting startups and small businesses with strategies for HR, talent acquisition, and operations. She has been named 300+ Women In HR Technology Worth Watching; won an HRLA award for leadership excellence; and the 2017 Gary Cluff Award... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

2:30pm PDT

Machine Learning/AI Roles Will Dominate Your Firm - How Recruiting Must Prepare
 The CEOs of the top-five most valuable firms have all revealed that their firms' future will be dominated by machine learning and AI. In order to keep up with the competition, every firm that needs to grow through innovation will also need a powerful machine-learning capability. So if your own executives are demanding growth, recruiting and individual recruiters must build their capability by becoming an machine-learning magnet. Some might not be comfortable calling it a “war.” But you better be prepared for an intense competition, because there are "just 300,000 AI researchers and practitioners worldwide, but the market demand is for millions of roles," according to Tencent. That means that there will be a competitive battle to hire experienced talent, faculty members, and the relatively small number of recent college hires in the area. The only real solution is to start immediately to develop an machine-learning recruiting process that provide your firm with a competitive advantage. 
Key learning areas include:
  •  What skills and knowledge must an machine-learning/AI-focused recruiter have?
  • How to develop a marketing centered approach to understand the machine-learning attraction factors and then a personalized persona for landing these candidates.
  • How to effectively poach away currently employed machine-learning talent from firms that probably have a stronger employer brand image.
  • How to use campus referrals and on-site campus ambassadors to effectively recruit college targets.
  • How to effectively assess the capabilities of machine-learning candidates.
  • Why a pipeline and an “evergreen” continuous hiring approach may be needed. 
This highly interactive session will be led by well-known ERE.net author Dr. John Sullivan, who will answer all of your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Sullivan

Dr. John Sullivan

Professor of Management, San Francisco State University
Dr John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions. He’s a prolific author with over 900 articles and 10 books covering all areas of Talent Management... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salons 1-4

2:30pm PDT

Agency & 3rd Party Roundtable Discussions
The roundtables are small group discussions where you will select a table based on the topic. Each table has a moderator that can help lead or facilitate the discussion. This is one of the most popular sessions. This 2:30 - 3:15 set of roundtables is especially for agency recruiters, staffing agency recruiters, and RPO recruiters.

Roundtable Topics (subject to change)
  • AI and future technologies
  • Assessments, games, screens
  • Branding and marketing
  • RFPs and vendor selection
  • Job postings and EVPs
  • Managing managers
  • Candidate experience
  • Improving your recruiting/talent acquisition career
  • Recruiting passive candidates
  • Recruiting and sourcing tools
  • Employee referrals

Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salons 5-7

2:30pm PDT

3 Steps to Transform Talent Acquisition

Join Melissa Thompson as she lays out a plan for transforming your talent acquisition organization.  In this interactive conversation, she will help you think about what you need to transform, how to implement "bite-sized solutions" and measure your overall progress. She'll use a framework that prepares you to transform your people, operations, processes, and systems. 

Who should attend

Leaders and aspiring leaders in companies wanting to improve their talent-acquisition departments

What to expect

Specific action-item takeaways related to designing your organization, defining your transformation project, and identifying key opportunities to improve your talent acquisition organization.

 


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson

Vice President, Talent Acquisition, McGraw-Hill Education
Melissa Thompson is a seasoned talent professional with more than 25 years' experience in HR and talent acquisition. She has worked for tech giants like Dell and Citrix in addition to industry leaders like Aon Hewitt and Bank of America. She has a knack for getting to the heart of... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

2:30pm PDT

Continued: Leading Consultative Teams to Perform in the New Talent Acquisition Era Ahead

(first come, first served, limited seating)
The workshop is designed to address the key leadership and management skills necessary to effectively lead a high performing corporate and organizational recruiting team and provide a toolkit for recruiting leaders to optimize the way they lead and manage a recruiting function.

  • How do the best corporate recruiting leaders structure their teams and focus their teams on the top priorities for both now and in the future for their organization?
  • How do top recruiting leaders create a more consultative culture within their teams?
  • How do the best recruiting leaders develop high-performing recruiting professionals?

Using a consultative recruiting model, we will discuss key concepts in how to prioritize, structure, staff, lead, and problem-solve in the complex world of corporate recruiting and staffing.


We will discuss such important issues such as: Organizing and structuring the recruiting function:

  • Prioritizing organizational recruiting needs
  • Aligning the recruiting function against priorities
  • Identifying in-sourced and outsourced resources
  • Identifying the best recruiting professionals for your team
  • Creating a consultative recruiting culture:
  • Leveraging contracting within the recruiting function - Managing challenging recruiting situations
  • Top-level overview of project management techniques for recruiting professionals


Developing high-performing recruiting professionals:

  • How to motivate and lead recruiting professionals
  • Increasing recruiting professional teamwork and collegiality
  • Developing recruiting professionals
  • Leading through problems and performance issues

Agenda (set for 3 hours)
  • 15 Minutes Introduction
  • 45 Minutes Section 1: Structuring the Recruiting Function
  • 15 Minutes Break
  • 45 Minutes Section 2: Creating a Consultative Recruiting Function 45 Minutes Section 3: Leading High Performing Recruiting Professionals
  • 15 Minutes Wrap-Up

 

All participants will receive a comprehensive workbook with tools and templates in the appendix as well as a copy of Jeremy’s book, RecruitCONSULT! Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Eskenazi

Jeremy Eskenazi

Managing principal, Riviera Advisors, Inc
Jeremy is managing principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc. (www.RivieraAdvisors.com), based in Long Beach, California, a leading human resources consulting firm focused on helping organizations around the world improve their internal recruiting processes and capabilities. In addition to his more than 17 years of consulting with Talent Acquisition teams all over the glob... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom A

3:15pm PDT

REFRESHMENT BREAK
Mid-afternoon slump? Boost up with coffee and a chat with a new contact.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm PDT
Salons 8 - 13

3:45pm PDT

Recruiters: Boost Your Emotional Intelligence
The World Economic Forum expects Emotional Intelligence to be a Top 10 skill by 2020. We’re two years away.

Learn why Emotional Intelligence is an important professional skill for you (the recruiter) to enhance your relationships with hiring managers, your colleagues, candidates, and how you manage people.

Who should attend

Recruiters and others in the talent profession who want to improve soft skills

What to expect

Walk away with tips about:
  • How to stop conflict, collaboration better with managers, and enhance your credibility
  • How to create greater levels of trust with candidates so they can make more accurate pitches to the hiring manager
  • How to improve employer brand … as your management of candidates will reflect on the organization
  • How to negotiate better with both internal and external clients (that includes candidates)


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Charles Handler

Dr. Charles Handler

President / Founder, Rocket-Hire
Dr. Charles Handler is a thought leader, analyst, and practitioner in the talent assessment and human capital space. Throughout his career Dr. Handler has specialized in developing effective, legally defensible employee selection systems.Since 2001 Dr. Handler has served as the president... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Stokes

Caroline Stokes

Founder, Forward
Caroline Stokes is an executive headhunter, certified executive coach, and certified EQ.2.0 trainer, for global technology and entertainment innovation leaders. In 2017, she founded The Emotionally Intelligent Recruiter, a service for recruiters who want to traverse the the AI landscape... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

3:45pm PDT

Building a “Glocal” Future Talent Program – The Insights, the Challenges, and the Tech-Based Solutions
Michael Lake from L’Oréal, the world’s largest beauty company, will talk through the steps involved and the learning gained from a global project at L’Oréal to assess, benchmark, and rebuild its  Management Trainee Program right from assessment and recruitment through to development. The presentation will also include a look into tech solutions (such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and gamification) that L’Oréal is using to assess, screen, schedule, and engage candidates for increased efficiency, better candidate fit, and an enhanced candidate and recruiter experience. 

Who should attend:
     
  • Anyone interested or involved in attracting, assessing, onboarding, or developing early career talent     
  •  Anyone interested in emerging tech use in recruitment 
What to expect:      
  • Insights and analysis on the expectations and aspirations of the global entry level talent pool.  
  • An insight into the holistic approach taken by L’Oréal to globalize its new approach while allowing for local customisation, flexibility, and innovation.      
  • An insight into the success criteria applied to a global program.      
  • An introduction to the tech currently being used by L’Oréal to manage volume, increase engagement, and allow recruiters to focus on value-add activity.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Lake

Michael Lake

Recruitment Manager | Global Candidates and Campus Activation, L'Oreal
Michael Lake started in recruitment at the start of 2010 in the City of London, recruiting finance staff into top global law firms working in the professional staffing agency of Adecco - Badenoch and Clark. In 2012 he went “in house” recruiting across Europe, the Middle East... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Salons 1-4

3:45pm PDT

How Talent-acquisition Helped Reduce the Time it Takes to Buy a Car

Retailer Sonic Automotive set out to revolutionize the car-buying experience which included reducing the purchase time from the agonizing 3–4 hour process to under an hour. This new experience involves innovative technology, and requires a different skill set than the traditional automotive sales associate. Senior Director of Talent Acquisition John Perez will tell you how Sonic pulled it off.

Who should attend

Those thinking of improving quality of hire; improving their brands; boosting ROI; changing the type of people it hires given changing business needs

What to expect

A case study of one company’s ...  

  • changing the nature of the kind of people it hires, particularly salespeople
  • change in their employment brand
  • radical changes to selection/assessment testing
  • use of digital interview technology
  • multifaceted learning strategy used to gain engagement
  • return on investment


Speakers
avatar for John Perez

John Perez

Senior director of talent acquisition, Sonic Automotive
John Perez has over 24 years of experience in Guest Experience, Retail Management, Training, Organizational Development, and Talent Acquisition. While Sonic Automotive has been disrupting the retail automotive industry with its  new Guest Experience initiative, he has led the change... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

3:45pm PDT

Continued: Leading Consultative Teams to Perform in the New Talent Acquisition Era Ahead
(first come, first served, limited seating) 
The workshop is designed to address the key leadership and management skills necessary to effectively lead a high performing corporate and organizational recruiting team and provide a toolkit for recruiting leaders to optimize the way they lead and manage a recruiting function.
  • How do the best corporate recruiting leaders structure their teams and focus their teams on the top priorities for both now and in the future for their organization?
  • How do top recruiting leaders create a more consultative culture within their teams?
  • How do the best recruiting leaders develop high-performing recruiting professionals?

Using a consultative recruiting model, we will discuss key concepts in how to prioritize, structure, staff, lead, and problem-solve in the complex world of corporate recruiting and staffing.

We will discuss such important issues such as:

Organizing and structuring the recruiting function:
  • Prioritizing organizational recruiting needs
  • Aligning the recruiting function against priorities
  • Identifying in-sourced and outsourced resources
  • Identifying the best recruiting professionals for your team
  • Creating a consultative recruiting culture:
  • Leveraging contracting within the recruiting function
  • Managing challenging recruiting situations
  • Top-level overview of project management techniques for recruiting professionals

Developing high-performing recruiting professionals:
  • How to motivate and lead recruiting professionals
  • Increasing recruiting professional teamwork and collegiality
  • Developing recruiting professionals
  • Leading through problems and performance issues

Agenda (set for 3 hours)
  • 15 Minutes Introduction
  • 45 Minutes Section 1: Structuring the Recruiting Function
  • 15 Minutes Break
  • 45 Minutes Section 2: Creating a Consultative Recruiting Function 
  • 45 Minutes Section 3: Leading High Performing Recruiting Professionals
  • 15 Minutes Wrap-Up
 
All participants will receive a comprehensive workbook with tools and templates in the appendix as well as a copy of Jeremy’s book, RecruitCONSULT! Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Eskenazi

Jeremy Eskenazi

Managing principal, Riviera Advisors, Inc
Jeremy is managing principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc. (www.RivieraAdvisors.com), based in Long Beach, California, a leading human resources consulting firm focused on helping organizations around the world improve their internal recruiting processes and capabilities. In addition to his more than 17 years of consulting with Talent Acquisition teams all over the glob... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom A

4:25pm PDT

The State of the Profession

As the professional body for talent acquisition Professionals, ATAP is developing a broad picture of our profession: Who are they? Where are they? How many are there? What do they want? What’s important to them?

Join ATAP Board President Tom Darrow as he shares ATAP’s research into the demographics of the profession as well as the results of a survey about what TA professionals want, where they are succeeding, where they are struggling, and where they are innovating and blazing new trails.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in hearing about the current state and the future of the talent-acquisition profession and what their peers are doing to adapt and prepare.

What to expect

Hear from a group of TA professionals and leaders as they share what’s on their mind in 2018.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Darrow

Tom Darrow

Founder / Principal, Talent Connections, LLC
Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is the founder and principal of Atlanta-based Talent Connections, LLC (HR executive search) and Career Spa, LLC (career management). He is the Inaugural Board President for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP). He has previously served... Read More →


Tuesday April 3, 2018 4:25pm - 5:00pm PDT
Salons 1-4

5:00pm PDT

NETWORKING RECEPTION
Round out the day in style with a well-deserved celebration and the chance to relax and strike up conversations with industry influencers.


Tuesday April 3, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Salons 8 - 13
 
Wednesday, April 4
 

6:30am PDT

Sunrise Yoga
Yoga Instructor: Elizabeth Wurm

Back by popular demand is morning yoga on the terrace which overlooks the beautiful harbor. 

What do you need?

Mats and towels are provided so just bring yourself.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 6:30am - 7:15am PDT
Marriott Terrace

8:00am PDT

BREAKFAST
Wakey wakey! Get set for the day and pick up some new insights over coffee.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Salons 8 - 13

8:00am PDT

Registration Open
Wednesday April 4, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Marriott Foyer

9:00am PDT

Welcome Remarks
Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:00am - 9:10am PDT
Salons 1-4

9:10am PDT

Help Your Business and Your Own Leadership Position in an Uncertain Environment
New tech giants are clearing the playing field and knocking out pesky competition. For the rest of us trying to survive and secure our foothold in the coming decade, we must give something to our customers that our competitors lack. And that is to recruit people who’ll provide our companies an edge, workers who truly understand customer service, and who are innovators.

Roselyn Connor, who has trained thousands at Macy’s, Miller Beer, the EPA, the Chicago Police Department, and the Secret Service, takes a hard look at how you can thrive in an uncertain environment. She’ll give you memorable examples of what others are doing to ensure a place at the table of success and innovation, in a session loaded with stories from the front lines.

Who should attend

Anyone and everyone in the talent profession

What to expect

To be inspired for the final day of the conference!


Speakers
avatar for Roselyn Connor

Roselyn Connor

President, Brandon & Connor Associates
Roselyn Connor is on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety as one of its major executive management trainers of police and fire personnel. She is president of Brandon & Connor Associates in Chicago. She has been a successful business consultant and speaker... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:10am - 9:50am PDT
Salons 1-4

9:50am PDT

Solving For “X”- The 12 Guiding Principles for Business Success
David Watson spoke a couple years ago to rave reviews, so we’re bringing him back for an encore session aimed at recruiting leaders and front-line recruiters alike. He'll forgo the typical fluff and recruiting jargon like “be positive!” or “play nice in the sandbox!” and share useful tips, laced with real-life stories from the talent trenches.

Who Should Attend

If you want to accelerate your career path, be more respected by your peers and business partners, understand how to be more influential and add value to your organization, this is a session for you!

What to Expect

You’ll leave with better ideas on how to manage conflicts; be accountable; influence stakeholders; work better within a team; and the three words you should never say.

Speakers
avatar for David Watson

David Watson

Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, Axon
David Watson is the vice president of global talent acquisition at Axon (formerly TASER International), a company at the forefront of innovation and technology within public safety. Axon’s suite of connected products from body and in-car cameras to drones and artificial intelligence... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:50am - 10:30am PDT
Salons 1-4

10:30am PDT

REFRESHMENT BREAK
Now is the ideal time for a 2-minute chat with that expert you’ve always wanted to meet or check out the Exhibition Hall for all that new tech you’ve heard about.

Wednesday April 4, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Salons 8 - 13

11:00am PDT

How Our Hospital Is Previewing the Future Role of Talent Acquisition

You may not think healthcare is the most progressive industry when it comes to talent management, but Molly Weaver, talent acquisition director at Children’s Mercy Hospital, begs to differ.

She’ll tell you about a number of initiatives her hospital's working on, including:

 

  • Recruiting’s involvement in internal mobility
  • How and why they’re playing a role in benefits programs!
  • Children's Mercy's forward-thinking high-school recruiting

 


Who should attend

Talent leaders and recruiters interested in their future workforce

What to expect

Real-life suggestions from an innovator


Speakers
avatar for Molly Weaver

Molly Weaver

Director of talent acquisition, Children's Mercy Kansas City
Molly Weaver, MBA, is the director of talent acquisition for Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. She leads a team of recruiters and is responsible for all hiring for the hospital with the exception of physicians. She has been with the hospital eight... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

11:00am PDT

Blockchain – What’s It All About & Why You Should Care

We’ve heard a lot about Bitcoin and other digital currencies. These currencies are built on a platform called Blockchain ... a secure platform for sharing information that can be repurposed for storing candidate and other data. Find out how this could be used to eliminate the need for background checks, resume reviews, and recommendations by storing personal data in a Blockchain platform.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in learning more about technologies that could affect the talent field

What to expect

A better sense of whether this may be the way we assess candidates in the future or if it’s all a pipedream.



Speakers
avatar for Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler

Founder, Future of Talent
Kevin Wheeler is an entrepreneur, teacher, consultant to many Fortune 500 companies, as well as a noted author. He has founded a number of organizations including the Future of Talent Institute, Global Learning Resources, Inc. and the Australasian Talent Conference, Ltd.  The Future... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
Salons 1-4

11:00am PDT

How Your Recruiting Team Can Consult to Your Business Units

Universal Music Group tells you about a business model called F.O.C.U.S. (Foster, Orchestrate, Collaborate, Unify, and Strategize) that has been developed and implemented one business unit at a time. Using this business model provides “recruiting as a service” to the business through the process of understanding, identifying and delivering.

The recruiting team, acting in a consultative manner, develops strategies and programs for each business unit which varies based on the individual need of the business. Some items that have been implemented are:

  • Assessments
  • Recruitment Process Modification   
  • Branding & Outreach      
  • College & Internship Recruiting       
  • Strategic Pipeline Development

Who Should Attend:
This is a great opportunity for professionals interested in engaging their business through proactive recruitment practices. F.O.C.U.S. can be especially useful if the business is experiencing a disruptive change such as succession planning, restructuring, expansion, site relocation, etc. 

What to Expect:

The team will review the F.O.C.U.S. process, how it has been successfully implemented at Universal Music Group, and steps you can take to change reactive into proactive recruiting!


Speakers
avatar for Tina Bright

Tina Bright

Recruiting Operations Program Manager, Universal Music Group
Tina Bright is the recruiting operations program manager for Universal Music Group (UMG), where she leads and supports program initiatives and improvement efforts within talent management, including but not limited to: global ATS implementation and system refinement, recruitment process... Read More →
avatar for Sean Rehder

Sean Rehder

Director, Talent Acquisition Operations, Universal Music Group
Sean Rehder is director of recruiting operations at Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of recruiting strategies for the organization in partnership with the talent acquisition leadership... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

11:35am PDT

If You Build It, They Will Come: Personal and Professional Branding for Talent Attraction
The need for recruiters (and all employees) to become active participants in branding initiatives is absolutely vital to winning the ongoing battle for top talent. The idea is straightforward: Rather than spend more money and time on active sourcing or outreach, try instead to make recruiting a “passive income stream” where top candidates came directly to you at all hours of the day and night. 

Steve’s presentation, “If You Build It, They Will Come,” discusses the necessity of and strategy behind having employees build personal and professional brands that ultimately drive value for the company via increased talent attraction, engagement, and education.
 
Who should attend
 
Recruiting leaders who want to understand the value of individual brand building on talent attraction, engagement, and education.

Recruiters who want to start implementing strategies to create a personal and professional brand.
 
What to expect
 
Steve’s personal branding story and how it’s benefitted one of the world’s top companies.

Data and evidence behind the need for individuals to build brands.

Strategies and go-forward steps to begin immediately creating your personal and professional brand.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Crider

Steve Crider

Principal/Coach, Workforce Awakening, McKinsey
Steve Crider has gained significant experience in progressive talent acquisition and recruiting roles at some of the world’s leading companies over the last seven years.  Former a senior recruiter with McKinsey & Company’s New Ventures group, his primary duties involved attracting... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:35am - 12:00pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

11:35am PDT

The Future of Video in Recruitment

Marketing research has proven that video has an impact that far outreaches text and images combined. Video is taking over social media so much so that Facebook execs have predicted that the platform will be all video in less than four years. Recruitment teams need to embrace this future and build a video strategy or lose out.

Who should attend

Recruiters, brand managers

What to expect

Audra Knight will cover:

  • Emotional storytelling: the secret to creating recruitment videos that go viral
  • Low budgets and what we can learn from the unboxing video trend
  • Interactive technology and employment branding: live video, 360 video, and virtual reality
  • The future of video marketing: behavior-based personalization

Speakers
avatar for Audra Knight

Audra Knight

Recruitment Operations Manager, Tenable
Audra Knight is a brand boundary breaker and serves as the manager of recruitment operations at cybersecurity-leader Tenable. She creates and supports its global talent acquisition strategy to include process improvement and employment brand management. Her innovation and successes... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:35am - 12:00pm PDT
Salons 1-4

11:35am PDT

Combatting the Amazon Effect: How The Container Store Attracts Top Talent In A Rapidly Changing Industry

Forgetting talent acquisition for a second – just as a business -- The Container Store is remaining competitive in retail by using a “test and learn” model, trying out new store formats, products, and streamlining processes to get unique products to customers. Well, you’ll find out here how talent acquisition is doing much of the same. It’s testing new tools, re-evaluating vendors, and streamlining the interview process.

You’ll hear about all that, and also how the chain is pulling in great talent from all industries, not just those with retail backgrounds.

Who should attend

Anyone in an industry changing significantly (that’s you)

What to expect

Advice from someone in the midst of tight competition and a plan for winning


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Kennedy

Rachel Kennedy

Recruiting Manager, The Container Store
Container Store Recruiting Manager Rachel Kennedy started her career leading talent acquisition at The Beck Group, a commercial architecture and construction firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas, where she built a national summer intern and college recruiting program, mentorship program... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 11:35am - 12:00pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

12:00pm PDT

LUNCH
Take advantage of a healthy lunch and the chance to mingle and share ideas from the sessions you’ve attended.


Wednesday April 4, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Salons 8 - 13

1:00pm PDT

How to Be a Proactive, Not Reactive Talent Department
It’s one of the most common pain-points we hear from talent-acquisition departments – we’re reactive, scrambling to fill and backfill jobs, always feeling behind. Angela Bortolussi will help you turn things around.

Who should attend 

Anyone looking to have a greater appreciation for data and analytics -- and solutions that can improve their recruitment workflows and processes.

Takeaways

  • Make use of data and make it relevant to your recruitment process
  • Boost market & competitive intelligence within a team
  • Focus on technology skills development (including Talent Mapping)
  • Structure your recruitment process for successful hiring


Speakers
avatar for Angela Bortolussi

Angela Bortolussi

Partner & Recruiting Manager, Recruiting Social
Partner & Recruiting Manager (specializing in technical & product recruitment) with @RecruitingSocial - Angela works closely with startups/tech companies, and digital agencies, sourcing/recruiting for Senior to VP level engineering and product roles in the San Francisco Bay and Los... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

1:00pm PDT

Professional Vulnerability -- The Future of Connection
What makes Airbnb, Apple, and ZocDoc so successful? They’ve gone through periods of losing money, they’ve faced social scrutiny at times, and their approach to the market are all very different. What they do have in common is that they are companies who have embraced vulnerability to better connect with their audiences.

In a world introducing more and more tools every day built around connecting with others, it somehow seems harder to make genuine connections with people. We can all tweet, throw up a funny Facebook post, or have LinkedIn share an informative blogpost -- but why are we building meaningful relationships with our audience?

The only way to make genuine, intimate, long-term relationships with people is by being vulnerable. We do this in our personal lives with those we care for and love, but how do we do this professionally -- as individuals and as a business?

Who should attend

Recruiters looking to better connect and engage with others.

What to expect

Mike "Batman" Cohen will talk about navigating the tricky waters of professionalism as it relates to vulnerability. He'll discuss successful strategies. He'll talk about how to toe the line between vulnerability and professionalism. You'll find out which companies and people are doing this well, and get your own strategies for future success.

Speakers
avatar for Mike

Mike "Batman" Cohen

Founder, Wayne Technologies Inc
Mike Cohen -- who goes by “Batman” (a story he’s more than willing to share) -- has been a recruiter for over 10 years, a trainer for over nine years, and a manager/director of recruiting for over seven years. He is a huge proponent of making personal connections, networking... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Salons 1-4

1:00pm PDT

Talent Leadership in a World Going Digital

Who better to talk about leading talent acquisition in a dynamic and ever-changing world then Facebook’s Michelle Rife? She has lead recruitment teams to help transform a legacy company into a digital company (GE Digital), and is currently challenged with scaling a rapidly growing organization, at a highly-visible company, in a competitive world. Will Staney interviews her live.

Who should attend

Leaders dealing with change (or who need to deal with change)

What to expect:

Rife’s experience with ...

-changing a company’s well-established brand/perception
-improving quality of hire
-hiring at live events
-how she sees the role of career sites changing
-better interviews
-using your passions to improve your job as a talent leader


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Rife

Michelle Rife

Recruiting Leader, Data and Analytics, Facebook
Recruitment is in Michelle Rife’s blood, from executive search to owning her own consulting business to helping build technology companies, including pre-IPO and Fortune 50. She developed and lead global TA teams, created and executed TA strategies, and has comprehensive employment... Read More →
avatar for Will Staney

Will Staney

Founder, Proactive Talent Strategies, LLC
Will is the Founder of Proactive Talent Strategies, LLC, a modern talent strategy consulting company focused on recruiting optimization, employer branding, on-demand recruiting and training. He is the former Head of Global Talent Acquisition at rapidly-growing startups Twilio and... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

1:00pm PDT

Measuring Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Peer Validation Session

Join us for a working session (meaning that all those who attend should participate) to discuss and debate what can and should be measured regarding diversity and inclusion recruiting activities, and how to measure it.

It’ll be run by the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (atapglobal.org), whose primary goal is to establish a body of knowledge for the profession, which in turn will help to establish common standards for education, measurement, and ethics. To establish this Body of Knowledge, ATAP will be gathering quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources, including working sessions at conferences such as ERE.

Who should attend

Individuals interested helping to determine how  diversity recruiting efforts in their organizations and in business overall should be measured.

What to expect

Not a presentation. This is a hands-on work session. A facilitated discussion which invites your perspective, experience, and any evidence that you bring along to support your position as it relates to this topic. 


Speakers
avatar for Ben Gotkin

Ben Gotkin

Executive Director, Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals
Ben Gotkin is the Executive Director of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP) and Principal Consultant at Recruiting Toolbox. Ben draws from over 22 years of recruiting experience in a variety of tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom A

1:45pm PDT

DIY Scaling: Hiring, Marketing, Expansion, and Culture

Andii Lee will examine the idea of scaling rapidly while overcoming limits with geography, resources, leadership approval, and brand recognition. Follow along as we walk through case studies on hiring, marketing, culture positioning, and opening new offices -- complete with technology and practical tips to help you tackle these challenges.

Who should attend

Recruiters and recruiting leaders; growing companies; small- and medium-size company recruiters

What to expect

Lee will cover …

  • Hiring: growing a technical team in a talent desert and homegrown developers through university recruiting
  • Marketing: scaling your talent brand at each step for companies from 75 to 1,000 employees; creating grassroots movement to drive leadership buy-in
  • Expansion: building out satellite/new offices, what to watch for and how to get up to speed, and maintaining culture
  • Culture: go beyond the candy wall, sell your culture, and tell your story without relying on perks to speak for you



Speakers
avatar for Andii Lee

Andii Lee

Director, Talent Operations, Procore
Andii Lee, director of talent operations at Procore, started her career in project management working in a communications firm, systems engineering group, and graduated into SaaS in 2013. She took a leap when offered the role of building the talent function and scaling Procore from... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

1:45pm PDT

Bull Session
Three speakers each get five minutes to make a case on a hot topic. The audience -- you -- and the moderator ask questions, and then you vote: bull, or not bull?

Who should attend:

Anyone ready to question their assumptions!

What to expect:

Speakers will make the case regarding three topics, and you’ll vote as to whether you agree or not. They’ll try to convince you:

- Machines can deliver a far more human experience to candidates than humans can themselves
- Recruiters are not responsible for retention
- Passive candidates aren’t any better than active ones


Speakers
avatar for David Barlaam

David Barlaam

Director of Talent Acquisition, Ryder Systems
David Barlaam, director of talent acquisition at Ryder Systems, Inc., has spent the last decade in global TA Leadership roles, successfully designing, implementing, and executing top-notch talent acquisition programs. He has built several corporate recruiting organizations from the... Read More →
avatar for Steve Levy

Steve Levy

Principal, Recruiting Inferno
Steve Levy brings an atypical combination of recruiting expertise and a technical experience to his performance-focused engagements with clients. He was one of the earliest members of the original ERE community and in 2004, was the first official ERE Blogger and Group Leader. Today... Read More →
avatar for Tangie Pettis

Tangie Pettis

Talent Acquisition Manager, Aspen Dental Management, Inc.
As an award-winning and innovative thought leader in the talent-acquisition field, Tangie Pettis has spent over 19 years as a strategic recruitment business partner within some of the most well-known companies and organizations across the nation including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Home... Read More →
avatar for Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

Global Head of Technology and Analytics, Talent Innovation Center, Randstad Sourceright
As Global Head of Technology and Analytics for Randstad Sourceright, Jason Roberts leverages more than 15 years of leadership and recruiting expertise to identify and implement technologies that will ensure jobs get filled quickly and efficiently.  Drawing on his extensive experience... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
Salons 1-4

1:45pm PDT

Measuring Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Peer Validation Session

Join us for a working session (meaning that all those who attend should participate) to discuss and debate what can and should be measured regarding diversity and inclusion recruiting activities, and how to measure it.

It’ll be run by the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (atapglobal.org), whose primary goal is to establish a body of knowledge for the profession, which in turn will help to establish common standards for education, measurement, and ethics. To establish this Body of Knowledge, ATAP will be gathering quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources, including working sessions at conferences such as ERE.

Who should attend

Individuals interested helping to determine how  diversity recruiting efforts in their organizations and in business overall should be measured.

What to expect

Not a presentation. This is a hands-on work session. A facilitated discussion which invites your perspective, experience, and any evidence that you bring along to support your position as it relates to this topic.  


Speakers
avatar for Ben Gotkin

Ben Gotkin

Executive Director, Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals
Ben Gotkin is the Executive Director of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP) and Principal Consultant at Recruiting Toolbox. Ben draws from over 22 years of recruiting experience in a variety of tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom A

2:15pm PDT

REFRESHMENT BREAK
Into the home stretch –make sure your new contacts know how to find you once you’re back in the office. Plus coffee (you’ve earned it!)

Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
SD Ballroom Foyer

2:45pm PDT

What Happened When Unilever Blew Up Its Campus Hiring

You’ve read about Unilever’s big initiative to take down and rebuild its hiring process (ere.net/unilever-wants-to-shorten-hiring-from-4-months-to-2-weeks/). Now hear the back story, what it learned, what it feels it did right and wrong, what’s next, and what you can learn/apply to your own company.

Who should attend

Companies wanting to speed up, improve, make more digital, or update their hiring

What to expect

What worked, what’s still a challenge, and all in all a real-life experience from a very big change to a very big company’s hiring process



Speakers
avatar for Katie Rob Ambrose

Katie Rob Ambrose

Employer Brand Manager, North America, Unilever
Katie Rob Ambrose currently heads up the employer brand team for Unilever North America. Her career has been marked by pivots -- from junior high teacher to instructional designer to marketing manager to employer branding -- each time building new teams and new capabilities from the... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

2:45pm PDT

Innovative Ways to Enrich Your Talent Supply
Edie L. Goldberg, Ph.D., will share with you how talent-acquisition departments are experimenting with innovative solutions to their skills shortages. She’ll suggest ways you can innovate as well, including making big changes to you role and your department.

Who should attend

Talent executives/professionals who want cutting-edge approaches to finding specialized skills or high-demand talent.

What to Expect

Why you want to transform your job into a “global talent scout,” and practical takeaways to see if you’re ready for it; two big, global companies working together to loan an employee … a sign of things to come?; a high-flying tech company making use of “silver medalists” in ways bigger companies are not
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Speakers
avatar for Edie Goldberg

Edie Goldberg

President, E. L. Goldberg & Associates
Edie Goldberg, Ph.D. is the principal of E.L. Goldberg & Associates in Menlo Park, California. She has specialized in talent management and organization development for more than 25 years. Her work focuses on help companies develop talent strategies to ensure the organization has... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

2:45pm PDT

Measuring Diversity and Inclusion Recruiting Peer Validation Session

Join us for a working session (meaning that all those who attend should participate) to discuss and debate what can and should be measured regarding diversity and inclusion recruiting activities, and how to measure it.

It’ll be run by the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (atapglobal.org), whose primary goal is to establish a body of knowledge for the profession, which in turn will help to establish common standards for education, measurement, and ethics. To establish this Body of Knowledge, ATAP will be gathering quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources, including working sessions at conferences such as ERE.

Who should attend

Individuals interested helping to determine how diversity recruiting efforts in their organizations and in business overall should be measured. You do not need to be an ATAP Member to attend this session.

What to expect

Not a presentation. This is a hands-on work session. A facilitated discussion which invites your perspective, experience, and any evidence that you bring along to support your position as it relates to this topic. 


Speakers
avatar for Ben Gotkin

Ben Gotkin

Executive Director, Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals
Ben Gotkin is the Executive Director of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP) and Principal Consultant at Recruiting Toolbox. Ben draws from over 22 years of recruiting experience in a variety of tactical and strategic leadership roles at organizations including... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom A

3:30pm PDT

How to NOT fail your candidates

What do the Blind Side, the Golden Globe, and Academy-award hit starring Sandra Bullock and Michael Oher have in common with recruiting top talent? They get blindsided all too often. Most candidates feel under prepared, overwhelmed, and stressed out about what to expect in an interview. Recruiters tend to give generic tips like “Do your best. Be yourself” or worse. Why are we failing our candidates and what can we do to change the outcome? 

Sief Khafagi, recruiter at Facebook, tells you why you should be investing into candidate preparation to attract and hire the best talent. Learn how to implement it and why it could be the secret sauce to improving both candidate outcomes and the overall candidate experience.  

Who should attend

Executives/recruiters/HR managers who are interested in branding, inclusion, and empowering candidates to succeed. 

What to Expect

  • How to get “buy in” from candidates regarding prep
  • How to structure your prep without giving away the interview
  • Learn how to empower your recruiters to prepare candidates
  • Why confidence is the X-Factor for increasing candidate outcomes
  • How to track the success of candidate preparation and the effects on the candidate experience  
  • An example of a candidates journey with prep

Speakers
avatar for Sief Khafagi

Sief Khafagi

Engineering recruiter, Facebook
What happens when you take a computer science wannabe student and tell him he can’t study computer science? He ends up recruiting for it as the next logical decision. Sief Khafagi currently hires senior and leadership engineering talent at Facebook and previously founded a recruiting... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom B

3:30pm PDT

A Frank Conversation Between the Ideal State of TA and Corporate Reality
You have heard a lot of valuable information this week. You’re equipped with strategies, statistics, challenges, and intelligence to take back to the office after unpacking your suitcase. But turning information into action is never easy. It isn’t always possible or practical due to a variety of corporate circumstances. Consultative data informs us of what the ideal state of talent acquisition would look like. But does it ever paint the Monet we’re told it could become? Will our candidate experience ever mirror a consumer journey? Can we turn declined candidates into brand advocates? Join this interactive fireside chat to better understand how data, talent analytics, and candidate experience fits into your world … and in your world, creativity is your best friend.

Who Should Attend:

This session is ideal for talent acquisition leaders, talent acquisition operations managers, consultants and anyone else wanting to actually move the needle on their talent acquisition activities.

What to expect:

An interactive session filled with Starbucks gift cards for audience participation, real-time Q&A, and a glimpse into the future where talent acquisition leads to scalable ROI. You will be challenged, you will laugh, and you will most certainly learn

Speakers
avatar for David Barlaam

David Barlaam

Director of Talent Acquisition, Ryder Systems
David Barlaam, director of talent acquisition at Ryder Systems, Inc., has spent the last decade in global TA Leadership roles, successfully designing, implementing, and executing top-notch talent acquisition programs. He has built several corporate recruiting organizations from the... Read More →
avatar for Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Senior Associate – Digital HR Technologies, Mercer
Brian Smith is a senior associate at Mercer responsible for providing Mercer clients with Digital HR Technology solutions. He is a frequent speaker, having delivered over 100 presentations in the last two years addressing the career trends of Generation Z, Millennials, and the future... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C

4:10pm PDT

What's Next?
A wrap-up of what people learned the last 2+ days, and more importantly, some ideas about what to do with that information.

What to Expect

Two days of takeaways and notes compressed into 20 minutes and a valuable presentation file to take back to the office.

Catch information on all the breakout sessions you were not able to attend. Get notes on items that you may have missed in sessions you did attend. 

Get fired up to go back and make a difference with all this new information and a new group of colleagues and peers to call on for help.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Levy

Steve Levy

Principal, Recruiting Inferno
Steve Levy brings an atypical combination of recruiting expertise and a technical experience to his performance-focused engagements with clients. He was one of the earliest members of the original ERE community and in 2004, was the first official ERE Blogger and Group Leader. Today... Read More →


Wednesday April 4, 2018 4:10pm - 4:30pm PDT
San Diego Ballroom C