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2019 June 27th Symposium - The Next Generation of Talent
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When: Thursday June 27, 2019
7:45 - 3:45 pm Registration and Program | 3:45 - 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
Where: The Conference Center - UBS Tower
One North Wacker
2nd Floor - Use the escalator located in the East/Franklin side of the lobby
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: STAR Chicago Headquarters
(312) 442-9079

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The Next Generation of Talent
Thursday June 27, 2019

STAR Chicago Member  $295 | Non-Member  $395
Non-Member including a 1 year STAR Chicago Membership  $415

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The Next Generation of Talent

Given the current historically low unemployment rates and challenging hiring environments, today’s Talent Acquisition professional is spending more time helping their businesses transform, being a strategic advisor, and analyzing a changing talent market.  The complexities of the talent acquisition equation are increasing and getting redefined. The Recruiter isn’t simply responsible for filling requisitions. This year’s STAR Chicago Symposium brings together some of the most forward thinking regional industry leaders to share how organizations are investing in upskilling and other strategies to identify, hire and build their future workforce.

Rebekah Kowalski, Client Workforce Solutions - ManpowerGroup North America

Rebekah Kowalski leads Client Workforce Solutions for ManpowerGroup North America. Rebekah’s work focuses on developing solutions that help organizations and leaders deal with the implications of both the shortage of rightly skilled workers, and the rapid evolution of roles and skills across multiple sectors. Rebekah led the ManpowerGroup team who worked with the Digital Design & Manufacturing Institute to define the future workforce for digital manufacturing and design, and is responsible for leading ManpowerGroup North America’s Manufacturing Sector Strategy. Leading up to her current role, Rebekah led the Workforce Strategy and Solution Integration Team for Right Management, a ManpowerGroup company, and was also responsible for the continuous innovation and expansion of Right Management’s Strategic Workforce Consulting Practice worldwide. Rebekah was the primary architect of ManpowerGroup’s proprietary workforce supply and demand forecasting solution and consulting process. She also pioneered the workforce strategy approach for our government clients to help them align their employment ecosystems with their long-term talent forecast.  


Vision 2030 - A Look into the Jobs of the Future

The year is 2030, you just sat down to start working on your latest project. Are you in an office? Do your team mates come from the same company, or even the same industry? Join Michael Rodgers, VP of Innovation for Advocate Aurora Health, in a discussion about jobs of the future. Learn what’s shaping employment trends, what types of roles will exist and why our region is working hard today to win as tomorrow’s next technological leader.


Mike Rodgers, VP of Commercial Innovation, Advocate Aurora Health, VP of 83 Tech Harbor, Inc.

Mike joined Aurora Health Care in 2013. As Vice President of Commercial Innovation, he is charged with overseeing Advocate Aurora’s commercial innovation, building new ventures and collaborations with healthcare startups nationwide. Rodgers both approves, designs, and implements ideas that not only generate revenue, but ensure a sustainable future for the healthcare system. He serves as Advocate Aurora’s liaison to Milwaukee’s start-up community and its innovation investments.  Through his roles at Advocate Aurora and the Milwaukee Tech Hub group Mike has played a critical role advancing Milwaukee's tech and startup ecosystem. Mike's support has helped grow Startup Milwaukee Week to the largest entrepreneurial event in Southeast Wisconsin and helped spur new programming and offerings from Startup Milwaukee such as our Founder's Circle an exclusive network of over 75 tech startup founders in Southeast Wisconsin.


Back to Basics: A Sourcing Strategy That Works

This session will dive into the fundamentals of sourcing strategies that will take a sourcing or recruiting function to the next level. With efficient approaches in intelligence gathering, intake meetings, sourcing methods and techniques, pipelining candidates, and candidate engagement, this discussion will have you thinking differently on how you attack sourcing and recruiting projects. You’ll leave this session doing things that will make any hiring manager smile!


Mike Chuidian, Sr. Tech Sourcer - Walmart eCommerce 

Mike Chuidian is a Sr. Tech Sourcer for Walmart Global eCommerce and is a 13-year veteran of the Recruiting/Staffing industry. A student of The Sourcing Institute and a well-rounded Sourcer/Recruiter who has worked with the likes of Deloitte, Coca-Cola, Sears Holdings Corp, Lowe's, etc. His passion for solving problems is evident with the success he’s had with the companies he has worked with. When not formulating Boolean strings and scraping data, he indulges in the world of sneaker collecting and is also a Hip-Hop DJ. Mike graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Cal State Long Beach.


Panel Discussion: Candidate Experience as a Compelling Business Necessity...Only If You Have the Evidence

What keeps Business, HR and TA leaders up at night covers a lot of ground. Priorities are a fact of life and not everything you want gets funded. When you can assert and defend that 80% of the variance in how candidates will rate their experience of your hiring process is due to just 5 factors, you'll find you'll stack higher on that list of must haves when you can link that rating to evidence of a higher conversion of quality candidates, a willingness to re-apply when more competitive, an increased intention to refer others or the continued interest in purchasing your products and services. 


Gerry Crispin, Life-long Student - CareerXroads

I am a life-long student of hiring with a passion for conversations about how every stakeholder in the recruiting process finds meaningful work; technology & data that contribute to employer & candidate decisions; and, an organizational strategy for talent management that is sustainable.  



Chloé Rada, Director of Talent Administration, Technology and Branding - Sodexo

I’m well invested in the future of Talent Acquisition and known for driving big ideas and empowering others to make positive change. My 18 years of experience in this space allows me to quickly build relationships and navigate complex environments into order implement tools and processes that allow for efficiency and data-driven decisions. In my Senior Leadership role at Sodexo, I own our Talent Technology and the Branding and Talent Administration function. Leading a team of 14 employees, we work tirelessly to enhance Sodexo’s Candidate Experience, Talent Attraction Strategy and our Recruitment Technology Systems. 

Lindsay Maanavi, Talent Acquisition Manager - West Monroe Partners 

Lindsay is a Talent Acquisition Manager with West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consulting firm. Prior to joining West Monroe, Lindsay led the recruiting efforts at a small startup IT consulting firm in downtown Chicago. She appreciates the art of storytelling to attract talent and loves coaching others around best practices in talent acquisition. She’s passionate about working to continuously improve candidate experience and loves collaborating with her colleagues at West Monroe around employer branding initiatives.  

Kristen Weirick, Global Head of TA & Chief Diversity Officer - United

As an HR leader, I'm passionate and focused on defining and implementing strategies that leverage talent resources to deliver exceptional results. My areas of specialty include: Global Talent Acquisition (North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific), executive recruitment, developing and executing against global Employment Value Propositions, driving employer branding strategies, operational excellence in talent acquisition/management, development and implementation of assessment and selection methodologies, building leadership and organization capabilities, driving enterprise level initiatives on talent and culture, diversity and inclusion strategies and metrics, unconscious bias training and consistent execution of results in multiple industries.

MariJo Calacci, Director, Experienced Hire Recruiting-Audit & Technology - KPMG

As National Director of Experienced Hire Recruiting for KPMG’s US Audit, Data & Analytics and Digital Business Transformation Practices, since 2011 MariJo has been responsible for executing against the firm’s aggressive growth priorities and strategic business needs through talent sourcing and acquisition.  She brings experience in the following areas of recruitment to KPMG’s Human Capital organization:  strategy, operations, diversity, contingent self-sourcing, domestic & international RPO, ATS system implementation, financials, marketing and social media.  Earlier in her career at KPMG, MariJo worked as a Director in Campus Recruiting and a Director of Resource Management. MariJo’s initial role after graduation was with KPMG as an Audit professional working on clients within the Consumer Products, Retail and Not For Profit industries.Other experience includes leading Human Resources and Recruitment at a technology start-up.