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Professional Development Breakfast Program: Innovative Approaches to Talent Gaps
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When: 6/23/2016
8:00 -10:00 AM
Where: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management - The Kartheiser Group
Three First National Plaza - Suite 5100
Chicago, Illinois  60602
United States
Contact: STAR Chicago Headquarters
(312) 442-9079

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Innovative Approaches to Talent Gaps

STAR Chicago Member: $40 | Non-Member: $65 

8:00 -   8:15 AM | Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast 
8:15 -   8:30 AM | Announcements

8:30 - 10:00 AM | Presentation

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Throughout history, the brave have taken great risks to explore new frontiers.  These trailblazers overcame their fears and questioned everything they knew to be true.  Even though it was believed the world was flat, Christopher Columbus embarked on a dangerous voyage approximately 9,000 miles across the Atlantic. His success changed the course of history and gave confidence to others to envision new possibilities.


Today’s market conditions require Talent Acquisition professionals to be visionaries.  What we’ve known to be true will no longer be enough to succeed to today’s highly competitive market.  Those courageous leaders who adopt bold talent solutions will strengthen their competitive advantage and leave a lasting legacy.


Have you ever thought about collaborating with your competitors?  Can you design or re-design work based on the needs of your target audience? What can you do to prioritize and support the needs of the candidate before the needs of your company?


Come meet  Talent Acquisition pioneers who are challenging the status quo and have identified innovative solutions to address today’s skill gaps.  You’ll be inspired to re-think your current talent attraction strategies and believe the impossible is possible.




Kristy Nittskoff, Founder - Talent-Savvy

Kristy has over 10 years of HR experience and is the Founder of Talent-Savvy.  She consults with growing companies to help them achieve their recruitment and retention goals through implementing innovative talent attraction and employment branding strategies.  She coaches executives, corporate recruiters, and HR managers on the nuances of recruitment in order to set them on a path to crush their goals and scale efficiently.   ​​


Prior to starting Talent-Savvy, Kristy served as the head of HR for a growing tech firm.  She holds an MBA in Leadership and Change Management, as well as an SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification.  She loves connecting job-seekers with their ideal opportunities and helping companies fully realize their potential to retain top talent.




Wendy Zietz, Managing Director, Program Diversity - ManpowerGroup Solutions RPO

Wendy Zietz has nearly two decades of experience in the recruitment industry, with the last 12 years focused on recruitment management. Wendy joined ManpowerGroup in 2012 as a Managing Director in Program Delivery, building out ManpowerGroup’s CORE (Center of Recruiting Excellence) to support the RPO line of business. She specializes in managing large teams in the high volume recruiting space and has touched multiple industries, including financial services, manufacturing, engineering and retail.

In her current role, Wendy is the Managing Director of RPO CORE in Milwaukee, overseeing the production and development of over 100 resources. Wendy is integral in building and maintaining the successful business model of CORE, making a positive impact across the organization through cost savings, increased efficiencies and talent progression. Wendy partners closely with RPO leadership on the program delivery side to ensure optimal client service. She works to continually evolve the CORE so that it keeps pace with program team and client needs.

In addition to RPO, Wendy was instrumental in the foundation and implementation of the North America CORE servicing the Manpower and Experis brands. She oversees the CORE Support Center (CSC), supporting cross-brand recruitment and on-boarding and aligning brand leadership on CORE operations. She views the CORE in Milwaukee as part of a larger, global organization and seeks to partner with colleagues in Manila, Lima and Gdansk to maximize CORE efficiency and productivity.

Wendy’s experience in recruitment and recruitment management includes work with other RPO providers as a Program Manager at Kelly OCG and as Director of Operations for Capital H Group’s National Recruitment Practice. Her background also includes Talent Acquisition Management from the corporate side in financial services.


Dave Coons, Senior Vice President - The Jacobson Group

As Senior Vice President of The Jacobson Group, Dave Coons provides leadership to Jacobson's professional recruiting, emerging talent, RPO, and temporary and temp-to-hire staffing practice. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of these business units, Dave serves on the Executive Management Team and plays an integral role in the continued growth and development of the firm.

Dave joined Jacobson in 2007 to head up its subject matter experts practice and later transitioned to his current role. With extensive experience in the human capital and professional services arenas, he most recently served as Vice President of Business Development for a global human resources consulting firm. His successful career record also includes executive tenures with a leading recruitment process outsourcing provider and a global technology consulting firm.

Dave earned his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago and his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Currently, he is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Chicago Area Healthcare Recruiters Association (CAHR), Harper College for Business Advisory Committee, and Loyola and Indiana University alumni foundations.


Crystal Stanfield, Manager, Global Recruiting - IBM

Crystal Stanfield has 18 years of progressive experience in Talent Acquisition through a mixed background of contingency/retained recruiting, as well as, in-house corporate recruiting. Crystal started recruiting at age 19 for a boutique search firm and quickly built a network in Chicago of professionals ranging from Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, IT and Engineering. After 7 years in agency, she made a switch to Corporate Human Resources. Her first role was a start-up position to build a centralized recruitment function for an 1800 employee manufacturer. Thereafter, Crystal has been associated with numerous opportunities to “build” processes, systems, programs, business unit expansions, global expansions, strategies, workforce plans, employment branding and teams to get the job done! 

Crystal Stanfield is the Manager, Global Recruiting for Cleversafe’s IBM Cloud Storage and is currently leading their global expansion of 330 new heads globally. Her experience over the last 18 years has been across industries such as Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Distribution, Healthcare and Technology. Crystal has built systems, processes, branding, teams and has a great deal of experience in scaling businesses through effective Talent strategies.



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