Strategic Talent Acquisition & Retention
May 18 - 20, 2016 in New York City
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Thursday, May 19

9:15am EDT

Structure An Internship Program That Will Improve Talent Acquisition, Increase Retention, And Enhance Your Organization

DoSomething.org has an incredible intern program, which is not something most companies are able to brag about. In addition, 25% of DoSomething.org staff is former interns. Their secret to success lies in crafting an experience that is fun for the interns, creating opportunities for them to have big wins, and keeping lines of communication open during and after the internship process. To become an intern at DoSomething.org one must undergo the the internship interview process aka the longest and most in-depth interview one will ever experience.


Learn the steps to take to improve your current internship program in order to create a successful internship program that will help improve acquisition and retention, including how to:

  • Create a structured and sustainable program: How do they apply? What are the criteria? How do you determine what positions to hire for? How do they onboard?
  • Set goals for your program and for the interns: What do you want your intern to accomplish? Why is it important? What can they do that will convince you they are worth a full time hire?
  • Follow up after the internship: How do you want to stay in touch with them? If you hire them, what should you expect vs other staffers?


Samantha Arpino, Head of Talent and Culture (aka Head of Fun)


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Sam Arpino

Head of Talent and Culture (aka Head of Fun), DoSomething.org
An organization is only as good as its staff, and DoSomething.org's culture shines because of the amazing people who work here. That's where our Head of Fun comes in. Sam Arpino is our Head of Fun, aka our Head of Talent and Culture. As a Brooklyn native who has seen the demise of... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 9:15am - 9:50am EDT
New York City

9:50am EDT

Recruitment Just Got Awesome: How Gamification Can Enhance Your Hiring And Recruitment Process
McGladrey and cityHUNT

In recent years, recruiting top company talent has become even harder. While the increase in job applicants makes it harder to single out quality candidates, the rise in competing job offers makes it ever-more important to convince applicants that your company is the ideal match.


Together, one of the Top-5 accounting firms, McGladrey, and, the innovative and interactive gamification app group, cityHUNT, will show you how events can help your recruitment process and attract applicants through your unique company values and culture. 


Walk away with an innovative way to recruit top talent, and learn how to:

  • Gamify your process and use gamification to make hiring awesome
  • Attend events and find top talent, with the right skills sets, without searching
  • Make better hiring decisions for your organization


Gabrielle Nader, Talent Acquisition Manager


Ben Hoffman, CEO


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Ben Hoffman

I harness the power of positive psychology, corporate team building and adventure to enhance team productivity, employee relations and workplace happiness. I understand the importance and impact that the relationships you have at work can have. My goal is to help everyone build... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 9:50am - 10:25am EDT
New York City

10:45am EDT

5 Tips To Deliver World-Class Talent Acquisition – Develop A Strategy, Build A Team, And Achieve Your Hiring Plans
Medidata Solutions

Choosing to be a talent acquisition professional is not for the faint of heart! The average tenure of most talent acquisition leaders is 18-24 months. This session will provide you with the knowledge to develop a world-class talent acquisition strategy, build a high-performing team, and achieve your hiring plans. You will also learn how to partner with key stakeholders, including Hiring Managers, HR Business Partners, Senior leadership, and Finance, who are crucial to your success.


Gain 5 tips to develop a winning talent acquisition strategy and achieve success in running a high performing talent acquisition team:

  1. Encourage leadership to push talent acquisition engagement
  2. Implement a talent acquisition strategic plan
  3. Partner with key stakeholders
  4. Develop your employment brand
  5. And one more, that is a secret!

Susan Hailey, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

Medidata Solutions 

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Susan Hailey

Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, Medidata Solutions
Susan is the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition for Medidata Solutions. Medidata is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based software and solutions for Life Sciences and Clinical Trial development. Her team is focused on attracting and selecting top talent globally... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45am - 11:20am EDT
New York City

11:20am EDT

Using LinkedIn, Video, And Professional Development To Boost Your Recruiting Efforts
Express Scripts

Video represents 70% of content on the internet and shows up even higher in Boolean searches. With video interviewing becoming increasingly more popular, how do Recruiters position themselves to engage new talent using these tools?


Learn how Express Scripts uses video as a core part of their recruiting strategy and how they partnered with LinkedIn to perfect the elevator pitch and engage with new LinkedIn followers. Leave prepared to harness the power of LinkedIn and video and take your existing recruitment efforts to the next level, including how to:

  • Develop an elevator pitch for recruiters
  • Shoot a “selfie” video and learn the best practices for shooting a quality video with your phone
  • Add professional development for Recruiters (no other LinkedIn clients have done this before!)
  • Have fun with your team and recruiters

Allison Dietz, Sr. Manager of Talent Acquisition

Express Scripts

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Allison Dietz

Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, Express Scripts
I truly enjoy my job. I lead a team of matchmakers that find the best talent for the world's number one Pharmacy Benefit Manager. We hire the pharmacists, nurses and leaders of Express Scripts. We are all in for patients! I believe enthusiasm is contagious. The best compliment I... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 11:20am - 11:55am EDT
New York City

1:30pm EDT

How To Create An Exceptional Candidate Experiences for Today’s Consumer-Workers TM
NCR Corporation
In today’s highly competitive world of work, the key to attracting and engaging the best talent is to create relevant, engaging experiences that address their evolving needs.  


Learn behind-the-scenes insights on how NCR Corporation applies their Five-Star Experience ModelTM to develop SMAC-enabled experiences fit for today’s Consumer-Workers.


This forward-thinking session will introduce you to NCR Corporation’s innovative concepts. You’ll gain an inside look at how their unique model of attracting and engaging today's top talent can be applied to your own organization, including how to: 

  • Identify who today’s Consumer-Workers are and why they matter 

  • Develop effective candidate personas for your own organization 

  • Differentiate with relevant, engaging employer brand propositions 

  • Design SMAC-led experiences that start with your recruitment initiatives 

  • Partner with marketing and CX experts  

Wendy Smith, Head of Candidate & New Employee Experiences

NCR Corporation 


Kevin Finke, Culture Transformation Catalyst

 NCR Corporation

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Kevin Finke

Culture Transformation Catalyst, NCR Corporation
You know that kid who never stopped asking why? That was Kevin. And asking why—finding out why something works and how to make it better—still drives him to this day. His curious, contagious spirit is what helps him create meaningful experiences for the world’s most progressive... Read More →
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Wendy Smith

Head of Candidate & New Employee Experiences, NCR Corporation
Wendy Smith is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, and there’s nothing she’s more passionate about than challenging old paradigms, especially when that means helping others to learn, grow and achieve their personal goals and dreams.   At NCR, she focuses on creating the most... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:05pm EDT
New York City

3:00pm EDT

Cut Through The Noise: Attract, Engage, And Retain Millenials
Brilliant Ink & TMI Agency
It’s official: Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to the Pew Research Center – and it seems the rest of us have been scratching our heads ever since. What do they care about? What motivates them? How do we communicate with them effectively? 


This data-driven and action-oriented presentation will combine the millennial-centric marketing and communications know-how of TMI Agency with the employee experience research and expertise of Brilliant Ink.


This session will leave you with the tools needed to identify where your organization is falling short and provide you with practical tips & ideas for what millennials actually care about throughout each phase of the employee lifecycle, including how to: 


  • Demonstrate you're an employer of choice
  • Effectively attract the best millennial candidates
  • Ensure your interviewing, hiring, and orientation processes will build a strong foundation of trust and engagement with new millennials joining your organization
  • Cut through the noise and communicate effectively with newly hired millennial employees
  • Engage and retain your millennial employees


Ann Melinger, CEO

Brilliant Ink


Greg Perlstein, Director, Strategy & Partnerships

TMI Agency

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Ann Melinger

CEO, Brilliant Ink
I've spent the last 15+ years counseling organizations on improving employee engagement and business results. Employee engagement is my passion and I believe strongly in the role that communications plays in helping people feel good about the work they do every day. I believe my work... Read More →
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Greg Perlstein

Director, Strategy & Partnerships, TMI Agency
Greg Perlstein is Director of Strategy and Partnerships at TMI Agency. He helps clients motivate millennials to take action on the world’s most pressing social issues. TMI is the consulting arm of DoSomething.org, which has 20 years of experience motivating 4.8 million members to... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 3:00pm - 3:35pm EDT
New York City

3:35pm EDT

Building Your Talent Pool With The Law Of Attraction And Storytelling
lululemon athletica

 Engaged employees make the best brand ambassadors and recruiters. Giving your employees the space to be creative story tellers and community connectors not only attracts the right people to your company, it keeps them there.


Hear how lululemon atheltica distinguishes themselves in the talent war and leverages the Law of Attraction. Discover how they have continued to attract the right people and grow their talent pool with ease by implementing and spreading the right culture, developing leaders, and being committed to helping their employees be the best versions of themselves.


Learn from lululemon atheltica’s approach to talent acquisition and brand awareness and return to your office with practical tips to grow your talent pool, including how to:


  • Understand and play to the strengths of your company culture
  • Encourage your employees to live your brand – they are the “faces” of your brand
  • Build a collective and start creatively sharing your company’s stories
  • Use the Law of Attraction as a tool – everyone can be a recruiter, if you provide them with the right tools

Colleen Pelly, Global Recruiter

lululemon athletica

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Colleen Pelly

Global Recruiter, lululemon athletica
Colleen is passionate about people and is currently driving the law of attraction and living in luon on the recruitment team for lululemon athletica. In her role she recruits internationally for both corporate and field roles and owns and develops key initiatives for her team and... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 3:35pm - 4:10pm EDT
New York City
Friday, May 20

8:30am EDT

Positioning Your Organization To Successfully Recruit And Retain The Millennial Generation
Urban Adventures

 An overwhelming majority of Millennials want to be a part of something bigger when it comes to where they work. As this generation begins to grow within the workforce, companies should be prepared to not only embody the type of organization Millennials want to work for, but also to understand how to communicate their values to attract Millennial talent.


Learn firsthand from an actual Millennial, who has recruited and managed Millennials, on what Millennials are looking for, how to show you’ve got it, and how to keep them engaged once you’ve hired them. Discover best practices to engage and attract Millennials to want to work for your organization, including how to:

  • Understand what motivates Millennials in the workplace
  • Clearly communicate your organization’s values, particularly on social media, in order to attract the right employees
  • Match your employee experience with the intangible benefits that engage Millennials

Lindsay Young, Global Marketing Manager

Urban Adventures

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Lindsay Young

Global Marketing Manager, Urban Adventures
Lindsay Young is the Global Marketing Manager of Urban Adventures, a day tour operator offering unique, local experiences in more than 125 cities worldwide. Lindsay manages a global marketing team as they grow this young company through content marketing, social media, partnerships... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:05am EDT
New York City

9:05am EDT

Driving Innovation Strategically: Balancing Your Employee’s Bandwidth With New And Exciting Technologies
Fidelity Investments

 Innovation is critical to evolving talent acquisition, but how do you innovate in a strategic way that involves your entire organization without having it devolve into a quagmire of cool, shiny things that don’t necessarily deliver ROI? Finding a way to balance your employee’s bandwidth with new and exciting technologies is often a struggle.


Learn how the Enterprise Talent Group at Fidelity Investments drove innovation strategically. Discover how you can harness the power of innovation while balancing the impact of it on your resources, including how to:

  • Establish expectations for a programmatic approach to innovation
  • Boost engagement of associates by creating an innovation-community
  • Identify and socialize a framework for the flow of innovation projects

Kelle Thompson, Vice President Enterprise Talent Marketing & Innovation

Fidelity Investments

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Kelle Thompson

Vice President of Enterprise Talent Marketing and Innovation, Fidelity Investments
Kelle Thompson is the Vice President of Enterprise Talent Marketing and Innovation at Fidelity Investments where she leads the firm’s efforts in social recruiting, employment branding and talent innovation.  Prior to working at Fidelity Investments, Kelle was at Liberty Mutual... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 9:05am - 9:40am EDT
New York City

10:00am EDT

Leveraging Social Listening To Monitor Reputation, Build Relationships, And Improve The Candidate Experience

The growing importance of social media in recruiting is undeniable, but how can we move from simply having a presence, to actively listening and building relationships on social? Social listening allows us to hear beyond conversations that are happening with us, to conversations that are happening about us. It enables us to gain a better understanding of our reputation while identifying opportunities for engagement.


Hear how Allstate’s Employment Brand Team built a social listening strategy to improve the candidate experience, engage employees, and advance their employment brand reputation and what they learned along the way.


During this session, you’ll learn the benefits and applications of social listening in recruiting, including how to:


  • Use social listening to improve your candidate experience
  • Engage your natural employee advocates
  • Better understand and track your employer brand reputation
  • Encourage positive conversation around your employment brand


Carly Kinzler, Employment Branding Consultant, Talent Acquisition


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Carly Kinzler

Employment Branding Consultant, Talent Acquisition, Allstate
Carly is an Employment Branding Consultant on Allstate's Talent Acquisition (TA) Strategic Services team. She is half creative, half analyst, and 100% strategic solutions provider. Carly brings insights and creativity to shape Allstate’s employment brand, recruitment marketing and... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 10:35am EDT
New York City

10:35am EDT

Developing An Effective Strategy To Keep All Candidates Engaged, Even After Rejection
Johnson & Johnson

As Recruiters, we often meet candidates who are outstanding, but don’t get the job. How do we keep those candidates who were so close, and would maybe be a good fit for another role, at another time, engaged and interested?


J&J Talent Acquisition has developed a “Silver Medalist” Strategy around candidate engagement and marketing those candidates to other parts of the business that they may be a better fit for.


Learn how to keep your “almost there” candidates engaged, even after rejection, and learn how you can:  

  • Develop a “Silver Medalist Strategy” of your own and get leadership to buy into it
  • Manage candidate engagement – who owns what and who should do what
  • Communicate with your Silver Medalists – what works best
  • Measure success and continue to improve


Colleen Albright, Manager Talent Acquisition, Sourcing

Johnson & Johnson

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Colleen Albright

Manager Talent Acquisition, Sourcing, Johnson & Johnson
Colleen Albright is a Talent Acquisition leader with over 20 years of experience in Agency, Executive and Corporate Recruiting.  She has worked in a variety of industries including Consulting, Technology, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods and Medical Device.  As a Manager of Talent... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 10:35am - 11:10am EDT
New York City

12:40pm EDT

Interactive Group Session: Discuss Your Biggest Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, & Retention Challenges & Solutions
Now that you have heard a number of in-depth presentations on talent acquisition and recruiting best practices, it is time to put that knowledge to work. You will be divided into groups to discuss with your fellow attendees the specific challenges you may be experiencing within your organization and come up with a strategic plan to solve it. Take this time to receive solutions from your peers as well as provide tips & tricks of your own.

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Ann Melinger

CEO, Brilliant Ink
I've spent the last 15+ years counseling organizations on improving employee engagement and business results. Employee engagement is my passion and I believe strongly in the role that communications plays in helping people feel good about the work they do every day. I believe my work... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm EDT
New York City

1:35pm EDT

Revitalize Your Recruitment Strategy By Focusing On Employment Branding, Social Media, And Candidate Outreach

Candidates today are becoming increasingly effective at circumventing the recruitment cycle using tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.  While this occurs we find ourselves asking “Why are they going around us?” The answer is simple, we are afraid to make ourselves available to them, to communicate clearly and to use social media to our advantage.  


Building your employment brand using technology has never been easier, yet many companies just hope if they post jobs the candidates will come. Or worse, paying recruitment agencies upwards of 25% of a salary to find passive candidates sitting just a few clicks away.


Learn how you can harness the power social media, design employment brand websites, and set up applicant tracking systems that help you find candidates instead of eliminating them. Open your mind to using cool technologies like video interviews, cultural assessments, and instant chatting with recruiters.


Leave this session equipped with best practices to help you craft your recruitment strategy to attract candidates in 2016, including how to:

  • Emphasize the simplicity of creating an exceptional candidate experience and the ramifications of not concerning yourself with this element
  • Build an authentic brand internally before trying to establish one externally
  • Recognize “show me” versus “tell me” style of evaluating candidates

Bradford Wilkins*, Vice President, Human Resources


*Bradford was named the #1 recruiter in 2013 and 2014 by TheLadders.com

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Bradford Wilkins

Vice President, Human Resources, Altisource
Bradford specializes in innovative, talent-management strategies at growing companies. He has held architecture responsibilities for multiple integrated talent departments at growing companies, incorporating talent acquisition, talent development and organizational development across... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 1:35pm - 2:10pm EDT
New York City

2:10pm EDT

Creating And Measuring A Successful And Effective Social Recruiting Program That Improves Talent Attraction
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Hiring isn’t the problem, attracting the right talent is. Attracting talent requires recruiters to have compelling, advanced, and authentic social marketing skills. At Cisco Systems, Inc., the Talent Team knew they needed to “up their game” on social media platforms. The Cisco Systems, Inc. Talent Team set out to grow their follower base, find the right talent for high growth business units, and use these platforms to better communicate their talent brand message. The outcome was that the Talent Team recruiters became Social Media Super Heroes – “Socialvengers” increasing the reach of Cisco Systems, Inc. by 2253%.


Leave this session with the toolkit you need to create a successful social recruiting program, including how to:

  • Teach your recruiters to harness the power of each social media platform with customizable approaches  
  • Create compelling content and stories to connect with potential talent
  • Measure your recruiters’ results on social – followers, reach, applies, engagement, etc.
  • Reward and recognize best practices and superior results
  • Scale to the business and hiring managers

Macy Andrews, Director, Global Talent Brand

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Macy Andrews

Director HR, Global Talent Brand, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Macy Andrews is Director HR, Global Talent Brand.  Macy leads Cisco’s efforts to attract talent in high growth segments and within the core business. Her team develops unique communications approaches, executes differentiating event strategies, and creates social media and digital... Read More →

Friday May 20, 2016 2:10pm - 2:45pm EDT
New York City