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2016 Talent Acquisition Annual Symposium

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016
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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Aligning the Stars to Navigate Today's Universe of Talent

Aligning the Stars to Navigate Today’s Universe of Talent Think about it. Stars are the light we see from an energy source that existed in the past.  Ask yourself—is your talent acquisition strategy traveling in the glow of yesterday? Talent leaders today must decisively chart a path to discover a yet unknown tomorrow. Faster paced change is pushing at the backs of even the most innovative recruiters and talent managers.  Trying to just stay competitive frankly, isn’t enough. You either trail blaze or lose the path. 

This year, guidance is on the way, as the “Stars” are truly aligning. Star Jones will kick off with a thought provoking keynote on diversity as a business imperative—not just for some—but for each and every company operating in today’s globalized economy.  Then we’ll learn about our next generation of top grads, and find out what appeals to these bright students as they select companies to launch their careers. Melissa Bailey will share over half a million student opinions to shape your global employer brand and communication strategies. Next, Glen Cathey goes deep on how to cut through the dark data to help you analyze and apply lean principles. We’ll focus on sourcing hard to find niche, experienced candidates that aren’t looking your way. We’ll pull it all together with a panel Glen will lead consisting of experienced talent acquisition leaders. They’ll offer up their secrets to success in recruiting with the best techniques that will also work for you.


7:45 - 8:30 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am | President’s Welcome and Announcements

8:45 - 10:00 am | Keynote Session - Diversity & Inclusion... A Business Imperative for the Future

Star Jones, President - Professional Diversity Network

Session Overview
A diverse and inclusive workforce drives economic growth, can capture a greater share of the consumer market, fosters a more creative and innovative workforce and is necessary to create a competitive economy in a globalized world.  Countless studies have shown that companies with diverse employees—particularly in positions of leadership—outperform companies that are homogenous. Diverse employees bring different experiences and perspectives that often lead to innovative ideas. That innovation impacts positively to a company's bottom line.  Diversity is not just about doing what's right; it's about doing what's good for business.

As the demographics of our nation continue to change, in order to compete, it is essential that businesses embrace diversity as a business imperative by recruiting, hiring and fostering an inclusive environment for Women, African Americans, Latinos, members of the LGBT community, Veterans and the Disabled.

Star Jones, President - Professional Diversity Network

Star Jones is President of Professional Diversity Network, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: IPDN) and President of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). As President, Ms. Jones leads a nationwide team dedicated to supporting and advocating for PDN’s over 10-million member network of diverse job seekers along with providing expanded career opportunities for the more than 850,000 diverse professional women members in the over 200 chapters of NAPW.

As President, Ms. Jones is responsible for the overall development, expansion, integration and implementation of Professional Diversity Network’s (PDN) development and programming strategy. By utilizing the collective strength of the PDN affiliate companies, members, partners, technology and unique proprietary platform, Ms. Jones and the PDN team set the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and disabled persons nationally. In addition, she serves as PDN’s "brand ambassador” conveying the organization’s message, brand and image worldwide.

A former Senior District Attorney for the city of New York, Ms. Jones previously served as an NBC News Legal Correspondent and Analyst over the last two decades. From 1997-2006, she was co-host of ABC’s hit daytime show The View. For her work in television, Ms. Jones has received nine Emmy nominations. 

Also an accomplished author, Ms. Jones has written two best-selling, non-fiction books: You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything (Bantam) and Shine: A Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love (Harper Collins). Her third book, Satan’s Sisters, was published in 2011 (Gallery) and is being developed into a network television movie and series.

Since 2011 Ms. Jones, a heart disease survivor herself, has been the face of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Go Red efforts as a National Volunteer. She has lobbied Congress on behalf of AHA and was asked by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to speak on heart health at the National Day of Service during President Barack Obama's 2013 Inauguration.

Ms. Jones frequently lectures on a variety of topics, including law, politics, race, gender equality, networking, women’s empowerment, pop culture, fitness and heart health.

10:00 - 10:15 am | Break and Exhibitor Showcase

10:15 - 11:30 am | General Session - Building and Activating a Strong Employer Brand

Session Overview
All companies have an employer brand - whether or not they manage it.  When it comes to your talent attraction efforts, having a strong employer value proposition is the first step toward success. Brian will share insight into developing an EVP that is STAC'D: sustainable, true, attractive, credible and distinct, and discuss how to bring it to life in your brand messaging.  The organizations that do this successfully will set themselves apart in the hunt for the right talent.

Brian Smith 

Brian Smith is the Director of Partner Relations of the Americas branch of Universum, the global leader in employer branding. Based upon its annual market research of over 1.5 million students and professionals around the world, Universum has been supporting leading employers for over 25 years as a strategic partner to develop and communicate effective employer brands to attract the right talent. ​

Universum’s data-driven insights and tools maximize its clients’ abilities to attract talent. Universum's t​ailored solutions position and differentiate companies as employers​ of choice, and help them make smarter, fact-based decisions that increase effectiveness and efficiency. 

Prior to leading Data Collection in the U.S. and Canada, Brian was a Key Account Manager, where he was responsible for connecting Fortune 1000 partners with Universum’s market intelligence and digital employer branding solutions. He has a passion for extracting insights from Universum’s data ​to help​ companies make strategic, data-driven decisions when it comes to attracting target talent and building Employer Value Propositions.

Brian has a B.S. in Political Science from Indiana University.

11:30 - 11:45 am | Break / Exhibitor Showcase

11:45 am - 12:45 pm | Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 pm | Professional Development Presentation

1:00 - 2:15 pm | Talent Acquisition Innovation Session - The Current and Future State of Recruiting

Glen Cathey, SVP Talent Strategy and Innovation National Recruiting Center

Session Overview
In this session, Glen Cathey will share his view of the current state of recruiting and what he feels the future will bring for talent acquisition, covering areas such as:

  • Talent attraction vs. proactive sourcing
  • Search & Match processes and technologies
  • Applying Lean principles to talent acquisition
  • Big and little data
  • The changing role of the sourcer/recruiter 

Glen Cathey, SVP Talent Strategy and Innovation National Recruiting Center, Kforce

With more than 18 years of experience in the staffing and RPO industries with a primary focus on I.T. professionals, Glen Cathey is a globally recognized sourcing and recruiting thought leader, blogger (Boolean Black Belt), and speaker (9X LinkedIn, 7X SourceCon, HCI, 2X Talent42, 2X TruLondon, 2X Australasian Talent Conference, and more…).

As SVP, Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, a $1B+ professional staffing firm, Glen serves as Kforce's talent acquisition SME, advising executive committee members on emerging trends and opportunities for Kforce to leverage people, process, technology and analytics to develop a strategic competitive advantage and to deliver more value to candidates, consultants and clients.

Reporting to the Chief Delivery Officer, Glen works in Kforce's National Recruiting Center providing thought leadership to nearly  1,000 sourcers, recruiters, managers, directors, VP's and senior leaders nationally to identify, implement, and continuously improve sourcing and recruiting tactics, strategies, processes and technologies to increase productivity and effectiveness.

Glen currently leads teams responsible for:

  • Hyper-specialized I.T. recruiting [big data - data scientists, predictive modelers, Hadoop, NoSQL, data visualization (Tableau, Qlikview, Spotfire), mobile app dev [iOS, Android], ERP [SAP, PeopleSoft, etc.]
  • Enterprise social media/digital strategy (training, best practices, reputation management, job distribution, Internet presence, etc.)
  • Offshore sourcing and recruiting
  • Technology evaluation
  • Analytics

Previously, Glen served as the VP of Global Sourcing and Talent Strategy for Randstad's RPO division.

2:15 - 2:30 pm | Break and Exhibitor Showcase

2:30 - 3:45 pm | Panel Session - Talent Acquisition Innovation

Moderator: Glen Cathey, SVP Talent Strategy and Innovation National Recruiting Center

Industry Panelist Experts Share Perspectives on Old vs. New Recruiting Techniques

  • Is Technology making recruiters lazy?
  • Cutting through the noise to reach top candidates
  • Is back to basics the answer?
  • Insights on direct sourcing – hear the debate and you decide

(see bio above)


Panelist: Jim Conti, Director of Talent, Sprout Social

Jim Conti is the Director of Talent at Sprout Social, a Chicago-based software company that offers social media engagement, advocacy and analytics solutions for leading agencies and brands. Jim is obsessed about talent acquisition and re-architecting organizational hiring processes. He built's talent acquisition program from scratch. Starting with a focus on talent acquisition, his current role also encompasses talent management and development, human resources, manger training and coaching, company culture, and employee engagement.


Prior to joining Raise, he oversaw global technical hiring for Motorola Mobility, which equated to ~75% of Motorola’s global hiring targets. And upon Google acquiring Motorola, Jim was loaned to revamp Motorola’s Global Technical hiring and recruiting process. Jim established Google’s Chicago recruitment team and oversaw 40 recruiters within Chicago and Austin. Jim managed the highest production software recruitment team at Google that brought top engineering candidates to its doors.  Prior to that, he worked at the largest privately held headhunting agency for over three years and was in the top 1% of the organization from a profit standpoint.   Clients included Microsoft, Intuit, NASA Oracle, Cisco, HP, eBay, PayPal, Google, among others. Jim started his career as a 6th grade teacher in Chicago's Austin neighborhood as part of Inner-City Teaching Corps.  Following his time in the classroom, Jim moved on to work for Inner-City Teaching Corps (now called Accelerate Institute) where he held roles in recruitment, program development, and fundraising.  


Jim holds degrees from Boston College and Northwestern University and sits on ITA's Talent Advisory Board. He also serves as Chair of the Associate Board at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.


About Sprout Social
Sprout Social offers social media engagement, advocacy and analytics solutions for leading agencies and brands.


Panelist: Shannon Pritchett, Editor - SourceCon

Shannon Pritchett is the Editor of SourceCon as of April 2016. She was most recently the Manager of Global Social Media and Sourcing within ManpowerGroup’s Global RPO Practice team. Shannon has a strong background in technical recruiting and advanced sourcing, and brings a wealth of experience in sourcing, social recruiting, information retrieval, and technical and passive candidate recruiting.


At ManpowerGroup, Shannon helped deliver sourcing and social media strategies for global recruitment teams. She led the Global Sourcing Expert Community consisting of more than 100 internal company sourcing experts across 45 different countries. Shannon got her start in the recruitment industry at Vanderbilt University and later worked as a Senior Recruiter for Internal Data Resources and Community Health Systems, Social Media Recruitment Ambassador for T-Mobile USA, Director of Recruiting for Moxy, and as an AIRS Trainer with ADP.

About SourceCon
SourceCon was created by sourcers and recruiters to provide knowledge sharing and insights about sourcing best practices. Born out of the necessity to recognize sourcing and research as essential components of the recruitment process, the SourceCon website was launched after the first SourceCon conference in 2007. SourceCon is a place for sharing tools, ideas, and ways for sourcers to improve their skills and knowledge. The goal of SourceCon is simply to inform, encourage, and empower. 

SourceCon offers a daily blog along with a twice-yearly conference to equip sourcing and recruiting professionals with everything they need to stay on the cutting edge. Learn more about the SourceCon Conference.

Panelist: Lisa Watkins, Director, Talent Acquisition - InnerWorkings

About InnerWorkings
Lisa is the Director of Talent Acquisition & Development at InnerWorkings, a marketing execution firm, where she leads the global talent strategy and serves as the company's executive recruiter. Lisa joined InnerWorkings in 2011 to help build a newly created in-house talent acquisition team, which has expanded the company's employee footprint from 700 employees in 12 countries to over 1,700 employees in 30+ countries. Before joining InnerWorkings, Lisa was a recruiter for Global Employment Solutions, a boutique recruiting agency in Chicago, where she placed employees with top financial services clients such as Citadel, Goldman Sachs, and various PE firms. Lisa received her Bachelor's in Marketing from Miami University

Panelist: Mike Chernesky, Director, Talent Acquisition - McDonalds

Mike currently leads the Corporate Recruiting team at McDonald's global headquarters and is responsible to build the team's capability to be a consultative function to the business and execute on talent acquisition strategies, processes, & creating positive candidate experiences for all Corporate (non restaurant) hiring.  


Over the course of his 10 years with McDonald's, Mike started as a recruiter, during a time when hiring managers were doing their own hiring.  Since then, Mike has helped build the talent acquisition function and has been in roles as a Talent Acquisition Manager, HR Manager for the campus restaurant, and a HR Business Partner for the Global Social Responsibility department.  Mike earned the McDonald's President's Award, which is awarded to the top 1% of the employee population. 


Prior to joining McDonalds, Mike spent several years in the Talent Acquisition functions at Coca-Cola Enterprises and Nicor Gas.

About McDonalds
McDonald’s Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s global system comprises both Company-owned and franchised restaurants. The Company manages its business as distinct geographic segments: the United States (U.S.); Europe, and Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA). With over 420,000 employees and $27.4B in sales, McDonald’s is headquartered in Oak Brook, IL.

3:45 - 4:00 pm | Mentorship Program Acknowledgement & Closing Remarks

4:00 - 6:00 pm | Cocktail Reception and Networking




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