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

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Today’s Talent Acquisition Imperative: How to Become an Employer of Choice in a Hyper-Competitive Market

Business of all shapes and sizes are struggling to find qualified candidates.  No matter how many resources you have at your disposal engaging today’s candidates is more challenging that perhaps any other time in our rich corporate history.  That’s why your organization has to stand out from the others competing for the same talent.  You have to be able to quickly and concisely communicate your employer value proposition.  Sound simple, right? But how can this be achieved when the source to hire cycle is moving at breakneck speed.

In this session, you’ll hear how some of today’s leading employers are creating a winning employer brand by sharing key information about corporate culture; the people they employ and the total rewards and compensation packages that have been designed to create a compelling and authentic story.  The benefits of getting this right are HUGE.  It’s proven that a strong employer brand will: attract and retain talent; increase applications per open position and decrease the overall cost per hire.  The clock is ticking and there’s no time to waste.  Attend this session and start benchmarking your employer brand against an organization that’s gotten it right!

Meredith Sadoulet, VP, Talent Experience at Comcast

Meredith Sadoulet

VP, Talent Experience

12:20 pm - 12:55 pm Collaborative & Courageous Leadership

Hear from innovative and dynamic leaders who are leading the way by having courageous conversations within their organization. Discover how organizations are creating a culture that promotes openness, transparency and collaboration by empowering their employees to share their voice and consider the thoughts and ideas of others; shifting the corporate paradigm from closed and knowing to open and learning.

12:55 pm - 1:55 pm Networking Brunch

1:55 pm - 2:25 pm Analyzing Candidate Skillsets to More Accurately Detect High Potential Contenders

Talent acquisition pros know what they are looking for in their assessment of possible candidates for a job, but are they overlooking some even better talent? Utilizing the data analytics available today, innovative organizations are reevaluating what they thought they knew about the hiring process. Using a variety of data sets, companies can begin to analyze what makes their top performers stand out. In this session, we will dive into:

  • Collecting robust data on our current talent pool and where to find key information
  • Analyzing and identifying the profile of what a top performer in each role looks like from start to end
  • Applying these profiles to the candidate pool and evaluating the discrepancies that exist from top contenders in the past to rediscover what hiring managers should be looking for now
Robert Lopez, VP, Talent at Chewy

Robert Lopez

VP, Talent

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm Rethink Your Gender Equity Strategy

An extensive survey of search firms from Scout’s recruitment marketplace (used by hundreds of the world’s largest employers) has revealed improved gender parity since the #MeToo movement, with increasing demand and pay packages for female executives. ManpowerGroup’s Candidate Preferences research further illuminates the need for different strategies when it comes to hiring female leaders. 

Expectations to move the needle further on gender parity continue to grow. As a Talent Acquisition professional, you can affect change through recruiting, selection and compensation, and through strategies designed to retain and promote women within your organization. 

Topics discussed will include:

  • How the #MeToo movement has created a change in female leadership hiring
  • Strategies to attract female candidates
  • Best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women in leadership from the perspectives of a male and female leader

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Business Meetings

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Business Meetings

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Business Meetings

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Networking Break


4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Combatting the “Talent Shortage”: Where to Invest Your Resources for the Best Results
We are living in the digital age- technology is vital to nearly everything we do. There are now hundreds of job boards and recruiting sites, but it is difficult to appeal to a wider audience and track the metrics behind posts on these platforms. With so much online clutter, it makes finding top talent for hard to fill roles nearly impossible. On the other hand, social media takes up the majority of the time people spend on their devices daily, including mobile devices like smartphones. Social media is a cost-effective solution that not only gives your recruiters the potency to go viral, but also gives your recruiters the ability to target their 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. Adding a video to your job posting helps boost SEO rankings. Video is considered an engagement tool, which means that a viewer is clicking on your job posting. When someone “engages” and “clicks” on your job posting, this is one reason that video helps boost SEO rankings. Digital technology offers a solution to track your efforts, and with tracking, you know how and where to target your audience. HR can now see exactly where their job postings are receiving the most attention, and if that attention is converting well into applies. 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. If an employer wants to remain relevant in today’s changing world, they must deliver all content in relevant ways, and video job ads are the talent acquisition solution.


4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Rewiring Your Employees Brains: How One on One Coaching Can Affect Lasting Change
We see it all too often. Employees leave another “transformation” development session with a workbook full of insights, epiphanies, and action items, only to return to work with the same challenges and habits they are trying to kick. After a few days, the motivation fades, and they find themselves back in their old patterns with no transformational actions taken. In this session, you will learn the timing, tools, and the strategies used to shift an entire organizational culture. Topics discussed will include:
  • Creating personalized development plans to drive change and increase employee engagement
  • Developing strategies that reinforce behavior changes
  • Ensuring utilization of key programs by meeting people where they are

5:35 pm - 6:05 pm 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

6:05 pm - 6:50 pm Tips for the Trenches: Understanding Why Providing a Great Candidate Experience is a “Must Have”

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, VP Talent Acquisition & Employment Brand at Deluxe

Stacy Van Meter

VP Talent Acquisition & Employment Brand

6:50 pm - 6:55 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

6:55 pm - 7:55 pm Networking Reception