Day One: Sunday, September 15, 2019

11:00 am - 11:30 am Registration

11:30 am - 11:35 am Welcome Orientation

11:35 am - 11:45 am ThoughtExchange App Introduction

11:45 am - 11:50 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Angela Garinger, Executive Producer and Host at Thoughtexchange

Angela Garinger

Executive Producer and Host

Talent Acquisition professionals are no strangers to traditional recruiting partnerships.  But have you given serious thought to where else amazing talent might be hiding in plain sight?  As daunting as it might be to dig in and truly survey the landscape, thinking outside the box could create new avenues to access well-suited and exceptional prospects.  In this session, Jen Sovada will discuss:
• How she convinced her superiors to look differently at talent both internally and externally so she could design the best workforce of the future
• Unique strategies to uncover hidden talent within and external to your organization
• How to acquire and retain that talent
Jennifer Sovada, Head Talent Management for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconaissance at U.S. Air Force

Jennifer Sovada

Head Talent Management for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconaissance
U.S. Air Force

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm Session: Transforming Early Talent: Data Insights to Inspire Your Student Candidate Engagement

What can you learn from the millions of students navigating their career decisions on Handshake? In this talk, Handshake CEO & Founder Garrett Lord, will dive into market insights and trends across university recruiting and share benchmarks so your team can stay on top of recruiting today’s early talent and student population. You'll learn more about:
·         How students are engaging with employers today
·         The growth in proactive student sourcing
·         The demand in the market for early talent

Garrett Lord, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at Handshake

Garrett Lord

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Networking Lunch

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Recruitment Planning to Build a Diverse and Thriving Workforce

Republic Services is working to create and support an inclusive and diverse workplace with a focused strategy, and in recent years their efforts to create a work environment that attracts and retains the best talent have received notable recognition. Most recently, they were named to Forbes’ 2019 Best Employers for Women, and have made a targeted initiative to increase the number of female drivers, by supporting women in a range of areas, including career development and pay equity. In this session we will discuss the steps that Republic took to grow diversity, including:
• Writing job descriptions that remove implicit bias
• Utilizing social media to convey company culture and benefits
• Creating onboarding campaigns that ensure employee success.
Shannon Taylor, Director, Talent Acquisition at Republic Services

Shannon Taylor

Director, Talent Acquisition
Republic Services

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm How AI is Disrupting the Recruiting Industry

The AI hype train is speeding full steam ahead, with significant disruption predicted across all industries, including recruiting and staffing. But what's the real impact of this cutting-edge technology and can it really help you engage the right people faster? In this session, attendees will learn how AI is being applied most successfully across the talent acquisition journey and why it is making the role of the human recruiter more important than ever.
Ken Lazarus, Chief Executive Officer at Scout Exchange

Ken Lazarus

Chief Executive Officer
Scout Exchange

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Business Meetings

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm Business Meetings

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm Business Meetings

4:20 pm - 4:35 pm Networking Break


4:35 pm - 5:20 pm How Social Recruiting Can Improve Your ROI When Attracting Top Talent
The unemployment rate has continued to remain at a record low. When there are less job seekers and small pools of talent, finding top talent is a struggle. Your competitors are looking for the same candidates that you want. It’s an issue that spans across the board, across all industries and roles. How can you be competitive with today’s low unemployment rates? It comes down to differentiating your opportunities, socially enabled videos allow you to sell your story.  Video job ads with the right technology partner will allow you to create a positive candidate experience, and selling more than just a job, but a culture, a brand, somewhere that candidates want to belong. Social media is a way to get across an authentic message. You can go viral, instantly, with brand advocates sharing your message. Not only that, social media is cost effective – to the tune of saving you over 50% on cost per hire! If you want to draw attention, clicks and shares, you need to stand out! Video helps you communicate your message on social media and create better engagement with your content. Learn more in this presentation which includes real-life case studies.

Lindsay Stanton, Chief Client Officer at Digi-Me

Lindsay Stanton

Chief Client Officer


4:35 pm - 5:20 pm The Importance of Purpose
Scott Baker is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at BetterUp.  BetterUp offers executives and HR leaders who seek to build a thriving workforce a uniquely scalable, mobile-based leadership development platform, and personalized, expert coaching to measurably transform organizations, careers, and lives, maximizing potential through clarity, purpose, and sustained passion.  Measurement is a unique strength of the Betterup approach and platform that informs larger strategic lessons.  Scott will be speaking about the lessons learned with Betterup related to employees’ sense of purpose, organizational and personal values, and the role of meaningful work, not only to the well-being of the employee but to the organization as a whole, and why these lessons should be incorporated into organizations’ HR strategy.

Scott Baker, Solutions Consultant at BetterUp

Scott Baker

Solutions Consultant

In this interactive panel discussion you will hear from some of today’s most respected organizations and learn how they are capitalizing on the benefits conferred by providing a great candidate experience.  You’ll hear how these strategies and tactics are improving hiring out comes, fostering a best-in-class employer brand and filling the future leadership pipeline.
Greg Muccio, Director Talent Acquisition at Southwest Airlines

Greg Muccio

Director Talent Acquisition
Southwest Airlines

Marie Norman, Director, Talent Acquisition at Adobe

Marie Norman

Director, Talent Acquisition

Stacy Van Meter, Vice President Talent Acquisition & Employment Brand at Deluxe

Stacy Van Meter

Vice President Talent Acquisition & Employment Brand

Angela Garinger, Executive Producer and Host at Thoughtexchange

Angela Garinger

Executive Producer and Host

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Leveraging AI to Remove Bias and Source the Most In-Demand Passive Candidates

The best talent isn't actively looking for jobs. The best talent is also diverse, meaning many highly qualified candidates are regularly overlooked for opportunities due to unconscious bias. AI is solving both of these problems by unlocking the value of incredibly rich candidate data sets that include candidates who are already employed, but exclude the candidate attributes that contribute to bias in hiring. AI removes human bias and error from the sourcing equation by automatically delivering slates of highly qualified, in-demand candidates.
Joanna Riley, CEO & Co-Founder at Censia

Joanna Riley

CEO & Co-Founder

6:30 pm - 6:35 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

6:35 pm - 7:00 pm Thoughtexchange Reception and Networking Activity

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dinner at your Leisure