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When: Thursday May 18, 2017
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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2017 Talent Acquisition Annual Symposium
The Art & Science of Recruiting Talent

Member $295 | Non-Member $395
Non-Member Registration including a 1 year STAR Chicago Membership $420

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There is a need for talent acquisition leaders and their recruiting teams to flex in new ways—to become experts in areas beyond just the art of attracting and recruiting talent. Successful leaders also become advocates for the entire talent lifecycle. From a science vantage point, recruiters should be having meaningful conversations with their company’s analytics teams to gain deeper insights into the type of talent that is successful in its business. Using this data will assist in assessing quality of hire. This year, we’ve brought together the best of the best to help talent acquisition leaders, managers and front line recruiting teams understand the changes in today’s labor market, the rise of authenticity and every changing candidate preferences. This year’s speakers and panelists are industry leaders, gurus and leading practitioners. And we’ve brought them together right here in Chicago! 

This program is approved for 4.75 HR General Credit Hours.
"The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit."




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

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

8:45 - 10:00am | Keynote Session - The Everchanging Workplace

In her Keynote Opening Session, Kathryn will discuss how changes in the workplace, such as the rise of millennials and an increasing focus on engagement, diversity and new organizational structures, are forcing companies to focus on how to attract, retain, and motivate talent in fresh ways. Organizations that think outside of the box and adjust their recruitment strategies to reflect the interests of potential employees, can better attract—not just any candidates—but the right candidates. Companies need to showcase their brands and provide insight into their corporate culture in an authentic way. Kathryn will talk through ways to do this using employee stories, content, video and more.

Kathryn Minshew, CEO - Muse
Kathryn Minshew is CEO and Founder of The Muse, a career platform chosen by 50+ million millennials and beyond every year for help advancing in their careers. Minshew contributes her expertise to publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review and is a sought after speaker, sharing her insights at MIT and Harvard and on TODAY and CNN. Minshew has been named to Inc.’s 35 Under 35 and SmartCEO’s Future50. Before founding The Muse, Minshew worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Kigali, Rwanda, and McKinsey & Company, in New York.

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

10:15 - 11:30am | AM General Session Speaker - Talent Attraction and Data - How to Gain Insights?

Forget everything you’ve ever been told about recruiting, and get a fresh perspective that’s based on the realities of what it takes to attract talent today. You’ll learn why the old myths about recruiting no longer apply and how to put the new science of talent attraction to work for your business.

Kevin Walker, Senior Director, Employer Insights
As the Senior Director of Field Marketing at Indeed, Kevin Walker pairs platform data with industry trend analysis to share Indeed’s story and bring the value of the company’s programs and solutions to life. Whether he is presenting on stage at industry events or one-on-one with the world’s top talent acquisition leaders, Kevin helps employers better understand online search and optimize their recruiting practices. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Chicago's Booth Graduate School of Business.

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

11:45am - 12:45pm | Lunch

12:45 - 1:00pm | STAR Chicago Announcements

1:00 - 2:00pm | PM General Session Speaker - Welcome to the #HROS Movement

The field of recruiting has never offered more opportunities - sourcing, branding, full lifecycle, management, agency. For recruiters, the key to a successful career is no longer how well you can close candidates - it's how well you can learn, adapt, and adjust. This interactive session will explore the evolving field of recruiting, and dive into resources like HR Open Source that allow recruiters to keep their skills sharp, and ensure they're learning and evolving with the industry. 

Lars Schmidt, Founder, Amplify Talent and Co-Founder of HR Open Source
Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify Talent, a boutique agency that helps companies like Hootsuite, NPR, and SpaceX re-imagine the intersection of culture, talent, and brand. Before founding Amplify, he developed innovative talent strategies at NPR; recognized by Mashable, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and others. In prior roles Lars, was responsible for creating scalable high-growth global talent strategies at Ticketmaster, Magento, and several startups in Los Angeles. He is also the Co-Founder of HR Open Source (#HROS), a global initiative to drive innovation and education in HR. He’s a global keynote speaker and podcast host, sharing views and insights around the intersection of talent, culture, brand, digital engagement, and technology. He is a contributor to Fast Company, Forbes, TechCo, LinkedIn Talent Blog, SHRM, and ERE. He was named a Top 100 Influencer by HR Examiner, included in The Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter, and LinkedIn’s 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers. You can find him on Twitter at @Lars. 

2:00 - 2:15pm | Break and Exhibitor Showcase

2:15 - 3:30pm | Expert Panel Session - Navigating a Candidate Favored Job Market

The recruitment landscape is evolving at an unprecedented rate in a tight job market.  Today's talent acquisition pros need enticing employment branding, creative sourcing strategies, specialized content, and predictive analytics.  Our panel discussion highlights the tools and strategies you need to push your business forward. You’ll get to learn from a diverse set of Recruitment/Industry Leaders on what their seeing out there in the 2017 marketplace.


Kristy Nittskoff, Founder and CEO - Talent-Savvy, LLC
Kristy has over 10 years of talent acquisition and development experience and is the Founder and CEO of Talent-Savvy, LLC. 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 and TA for a growing tech firm. She holds an MBA in Leadership and Change Management, as well as an SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification. She's a guest contributor to The Muse and a regular on the talent-focused speaking network.


Jason Seiden, Head of Strategic Development - Lever
Jason Seiden is Head of Strategic Development at Lever, where he leverages a robust and cross-functional background to help clients improve the way they hire. Lever, a modern upgrade to the applicant tracking software (ATS), is a SaaS-based, candidate-centric Talent Acquisition Suite. Lever was thoughtfully designed to support all the human activity that goes into hiring, resulting in a superior candidate experience, improved recruiter/hiring manager relationships, more efficient sourcing and referral processes, and more insightful and useful reporting, too. Prior to Lever, Seiden amassed robust, cross-functional experience that spans across talent acquisition, talent development, employer branding, marketing/strategy, management, and entrepreneurship, with a recurring focus on communications and positioning. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of management and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Christopoulos Katris, Co-Founder & CEO - Built In
Maria is the Co-Founder & CEO of the most powerful online recruiting solution for tech companies across six U.S. markets. The network of Built In sites provide anexclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the fast-growth, innovative products and cultures of today's top tech companies. Currently headquartered in Chicago, BuiltIn operates sites in Chicago (, Los Angeles (, Colorado (, Austin (, New York ( and Boston ( Katris is a born entrepreneur, and caught the bug from her parents, who emigrated from Greece and were serial entrepreneurs.  Katris founded and sold her first business in two short years while a student at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She brings forth more than 16 years of marketing, strategy and consulting expertise, spanning various industries. Previously, she ran a non-profit for technology entrepreneurs called TiE Midwest, held a strategic analyst position at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she began her career as a healthcare consultant for Arthur Andersen and Huron Consulting Group. She has a BS in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

Shaunda Zilich, Global Employment Brand Leader - GE
Shaunda has a passion in everything she does to impact people’s lives, for the better of course. She does enjoy her career but she enjoys life more! She enjoys life everyday by not taking things too seriously, making people laugh, speaking at events, helping people learn from her mistakes and successes, volunteering to transform her community, taking part in local events (like the Bourbon Chase and music festivals), and more important than life itself is her faith and family.   Her passion to leave a positive impact on people’s lives is why her role at GE as the Global Employment Brand Leader suits her well.  As she puts it ‘she sells experiences, what can be better than that?’. Her ‘past lives’’ include roles in marketing businesses and people in several industries.  This has given her the experience outside of HR to do what she does today for GE.  Four years ago, Shaunda started this adventure with GE to modernize its recruitment and bolster its employer brand. Now she runs a global team of three full-time employment brand leaders and a council of 35+ members, building employer branding across all functions and regions, in all GE businesses, and within all GE employees (big shoes!) Her 10+ years of experience in training professionals and companies on how to brand themselves have played a key role in her success at GE.

Jesse Garcia, Vice President, Talent Acquisition - ATI Physical Therapy
Jesse  talent acquisition career began on the agency side. After almost a decade of strategic partnerships with organizations like Boston Scientific, Siemens Medical, and GE Global, he joined DaVita Healthcare as part of their growing recruiting CoE. During his 6 years with the company Jesse supported the building of a metrics-driven, best-in-class function, achieving along the way multiple Taleo awards as well as ERE’s Recruiting Department of the Year Award. In 2014 Jesse joined Fresenius Medical Care (FMCNA), the world’s largest and leading provider of dialysis services. As Talent Acquisition Director Jesse implemented a national full-cycle recruiting model supporting over 20K hires annually. Taking the once legacy 12-person function to a 117 headcount best in class model returning over $20M in contract labor, overtime costs saving and external recruiting fees in less than 3 years. Jesse now joins ATI Physical Therapy, the nation’s leading provider of therapy services as their Vice President of Talent. As ATI expands their multi-billion dollar footprint, Jesse has been engaged to partner with the C-suite to ensure ATI’s growth strategy is driven and supported by top quality talent.

3:30 - 4:00pm | Mentorship Program Acknowledgement & Closing Remarks

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

We encourage all attendees to stay and enjoy our cocktail reception immediately following the event. Mingle and network with your favorite speakers from the day! Thank you.

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