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RECRUITCON 2019 - Austin | The Nation’s Most Popular Talent Acquisition Event

May 8-10, 2019 – Austin, TX 

Can't make it in May? Come in the Fall to RecruitCon 2019 - Nashville, TN, November 14-15, 2019 as part of HR World!

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: RecruitCon is going to be BIG in 2019—with the BIGGEST talent professionals in the nation sharing their recruiting secrets to help you overcome your BIGGEST business challenge—so what better place to gather than Texas?

Earn up to 18.75 HR credits when you attend both preconference workshops and the main conference!

RecruitCon 2019, will continue to help talent acquisition & management executives and leaders uncover new and emerging recruiting practices – while also offering access to new-tech, cutting-edge analytics, streamlining hiring as a process, and delivering data as a foundation for decision making.

With most teams struggling with delays or lags in ‘time to fill’, leading to a cost uptick of as much as $22,000 (over an average period of 44 days), RecruitCon is architected to introduce new strategic interventions in optimizing timelines and candidate experiences. Last year's RecruitCon conference was a sell-out event, so be sure to register early for the recruiting event of the season and be on your way to landing (and retaining) those star candidates.

At RecruitCon 2019 in Austin, you will discover how to:

  • Structure effective veteran recruiting programs
  • Create a team of employee advocates to strengthen your brand messaging
  • Build a sourcing strategy from the group up using proven strategies from winning brands like Amazon—including tools and funnel metric models that really work
  • Automate the time-consuming and mundane aspects on your job so you can maximize your efficiency and focus on innovation
  • Leverage talent relationship management (TRM) systems to save you time and money while driving measurable improvements in talent acquisition
  • Draft effective counter offers to secure top talent over the competition
  • Integrate storytelling into your recruiting strategy for better results
  • Isolate the most impactful data analytics to pinpoint hiring issues, optimize strategy and prove ROI


May 8-10, 2019 – Austin, TX 

When: May 8-10, 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
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Hotel Details:

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

  • Room rate $259.00/night 
  • Hotel cut-off date is Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Reservation Center: (512) 477-1234 and reference BLR RecruitCon conference
  • Reserve Online

2018 Full Agenda

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Pre-Con)

Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Preconference Workshop (AM) 
Growing Your Online Presence: How to Build Out Your Social Media Recruiting Strategy
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Kristin Dudley, Co-Create, LLC
Job hunting is different today than it was 20 years ago. Today, it’s less about money and more about the ‘experience’. In a study done by Better Team, 59% of job seekers chose to accept an offer based on the company’s social media presence. However, having a successful social media presence isn’t as easy as it sounds. Many recruiters make the mistake of simply posting their job openings online and check off the ‘social recruiting’ box, but there’s more to it than that.

There’s more to social media than just promoting your message, it’s a place to engage and interact with the community around you. This interactive workshop will give you the skills and strategies that you need to start building a social profile that has an impact on the community and your future employees.

Preconference Workshop (PM)
Sourcing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts to Help You Identify Ideal Candidates While Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Kara E Shea, Butler Snow, LLP
Facebook currently provides a tool that allow companies to filter out certain demographics when advertising open jobs. For instance, The New York Times reported that Verizon, when recruiting for financial planning and analysis positions, recently ran a promotion targeting Facebook feeds for users between the ages of 25 and 36 who lived within a specified region. The Times reported that hundreds of millions of Facebook users, many of whom are likely over the age of 40, weren’t aware the ad existed because it hadn’t been delivered to them. The article noted, too, that companies like UPS, Target, and State Farm all have targeted their recruitment ads as part of a comprehensive recruitment strategy to cast a net across all ages. But, do such practices run afoul to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)? Your company could be at considerable risk for high-priced jury verdicts and settlements in the event you’re sued for these or other allegedly discriminatory sourcing practices. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg because there are a host of legal issues that could arise once you call in a candidate to interview. You must make sure you are asking the right questions to ensure that you are abiding by applicable legal requirements and that every candidate is given a fair and equal opportunity while also steering clear of questioning that oversteps and violates job candidates’ rights under the ADEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other federal laws concerning equal pay and more. During this intensive workshop you’ll learn legal ways to source and interview job candidates, including what questions you can and cannot ask and which of your current sourcing practices may be exposing your company to legal risks. Plus. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in role-playing exercises and conduct mock interviews to get hands-on training on the legal do’s and don’ts of sourcing and interviewing.

This workshop will cover:

  • Workplace Investigations
  • Recordkeeping Audits
  • Wage and Hour Classifications
  • And More!


Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Day 1)

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Opening Keynote:
If They Don’t Trust You They Won’t Give You the Time of Day: Steps to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter to You 
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Presented by John Hall, Influence & Co.
It’s vital to differentiate your brand within your space. John Hall, author of “Top of Mind,” will discuss the ways you can naturally build trust with your audience, as well as the steps for ensuring that your influence is long lasting. After all, to attract the best talent in a competitive world, you need to do everything you can to be top of mind at the right moments. 

General Session
Outlook on the 2025 Workplace: How to Attract the Next Generation of Talent by Effectively Recruiting Millennials and Gen Z
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Presented by Susan Vitale, iCIMS
Millennials and Gen Z’ers have a reputation for being complicated and needy. Whether this is true or not, by the year 2025, Millennials will make up 55% of the workforce and Gen Z will have been in the workforce for nearly 7 years! Recruiters and talent acquisition teams need to be more in tune with how to attract and retain these key demographics. Packed with case studies of enterprise employers from around the globe and research conducted by iCIMS, this session will give insight into the newest tactics for attracting millennials and Gen Z’ers to your company, keeping them, improving your employer brand, and increasing your employee referrals. 

Exhibits Open
10:15 a.m.

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Intensive Workshop | How to Effectively Use Photos and Videos to Create Visual Job Postings with the ‘Wow Factor’ to Attract Talent
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Elena Valentine, Skill Scout, Inc.
Visualize your current job postings for a second. Are they long text documents listing the 20 or 30 beneficial traits or skills you want in a candidate? Maybe you’ve got a few paragraphs, some bullet points, and some required EEOC language. But, there’s a better way! Learn a step-by-step process on how to bring your job post to the next level to attract talent in the competitive market! Using photos and video to upgrade your job postings, you can improve your company’s image and entice qualified candidates who will be eager to work with you—and this intensive workshop will show you how. 

Lunch & Learn Sponsored by: Fairygodboss
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Answering the Question on Every Female Jobseeker's Mind
Presented by: Karen Eisengruber, Fairygodboss
Most employers today understand the importance of diversity, yet many still struggle to attract and retain women in their workforces. Fairygodboss — a career marketplace and community of millions of professional, ambitious women — is in a unique position to identify the differences between how men and women search for their next job. Join Fairygodboss Head of Customer Success Karen Eisengruber for a Lunch & Learn to help your company identify how to retain women in the workforce, understand how prospective female employees are looking for their next job, and, most importantly, how that impacts your bottom line.

Concurrent Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Workshop | The Rise of Remote—How to Attract, Retain, Engage, and Manage the Distributed Teleworkforce
Presented by Paul Slezak, RecruitLoop
The war for talent has reached new heights. The economy is back up, there are jobs to be filled, but it seems as though there’s no one around to fill them. The realization that hiring managers and talent acquisition teams need to come to is that the best talent may not be willing or able to come to their offices. Fortunately, with the advances in technology, the best talent potentially can be found anywhere in the world. This session will walk you through how to find, attract, retain, engage and manage a remote and distributed workforce.

Social Media and Mobile Recruiting: New Trends Every Employer Should be Leveraging
Presented by Lindsay Stanton, Digi-Me
With so much online clutter these days, it’s a challenge to find top talent, and for hard-to-fill roles, it’s nearly impossible. Social media is a cost-effective solution that not only gives your recruiters the potency to go viral, but also gives them the ability to target demographics such as location and industry focus. Video on social media has now overrun traditional static content, and worldwide marketing professionals agree that video is the type of content with the best ROI. Digital technology also offers the ability to track your efforts, so you know how and where to target your audience. HR can now see exactly where their job postings are receiving the most attention, and whether that attention is converting well into applications. With social media, mobile devices, video and tracking, you are no longer looking for a needle in a haystack. You have a bow and arrow that is aiming for bullseye.

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments Break
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. 

Workshop | Experience is Everything: How to Treat Candidates Like Customers to Close the Deal
Presented by Leslie Mason and Gail Houston, Intuit
“Candidate Experience”—two words that are ingrained into every recruiter’s brain. But, if you really take a deep look into your organization’s candidate experience, can you say with complete confidence you’ve made it the best you can?  The individual aspects of candidate experience are really very simple but it’s your take on them and how you make them work together that will bring it from a B to an A+! This session will show you how to develop a top-notch candidate experience model that will have the rock-stars knocking on your door. 

Conflict vs. Collaboration: How to Smooth the Waters Between HR and Marketing
Presented by Pamela J Green, The HR Coaching and Career Institute, Inc.
At first glance, you may think that the talent acquisition team only has to get along with the hiring managers. However, an intricate part of the hiring process comes from the marketing department. Unfortunately, all too often there is a standoff between marketing and recruiting. This session will show you how to work with marketing to make your job posting more effective, and to make sure it’s seen by all great candidates.

General Session
Tech Talk: Case Study on How to Master Machines for Next-Level Recruiting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Rob Long, Workable
The latest technologies, such as machine learning can augment a recruiter’s function. Understanding how this works is key for strategic HR professionals. It’s also crucial for companies that want to remain at the cutting edge and maintain high performing, competitive, recruitment strategies.

Come and find out how Workable uses data science, machine learning, and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) expertise to train the world’s best recruiters. Machines can free up recruitment and HR teams to focus on the most important part of their jobs—people to people interactions—and this session will show you how.

Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11, 2018 (Day 2)

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m.  – 8:00 a.m. 

Breakfast & Learn: Interactive Demo of Award-Winning BLR Solutions
7:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. 

Opening Keynote: You DON’T Have an Engagement Issue, You Have a HIRING Problem
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presented by Bob Kelleher, Employee Engagement Group
Companies and managers tend to hire based on education, experience, or skill, but they often overlook the more important behaviors and traits that define an organizational culture. The end result is often voluntary turnover and a disconnect between hiring systems and long-term employee engagement. Day 2 opens with Bob Kelleher, best-selling author and global speaker, revealing the importance of building your employer value proposition (EVP) by connecting your hiring practices to your culture. After all, engagement comes from hiring employees who will thrive in an organization’s unique environment.

You’ll learn:

  • How best to link the organization’s interview and selection process to your unique culture
  • Steps to shift to a behavioral-based interview process that can yield tremendous results
  • How to hire for your organization’s culture
  • The benefits of expanding key job competencies to include unique behaviors and traits that define the culture
  • How to evaluate your current hiring practices to determine whether they’re helping or hurting your chances of long-term employee engagement success 

Concurrent Sessions
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Recruit Like a Private Investigator: Using Social Profiles and Other Tools to Track Down the Most Valuable Candidate Information
Presented by Mark Tortorici, Transform Talent Acquisition
Have you ever been in a situation where you find a snippet of someone’s profile on a job board or LinkedIn so think  they’re PERFECT for the job? You’ve found the elusive Purple Squirrel! But wait, their contact information is blacked out, or you need X-ray vision to see anything helpful on that LinkedIn profile—most likely because they are not actively looking for a new opportunity. This session will show you tools and strategies to finding the valuable information you need about a person armed with only a name and Internet access so you can actually make contact.   

College Recruiting: Best Practices for Establishing Partnerships with University Career Services and Recruiting New Grads
Presented by Chris Fitzpatrick, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Did you know that every spring your potential pool of candidates grows by 1.8 million people? Recent college graduates’ eagerness to learn gives you the opportunity to help them develop into high-quality employees who are in it for the long haul. This session will help you design strategies to reach the best and brightest candidates just coming into the job market.                                                                                                                                                       

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshments Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. 

General Session
Artificial Intelligence Is Not a Threat to Your Job: How to Harness the Power of Evolving Technology to Make Your Recruiting Life Way Easier
10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Presented by: Chris Comrie, Recruiting Leaders Academy
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here and in full force. Some may worry that “artificial assistants” will take recruiters’ jobs, but the fact is recruiters shouldn’t fear this form of constantly evolving intelligent technology—they should embrace it! This session will focus on common misconceptions about how AI threatens a recruiter’s job as we know it –and how AI can really be used to a recruiter’s strategic advantage. You’ll get actionable tips on how AI can enhance your contributions, turning them into even more valuable assets for your company or your clients. Plus, you’ll gain insight into cutting-edge tools that the best recruiters, sourcers, talent acquisition professionals, consultants, and CHROs use on a daily basis, and how to determine which AI tools are right for you. This “must-see” talk is practical and fun for the newest recruiters and seasoned professionals alike. You’ll learn:

  • How AI is being used to identify the best candidate prospects, streamline the communication process during the application cycle, and much more 
  • Examples of how emerging AI-based tools can be used to free up recruiters from mundane, transactional tasks—so you can better focus on closing the deal 
  • How the AI recruiting tools of today may impact your recruiting strategy of tomorrow

Concurrent Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Workshop | Creating Compelling Candidate Communications to Double Your Candidate Email Response Rates
Presented by Angie Verros, Vaia Talent
Have you ever wondered why candidates ignore your emails? Why you send out over 100 emails a day to potential candidates only to get responses like, “Not interested” or “Take me off your list.” And, that’s not including the 95 (or so) percent of recipients who delete without reading at all. With higher demand and advances in technology, we’ve seemed to leave out the personal touch of recruiting. This session will give you the hands-on practice you need to create compelling messages that get the types of responses you’re looking for in the first place.  

Candidate Poaching: When It’s Smart—and Legal—and When to Steer Clear
Presented by David L. Johnson, Butler Snow, LLP
By now we all know that the best candidates aren’t necessarily “in the job market.” In fact, only 12 percent are actively looking for a new job. However, according to a Talent Trends study by LinkedIn, 73 percent of your candidate pool is currently employed but open to hearing about new opportunities., You still must proceed with caution because most passive candidates are hard to get ahold of, and when you finally do make contact, you’ve got one chance to make your elevator pitch—and it had better be a good one. This session will discuss the do’s and don’ts of candidate poaching and strategies to mitigate the risk of litigation.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Concurrent Sessions
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Workshop | Employer Branding: 8 Secrets to Crafting a Powerful Company Message for Recruiting and Retention
Presented by James Ellis, Host of The Talent Cast
Employer branding is one of those hot topics that’s been buzzing around for the last couple of years. And with good reason, especially at hiring is getting harder and harder. As with anything, however, a good brand message is only effective if people know about it. This workshop will teach you the latest technologies and social trends to spread word of your stellar employer brand to the right people. 

Making Diversity a Top Priority: Why Hiring a Diverse Workforce Can Help Make Your Business and Teams More Successful—and How to Do It
Presented by Marlin Smith, Mandrake HR Consulting
American entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes once said, “Diversity [is the] art of thinking independently together.” Businesses and teams are most successful when multiple ideas and strategies are brought to the table. As social pressures drive companies to create a more inclusive workforce, many companies set high expectations for diversity recruitment but fail due to execute it properly. From creating job postings that are strategically designed to attract a diverse pool of applicants to recognizing your personal unconscious biases, this session will guide you through best practices for creating a successful recruiting plan that addresses diversity and inclusion.

General Session 
We’re All in This Together: How to Win Over Your Hiring Managers
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Presented by Mack Munro, Boss Builders
Recruiting is all about relationships – your relationships with candidates and especially your relationships with your hiring managers, which can make or break your recruiting success. RecruitCon 2018 closes with an eye-opening look at how to earn your hiring managers’ respect and successfully team up to create an open stream of communication that helps you change their perception of recruiters as “order takers” for their talent wish lists. You’ll learn how to:

  • Drill down to reveal what the hiring manager is really looking for in a candidate
  • Work together to fill positions with smart communication tactics to get the job done  
  • Set deadlines to keep the hiring process going smoothly
  • Help a hiring manager make a decision
  • Work through interpersonal issues with a difficult hiring manager so you can meet your overall goals

Closing Remarks
3:50 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. 

Conference Adjourns
3:55 p.m. 

2019 Full Agenda

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (Pre-Con)

Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Preconference Workshop (AM) 
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Preconference Workshop (PM)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 (Day 1)

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Opening Keynote:
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

General Session
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Networking & Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Concurrent Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 a.m.

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.(Sponsorship Opportunity) 

General Sessions 
1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Networking & Refreshments Break
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

General Session
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Friday, May 10, 2019 (Day 2)

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m.  – 8:00 a.m. 

BLR Solutions Demo
7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. 

Opening Keynote
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Networking & Refreshments Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch & Learn
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Sponsorship Opportunity)

Concurrent Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Closing Remarks
3:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

Conference Adjourns
3:45 p.m. 

2018 Speakers

Chris ComrieChris Comrie
Recruiting Leaders Academy 

Chris Comrie manages Recruiting Leaders, the fastest growing high quality community of recruiters on Facebook. He uses his experience to mentor and consult recruiters on how to scale and automate their business and reach so they can earn more revenue while freeing up time. His writing and videos on how to leverage the power of community in a saturated recruiting market gets over 50,000 impressions per month. He is a LinkedIn and Facebook Influencer and enjoys giving back by teaching webinars and speaking at conferences about the power of community and how others can scale their audience too.

Kristin DudleyKristin Dudley
Co-Create LLC 

Kristin Dudley is an award-winning Workplace Documentarian & Employment Brand Strategist. Her day-in-the-life documentaries of real jobs provide workplace transparency while attracting the most qualified candidates to apply. Through Co-Create LLC, she is taking candidate experience a step further. Passionate about building healthy teams and organizations, Co-Create facilitates collaborative content-generating exercises with employees to produce personalized solutions for the candidate experience while uncovering the authentic voice of the employment brand at hand.

Ms. Dudley formerly served as Senior Manager of Talent Brand & Attraction for Comcast NBCUniversal after many years as Manager of Comcast’s Emmy Award-Winning User Experience & Product Design team. Within her role leading Talent Brand & Attraction, she launched the social talent attraction strategy for the company and produced dozens of stories and pieces of content to support its growth. Driven by her mission to "help everyone love where they work," she has spent the last five years applying design-thinking to address all touch points of the candidate journey.

Ms. Dudley holds an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Fashion Design from Drexel University. She was recently named “Disruptor of the Year” by the DisruptHR NYC community.

Karen Eisengruber
Head of Customer Success

Karen Eisengruber is the Head of Customer Success for Fairygodboss, a start-up company committed to improving the workplace for women through transparency.

In her role, Ms. Eisengruber spends the majority of her time innovating ways to improve the Fairygodboss offering while providing invaluable insight on how companies’ can advance gender diversity in the workplace and empower their employees to do the same.

Prior to joining Fairygodboss, she spent the past six years in a talent acquisition capacity leading and growing teams, creating new and innovative processes, and understanding what excites job seekers at some of the top performing companies in their industries including Accenture and GEODIS.

James EllisJames Ellis
The Talent Cast

James Ellis is an employer brand and recruitment marketing strategist working in Chicago. He coded his first webpage by hand nearly 20 years ago and since then has brought social media marketing to non-profits, content management systems to state governments and content strategy to Fortune 1000 Companies. At his core, he is a digital marketing strategist, helping people and businesses define their audience and message. For the last four years, he has used that thinking to help companies of all shapes and sizes hire and retain talent.

Chris FitzpatrickChris W. Fitzpatrick, PHR, SHRM-CP
Talent Acquisition Manager
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

“No matter what business you are in, you are in a business of people and a business of relationships,” is the mantra of Chris Fitzpatrick, PHR, SHRM-CP, “and whatever your job title, we are all responsible in some way for the complete satisfaction of our customers.”  This philosophy has been formed though his 12+ years with Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Enterprise, National, and Alamo Car Rental brands.  More than 11 of those 12 years have been spent in Talent Acquisition, during which time he has developed ironclad relationships with a number of College and University career centers, as well as working with academic departments, athletic programs, clubs and organizations, fraternities and sororities, EOF and EOP programs, alumni associations, student support services working with veterans and students with disabilities, LGBTQA, etc.  In addition to his work in Talent Acquisition, he is very passionate about workplace diversity, being named to Enterprise’s corporate Diversity & Inclusion Team from 2015-2017. 

Mr. Fitzpatrick has written and delivered presentations and seminars to thousands of college students on topics ranging from “The 4 Types of Communication Skills,” “Turning Pro -from College to Career,” “Navigating the College Career Fair,” and “LinkedIntern – Social Media and Your Job Search.”  A 2004 graduate of Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ, he currently serves as the President of the Feliciano School of Business Young Professionals Board and is a member of the Career Center Advisory Board at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Within the next couple of years, he hopes to have his first book published which offers job search and professional advice to job seekers and college students, while also detailing the hilarious horror stories of interviews gone awry.  You can follow him on Twitter at @ChrisWFitz, as well as connecting on LinkedIn.

Pamela GreenPamela J. Green, MBA, SPHR, ACC
President & CEO
The HR Coaching and Career institute, Inc. 

Pamela J Green, is a business executive, leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and published author with more than 30 years of business leadership experience. As the former VP/Chief Membership Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) she was responsible for membership revenue and strategies to engage and retain more than 260k business professionals and now she is leveraging that robust experience to support the success of leaders and executives.

Since launching her consultancy in 2012, and now as President and CEO of The HR Coaching and Career Institute, she has been serving as a leadership consultant to global corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations and their teams developing strategies that lead to greater collaboration and productivity through training and conflict coaching. Clients, who include Walmart, Pepsico, WilmerHale, The Ohio State University, AARP, ICMEC, and the American Society of Association Executives, call her to help them achieve breakthrough performance with their HR strategies, leadership initiatives, and professional careers.

She is excited about the release of her current book, Think Like a Brand! To connect with her, you can follow her on Twitter @pamelajgreen, Like her Facebook Page: or connect with her through LinkedIn

John HallKeynote Speaker - John Hall 
Influence & Co. 

John Hall is the author of Top of Mind, a best-selling book published by McGraw Hill and the co-founder of Influence & Co., the largest creator and distributor of expert content to major media. Inc. has called Mr. Hall “one of the most powerful people in media who you’ve never met” and dubbed him a “must-see keynote speaker.”

Mr. Hall and his company have been recognized extensively for his contributions. He was the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Best Emerging Company in 2016 and was recognized as one of the Business Journal’s Top 100 Visionaries. Influence & Co. Ho also was ranked No. 239 on the Inc. 500 and No. 72 on Forbes’ list of the Most Promising Companies in America in 2014. Influence & Co. was also recognized at the United Nations for being Empact’s Best Marketing and Advertising Company of 2014.

Mr. Hall is consistently recognized as a top influencer, leader, and speaker. He writes weekly columns for Forbes and Inc. and has contributed to more than 50 online publications, including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Mashable.

Gail HoustonGail Houston
Senior recruiter

Gail Houston brings over 20 years of recruiting experience working for companies like Intuit and EDS and has been a conference speaker at TalentNet, Sourcecon and Recruiting Trends. In addition, she is the Director of Education for the Dallas Fort Worth Recruiters Network where she is one of the original founders. She also is the co-lead for the Stonebriar Career Transition Network where she has trained over 18k applicants on how to find their next career. She has a degree from Texas A&M in Psychology and Marketing.

David JohnsonDavid L Johnson
Butler Snow, LLP 

David Johnson is a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group, Appellate and Written Advocacy Group, and Intellectual Property Group and works from the firm’s Nashville office. He focuses his practice on business litigation, employment litigation, non-compete and trade secret matters, appellate issues, and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Johnson is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and his work in labor and employment has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers®.  He serves as Editor-in-Chief of BNA’s Employment at Will state-by-state survey treatise and is the Tennessee chapter author for BNA’s Covenants Not to Compete, Trade Secrets, and Employee Duty of Loyalty state-by-state survey treatises.

He obtained his J.D. from Vanderbilt University and is admitted to the Tennessee State Bar, the U.S. District Courts for all districts of Tennessee, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Eighth and Federal Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bob KelleherKeynote Speaker – Bob Kelleher

President and Founder
The Employee Engagement Group 

Bob Kelleher is a best-selling author and consultant and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. He is the author of the best-selling books Louder Than Words: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results; Creativeship, A Novel for Evolving Leaders; Employee Engagement for Dummies, and the recently released I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap.

Mr. Kelleher can be seen or heard on national media (most recently on CNBC, CBS, NBC News, Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune), and is a frequent guest writer and contributing editor on many national publications.

Mr. Kelleher has also presented to the leadership teams of many of the world’s top companies including Lockheed Martin, Cannon, Ceridian, Dana Farber, Cumberland Farms, Gulf, TJX, The Cheesecake Factory, Prudential, Abbott Labs, Fidelity, Dale Carnegie, amongst many others.

Mr. Kelleher is also the founder and president of The Employee Engagement Group, a global survey, products, and consulting firm working with leadership teams to enhance their leadership and employee engagement effectiveness.

Before becoming a speaker, author and entrepreneur, Mr. Kelleher was the Chief Human Capital Officer for AECOM, a Fortune 500 global professional services firm, with 45,000 employees located in 450 offices throughout the world, and CHRO and COO for ENSR, a 3,000-employee global consulting firm, and now a subsidiary of AECOM. During his years at AECOM and ENSR, both designed and spearheaded award winning engagement and leadership initiatives.

Rob LongRob Long
VP Product Marketing

Rob Long, VP of Product Marketing at Workable, is responsible for Product Strategy, the most popular recruiting software for mid-size companies globally with over 6,000 customers in 80+ countries. With a background in recruiting himself, Mr. Long joined Workable in its infancy and held senior roles in Sales and Marketing before taking responsibility for product strategy.

Leslie MasonLeslie Mason
Executive recruiter

Leslie Mason is an Executive Recruiter and part of the award winning recruiting team at Intuit. She started as a member of the Candidate Generation team where social networking plays a large part and her focus now is on recruiting top talent for Intuit’s Executive Talent Community globally. Ms. Mason has been successful in both agency and corporate environments wearing multiple hats of project manager, sourcer, recruiter and account manager. 

She is a social media enthusiast, an avid LinkedIn networker, long time blogger and an active member of several local recruiting organizations. She has been interviewed and contributed as guest blogger multiple times as a recruiting thought leader. She is a public speaker for Crossroads Career Transition workshops, a presenter for TheRecruiting Conference and TalentNetLive as well as co-hosted webinars and been featured on a live video chat on Social Media and Recruiting. Connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @leslie12002.

Kara SheaKara E. Shea
Practice Group Leader, Labor & Employment Group
Butler Snow, LLP 

Kara Shea serves as the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Leader and focuses her work on employment counseling, employment litigation. She has extensive trial and appellate experience and regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance. She has conducted dozens of workplace investigations for public and private employers and drafts and assists in enforcement of non-compete agreements.

Her work has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers®. She has been named “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal and “Nashville’s Top 101 Lawyers” by Nashville Post Magazine.

Ms. Shea obtained her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and is admitted to the State Bar of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth, Seventh, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mack MunroMack Munro
Founder & CEO
Boss Builders

Mack Munro is Founder and CEO of Boss Builders and is an experienced speaker, consultant, and coach who has worked with executive and management teams in companies of all types, sizes, and industries. He is also the author of How to Be a Great Boss.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University. He is a qualified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and has also written and developed a number of personality and behavioral assessments and online tools.

His background is primarily in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consulting, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Management, and Marketing. His typical clients come from these areas.

Prior to starting his company, Mr. Munro created training and professional development programs at U.T. Medical Group, Inc. in Memphis, TN, Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD, and Contract Services Association of America in Arlington, VA. He has been an adjunct Professor of Business and Management at Vincennes University in Bremerton, WA and Crichton College in Memphis, TN. He a retired United States Navy dental technician who served tours in Australia, Guam, Long Beach, California, and Bremerton, Washington.

Mr. Munro’s clients include Pratt & Whitney, UTC Research, Qualifacts, Premier Medical Group, Munters Corporation, COCC, CU Direct, numerous Federal agencies, and all 4 branches of the United States Military.

In addition to his latest book on management development, he is also the author of: How to Win at Performance Management and 11 other business books. He has been featured as a career expert on radio, television, and printed and electronic media, including a monthly column in Men’s Fitness magazine.

Marlin Smith, SHRM-SCP, SPHRMarlin Smith, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Founding Partner
Mandrake HR Consulting, LLC

Marlin D. Smith is a dynamic HR professional who is passionate about helping employees and companies find common ground for success. As a founder of Mandrake HR Consulting, LLC, he has a solid background for leadership, safety, and employee culture deriving from over 15 years in human resources leadership. He believes that the key to a successful employer/employee relationship is commitment; on the part of the employer to provide the best environment for the employee to thrive, and on the part of the employee to bring the whole of their skills to the table to fulfill their given roles. He belives that when both parties bring their best, anything can happen!

Lindsay StantonLindsay Stanton

Chief Client Officer

Lindsay Stanton is Chief Client Officer for Digi-Me, a Video Technology Company for talent acquisition that helps organizations add new dimension to their job and employment brand messaging. In her time with the company, Ms. Stanton has facilitated relationships with many partners, including the largest recruitment advertising agencies, global recruitment process outsourcers, and staffing firms. These partnerships magnify the organization’s reach into the Global Fortune 1000, providing an effective and innovative solution to the largest global employers, including KellyOCG, TrueBlue, Aureon Staffing, Advanced RPO, USG Corporation, Prudential, and LG Electronics. A subject matter expert on the use of video technology as a recruitment tool, Ms. Stanton works closely with industry leaders, creating new and better ways to connect jobs and jobseekers.

Paul SlezakPaul Slezak
Cofounder, Head of Marketplace

Paul Slezak is a cofounder of RecruitLoop – a global marketplace of expert sourcers and recruiters available on-demand.

With nearly 25 years in the recruitment industry and having worked for both an international publicly listed group as well as a global niche recruitment business, Mr. Slezak has been a hands-on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the industry across Australia, the USA, Asia, and Europe.

He has seen international success in the highly competitive recruitment industry by applying his professionalism, drive and creativity to develop and deliver solutions that exceed business expectations, and push the boundaries to create innovative solutions.

He is also an avid writer and blogger. One day he would still really like to host his own talk show! He holds Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Arts from Macquarie University.

Mark TortoriciMark Tortorici

Founder, Training Expert
Transform Talent Acquisition

Mark Tortorici is an expert technical sourcer and recruiter. Since 1997, he has trained thousands of staffing professionals including those at Google, Apple, Facebook, Disney, Pinterest, Twitter, Nvidia, eBay, Yahoo, AppNexus and many other companies. He has worked in both corporate and agency roles and has also managed staffing teams with great success.

Mr. Tortorici is the Founder and Training Expert at Transform Talent Acquisition. Although he trains in every aspect of the staffing process, he is known for his sourcing methods, ability to turn technical reqs into sourcing strategies, and an easy to understand teaching style. He is also a big believer in research, learning, and technology when it comes to sourcing and recruiting. He currently resides in California with his family and also plays a variety of instruments and sings in two bands.

Elena ValenteElena Valentine
Skill Scout, Inc. 

Workplace storyteller, #HRAgainstLame movement builder, and design researcher, Elena Valentine spends her days leading the team at Skill Scout to bring jobs to life on video. Every workplace has a story to tell about the team, skills, environment, and output. She is passionate about bringing company and candidates’ stories to life as a way to make meaningful hiring connections. She believes that empathy is the foundation for change. And, that clear communication and storytelling is key to making that change stick. Ms. Valentine helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job, and showcase candidates' skills. As CEO, she wears many hats, but really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), partnerships, and building Skill Scout’s diverse workforce.

Angie VerrosAngie Verros

Vaia Talent

Angie Verros is the founder of Vaia Talent. A passionate, strategic and innovative talent acquisition leader, she has a unique combination of successful recruiting leadership coupled with talent brand and operations experience. She has an impeccable work ethic and proven track record of success in identifying, recruiting and hiring outstanding talent. With experience in fast-paced entrepreneurial and start-up environments, she excels at designing and implementing recruiting programs to build social and brand awareness. In her 13-plus year career in the recruiting space, she has been responsible for managing and executing overall company talent acquisition strategy to meet firms’ high growth people needs, improve policies, procedures and tools for effective and seamless candidate sourcing. She has also led employment branding and social recruiting efforts to create candidate awareness and engagement.

Susan VitaleSusan Vitale
Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer at iCIMS, Susan Vitale is ultimately responsible for shaping and sharing the iCIMS story across various audiences, including prospective and existing customers, the media, industry thought leaders, employees and candidates. She is also responsible for iCIMS’ brand strategy across public relations, events, advertising, product marketing and content marketing.

After graduating from Lehigh University in 2005, Ms. Vitale began her career as a marketing coordinator at iCIMS. She quickly grew alongside the company, becoming the director of marketing, and by the age of 30 was promoted to chief marketing officer.

Ms. Vitale takes pride in converging the worlds of recruitment and marketing, and incorporating this passion into the company’s own recruitment marketing strategy. Given iCIMS’ role in talent acquisition, she has a deep understanding of how to effectively manage recruitment advertising investments, social recruiting strategies, candidate relationship management (CRM) and recruitment events. As a member of several online mentoring communities, she provides career advice and insight on finding the right career fit for young professionals. She also serves on the board of advisors at Switch, a job matching technology, and Oodi, a marketing services marketplace, and is a member of the board at NY/NJ Baykeeper Association.

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