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RECRUITCON 2019 - Nashville | The Nation’s Most Popular Talent Acquisition Event for Employers

November 14-15, 2019 – Nashville, TN

Want to attend HR Comply, Workforce L&D, AND RecruitCon in Fall 2019? Register for the HR World PowerPass and pick and choose your sessions across all 3 conferences. Register Today!

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: RecruitCon 2019 in Nashville is part of our biggest event, HR World. Come to RecruitCon Nashville for 2 days of jam-packed sessions lead by the leading recruiting minds in the industry.

RecruitCon 2019 - Nashville, 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 Nashville, 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



Pre-Conference Workshop | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

(Full day) Leader as Coach: Leadership Development Training
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own from Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
Presented by: TBD

This engaging, highly experiential course is designed for managers, leaders, and influencers who understand the necessity of superior coaching in today’s business ecosystem where leadership development has become everyone’s responsibility. The curriculum equips participants with immediately-usable skills they can use to cultivate collaborative talent development partnerships; engage in potent, performance-enhancing conversations; and create extraordinary engagement, alignment, productivity and innovation in their teams.

When you attend this action-packed workshop, you will:

  • Be introduced to a proven, very practical coaching model that can be effectively used throughout your teams and organization
  • Learn how to initiate and guide high-quality coaching conversations using Bluepoint’s Coaching Power Tools
  • Participate in real-life exercises that will allow you to hone your conversational coaching skills and receive direct feedback on your personal effectiveness
  • Understand how to apply the concepts of appreciation, constructive confrontation and accountability to your own leadership practices
  • Create your own professional development plan that will map out your leadership trajectory and set ambitious but achievable goals
  • Take away valuable course materials, tools, and a copy of Gregg Thompson’s popular book, The Master Coach

(A.M. only)
Employee Handbook Workshop: How to Draft and Revise Employment Policies and Procedures that Align with Current Federal Law
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Is your employee handbook up to date with the latest legal changes? Even if you think it is, you need to make sure your policies don’t unintentionally create a binding contract with employees—one that could jeopardize their “at will” status and open you up to devastating lawsuits. Plus, with the continuing expansion of employee-friendly state and local legislation—not to mention the ever-changing nature of the National Labor Relations Board’s reach—it’s vital to make sure you’re staying on top of it all. This half-day workshop will provide critical information on the latest legal changes to incorporate into your company’s employee handbook.

You’ll learn the practical implication of important new federal updates and best practices for designing, building, and customizing your own employee handbook. We’ll cover:

  • Important wording to include and what to steer clear of in light of new federal court, legislative, and regulatory developments and national employment trends
  • Suggested policy language to include for 2020 concerning hot topics such as:
    • Drug testing/use/zero-tolerance policies
    • Internal hiring/antinepotism
    • Harassment prevention and antiretaliation, including compliant procedures for reporting
    • Reasonable accommodation requests due to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-protected disabilities
    • Pregnancy-based accommodations
    • Hiring practices
    • Social media usage and confidentiality
    • Varied forms of paid and unpaid leave (e.g., paid sick and family and medical leave)
    • Parental/bonding leave (distinct from maternity/pregnancy leave)
    • Moonlighting/antimoonlighting
    • Premium pay/use of time off during holiday periods
    • Treatment of accrued leave on termination (payout/forfeit/accrual cap)
    • Fragrances and allergens in the workplace
    • Discipline (to allow you, as the employer, the most flexibility)
    • Absenteeism/job abandonment/no-call, no-show
    • Harassment
    • Employee travel/compensation for travel time
    • Inclement weather/business disruptions
    • Telecommuting, remote work, and flexible work arrangements
    • BYOD/mobile device privacy
    • Cybersecurity/data breach response
    • Workplace violence
  • How to use your employee handbook as an effective tool in defending your organization against costly lawsuits
  • Best practices for distributing, storing, updating, and disposing of outdated versions of your employee handbook

(A.M. only)
Workplace Investigations: Your Action Plan for Probing Complaints, Interviewing Witnesses, Reaching Reasoned Conclusions, and Taking Action
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
HR is legally required to thoroughly investigate every complaint of unlawful or potentially unlawful conduct that crosses your desk, even when it seems without merit. You want to investigate in a timely manner and limit your liability for keeping a guilty party on the payroll. If you act too quickly, though, you run the risk of cutting some key corners. The secret to conducting a successful inquiry is to get your complete investigation plan in place before the complaint ever hits your desk—because, as you well know, in HR, it’s never a question of if, but when. This preconference workshop will bring you up to speed on how to conduct efficient, effective, legally compliant workplace investigations.

You’ll learn:

  • What to do first when an employee comes to you with a complaint or allegation
  • How to handle those common requests for “complete confidentiality” and “I don’t want you to do anything about this, but …”
  • How to separate a complainant and the alleged wrongdoer without inviting retaliation claims (from either side)
  • Interviewing tips to help you get to the truth
  • Strategies for resolving those “he said, she said” situations
  • What you should and shouldn’t do before the investigation is concluded
  • When you should consider bringing in an outside investigator
  • What to do after the investigation is over to minimize your legal risks under federal laws

(P.M. only)
Wage and Hour Audits: Find and Fix Your Biggest—And Most Costly—Trouble Spots Before the Feds Do
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where do we stand on overtime? The Department of Labor (DOL) is diving back into the job of modernizing and streamlining the overtime exemption rules. After a court invalidated Obama-era proposed regulatory changes in 2016, all eyes have been on the DOL to see whether it will follow through with establishing a new salary level that would align with modern-day job duties, wages, and salaries. Currently, there’s buzz that a new threshold of about $35,000 is on the likely horizon.

Now is the time to get up to speed on the steps to take to ensure that your exemption classifications will pass muster under the new rules. This includes reviewing job duties against job descriptions, as well as compensation paid, to determine whether currently classified exempt employees will still be exempt under the new rules. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg because the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently jacked up the penalty for repeat or willful Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime violations to $2,014 per violation. Since wage and hour compliance runs the gamut from overtime exemptions to travel pay, on-call time, and more, it’s important for employers to get up to speed on the latest regulatory and enforcement updates so they can minimize the risk of costly civil penalties.

During this intensive workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze job descriptions and duties to tell if positions are really exempt from overtime under current and anticipated federal DOL regulations.
  • Reclassify jobs as nonexempt or exempt in a way that minimizes potential legal risks and maximizes savings.
  • Calculate travel, waiting time, and on-call pay to ensure full FLSA compliance.
  • Establish and enforce legally compliant wage and hour policies.
  • Avoid WHD enforcement actions, which could result in financially devastating civil penalties.
  • And much more!

(P.M. only)
Sourcing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts: Tactics to Identify Ideal Candidates While Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Facebook provides a tool that allows 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 of 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 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
  • What questions you can and cannot ask
  • Which of your current sourcing practices may be exposing your company to legal risks
  • The do’s and don’ts of sourcing and interviewing through role-playing exercises and mock interviews designed to highlight legal pitfalls to avoid

Agenda subject to change.


Day 1 Main Conference | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

Opening Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote (To Be Announced Soon!)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Recruiting Hacks
9:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

#1. Boolean Recruiting: Operators for Active Sourcing Success
9:05 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Presented by: Chris Murdock and Judson Lancina, IQTalent Partners, Inc.
Proximity, parentheses, an asterisk, a plus, a minus—and don’t forget “and” and “or.” And, what’s the deal with those quotation marks? This Recruiting Hack will give you the rundown on how to use Boolean searching techniques to engage in proactive sourcing to identify highly- qualified, active candidates.

#2. Google for Jobs: Want Your Job Postings to Rank Well in Google for Jobs? Follow These 7 Optimization Strategies
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Presented by: Joel Cheesman, gSherpa
Longtime SEO expert Joel Cheesman, principal at gSherpa, believes optimizing for Google is an essential recruitment advertising strategy, and has been for over a decade—and it’s no wonder why: It’s estimated that 30 percent of Google searches are job-related, which means there are approximately 300 million job searches taking place on Google every month. The new challenge, however, is getting the most our of your job postings by optimizing them for Google for Jobs, the search engine's latest foray into job search. In this Recruiting Hack, Cheesman goes over a variety of tactics to make sure you come out on top when job seekers use Google to find employment.

#3. Top Low-to-No Cost Tools for Building Your Own CRM
9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Presented by: John Beck, IQTalent Partners, Inc.
Repetitive tasks, such as sending follow-up emails to candidates, can—and should—in many cases be automated. And, by developing your own CRM (candidate relationship management system) using free technology-based tools, you can shave off previous time, save money, and reap better results. This Recruiting Hack will teach you how to get started with using Google products and App Script, along with some other low-to-no cost APIs to make your day-to-day recruiting life better.

#4. Building The Campus Recruiting Machine
10:10 am. – 10:25 a.m.
Presented by: Patrick Casey, Wayfair
This Recruiting Hack will teach you how to create a competitive advantage by building a  lasting and effective campus recruitment program and strategy for techie/analytics-type roles. And, you’ll gain insights into how to apply the concepts covered to non-tech campus recruiting strategies.  Wayfair’s campus recruitment manager has done all the heavy lifting on how to design and manage a successful campus recruiting program and during this talk he’ll show you how you can do the same!

Networking, Refreshments & Exhibit Break
10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Employer Branding on a Budget: Crafting an Impactful Campaign to Boost Recruitment Without Breaking the Bank
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: James Ellis, The Talent Cast
Hear from a seasoned employer brand and marketing expert on how to formulate and launch an employer branding campaign that your competitors will envy—all without adding budget or staff to do it!

Networking Lunch (Provided) & Exhibits
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Overcoming Talent Shortages: 5 Places to Invest Resources for Optimal Results
Presented by: Elaine Orler, Talent Function
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Times have changed in the job searching world. Ten years ago, candidates were lucky to land a job and companies could be picky with who they have hired. By 2014, the scale began to tip in the opposite direction. Now with more Boomers retiring, Millennials “job hopping,” and an 18-year unemployment rate low (4%), your talent acquisition group needs to take advantage of every opportunity to reach candidates. Since your company’s job opening demands may outpace your candidate supply, how can you, as a talent acquisition and recruiting leader possibly keep up with the influx of openings and employees’ lack of loyalty to their current companies? During this session, you’ll learn:

  • The obstacles that could be getting in way of your search for qualified candidates—and the tools and technology that can help you overcome talent shortages
  • The tools and technology that can help you overcome talent shortages
  • 10 tips for increasing the top of your candidate funnel
  • How creating a candidate experience affects your ability to hire the best talent
  • Best practices for keeping your team on track and unified throughout the entire hiring process


Networking, Refreshments & Exhibit Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Getting Candidate Experience Right: Find and Fix Mistakes That Could Be Sabotaging Your Recruiting Efforts
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Presented by: TBD
In today’s flourishing economy, jobseekers have the upper hand in many ways—and businesses need to adapt their approach to recruiting so that they can make the process as easy and impactful as possible. To succeed at recruiting, it’s important to pay close attention to how candidates perceive your organization and what their experience is throughout the process. By the end of this session, you’ll have a road map for evaluating how your company’s current recruiting practices are helping or hurting your goal of attracting talent that’s not only right for a given job but is right for your business’s culture, mission, and values. This session will cover:

  • How to evaluate the strength of your organization’s external-facing persona: What do you want to communicate—and how—to social media users, website visitors, etc.? And, what does your current persona really say about your company’s value proposition, your culture, and your brand?
  • How candidate personas can effectively be used to attract talent that aligns with your company’s present and future needs
  • The latest—and greatest—ways to create a candidate attraction strategy that’s engaging, easy to use, and stands out to candidates
  • How to walk through each step of your hiring process—from the application process to the offer or the rejection—to identify deficits that could be tanking your underlying recruiting strategy
  • Examples of well-structured candidate journeys and the biggest mistakes to avoid when designing or revising your candidate attraction strategy
  • How to bring your brand and strategy to life in all touchpoints of the candidate journey and ideas on how to break the mold and be innovative with candidate experiences
  • Effective ways to coach your hiring managers and interviewers through their role in the candidate journey
  • How to effectively use communication, coaching, and feedback loops to sustain solid connections with candidates

Live From RecruitCon, It’s The Predictive Analytics Show!
4:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Presented by: Don Everett, Workforce Interactive
This interactive session will provide multiple examples of how recruiters can use predictive analytics to make better hiring decisions. In a game-show format, you’ll be entertained while reviewing actual predictive analytic models that can improve operating performance for your business partners, including higher employee retention, lower turnover, and/or better risk mitigation.  You’ll discover tools and related techniques that enable insightful correlation of candidate and operational data for strategic decision support. Plus, you’ll learn how to:

  • Derive business metrics required to measure the achievement of the organization's strategic goals and objectives
  • Source, interpret, and apply information from internal sources related to the organization’s operations to contribute to the development of the organization's strategic plan
  • Apply predictive models to help protect the organization from risk  

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

Day 2 Main Conference | Friday, November 15, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote (To Be Announced Soon!)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Recruiting Hacks
9:10 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
 #1. Disability Hiring
9:10 – 9:25 a.m.
#2 TBD
9:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Recruiting and Empowering Women: A Panel Discussion with The Nation’s Top Female Recruiters
9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
 In 2017, 32 percent of chief executives on Fortune’s 500 list were women.  In 2018, this  percentage fell significantly to just 24 percent—a 25 percent drop overall. This decline is attributed to women in top positions retiring or changing companies—with fewer women in the pipeline to take their place. This panel, assembled of powerful and successful women in the recruiting industry, will discuss how talent acquisition and recruiting professionals can help reverse this declining trend. They’ll cover topics such as:

  • The decline of women in management positions, why it happens and how to overcome it
  • The “glass cliff” phenomenon
  • Retention levels of women in the workforce
  • Company characteristics that women value the most
  • How to boost your own career as a woman in recruiting 

Networking, Refreshment & Exhibit Break
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Sourcing Metrics: Effectively Measure Conversion Rates and Optimize KPIs to Track Your Success
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Presented by: Andrew Gadomski, Aspen Analytics
How wide of a net should you cast when source candidates? And, how can you be sure that the ways in which you source are yielding favorable results—that is, connecting you with the right types of candidates for your organization’s talent pipeline both now and in the future? This session will outline what to measure and track and why. You’ll learn:

  • Why candidate pipeline speed is an important sourcing KPI metric to track
  • Indicators that provide information about your pipeline quality
  • How the interview-to-offer conversion rate factors into sourcing metrics
  • And more!

Networking Lunch (Provided) & Exhibits
11:45 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lights…Camera…Film that Recruiting Video!
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Presented by: Elena Valentine, Skill Scout, Inc. 
Jobs are dynamic, but job postings are boring. The future of hiring is creating an experience that immerses candidates in what the job is like. Video and behind-the-scenes media are the tools to make this happen. Unfortunately, only 1% of job descriptions have visuals, despite the fact that video is slated to become the largest driver of internet traffic by 2020.  So why not get ahead of it and use this trend to your advantage? During this hands-on session, Skill Scout’s Elena Valentine will show you how to use video to communicate a powerful message that attracts attention and buy-in from qualified candidates. You’ll learn the tricks of storyboarding, shooting, and editing video job ads that really work to create compelling recruitment video on any budget. We’ll cover how to: 

  • Bring your job postings to life with photos and videos
  • Create realistic job previews with your phone
  • Integrate these practices into your current hiring system

Networking, Refreshment & Exhibit Break
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote: Talent for the Future of Business
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wrap-up Announcements & Conference adjourns 3:00 p.m.

*Agenda subject to change.

About Your Presenters

John BeckJohn Beck
Director of Technology
IQTalent Partners, Inc.

John Beck, IQTalent Partners’ director of technology, is the former Director of Technology at Metova and currently remains an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. He earned his master’s degree in computer science from Southern Illinois University.

Patrick CaseyPatrick Casey
Campus Recruitment Manager

Patrick Casey is a talent tactician, culture advocate, recruitment technologist, and employer brand strategist. As Wayfair’s campus recruitment manager, he focuses on building early career and campus recruitment programs for data science, algorithms, computer vision, supply chain, and Business intelligence teams. He previously worked for start-ups WilsonHCG RPO (first on delivery & then on RPO solution design) and gr8 People as employee #13 selling enterprise recruitment software (ATS, CRM, sourcing tools, and more). He then joined Capital One to lead its efforts on building and engaging an authentic "tech employer brand" for the bank. Relocating to San Francisco he worked at Uber’s HQ where he managed its RPO partners and programs supporting eight plus lines of business across of North and South America (US, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, etc.) plus additional project participation and consultation in EMEA & APAC (Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Philippines, India.)

Joel CheesemanJoel Cheesman

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years of experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late  ’90s and early ’00s. In 2005, Cheesman founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and U.S. News & World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to Today, he is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews, co-hosts  the popular podcast The Chad & Cheese Podcast and is Principal of gSherpa, a firm that helps companies leverage Google for hiring. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.

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.

Don EverettDon Everett
Workforce Interactive

Don Everett is the founder and CEO of Workforce Interactive.  After a 20-plus year career in the technology sector with organizations like Oracle, he formed his own company and began providing HR Analytics services whereby emotional intelligence competencies are correlated with operating performance metrics. He is certified in Value Science—the social science advanced by Nobel Prize-nominated Dr. Robert Hartman, and his organization has assisted recruiters in evaluating hundreds of thousands of applicants. He is routinely requested as a featured speaker, especially in the HR community, and his entertaining presentations engage thousands of attendees annually.

Andrew GadomskiAndrew Gadomski
Aspen Analytics

Andrew Gadomski, the founder of Aspen Analytics (formerly Aspen Advisors), specializes in big data and human capital consulting. He started his company after a successful career in staffing and corporate HR, and he regularly peaks at talent-related conferences on human capital analytics, social data, and using data as evidence for process design.

Judson LancinaJudson Lancina
Knowledge Manager
IQTalent Partners, Inc.

Judson Lancina began his recruiting and talent acquisition experience at IQTalent Partners where he was the fourth member of the original IQTalent Partners team.  He has played an integral role in building the firm internally from 4 employees to today’s 150 consultants, sourcers, and managers. During his tenure, Lancina has trained corporate recruiters at major corporations including JJill, Risk Management Solutions, and Singularity University. A noted speaker at conventions and college fairs, Lancina serves as the IQTalent Partners Knowledge Manager and member of the company’s Recruiting Excellence team. Lancina earned his BA from Vanderbilt University and is an elite level tennis athlete and member of the USTA.

Chris MurdockChris Murdock
Chief Sourcing Officer | Co-Founder
IQTalent Partners, Inc.

Chris Murdock is a veteran of the recruiting and talent acquisition industry with twenty years of experience spanning across multiple industries.  Murdock founded IQTalent Partners in 2009 and now leads search execution and client relationships for his 150- person firm. Prior to establishing IQTalent Partners as a talent acquisition leader, Murdock worked with Yahoo!’s internal executive recruiting team, gaining in-depth experience across the technology recruiting sphere.  He began his career working in recruiting and sourcing roles for Heidrick & Struggles and with TMP Worldwide.  Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and resides in Nashville, TN. 

Elaine OrlerElaine Orler
CEO & Founder
Talent Function

Elaine Orler, the CEO and founder of Talent Function, has been developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. With a keen analytical eye and passion about helping companies enhance their talent acquisition processes, she is uniquely able to identify how talent acquisition impacts both workforces and employers. One of the talent acquisition industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, she has helped global organizations transform their recruiting processes with actionable strategies and technology implementations that optimize talent acquisition for HR professionals, hiring managers, job candidates and the company overall.

Orler is also a well-respected talent acquisition and talent management expert who takes an active role in industry events and associations and is often quoted in HR and business publications. She continually works with practitioners and serves an analyst to the solution provider community to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered. She is invested in all aspects of the market that improve recruiting performance from candidate experience (co-founder of Talent Board, the founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards) to optimal candidate selection with TalVista (owner). She has presented one-of-a-kind recruiting and candidate experience thought leadership at some of the industry’s most innovative and popular events.

Elaine ValentineElena Valentine
Skill Scout, Inc.

Workplace Filmmaker and Design Researcher, Elena Valentine spends her days leading the team at Skill Scout to bring jobs and company culture to life on video. Every workplace has a story to tell about the team, skills, environment, and output. She helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job and keep existing employees happily where they are. As CEO, she wears many hats, but really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), and building Skill Scout’s diverse workforce. She was recently named “HR Superhero of the Year” by the DisruptHR Chicago community. She’s also the founder of Mezcla Media Collective, an organization that provides opportunities for female filmmakers of color to connect, partner, and build their skill sets as leaders and storytellers. Ms. Valentine holds a BA in Spanish and Anthropology from Grinnell College and AA in Recording Arts from Tribeca Flashpoint College. She currently resides in her hometown of Chicago with her rescue pup Yofi and her husband Emilio (A.K.A. her 11-year-old neighborhood school crush).


When: November 14-15, 2019
Where: Renaissance Nashville
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

  • Room rate $249/night 
  • Hotel cut-off date is Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • Reservation Center: 888-236-2427 reference the BLR RecruitCon conference
  • Hotel Website

NOTE: Simplify Compliance/Brand has no affiliation with any third party companies or travel assistance providers. Hotel rooms should be booked directly with the hotel via the official hotel information listed on the website and registration brochure.

Pricing Details

Main Conference:

  • Advanced Pricing ($200 savings) | $999 — Expires June 15, 2019
  • Early Bird Pricing ($100 savings) | $1099 — Expires August 15, 2019
  • Retail Pricing $1199
  • Materials Only $479.60

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