CEO & Co-Founder, Imperative
Bio: In 2001 Aaron Hurst founded the Taproot Foundation, engaging tens of thousands of professionals' in pro bono service. Over the course of a dozen years, he decoded these professional's patterns of intrinsic motivation that made this work so deeply rewarding despite being unpaid. He discovered that we each gain purpose based on different psychological drivers that predict everything from our intrinsic motivations to the impact we desire to make through work.
Chief Marketing Officer, kununu US
Bio: Aaron Prebluda is kununu’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading Marketing, Product, and Business Development for the U.S. market. Aaron has over 15 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development at several venture-backed startups and growth companies in the data and analytics space, including Compete (acquired by TNS/WPP), Affinnova (acquired by Nielsen), and Mobee. Prior to joining kununu, he developed a hyperlocal marketplace application to help families and community-based organizations. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from Duke. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and coaching soccer, fishing, and traveling. Aaron lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and 3 kids.
CEO, Portfolium, Inc.
Bio: Adam Markowitz is the founder and CEO at Portfolium, a competency marketplace of 3M+ students and grads from over 2,000 universities demonstrating evidence of their skills to tens of thousands of employers. He earned a B.S. in structural engineering from the University of California-San Diego and an M.S. in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California. Prior to Portfolium, he was an aerospace engineer, designing, analyzing, and testing liquid rocket engines for NASA’s next generation space launch vehicle.
All Things Talent, Alfresco
Bio: Andy Farrell is an experienced recruiting & talent leader for early stage technology companies, who has become obsessed with helping these organizations build high-speed recruitment engines that can deliver quality talent, on time, and at scale. Throughout his career, he has partnered with dozens of VC-backed companies (Series A-D funding) to help them “tame the chaos” of recruiting in a highly competitive industry (hiring early key executives, creating recruitment process and infrastructure, bringing in critical technologies, building out entire teams, developing talent retention initiatives, etc.).
Currently, he looks after Alfresco’s Global Field Talent Programs. He and his team are on a mission to build a high-velocity, high-accuracy recruiting function that allows the company to quickly hire world-class sales, marketing, customer success, and professional services talent around the globe.
Bio: Bob Melk serves as the President of Dice, overseeing the growth strategy, product, marketing and sales of the company. Mr. Melk joined DHI in November 2014 as the President of Rigzone at which time he was responsible for leading the strategic direction of Rigzone and providing leadership across the Company’s energy vertical. Mr. Melk’s career spans from sales and marketing to product development. Prior to joining the company, he held the position of President of IDG Consumer & SMB, where he led the evolution of the business into a premium media company, overseeing the company’s websites, mobile applications and events. Earlier in his career, he was the SVP, Group Publisher and CMO of IDG Enterprise. He earned his B.A. in broadcasting from State University of New York College at Oswego.
Project Manager/Intrapreneur, Haufe
Bio: Brian specializes in customer relations and project success, especially on implementation
Director of Partner Relations, Universum
Bio: Brian Smith is the director of partner relations at Universum. Prior to leading Data Collection in the U.S. and Canada, he was a Key Account Manager, where he was responsible for connecting Fortune 1000 partners with Universum’s market intelligence and digital employer branding solutions. He has a passion for extracting insights from Universum’s data that helps companies make strategic, data-driven decisions when it comes to attracting target talent.
He has over seven years of experience providing global organizations with market research. He received a BS in Political Science from Indiana University. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he regularly enjoys the two things in life he loves the most: great food and live music.
Vice President, Digital/Social Media & Employer Brand, Magellan Health
Bio: At Magellan Health 10,000 professionals wake up every day driven by one purpose — to lead humanity to healthy, vibrant lives. With revenues of $4 billion, and a 2 percent unemployment rate in the heath care space Magellan knows it’s time to develop its employer brand.
Vice President of Digital Media & Employer Brand, Charlotte Marshall is building the company’s first-ever employer brand and is passionate about helping organizations drive measurable business results. Prior to working for Magellan Health, she built award-winning employer branding at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and worked for companies such as Ernst & Young, Gillette, Ogilvy PR Worldwide, and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. She earned a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University and a MA in Digital Communications from The Johns Hopkins University, with honors.
Artistic and Managing Director, Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble
Bio: As director of the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble, Dane Cruz is responsible for the research, development, and implementation of new training programs as part of Organizational Workforce Development within the Division of Human Resources at Cornell University. Over the past 18 years, Cruz has served as a training specialist with the ensemble using interactive theatre to address challenging workplace issues for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, corporations, professional groups, conferences, government agencies, and hospitals as well as academic institutions nationwide. As an actor, he has worked in regional theatre, radio, short film and industrial and corporate training videos and films. He trained at Florida State University in their BFA Program, and interned as an actor at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.
Head of Talent Acquisition - Consumer, Amazon
Bio: Danielle Monaghan leads the Consumer Talent Acquisition team for Amazon.com, based out of Seattle, WA, where her team recruits tech and business talent globally to support Amazon’s growth and innovation agenda. Danielle has deep experience in all areas of the talent lifecycle closely tied to business strategy. Throughout her career, her teams have supported the growth of innovative technology companies through talent acquisition, talent development and growth, acquisition and cultural integration, succession planning, workforce management, change management, and organization design and development. She has lived and worked in three continents (Africa, North America and Asia).
Prior to this role, she was an HR Director/HR Partner based out of San Jose, CA for Cisco Systems. Before returning to the U.S, Danielle was the HR Director for the North Asia HRM function for Cisco based in Beijing, China where she led HR Operations for Greater China, Japan and Korea. Previous roles include 13 years with Microsoft in Redmond, WA and Beijing, China. Her last role at Microsoft was Sr. Director of HR – Global Staffing and Diversity for Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division. She also held roles in HR for Microsoft in China, launching and building the China R&D centers, in Redmond, WA, leading the Executive Recruiting team, as well as other Talent Acquisition roles for Microsoft in Redmond, WA and Charlotte, NC. She started her career at IBM.
Danielle holds an MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute as well as a BS in IT. Her hobbies include traveling, food and wine, fishing, boating and reading. Some day she hopes to become good at a hobby that does not include food or wine.
Director of Recruiting, Ryder System, Inc.
Bio: David Barlaam has been recruiting for more than 20 years and has spent the last decade successfully designing, implementing and executing top-notch talent acquisition programs. He has built several global recruiting organizations and has led more than 100 people in teams around the globe. Barlaam won the 2014 Cleveland SHRM Talent Management Award and has attained certification from AIRS® in all areas of recruiting, and has attained certification for Certified Internet Recruiter, Certified Diversity Recruiter, Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter and Advanced Certified Internet Recruiter, along with Professional Certified Recruiter certification in 2012. In November 2012, he earned AIRS’s prestigious Elite Certified Recruitment Expert with a near perfect score.
Barlaam has specialized in internalizing, developing, and leading global talent acquisition in Fortune 500 companies, hiring anywhere between 2000 and 18000 employees per year in more than 120 global locations, and in doing so, greatly reducing headhunter use and expense. He has also led several successful multilingual applicant tracking system implementations and employment branding / web strategy redesigns. he believes that talent acquisition is truly the most important supply chain in any organization, and spends his time focusing on how to improve the process for both the organizations and applicants impacted.
He currently resides in Miami with his wife Holly, their two young daughters, and their golden doodle. He loves music, sports, gaming, and technology.
Director, Talent Acquisition, Cornell University
Bio: As Cornell’s director of talent acquisition, Davine Bey designs and manages staff recruitment efforts, and serves as an internal subject matter expert and internal advisor to deans, administrative heads, and central human resource partners. He establishes sustainable and measurable recruitment strategies to the Cornell community that support Cornell’s talent acquisition goals.
An experienced strategist, Bey is tasked with implementing an integrated recruitment approach that will facilitate Cornell’s transition from a transactional-driven recruitment processes strategic to an agile and strategic proactive recruitment model. He has placed emphasis on shifting the accountability of diversity recruitment to shared stakeholder model.
As an entrepreneur, Davine co-founded Global i365 LLC, a boutique management consulting and search firm, and he successfully launched the Central New York Inclusion Conference in 2010. Throughout his career he has held leadership and consulting roles with world-class organizations such as Proskauer Rose LLP, Corning Inc., Cablevision, and American Red Cross.
Bey has been requested to speak at various venues engagements throughout the U.S. including: The Johnnetta B. Cole Chief Diversity Officers Forum, Cornell University’s IRL School, Syracuse University’s Maxell School, CNY SHRM, and the Council On Diversity Executives to name a few.</p><p>Outside of work, Bey dedicates his time to family and several civic organizations. He enjoys cooking, photography and reading anything related to disruptive technologies, social media, and global business. Bey received an undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College, and holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Originally from New York City, Davine and his family currently resides in Syracuse.
Managing Director, Talent Acquisition, FedEx Office
Bio: For more than 20 years, Diana Meisenhelter has led and been a strategic thinker in the staffing and recruiting community. She has worked in many industries and been responsible for directing global staffing functions in recruitment, selection, diversity, and placement of talent into organizations around the world.
Currently, she leads the national talent acquisition team for FedEx Office, based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to this, she was a principal for Riviera Advisors a global HR consulting firm, vice president of staffing and talent acquisition for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and director of worldwide recruitment for Westin Hotels and Resorts. She has also held progressive roles in other industries such as healthcare, IT executive search, and retail
She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland in College Park and a degree from the University of Maryland in Munich. She is on the Board of Trustees for DallasHR (SHRM affiliate) and past president of the Dallas Fort Worth Staffing Management Association.
Dr John Sullivan
Professor, Corporate Speaker and Advisor, San Francisco State University
Bio: Dr John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions. He’s a prolific author with over 900 articles and 10 books covering all areas of Talent Management. He has written over a dozen white papers, conducted over 50 webinars, dozens of workshops and he has been featured in over 35 videos. He is an engaging corporate speaker who has excited audiences at over 300 corporations / organizations in 30 countries on all 6 continents. His ideas have appeared in every major business source including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CFO, Inc., NY Times, SmartMoney, USA Today, HBR and the Financial Times. In addition, he writes for the WSJ Experts column. He has been interviewed on CNN and the CBS and ABC nightly news, NPR, as well many local TV and radio outlets. Fast Company called him the "Michael Jordan of Hiring”, Staffing.org called him “the father of HR metrics” and SHRM called him “One of the industries most respected strategists”. He was selected among HR’s “Top 10 Leading Thinkers” and he was ranked #8 among the top 25 online influencers in Talent Management. He served as the Chief Talent Officer of Agilent Technologies, the HP spinoff with 43,000 employees and he was the CEO of the Business Development Center, a minority business consulting firm in Bakersfield, California. He is currently a Professor of Management at San Francisco State (1982 – present). His articles can be found all over the Internet and on his popular website www.drjohnsullivan.com and on www.ERE.Net. He lives in Pacifica, California.
CEO and Co-Founder / AI Recruiting Assistant, FirstJob / Mya
Bio: Eyal Grayevsky is the CEO and co-founder of HR technology company FirstJob and AI recruiting assistant, Mya. His experience co-managing his family’s recruiting agency inspired him to solve problems in the HR space. FirstJob created Mya to transform the way companies qualify, engage, and nurture large candidate pipelines while eliminating the dreaded "black hole" experience for job seekers. Grayevsky received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Colorado and is also a founding partner at DoubleTap Ventures, a rapidly growing community of founders-turned-friends based in Silicon Valley.
Principal & Co-Founder, CareerXroads
Bio: Gerry Crispin is a lifelong student of recruiting with a passion for technology & data that contribute to employer & candidate decisions and an equal drive towards sustainable strategies for talent management.
As a founder of CareerXroads, he has spent the past 20 years facilitating a peer-to-peer community of TA Leaders from some of the world’s most well-branded corporations. This member community of talented professionals is dedicated to sharing competitive strategies, helping one another, and raising standards for the hiring profession at large.
In 2010, he founded the nonprofit Talentboard with colleagues Elaine Orler and Ed Newman to better define and measure the Candidate Experience, a subject he has been passionate about for 30 years. The movement to improve how we treat all stakeholders in the recruiting process is now a compelling business imperative.
He co-authored eight books on the evolution of staffing and has written hundreds of articles and whitepapers on similar topics during a career in human resources that spans more than 40 years from HR leadership positions at Johnson and Johnson; boutique executive search firms; a career services director at the university where he received his engineering and two advanced degrees in organizational/industrial behavior; and, GM of a major recruitment advertising firm even as he launched CareerXroads 20 years ago.
Director, Talent Acquisition, Ingram Micro
Bio: Greg provides programmatic leadership and oversight for the various talent acquisition initiatives and activities to successfully meet the staffing and onboarding needs of Ingram Micro - North America. He partners with senior leaders to develop and implement creative recruiting strategies to facilitate cost effective, efficient recruiting processes to both develop a robust talent pipeline and meet resource requirements.
Global Solutions Architect, CareerBuilder
Bio: As a Global Solutions Architect at CareerBuilder, Jason is responsible for illustrating the benefits of the organization’s HR software, candidate sourcing and workforce analytics solutions. He joined CareerBuilder in 2010 and has held positions in sales, sales leadership and product development. Currently specializing in CareerBuilder’s Human Capital Software Solutions, Jason helps organizations utilize data to make more informed recruitment and business decisions. One of his most notable achievements includes the launch of CareerBuilder’s JobsinMotion niche site, the most trafficked transportation and logistics job board in the U.S., in 2014. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Jason held positions at Robert Half, a global staffing company, and Pay-Tech, a small software firm specializing in payroll, HRIS and time and attendance solutions. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Jenn Prevoznik McNamara
Global Head of Early Talent Acquisition, SAP
Bio: Jenn Prevoznik is the global head for early talent acquisition. Appointed to this role in July 2015, Prevoznik is responsible for the planning and processes of the entire university recruitment organization, ensuring that SAP (as well as Ariba, Fieldglass, Concur) is positioned as the employer of choice in for students and graduates. Prevoznik oversees global strategy, employer branding, university engagement model, headcount/demand planning, and internship conversion and programming while overseeing the global early talent recruiters. She is passionate about transforming SAP’s culture to enable each student and graduate who joins SAP to run with purpose.
Under Prevoznik’s leadership, applicant quality, hiring manager satisfaction, candidate experience, and creating an environment to maximize success at the beginning of the employee's career is of the utmost importance. She has transformed the team into an integrated cloud-enabled organization using talent communities and university alliances so SAP attracts and retains the best talent.
Prevoznik has been fortunate enough to be with SAP since 2008, when she began working for Portfolio Marketing as an analyst. She spent three years serving the Corporate Strategy Group and Competitive Market Intelligence organizations, where she was responsible for presenting recommendations to SAP’s executive board for strategic growth opportunities such as expansion to fast growth markets, mergers & acquisitions, and go-to-market plans. She has handled strategic projects focused on capitalizing market share, analyzing competitor decisions, and entering into new spaces.
Prevoznik is experienced in communicating, influencing, and providing recommendations to the global leadership team and Board of SAP. From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she has previously worked in branch administration/retail analysis for Fulton Financial Corporation.
You can follow her at: https://twitter.com/jennprevoznik
Managing Principal, Riviera Advisors, Inc.
Bio: Jeremy is managing principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc., based in Long Beach, California, a leading human resources consulting firm focused on helping companies improve their internal recruiting processes. In addition to his more than 18 years of consulting with corporate staffing teams all over the globe, he has more than 20 years experience leading the global staffing function for companies such as Universal Studios, Idealab, and Amazon.com. He is a leading speaker to organizations on the value of the staffing function, including chairing the ERE Expos in 2006-2007. He is is a professional member of the prestigious National Speakers Association and the Institute of Management Consultants; and serves on the national talent acquisition special expertise panel of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is the author of the book “RecruitCONSULT! Leadership: The Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader’s Field Book” (STARoundtable Press, 2011 and the newly released second edition 2018).
Founder and Managing Director, Recruiting Toolbox, Inc.
Bio: John Vlastelica is the managing director of Recruiting Toolbox, a consulting and training firm focused 100 percent on helping recruiters and hiring managers recruit better. Startups to big global brands -- including PepsiCo, Google, Nike, Booking, IKEA, Starbucks, and Pokemon -- hire his team of former recruiting leaders to build custom training for their recruiters and hiring managers. He is a former recruiting director with Amazon and Expedia, instructor for Recruiting Leadership Labs, and a popular speaker at conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Learn more at www.RecruitingToolbox.com @vlastelica
Associate Director and Actor, Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble
Bio: Jum Warritay has worked with the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble for the past seven years as an actor, and now also serves as program coordinator and presenter. Her work with CITE melds her interests in theatre with a vocation for public sociology. Also a PhD candidate at Cornell University, she is trained as a historical sociologist in the Department of Development Sociology, with expertise in political economy and cultural studies. Her dissertation work looks critically at African development through the lens of textiles markets in Ghana. Before graduate school, she worked in education research at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a dual degree in Education and Social Policy, and International Studies.
Head of Recruiting Transformation, Global Talent Acquisition, Amazon
Bio: Kelly Cartwright is the Head of Recruiting Transformation for Amazon. In this position she designs and implements programmatic and technology enabled solutions that enhance the candidate experience and improves recruiter efficiency. She is also responsible for evaluating third party recruiting product and technology solutions. Prior to her current role, she was the Head of Talent Acquisition for the North America Retail where she was responsible for developing and executing the talent acquisition strategy for the Amazon Retail business.
Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in the Human Capital Management industry with deep expertise in the rapid development, delivery and implementation of professional services and technology solutions. Prior to joining Amazon she held leadership positions with Randstad, Korn Ferry and several start up talent acquisition technology solution firms.
Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Cisco Systems
Bio: Results focussed and performance orientated Recruitment Leader. I have worked in environments that require large scale change and strategy, also in 'changed' environments that want to improve their performance overall. I am able to consistently deliver results in period of change on a Global, Regional or Local level. Create and roll out best practise, delivering solutions across 50+ countries. highly competent with emerging and niche methods of recruitment including web2.0 / 3.0, social media and collaborative web. I am a consistent high performer.
Specialising in increased recruiter output, whilst also increasing overall quality of hire and significantly reducing the Cost Per Hire and Time To Hire, especially with aggressive business headcount demands.
I work and deliver to a broad range of Hiring Managers and clients from very tactical 1st line management to EVP/CXO level engagement.
Broad International experience. Having worked on assignments in EMEA, North America and APAC, managed hiring campaigns and projects. Worked closely with Legal Counsel to get a good understanding of employment law and hiring restrictions in the EMEA region. I have managed teams of Recruiters in 15+ countries.
Founder and Chairman, Future of Talent Institute
Bio: Kevin Wheeler is an entrepreneur, teacher, consultant to many Fortune 500 companies, as well as a noted author. He has founded a number of organizations including the Future of Talent Institute, Global Learning Resources, Inc. and the Australasian Talent Conference, Ltd. The Future of Talent Institute provides research, white papers, and a forum for senior talent leaders to learn, discuss, and share with each other their best practices, success stories and problems. The essence of the Future of Talent Institute is to bring smart people together with experts and researchers and probe at the edges of talent trends to see what emerges. In 1998, he founded and is the President of Global Learning Resources, Inc. which focuses on helping organizations architect long lasting and flexible talent strategies.
Kevin has been a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future and his consulting practices takes him all over the globe where he sees, firsthand how the impact of economics, education, diversity, and age affects talent and how it is valued and appreciated.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Talent Growth Advisors, LLC
Bio: Linda Brenner is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Talent Growth Advisors (TGA), a national management consultancy based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to founding TGA, Linda led talent acquisition and talent management teams for companies such as Gap, Pepsi/Pizza Hut and The Home Depot.
Linda started TGA in 2004 with the vision of helping business leaders improve talent results leveraging experience across operations, finance and talent management.
Linda and the TGA team have run finance and talent functions at Fortune 500 companies and have partnered with clients such as Coca-Cola, Raytheon, L’Oréal, Ogilvy and Expedia. Linda works directly with companies to align talent strategies that map to the bottom line.
TGA helps clients with talent planning, talent acquisition and talent management current state assessment, process design and implementation services. Linda is passionate about defining what great looks like in measurable terms and taking concrete, measurable, and staged steps to get there.
TGA recently released the results of a first-of-its-kind Intellectual Capital Index that revealed that talent is the number one driver of market value in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
This finding has talent strategy and management implications for companies of all sizes.
Linda co-wrote, along with TGA Co-Founder Tom McGuire, Talent Valuation: Accelerate Market Capitalization through Your Most Important Asset, which details the firm’s innovative approach to talent strategy. She’s also the author of How to Manage Self-Directed Employee Development.
Linda holds a Master of Arts degree in Labor and Employment Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Judaic Studies, both from the University of Cincinnati.
VP, Digital Strategy, TMP Worldwide
Bio: As VP of Digital Strategy, Louis works with clients to develop digital brand campaigns that include website development, mobile marketing, gaming, social media branding and experiential marketing. In his current role, he’s charged with building up employer digital brands and pushing clients to do things that help disrupt the market.
US Tax Talent Acquisition Leader, PwC
Bio: <p>Michael Baron is U.S. Tax Talent Acquisition Leader at PwC. He began his amazing journey by working in a couple of search firms, then made the move that truly shaped his career. He joined PwC (#23 this year on <em>Fortune’s</em> List of “Best Companies To Work For”). He has been here for the last 18 1/2 years, the last 12 of which have been in various leadership roles. For the last six years, he has proudly led the U.S. Tax Experienced talent acquisition team. </p><p>Now, his PwC journey continues, as has just taken on the role as U.S. Tax talent acquisition leader, focused on all aspects of TA (Campus, Experienced, Catalyst) for the U.S. Tax Practice (comprised of approximately 10,000 partners and staff). </p>
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Bio: Talent Acquisition Operational Leader and Strategist offering 15+ years of experience in leading, advising, and supporting corporations through complex staffing challenges. Strong technical expertise with a background in sourcing strategy, process design, vendor management, contract negotiations, operational metrics and expansion initiatives. Accomplished in negotiating terms with procurement groups and the implementation and administration of complex technology solutions. Excellent leader with a solid record of contributions including improved financial performance, increased productivity, and enhanced internal controls.
Talent Acquisition Manager, Lifeguard Ambulance Service LLC
Bio: 20+ years of TA experience in education, IT and medical services. Passionate and innovative talent acquisition leader with an entrepreneurial disposition and a dash of passion for technology. I help organizations design, develop and implement digital employer branding and recruitment marketing solutions that do not rely on "post and pray" methods but rather tell their story as to why someone should want to work for them. Talk to me about Star Wars, the great outdoors and college sports (Roll Tide). :-)