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2018 Talent Acquisition Annual Symposium | The Future of The Recruiter
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When: Thursday May 17, 2018
7:45 AM until 4:00 PM | 4:00 to 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
Where: Mid-America Club
200 East Randolph Street - 80th Floor - Aon Center
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Presenter: STAR Chicago (Society of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment)
Contact: STAR Chicago Headquarters
(312) 442-9079

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The Future of The Recruiter

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Modern technology seems to be changing the competitive landscape for attracting and retaining talent overnight. With the advancement in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other automation platforms we’ll have candid conversations about how the talent acquisition profession is evolving and you’ll be able to gain some insights from some of Chicago’s leading experts in the Recruiting and Sourcing areas.

ManpowerGroup Solutions Harmer Degarmo  


OPENING KEYNOTE | An Exploration of the Recruitment Industry

Key Takeaways: Automation, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Analytics will be key players in the future of recruitment and work. Here's what you need to know -This keynote will explore the past, present and future state of the recruitment industry. We will examine when it first started, how it has evolved over time, and what to expect from the industry in the future. Talent Acquisition and Recruiting professionals will be introduced to the industry trends that will affect their business operations today such as artificial intelligence and data analytics. We’ll also analyze the opportunities and challenges of these new technologies in the TA industry.

  • How these technologies will disrupt the industry and affect
    day-to-day recruitment
  • The importance of creating synergies between a business's automated operation and human capital operations
  • How to transition your business to align with the AI revolution
  • What workers can expect from this disruption and the skills they will need to still be relevant

Wade Burgess, CEO - Shiftgig

Wade Burgess is the Chief Executive Officer of Shiftgig, the leading mobile platform that connects businesses with reliable, high-quality workers on demand. In this role he leads Shiftgig to provide more economic opportunities for people, enable a faster and easier way to source workers and jobs on demand, and build technology that continues to improve people’s lives. Prior to joining Shiftgig, Wade was the Vice President of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn where he grew and led the Talent Solutions sales team and support organizations globally. Earlier in his career, Wade managed sales organizations for internet service providers, hardware, software, infrastructure, managed services, and IT outsourcing and training companies including Lighthouse Communications, IP Revolution, New Horizons, and OurTech Solutions. Wade’s personal mission is to help people live better lives and his role as CEO of Shiftgig allows him to do this for the gig and hourly worker. His career has predominantly been about bringing technology innovations to the business community. He’s focused not on a particular technology or tool, but on improving the way business is done through the combination of people, process, and technology.

AM GENERAL SESSION | AI, Analytics and the Future of Work

Attracting, retaining, and engaging talent are among the most challenging directives for today's Talent Acquisition and HR leaders. As big data, artificial intelligence and mass personalization proliferate inside organizations, successful companies will be those that listen intently, learn continually, adapt quickly, and execute with speed.

This session will highlight how leaders can leverage data, analytics, ONA, AI and machine learning to be among the successful ones in the future of work who:

  • eliminate bias in hiring and address diversity & inclusion
  • increase new employee retention with tailored candidate experiences
  • optimize time-to-productivity through collaboration & cognitive systems
  • establish mutually reinforcing systems of trust, maximizing innovation and performance

Chris Broderick – Founder & President at B.near Global, Inc.

Chris Broderick is an HR Change Agent, Coach & Consultant empowering companies to instill trust, truth & optimism in the workplace and harness the power of data to drive business performance. With two decades Fortune 100 experience, Chris knows her way around people and business. As author of IBM's employee engagement experience, she helps companies reimagine how work happens, enabling employees to do their best work now.

PM GENERAL SESSION | AI in Sourcing & Recruiting - The Good & The Bad

AI and machine learning algorithms are all the rage right now.  Everyone is talking about jobs getting automated, deep learning algorithms that get better and faster with each interaction, and the loss of cashiers at the McDonalds kiosk!  When it comes to staffing roles, we're seeing a huge influx of software companies promising the removal of many manual steps in the recruitment process.  No more sourcing!  No more scheduling!  No more bad job descriptions!  No more spam-y emails!  Life is now easy!

Now calm down….let's do a reality check.  While I believe that there are going to be some really cool things developed in the near future (3 - 5 years), we are still not there yet.  The AI dream has not come true yet.  The reasons for this are many, but the main ones that we will focus on are not machine-related, but human related.  

Which advancements promise to reshape the industry and which are just hype?  In this session, we're going to take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of AI in recruiting and sourcing.  We'll talk about the sourcing tools, how they search, how they work and how they might need to be second guessed.  We'll talk about AI used in recruitment tools and how it makes our lives so much easier but at the same time, it can give you the false impression that you're doing the job right.  We'll talk about the dream vs. the reality.  You'll come away from this session with a better idea of the sourcing, job search, messaging, scheduling and recruitment tools that might work for you.  We want you to question the machines, because if you don't, then who will? 

Mark Tortorici - Founder, Training Manager, & Staffing Manager at Transform Talent Acquisition -

Mark Tortorici is a Training, Recruiting, and Sourcing Manager who has been providing expert-level training for sourcers and recruiters since 1997.  He is also the founder of Transform Talent Acquisition, which specializes in training for high technology computer concepts, advanced active & passive sourcing techniques, and full life-cycle recruitment process. Mark has created and delivered robust training programs for companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Pinterest, Disney, Yahoo, and many others.  He has trained thousands of staffing professionals in person through technical and advanced sourcing classes as well as month-long training courses for individuals with no experience who were looking to break into the staffing world.


PM PANEL SESSION | Local Leaders Share Their Thoughts on Talent Acquisition Trends 

In this panel discussion you’ll gain some insights from some of Chicago’s well-known Talent Acquisition Leaders with moderation from our partners at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA). Hear from your peers as they navigate this candidate centric hiring climate and learn how they’re utilizing technology, sourcing, automation, artificial intelligence, and workforce analytics to remain relevant when hiring talent.


In this session you’ll gain knowledge from your peers in the following areas –

  • What’s keeping them up at night with all the latest talent acquisition trends
  • How they’re staying agile and delivering relevant data to their business leaders (CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, etc.)
  • How they’re morphing their candidate experience to deal with the #MeToo and Diversity initiatives


Trisha Degg VP, Talent Programs and Operations at Illinois Technology Association (ITA)


Trisha is the VP of Talent Programs and Operations for Illinois Technology Association – a business services organization focused on helping great tech companies scale. Trisha helps ITA’s 500-plus member companies navigate Chicago’s talent pool to find the best of the best. With almost 10 years of corporate recruiting, campus recruitment, and HR experience, Trisha excels at finding new ways to locate talent, and is passionate about networking. She works with the heads of HR/Talent at ITA companies to help develop and refine their procedures and processes. Trisha’s specialties are talent attraction and retention, organizational development, manager training, interview skills/resume writing, building and refining internship programs, and employment branding. Trisha also heads up the overall programming of ITA, including setting the strategic direction of all ITA's events and programming, confirming they bring value to the membership-base. She also acts as Executive Director of ITA's philanthropic arm, TechForward. TechForward's goal is to support STEM education in Illinois, focusing on under-served communities to help promote diversity in STEM careers.



Tim Mote, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition at Beam Suntory

Tim Mote is the Senior Director of Global Talent Acquisition for Beam Suntory. Beam Suntory is the 3rd largest premium spirits company and Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renown premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, EFFEN vodka, and Midori liqueur. In his current role, Tim leads efforts to elevate Beam Suntory’s global employer brand, identify emerging talent acquisition trends and technologies, and recruit diverse, dynamic and creative professionals that are a solid match for Beam Suntory’s culture. 

Matt Garvey, Director of Talent Acquisition at Relativity


An accomplished, strategic recruitment leader and talent management professional with a proven track record of success delivering results across multiple business sectors. Persuasive and effective leader, presenter and company ambassador; highly skilled at cross-collaborating internally to create a high performing recruitment and talent management center of excellence. Energetic and creative personality with the ability to develop strong and trusted long-term relationships with stakeholders, including top recruits and key business contacts, as well as team members at all levels, from interns to C-level executives. Insightful and thought-provoking counselor who provides smart, intuitive and results-driven solutions to complex challenges. Confident with the intellectual rigor to take reasonable and well-calculated risks.

John Talarico, Global Head of Talent Acquisition & Development at DRW

John is the Global Head of Talent Acquisition and Development at DRW. With over 20 years of experience in hnancial services talent acquisition, he currently leads lateral hiring, university strategy and educational initiatives for the 800-person principal trading firm. John's previous roles include Vice President, Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs and Director, Human Capital at Citadel both in New York and Chicago. John is originally from Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.

Amie Ernst, Recruiting Manager at Amazon AWS AI

Amie Ernst is a talent practitioner in leveraging tools and technologies that enhance the candidate experience and strategic talent acquisition initiatives. Amie has led recruiting teams for over 10 years and has a proven track record in technical recruitment and sourcing team development. As the Recruiting Manager for Amazon AWS AI, Amie leads a recruiting team of 21 people supporting Machine Learning and AI initiatives. Prior to Amazon, Amie was the Operations Manager at CareerBuilder for the Personified Sourcing RPO where she managed a team of 48 sourcers. Prior to CareerBuilder she worked as Recruiting Manager of the TASI Group. Amie is passionate about developing people, processes, AI and automation, strategic innovations of recruiting roadmaps. Amie is a 5 time Grandmaster challenger winner of Sourcecon GM Challenge, a global technical sourcing contest. She is now on the advisory board for the Sourcecon Conference and a 3 time key note speaker. Amie has earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Management from Walden University. She has been married almost 20 years to her husband Todd and they have 4 children. She loves football but loves her coffee even more.