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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

2019 Full Agenda

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (Pre-Con)


Preconference Workshop (AM) 
Today’s Top Legal Risks in Sourcing, Recruiting, and Hiring: How to Avoid Liability Stemming from Online Recruiting, ATS Algorithms and Protocols, and Other EEO-Related Traps
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Social media is quickly gaining popularity in the recruiting and sourcing world, giving recruiters access to a whole world of possible candidates. Having access to an unlimited number of candidates means you’re going to need to screen them to make sure they are a fit for your organization. With this comes risks given the multitude of legal issues that could arise under federal employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities.

Also, and other laws. Right now, many states ban employers from snooping on social, but how far do those laws really go to prevent you from searching online for information that can help you formulate a better picture of what a job candidate is all about?  Then, there’s the issue of avoiding direct or unconscious bias in recruitment, interviewing, and hiring, which also could spark discrimination claims under federal or state laws. There are several other equal employment opportunity (EEO) concerns, too. For instance, job advertisements could unlawfully seek to exclude protected classes of workers. And, your applicant tracking system (ATS), while designed for its efficiency, could spark major legal woes in the event you’re subjected to a class action lawsuit alleging the data your ATS has collected isn’t really relevant to the job you’re seeking to fill. This workshop is designed to provide actionable insights into how your current practices are meeting or missing the legal mark with respect to the hottest legal issues impacting recruiting, sourcing and hiring today.
You’ll learn how to:

  • Ensure that your social media recruiting practices through LinkedIn, Facebook, and other channels don’t spark legal risks
  • Incorporate proper EEO language into job advertisements—and examples of wording never to use
  • Recognize the top ways unconscious bias can permeate the recruitment and hiring decision-making process—and what you can do to ensure a bias-free applicant vetting and interviewing zone
  • Evaluate whether your ATS is set up in a way that could make the organization particularly vulnerable to class action EEOC charges and lawsuits alleging EEO violations
  • Anticipate the legal issues that may need to be addressed if a post-offer drug screen reveals marijuana or opioid usage

PM Pre-Conference Workshop
Sourcing Lab: Proven Tactics to Reach and Attract Off-Radar Candidates
1:30  – 4:30 p.m.
As recruiters and staffing professionals, you already know the ins and outs of job boards and LinkedIn. But, this session will take you beyond the basics and teach you the how to connect with the candidates who never answer emails or don’t have a LinkedIn profile. During this engaging, hands-on sourcing lab you’ll work with your peers to source for real job requisitions and leverage the productivity out of world class sourcing tools to get more sourcing out of every day. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019 (Day 1)

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Opening remarks
8:00-8:05 a.m.

Opening Keynote
8:05-9:05 a.m.
Topic: TBD

Breakout Sessions
Candidate Communication Checklist: How to Ramp Up Engagement and Combat Counter Offers 
9:15-10:15 a.m.
Engagement isn’t something that should begin when the hire is made and it’s also not something that should stop once the offer letter is signed either. Candidate engagement and proper communication make all the difference when you’re hunting purple squirrels. This session will help you focus on keeping the “human aspect” alive during the entire recruiting cycle, so your candidates feel wanted, welcome, and excited about their potential future with your organization.
You’ll learn:

  • Enhanced listening skills for finding out what really motivates your candidates
  • Communication strategies and questions to ask to be sure you get the whole picture about a candidate’s background, strengths, weaknesses, and what they’re looking for 
  • Tips for utilizing texting during your candidate search
  • How to predict and combat the dreaded counteroffer

Hire by Audition: The Secret Weapon to Ensuring That Qualifications Translate from Paper to Performance
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
In the world of performance, actors, singers, dancers, and other stars of stage and screen need to nail their auditions to get their roles. So, why in our workplaces do we rely on an archaic interviewing process that doesn’t necessarily reveal the truth about whether a candidate’s behaviors and attributes align with business needs? Fortunately, blind and in-person talent auditions are a hot and growing trend. This session is designed to teach you how to design a job audition for a specific role you’ve come ready to work with. We’ll walk you through how to design the talent audition to measure candidates’ traits and skills against the job you’re sourcing to fill. Plus, we’ll cover:

  • Tips on how to structure your job auditions, including logistical considerations such as time, place, duration, and substance 
  • Insight into when to use a blind vs. an in-person job audition, and the legal considerations to keep in mind for both
  • And more!


Networking & Refreshment Break
10:15-10:35 a.m.

The Power of Storytelling: How to Design and Deliver Recruitment Messaging to Supercharge Your Hiring Strategy 
10:35  – 12:35 p.m.
It’s no secret that storytelling has a profound effect on our lives. Good stories capture our attention and remain with us as the days and years go by. Marketers have long known the power that storytelling can have on consumer behavior so why shouldn’t talent acquisition leaders and recruiters take advantage of this “super power”?  This session will dive into the benefits of good storytelling and how it can help you attract candidates, keep them engaged, and seamlessly bring them onboard. During this hands-on workshop you’ll work with conference peers under the guidance of storytelling experts to create an outline of your own recruitment story. 

Lunch (Sponsorship Opportunity – VIP Roundtables)
12:35 – 1:35 p.m.  

General Session
The Essential Roadmap to Building a Social Media Recruiting Program
1:35  – 2:35 p.m.
Social media is easily one of the fastest growing trends on the market and has so many uses. In fact, over 90% of companies use social media to recruit and hire new employees. Though social media platforms are useful in many recruitment processes, it takes more than posting a job opening on Facebook to have a successful social media recruiting program. This session will be filled with actionable information on how to establish and scale your social media recruiting strategy.

You’ll learn:

  • How to select or validate the social channels
  • Apply a phased approach to your social program launch or expansion
  • Tips for creating content, as well as monitoring and engaging on social channels
  • How to analyze success—what you should be tracking

Networking & Refreshments Break
2:35 – 2:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Hiring Veterans: How to Attract, Recruit, and Retain America’s Finest
2:50 – 3:50 p.m.
There are a host of benefits that come with hiring military veterans. Their highly desired discipline, drive, and work ethic make them a great choice for your next hire or placement. But how do you attract them to your organization? Over 80% of companies want to hire and engage with veterans but lack a clear action plan for how to successfully do that. During this session you’ll learn how hiring veterans and military spouses can improve your business’ bottom line, creative ways to attract veterans, and how to build up your employer brand in military communities and beyond.

Don’t Judge a Book (or Resume) by Its Cover: Why Hiring the B Candidate Could be Your Best Move Yet
2:50 – 3:50 p.m.
Everyone is on the hunt for the perfect candidate but in reality, that perfect candidate for your role may not have the perfect resume. Which brings us to this point: You hire people not resumes. This session will teach you how to read between the lines of a “not-so perfect” resume and identify stand-out qualities to keep those lackluster resumes from reaching the bottom of the recycling bin. You’ll learn how to identify and effectively interview the introverted candidate, the job-hopper, and the “scrapper”—and turn B candidates into A+ hires.

General Session
Inclusion as the Key to a Diverse and Thriving Workplace: Powerful Programs for Recruiting Individuals with Disabilities
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The disability community is the largest single diversity group not only in the United States but the world. For decades, the messaging to and from the community of people with disabilities has been focused on charitable activities. But, now more than ever before, employers are recognizing the importance of disability recruiting- and hiring-based initiatives. As a result, companies that hire people with disabilities are realizing business outcomes with demonstrated success in positively moving the needle on time to fill, interview-to-hire ratio, and retention. During this session, you’ll learn what you can do to attract talented jobseekers with disabilities who can bring innovation and value to your workforce. With inclusion initiatives, you’ll soon realize why hiring individuals with disabilities is in your company’s best interest.


Friday, May 10, 2019 (Day 2)


Friday 5/10/19 – Day 2
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
BLR Breakfast & Learn 7:30-7:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Topic TBD

General Session
The Great Recruiting Race: How to Increase Quality of Hires by Decreasing Time-to-Fill
9:10 – 10:10 a.m.
From a young age you’re taught to look at every option carefully and take time to make the right decision. But when it comes to hiring, sometimes it’s a race against the clock, especially if you are pursuing a highly sought-after candidate who likely has multiple offers on the table. This session will show you the benefits of speeding up the interviewing and hiring process and how it can lead to better quality employees. You’ll learn how to communicate with hiring managers, instill a sense of urgency, and identify the factors that are slowing down your hiring process.

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

Peer Roundtable Discussions
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Topics TBD
(No credit)

Lunch (Sponsorship Opportunity: Lunch & Learn)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions
Recruiter or Fortune Teller: Enhance Your Recruiting Practice with Predictive Analytics
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
According to the Brandon Hall Group, 43% of companies would benefit from the use of predictive analytics but only 25% actually utilize it. Predictive analytics not only increases the chance that you will make a better-quality hire; it also decreases the amount of time you’ll need to spend sourcing the candidate. This session will dive into the benefits of analytics, which ones are best for your organization, and how use analytics to predict future hiring needs to avoid an understaffed organization.

Employment Brand Blast-Off: How to Create a Real and Virtual Fanbase that Promotes Your Recruitment Goals, Your Company’s Message, and Your Mission
12:15 - 1:15p.m.
It takes a lot of time and resources to build a brand that you and your company can be proud of. But, what you may not realize is that some of your strongest resources are in your organization right now. Your employees—the ones who live your workplace culture every day and the ones who show up eager to make a difference—can be your company’s strongest advocates. This session will teach you how you can cultivate a brand that others want to be a part of by tapping into to your existing talent pool. You’ll learn the latest and most successful strategies for identifying and fostering your strongest brand ambassadors. And, give you real-life examples of how to utilize technology and social media to feed the conversation between your current and potential future employees 

General Session
Innovations in Recruiting Tech: Implementing and Utilizing Chatbots and Texting to Optimize the Hiring Process and Save Time and Money
1:25 – 2:25 p.m.
It’s no secret that technology has made its way into almost every aspect of our lives so why not let it enhance your daily recruiting? Texting and chatbots have become the new email and are here to make your life just a little bit easier. Gone are the days where your emails go unread and a candidate hangs up on you because it’s 2 p.m. and they don’t have time for a 30-minute conversation. With texting apps and chatbots, candidates can get their FAQs quickly answered, and you’re more likely to get a response and build up a pipeline in the process, which is a win-win on both sides! This session will dive into how mobile technology and artificial intelligence can help make your job easier and your day more productive.

Closing remarks
2:25 - 2:30 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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