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When: Wednesday, June 13
8:30 -10:30am
Where: CareerBuilder Corporate Headquarters
200 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: STAR Chicago Headquarters
(312) 442-9079

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Breaking through Recruiting Roadblocks:
What to Do When Your Hiring Manager is Derailing the Recruiting Process

STAR Chicago Member: $100 | Non-Member: $150

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8:30 - 10:30 am
8:30 - 8:45am | Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast 
8:45 - 9:00am | Announcements
9:00 - 10:30am | Presentation 

Do you ever feel like you and the hiring manager are not on the same team?  Or have the nagging sense that everyone has separate agendas?

Hiring Managers say recruiters don’t know what they are looking for, recruiters say Hiring Managers don’t know or keep changing the qualifications they are looking for in a position. Who’s right? And how do you get past it?   

You can overcome this.

Join our panel of Talent Acquisition experts as they share their insights on how to manage through and build a collaborative recruiting partnership. Our Panelists will share best practices on how to:

  • Design and implement effective SLA’s for intake sessions
  • Definition of the requirements - “must haves”
  • Address derailed situations and push back: using data analytics, etc.
  • Successful methods to identify the reasons for Hiring Manager indecision
  • How to empower and train your teams in these situations
  • Create winning partnerships going forward with your teams and the Hiring Managers


Kevin Bodine, Head of Talent Acquisition – BlueCross BlueShield

Talent Acquisition Leader with over 20 years managing the Talent function for Fortune 500 companies in the following disciplines: IT, Engineering, Finance and Accounting, Legal, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, Nursing, Union, Light Industrial and High Volume. I have served as a thought leader for strategic recruiting strategies, workforce planning, data analytics, social media, employer branding, HR technologies and processes including predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. Expertise in: hiring, training, developing and managing local and global recruiting/sourcing teams, training in the latest internet recruiting techniques as well as implementing recruiting/sourcing strategies and technologies.  I’m the proud father of 3 beautiful girls.


Eddie Schmitz, Regional Head, Talent Acquisition, US & Canada - Takeda Pharmaceuticals

As the Regional Head of Talent Acquisition for the US & Canada, Eddie Schmitz provides strategic direction to the team responsible for all full-time, intern, and contingent labor hiring at Takeda. Eddie has proven success in implementing outstanding talent acquisition strategies as well as developing high performing teams of professionals to attract top talent within the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout his career, Eddie has built and fostered strong professional relationships and cutting-edge technology platforms to identify and draw talent.  He has a solid track record of leading change, implementing large scale projects, establishing metrics, and streamlining processes within Talent Acquisition.


Dave Perel, Director Talent Acquisition – Huron Consulting Group

I bring over 20 years of professional experience in consulting, executive search and corporate talent acquisition and have a passion for delivering high quality, customized performance-based talent recruiting solutions for a variety of US and global business functions and industry sectors. I currently serve as the director of talent acquisition for Huron Healthcare and as transformation leader for enterprise-wide initiatives improving the efficiency and consistency of recruiting strategy and operations, candidate and client experience, employer branding, acquisition integration, and technology, reporting and analytics. Creator of ACES® Talent Assessment, a comprehensive interview framework that enables organizations to assess and select high performance talent through a customized toolkit that examines performance, competencies, critical thinking, and character.


Charles Bretz, Senior Manager Talent Acquisition – PLS Financial Services

Charles Bretz works for PLS Financial Services as the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition. Charles is responsible for developing and implementing all Talent Acquisition strategies, vendor management and recruiting programs to meet current and future needs. As a sourcing guru, Charles is sought out for his industry expertise and has written articles for Talent Management Magazine, Recruiting Trends, Baseline Magazine and many other publications and has presented various conferences including SourceCon and The Recruiting Learning Conference. He has done multiple radio media tours speaking on social media and military recruiting.  Charles is a member of the Staffing Management Association of Greater Chicago, SourceCon Chicago and Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP). Overall, Charles has over 20 years of experience in recruiting and sourcing, providing strategic, tactical and competitive intelligence to both the private and public sector.   Charles is from the Chicagoland area and has a B.S. in Communications from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.






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