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Talent Acquisition stars, leaders, innovators and business growth heroes share their stories at Hiring Success 19 to a fired-up audience of the best minds in recruiting.

Lou Adler

Lou Adler CEO and Founder Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems

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Lou Adler
Lou Adler CEO and Founder Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems

Lou Adler is the CEO and founder of Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems – a consulting and training firm helping recruiters and hiring managers around the world source, interview and hire the strongest and most diverse talent. Lou is the author of the Amazon top-10 best-seller, Hire With Your Head (John Wiley & Sons, 3rd Edition, 2007), The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired (Workbench Media, 2013) and the Lynda.com Performance-based Hiring video training program (2016).

Adler is one of the top bloggers on LinkedIn’s Influencer program writing about the latest trends in hiring, employment, and recruiting. His articles, quotes and research can now be found in Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, Bloomberg, SHRM and The Wall Street Journal. The company’s new mobile ready learning platform – The Hiring Machine sm – provides instant access to all of the tools needed to find and hire outstanding talent.

Tracey Allison

Tracey Allison Director of Global Talent Avery Dennison

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Tracey Allison
Tracey Allison Director of Global Talent Avery Dennison

Tracey Allison is Director, Global Talent at Avery Dennison Corporation. She joined Avery Dennison in July 2010.

In her role Tracey is responsible for providing overall leadership of Talent Acquisition for the EMEA region as well as global responsibility for the Early Careers Leadership Program for the Label & Graphics Material Group, the largest business division of Avery Dennison.

Prior to joining Avery Dennison Tracey served as the International Staffing Manager at Microsoft ensuring the acquisition of strategic critical hires for the business through cost effective and efficient quality internal and external talent. Prior to that she spent 3 years onsite at Vodafone Group Services Limited as the Talent & Resourcing Manager, part of the RPO provided by Capital Consulting.

Karen Azulai

Karen Azulai Global Sourcing Expert HRTechnation.com

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Karen Azulai
Karen Azulai Global Sourcing Expert HRTechnation.com

HR Tech Evangelist, co-founder of HRTechnation.com, Blogger, International keynote speaker on topics of The Future of Sourcing / recruitment, mentor at the first Israeli HR Tech accelerator and a judge in international HR Tech competitions (Unleash) and HR Tech Hackathons. Leading the group of Israeli HR Tech founders, Karen is an avid student of advanced technologies and their impact on the recruitment industry.

Lewis Baker

Lewis Baker Director of Data Science pymetrics

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Lewis Baker
Lewis Baker Director of Data Science pymetrics

Lewis Baker heads up the data science team at pymetrics, where he develops algorithms that predict job performance while reducing bias. He has PhD in cognitive psychology and postdoctoral training in machine learning.

Neil Barnett

Neil Barnett Director of Inclusive Hiring for People with Disabilities Microsoft

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Neil Barnett
Neil Barnett Director of Inclusive Hiring for People with Disabilities Microsoft

Since the announcement at World Autism Day in 2015, Neil Barnett has been responsible for the program evolution of the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program. He leads the inclusive hiring strategy for people with disabilities across Microsoft. Neil is also responsible for the strategy and operational performance of Microsoft’s consumer and enterprise Disability Answer Desk that provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities. Neil was recognized as one of fastcompany’s 2017 Most Creative People in Business. Prior to joining Microsoft, Neil worked at a start up in San Francisco and also for Avis Rent Car. He is a graduate from Georgia Tech.

Natalia Baryshnikova

Natalia Baryshnikova Head of Product Management SmartRecruiters

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Natalia Baryshnikova
Natalia Baryshnikova Head of Product Management SmartRecruiters

Natalia leads a team of product managers working on Enterprise products (ATS, CRM and Internal Mobility), with a focus on data, collaboration and global scale. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan school of management. Natalia began her professional career as a street artist in Moscow, Russia. She loves outdoor adventures, board games and picking chanterelles.

Kate Beckett

Kate Beckett VP Total Rewards & Retail Technology Indigo

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Kate Beckett
Kate Beckett VP Total Rewards & Retail Technology Indigo

Kate is an HR leader focused on talent and engagement through the innovative integration of rewards and HR technology strategies. She is passionate about employee engagement and all things that enhance the employee experience. Kate is currently the Vice President of Total Rewards and HR Technology and Indigo Books & Music.

Jared Best

Jared Best Senior Recruiter Abercrombie & Fitch

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Jared Best
Jared Best Senior Recruiter Abercrombie & Fitch

After graduating from The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business, Jared started his consulting career in Information Technology. Working with most of the fortune 1000 companies in Ohio, he gained a unique perspective into various industries and the differences between corporate vs. startup culture. HE eventually joined the talent acquisition team at A&F Co. and today leads their global talent acquisition for Information Technology, Direct to Consumer lines of business, and Information Technology College Recruitment.

Sarah Blackmore

Sarah Blackmore Senior Director of People EventBase

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Sarah Blackmore
Sarah Blackmore Senior Director of People EventBase

Sarah has over 15 years experience the People space, scaling start-ups, developing high-performing teams and building best in-class People and Recruitment experiences.

She believes that “HR” isn’t a dirty word and that meaningful business strategy starts with, and ends with, the People. Heralding the power of feedback, and how real people need to hear real things, Sarah is on a mission to make the world of People a starting point for building companies and not just an afterthought.

Richard Bronson

Richard Bronson Founder and CEO 70 Million Jobs

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Richard Bronson
Richard Bronson Founder and CEO 70 Million Jobs

Richard Bronson Bio: Richard is the founder and CEO of 70 Million Jobs, the first national, for-profit employment platform for people with criminal records. Twenty years ago Richard worked on Wall Street where he experienced great success, however some of his activities fell outside the law. He served a two-year prison sentence, and re-entered society destitute and homeless. He eventually worked as Director at reentry non-profit Defy Ventures, before launching 70 Million Jobs.

Bill Boorman

Bill Boorman Founder #TRU Conferences, the Recruiting Unconference

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Bill Boorman
Bill Boorman Founder #TRU Conferences, the Recruiting Unconference

Bill never wears a suit and always wears a hat. He has a simple vision to make recruitment better for everyone. He works towards this by advising talent technology companies on their product road map, with V.C.’s over investments in the sector, with hiring companies on technology and approach, and by hosting #tru events. #tru has hosted over 100 events during the last 12 months, in 65 countries and 5 continents. This has led to conversations with over 2,500 people who work in and around recruiting across the globe. This gives Bill a great insight into the market, and the technology needed to support it.

Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr SVP, Global Success SmartRecruiters

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Rebecca Carr
Rebecca Carr SVP, Global Success SmartRecruiters

As a veteran recruiter and HR product leader, Rebecca leads Global Success, Consulting & Strategy at SmartRecruiters. Her organizations are responsible for global customer & hiring success, research & content, pre-sales solutions consulting, proposal management, implementation, technical services & consulting, and support & marketplace services. Prior to this role, Rebecca ran the Product & Design teams at SmartRecruiters and spent two years at Jobvite leading enterprise renewals as the Director of Strategic Accounts & Senior Product Manager focusing on APIs & Reporting modules. Prior to Jobvite, Carr held both product and operational positions BranchOut, one of the world’s largest professional networks on Facebook, and at Playdom, which was acquired by Disney Interactive Media Group in 2010. Rebecca holds her degree from the University of California – Berkeley.

Matt Charney

Matt Charney Chief Content Officer Allegis Global Solutions

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Matt Charney
Matt Charney Chief Content Officer Allegis Global Solutions

Matt Charney is currently the Chief Content Officer at Allegis Global Solutions and a partner in Recruiting Daily. Matt also works with a number of VC backed, early stage startups in the HR Technology space as an advisor, including Textio, TrustSphere, HumanPredictions, Uncommon, Drafted and ConveyIQ.

Saumya Chopra

Saumya Chopra People Technology Product Manager Square

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Saumya Chopra
Saumya Chopra People Technology Product Manager Square

Saumya manages enterprise tools for the People team at Square. In her role, she works with SmartRecruiters and the HRIS system, Workday, with the goal of building efficient and scalable processes that support a great employee experience and leverage technology in the best possible way.

She has over 8 years of experience in various functions within HR including HR Technology, Talent Acquisition/TA Operations, as an HR Business Partner, HR Operations and in Learning.

Robert Coombs

Robert Coombs Chief Operating Officer The Class by Taryn Toomey

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Robert Coombs
Robert Coombs Chief Operating Officer The Class by Taryn Toomey

For over a decade, Robert Coombs has built and led operations, web, communications, public affairs, and government relations teams in nonprofits and startups. Since September 2017, Mr. Coombs has served as the Chief Operating Officer for The Class by Taryn Toomey, a rapidly growing fitness and lifestyle brand. There, he has re-engineered the finance, communications, and web platforms, while building the project management, HR, and internal communications infrastructure from the ground up.

Gerry Crispin

Gerry Crispin Principal & Co-Founder CareerXroads

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Gerry Crispin
Gerry Crispin Principal & Co-Founder CareerXroads

Gerry is a lifelong student of Recruiting. An international speaker, former TA Leader for a Fortune 50 Employer, author and acknowledged thought leader, he stays grounded by engaging with an extraordinary network of friends, colleagues and practitioners every day.

Gerry and his business partner, Chris Hoyt, facilitate peer-to-peer conversations about competitive practices with TA leaders from some of the world’s largest and most innovative corporations. Today, the CareerXroads Colloquium is in its second decade as a member driven community of peers devoted to helping one another.

Lauren Daly

Lauren Daly Recruiting and Employee Relations Manager Foster Farms

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Lauren Daly
Lauren Daly Recruiting and Employee Relations Manager Foster Farms

Lauren leads recruitment technology at Foster Farms as her side hustle. Passionate about creating solutions & driving efficiencies in complex processes to ensure hiring success. A 14 year HR veteran at Foster Farms with experience in all aspects of the HR function; a leader in talent acquisition, employee relations, development, performance management and compliance.

Steven Davis

Steven Davis VP Global Head of Talent Acquisition Broadridge Financial Solutions

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Steven Davis
Steven Davis VP Global Head of Talent Acquisition Broadridge Financial Solutions

Steve is the head of recruiting for Broadridge, where reporting to the CHRO, he leads full life cycle recruitment, from campus to executive level in addition to contingent labor recruiting, immigration and relocation. With more than 30 years of recruiting experience Steve has been tasked with building a scalable, customer centric recruiting function to support Broadridge while it migrates from a finserve to fintech and from a print to digital solution offering. Prior to moving in-house to join Goldman Sachs in 2005 Steve spent 20 years as a search professional most notably as a partner of Heidrick & Struggles.

Roy Elishkov

Roy Elishkov VP, Strategy and Business Development Actiview

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Roy Elishkov
Roy Elishkov VP, Strategy and Business Development Actiview

Roy Elishkov is the VP of strategy and business development at Actiview. He leads Actiview’s product offering and growth endeavors around the world. Roy is a veteran of the 8200 intelligence unit, and holds a diverse technology, business, and entrepreneurship background, having worked in pivotal roles for leading corporates and startups alike.

Torin Ellis

Torin Ellis Diversity Strategist

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Torin Ellis
Torin Ellis Diversity Strategist

Torin is a diversity strategist, published author, and contributor on SiriusXM.

As a tenured practitioner, he addresses talent development and recruitment through the leadership lens. Engagements range from surgically sourcing and securing high impact talent, curating conversations around bias/race and inclusion in the workplace, to setting strategy for internal recruiting teams.

His efforts are focused on empowerment, strategic exploration, and tactical execution as workforce composition (2020) and ethnic composition (2030) continue to shift. Torin masterfully socializes the diversity effort and produces outcomes of efficiency, cost savings, and value.

All done with creative excellence. Torin’s accomplished background also includes military service, several Board of Director appointments and unwavering spirit of giving back to the community and emerging youth.

Diana Ferguson

Diana Ferguson VP, Talent Acquisition - Technology Solutions and Services OppenheimerFunds

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Diana Ferguson
Diana Ferguson VP, Talent Acquisition - Technology Solutions and Services OppenheimerFunds

Diana is a Senior Talent Acquisition Executive, who leads organizational change while fostering a high-performance team culture through innovative Talent Acquisition (TA) programs. She has implemented AI and automation, Agile Methodologies, internal mobility programs, technology branding and pipeline as well as Experiential Interviewing. Her strong partnerships with the business and senior leadership ensure that Talent Acquisition’s strategic direction supports the corporate Technology and Global Operation’s vision.

Craig Fisher

Craig Fisher Head of Marketing Allegis Global Solutions

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Craig Fisher
Craig Fisher Head of Marketing Allegis Global Solutions

Craig Fisher leads marketing at Allegis Global Solutions and is the employer branding subject matter expert for their RPO and MSP business customers. His digital branding methods have been adopted as best practices by companies like CA Technologies, Linkedin, Zappos, YUM! Brands, Hootsuite, and many more. He’s the author of Inbound Recruiting, and a popular keynote speaker at tech, social media, HR / recruiting, and sales conferences worldwide.

Craig created the first Twitter chat for recruiters and partnered in the first Linkedin certified training company in N. America.

He’s been detailed in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, NBC News, and The Huffington Post; and is listed among HR and Recruiting’s top influencers and most engaging conference speakers.

Connect with Craig on Twitter and Instagram @fishdogs

Steve Fogarty

Steve Fogarty Director of Talent Experience Twitter

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Steve Fogarty
Steve Fogarty Director of Talent Experience Twitter

Matt Gatto

Matt Gatto Managing Director Insight Ventures

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Matt Gatto
Matt Gatto Managing Director Insight Ventures

Matt Gatto joined Insight Venture Partners in 2010. He focuses on high-growth software and SaaS businesses across infrastructure, healthcare and enterprise applications, and also has experience with leveraged buyouts.

Matt has worked with Insight’s investments in AirWatch, Cherwell Software, Kinnser Software, Shopify and Zumba Fitness, and works with a number of other infrastructure and software/SaaS portfolio companies.

Matt’s career experience prior to Insight includes online advertising optimization at Verizon Information Services, debt restructuring and issuance at Deutsche Bank Asia, and electronic communications risk management at Merrill Lynch.

Matt graduated with high honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School. Matt’s personal interests include golf and most other sports, the outdoors, trying new foods and craft brews, and travel.

Anita Grantham

Anita Grantham Chief People Officer Pluralsight

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Anita Grantham
Anita Grantham Chief People Officer Pluralsight

Anita Grantham is the Chief People Officer at Pluralsight, a technology learning platform that empowers businesses and individuals all over the world harness the power of technology. In her role at Pluralsight, Anita oversees the entire employee journey, from recruiting and acquisition to employee growth and retention. Whether she’s negotiating better benefits or helping design workspaces to better serve Pluralsight’s teams, Anita loves creating an environment where people can do their best work.

Annie Hammer

Annie Hammer Senior Leader Talent Collective, consulting division at Alexander Mann Solutions

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Annie Hammer
Annie Hammer Senior Leader Talent Collective, consulting division at Alexander Mann Solutions

Annie Hammer heads up Talent Collective’s Technology and Operations Consulting in the Americas. She is a senior leader at Talent Collective, consulting division at Alexander Mann Solutions. She is leading the team in region that is responsible for delivering projects covering a range of resourcing technologies across the total workforce solutions spectrum. Her team takes a consultative approach to their client’s talent acquisition and retention tech needs, from providing technology diagnostics to researching, selecting, designing, implementing, and supporting complex HR technology stacks and beyond.

Maren Hogan

Maren Hogan Founder and CEO Red Branch Media

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Maren Hogan
Maren Hogan Founder and CEO Red Branch Media

Maren Hogan is a seasoned marketer, writer and business builder in the HR and Recruiting industry. Founder and CEO of Red Branch Media, an agency offering marketing strategy and outsourcing and thought leadership to HR and Recruiting Technology and Services organizations internationally, Hogan is a consistent advocate of next generation marketing techniques. She has built successful online communities, deployed brand strategies and been a thought leader in the global recruitment and talent space. You can read more of her work on Forbes, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, and on the Red Branch Media blog.

Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Jones CEO Kelton Legend

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Kimberly Jones
Kimberly Jones CEO Kelton Legend

Kimberly Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Kelton Legend, a full service talent acquisition consulting organization. Kimberly and her team partner with TA organizations of varied sizes and industries to create strategy, process, diversity engagement, and HR technology solutions. Kimberly is also an Instructor at University of California, Irvine.  Prior to forming Kelton Legend Kimberly enjoyed a robust TA career with organizations such as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, GE Aviation, Raytheon, and Nationwide Insurance company.

Erika Keough

Erika Keough VP, Global Talent Acquisition Astreya

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Erika Keough
Erika Keough VP, Global Talent Acquisition Astreya

Erika Keough currently leads the global Talent Acquisition team at Astreya, focused on tech managed services end to end recruiting, TA operations and TA analytics. A veteran HR professional with over 20 years of experience in tech corporate and start-up environments, Erika’s passionate about talent acquisition and talent management first and foremost. She promotes fun and creativity in TA along with a commitment and personal drive to create high performing organizations.

Having recently come off her third SmartRecruiters go-live, she’s committed to providing her global organizations with smart, scalable and collaborative recruiting platforms.

Josh Klipp

Josh Klipp Founder Made Welcome

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Josh Klipp
Josh Klipp Founder Made Welcome

Josh Klipp, Esq. is the founder of Made Welcome – a consultancy focused on accessibility strategies for workplaces and events. Prior to founding Made Welcome, Josh practiced employment law for nearly 16 years, specializing in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Josh is also a Certified Access Specialist through California’s Division of the State Architect, #812 in all of California, and is certified to provide guidance on accessibility in the built environment.

Tal Koelewyn

Tal Koelewyn Co-founder and COO Actiview

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Tal Koelewyn
Tal Koelewyn Co-founder and COO Actiview

Tal Koelewyn is the co-founder and Chief of Operations at Actiview. Tal is a veteran of a special intelligence unit in the IDF where he practiced and developed advanced simulation technologies. Tal is an entrepreneur by heart, having founded a couple of ventures in the field of Mixed-Reality since graduating the Hebrew University in 2012. Tal was listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list and is a known thought leader in the field of Mixed-Reality.

Hung Lee

Hung Lee Co-founder & CEO Workshape.io

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Hung Lee
Hung Lee Co-founder & CEO Workshape.io

Hung Lee is the founder of WorkShape.io – the revolutionary recruiting platform for Software engineers and Editor of leading industry newsletter Recruiting Brainfood.

He is an industry professional with over 15 years experience as an agency recruiter, Recruitment manager, Internal Head of Talent, recruitment trainer and strategic advisor for rapid growth businesses in the London Tech Startup scene. Now CEO of an award winning
online recruiting platform WorkShape.io, Hung has been at the forefront in developing and promoting new ways in which companies can connect to talent. Hung also curates ‘Recruiting Brainfood’ – the best weekly newsletter in recruitment.

Hung lives and works in London

Joanne Lockwood

Joanne Lockwood Transgender Awareness & Inclusion Specialist SEE Change Happen

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Joanne Lockwood
Joanne Lockwood Transgender Awareness & Inclusion Specialist SEE Change Happen

Joanne is the First Openly Transgender Past National President of the 90-year-old “Men’s Club”, The Round Table.

Taking the decision in 2016 to embark on her personal re-brand, she sold her IT Services business and transitions at the beginning of 2017.

As part of her rebirth she founded SEE Change Happen in Portsmouth, a Diversity and Inclusion Practice specialising in supporting Transgender inclusion to businesses and other organisations. She is also a keynote speaker and talks about her journey in a very open, passionate but lighthearted way.

Garrett Lord

Garrett Lord Co-founder and CEO Handshake

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Garrett Lord
Garrett Lord Co-founder and CEO Handshake

Garrett Lord is the co-founder and CEO of Handshake, the leading college-to-career network helping today’s students launch meaningful careers. Handshake aims to democratize opportunity for all students – no matter where they go to school, what they major in, or who they know. While a student at Michigan Tech, Garrett gained experience at both Los Alamos National Labs and Palantir. In 2014, Garrett and his fellow classmates launched Handshake. Today, the Handshake community helps 10 million students and young alumni from 700+ universities connect with 250,000 employers nationwide – including 100% of Fortune 500. Garrett is a Detroit area native and current San Francisco resident.

Chris Louie

Chris Louie Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition LinkedIn

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Chris Louie
Chris Louie Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition LinkedIn

Chris is a Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at LinkedIn, responsible for innovation, solutions, and inclusion recruiting. He previously led TA, People Analytics, and Product Marketing at Nielsen and was a management consultant at McKinsey.

KR Liu

KR Liu Hearing Accessibility Advisor Consumer Technology Foundation Board

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KR Liu
KR Liu Hearing Accessibility Advisor Consumer Technology Foundation Board

Over the last two decades, she’s launched some of the most disruptive hardware lifestyle tech brands on the market, from Speck Products, SOL REPUBLIC, Pebble Smartwatch, and augmented hearing at Doppler Labs. She now focuses on her board positions and advises on accessibility policy, diversity and inclusion, and technology. KR is a nationally awarded advocate, with a rising reputation in technology marketing, regulatory and accessibility management circles. Throughout 2018, KR has been advising companies on advocacy and accessibility at several large companies in the technology and finance sector such as Salesforce, Uber, Capital One, Google, Cisco, and Pinterest and more this past year.

Sandi Lurie

Sandi Lurie Senior Director of Global Recruiting Optimizely

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Sandi Lurie
Sandi Lurie Senior Director of Global Recruiting Optimizely

Sandi is the Senior Director of Global Recruiting at Optimizely, where she manages full cycle recruitment, talent acquisition programs, analytics and initiatives. After spending the first 8 years of her career as a Contingent Recruiter Sandi transitioned into an in house recruiter role before moving to the bay area in 2000. She led Product and Technology Recruiting at salesforce.com and joined LinkedIn as an Executive Recruiter for Sales and G&A before heading up their Marketing and G&A Recruiting teams.

Sandi is extremely passionate about building recruiting organizations that are true partners to the business and making sure every candidate leaves their interview wanting to get a job offer.

Laura Beth Matson

Laura Beth Matson HRIS Director GEC Packaging Technologies, LLC

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Laura Beth Matson
Laura Beth Matson HRIS Director GEC Packaging Technologies, LLC

Laura Beth Matson is the HRIS Director for Evergreen Packaging, Graham Packaging and Closure Systems
International. She is located in Memphis, TN. She has a proven track record of successfully building and
integrating HR and Financial system platforms across the organization that deliver value to the business.
Most recently, she has integrated and harmonized the 3 business units of Graham Packaging, Closures
Systems International and Evergreen Packaging under the Rank private equity umbrella. Her focus has
been on driving efficiencies in the organization by implementing consistent, repeatable processes and
automating these processes wherever possible. Laura Beth is a certified project management
professional and volunteers with the PMI Memphis organization where she has been a Board member in
the past years. Her strong project management experience has been crucial for providing her with the
necessary toolset to complete quality projects on time and on budget. When she is not in the office,
Laura Beth spends time with her husband and three children. She is an avid tennis fan and loves to read.

Jonathan Mears

Jonathan Mears Head of Global Executive Talent Acquisition Visa

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Jonathan Mears
Jonathan Mears Head of Global Executive Talent Acquisition Visa

Jonathan is the head of executive recruitment at Visa, reporting to the CHRO and part of the HR leadership team. Focused on acquiring diverse high quality leadership talent for Visa’s evergreen transformation. A global citizen, Jonathan has lived and worked in 7 countries across 4 continents both in the agency environment and the last 14 years with 2 leading Dow corporates.

Colin O’Brady

Colin O’Brady 4x World Record Holder | Professional Athlete | Motivational Speaker

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Colin O’Brady
Colin O’Brady 4x World Record Holder | Professional Athlete | Motivational Speaker

Colin O’Brady is one of the world’s elite endurance athletes who has accomplished incredible feats –  racing professional triathlon for the United States, summiting Mt. Everest, and holding two of the most prestigious mountaineering world records – and he has done it all after overcoming a devastating accident to prove that anything is possible.

Ted Prendergast

Ted Prendergast Technology Recruiting Red Ventures

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Ted Prendergast
Ted Prendergast Technology Recruiting Red Ventures

Ted Prendergast is currently leading the technology recruiting department at Red Ventures, a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of digital companies that specializes in bringing consumers and brands together. He brings over 18 years of technology recruiting experience with companies like Target, Lowe’s Home improvement, Yodle and Motion Recruitment Partners. While at Red Ventures he and his team have been able to significantly increase candidate experience, establish and drive an employee referral culture and foster innovation in talent sourcing, recruiting technology and interview training. He is a proud parent to his children Liam and Isla and married his childhood sweetheart. He also thinks he’s one hell of a dancer.

Tim Pröhm

Tim Pröhm Vice President | Digital Product Development KellyOCG

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Tim Pröhm
Tim Pröhm Vice President | Digital Product Development KellyOCG

Tim leads the development of new digital products at Kelly Services, collaborating with technology partners while leaning on tools in AI, analytics, blockchain, RPA and chatbot automation to develop the next generation of talent attraction models and build products that help companies prepare for future talent requirements.

Margaret Quigley

Margaret Quigley Data Partnerships StreetLight

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Margaret Quigley
Margaret Quigley Data Partnerships StreetLight

Margaret has nearly a decade of experience working at the nexus of business operations and engineering with household-name companies, from Craigslist to Karmaloop and Al Jazeera Media Network. She’s currently StreetLight Data’s first Data Partnerships Manager focusing on data acquisition for the transportation analytics startup. A Bostonian at heart, she’s been in San Francisco for 7 years now. She’s passionate about data-informed strategy as well as organizational development that allows individuals and teams alike to succeed interdependently; when not working, she’s surfing and photographing the California coast.

Kelly Rew-Porter

Kelly Rew-Porter SVP Global HR and People Services Equinox

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Kelly Rew-Porter
Kelly Rew-Porter SVP Global HR and People Services Equinox

Kelly Rew-Porter leads the People Services team at Equinox overseeing employee relations, talent management, recruitment, compensation and benefits, internal communications, workplace culture and engagement. The ultimate intention of People Services team is to serve and enable others to be their best.

His understanding of employee development comes from his extensive experience in HR and operational roles, which gives him a unique perspective on the impact that people can have when they work towards a shared mission and common purpose. With his B.A. in Education and a M.A. in Servant Leadership, it’s no surprise that Kelly eventually found his calling in HR leadership roles.

For Kelly, it’s not about the size of the company or the industry; it’s about the mission and purpose of the organization. At Equinox, his personal and professional vocations are in perfect alignment with opportunities to create the possibility for people to maximize the potential within themselves.

Cody Royle

Cody Royle Head Coach AFL Team Canada

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Cody Royle
Cody Royle Head Coach AFL Team Canada

Cody Royle is the Head Coach of AFL Team Canada, and Author of the hit sports-business book Where Others Won’t. Cody brings fresh perspective to leadership theory by focusing on how organizations can create competitive advantage through team dynamics and talent optimization.

Emily Schaffer

Emily Schaffer Executive Director Year Up

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Emily Schaffer
Emily Schaffer Executive Director Year Up

Emily Schaffer started her career addressing poverty and its impact on educational opportunities as a part of the Teach for America teaching corps in urban Los Angeles. After teaching, Emily moved to the business sector to learn first-hand about business strategy as part of the tech start-up, Posit Science. She used this experience to guide her work in business development as the Director of Programs for SpringBoard Forward, bringing a cutting-edge career development program to entry-level workers in the Bay Area. Emily currently serves as YUBA’s Executive Director, after 5 years of leading programmatic efforts. Emily received her Education M.A. from Loyola Marymount University.

Lars Schmidt

Lars Schmidt Founder Amplify

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Lars Schmidt
Lars Schmidt Founder Amplify

Lars is the Founder of Amplify and Co-Founder of HR Open Source. He’s spent 20 years in HR and recruiting building talent strategies for a broad range of companies and industries. He’s a writer with regular columns covering 21st Century HR in Fast Company and Forbes, co-author of Employer Branding for Dummies (Wiley, 2017), and global speaker. You can find him on Twitter at @Lars.

Sam Sepah

Sam Sepah Organization Development Program Manager Google

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Sam Sepah
Sam Sepah Organization Development Program Manager Google

Sam is a career Human Resources professional. Since joining Google in 2014, Sam has taken a lead role in managing organizational development and leadership programs that release Googlers’ inner genius and allow them to enrich others across the globe. He is known as a high-energy thought leader, strategy guru, and tech geek with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to build their capabilities, accomplish their mission and achieve sustainability.

Lee-Martin Seymour

Lee-Martin Seymour CoFounder, CEO Xref

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Lee-Martin Seymour
Lee-Martin Seymour CoFounder, CEO Xref

Lee-Martin Seymour is co-founder and CEO of Xref. The Xref concept was initiated from Lee’s frustration with the way reference checks were being conducted and co-founder Tim’s deep technical understanding and enabled him to envisage how automation could improve the process. Lee’s ability to empathize with the struggles of his clients and confidently share counsel, is no coincidence. He previously spent 17 years working in recruitment across various industries and geographies. During this time, he developed a deep understanding of the demands of the employment market and its pain points. A serial entrepreneur with a determination to streamline business practices, Lee has also been at the forefront of multiple other technology and recruitment organizations that redefine processes, build brands and bring positive change to a community.

Carrie Simon

Carrie Simon Executive Director Defy of Northern California

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Carrie Simon
Carrie Simon Executive Director Defy of Northern California

Carrie Simon is the Executive Director of Defy of Northern California. Prior to joining Defy, Carrie fundraised for alternative investment funds, started her own travel concierge business, and was certified as a life coach. At Defy, she has found a way to apply all of these varied experiences to serve Entrepreneurs-in-Training!

Hibaq Suleiman

Hibaq Suleiman Reporting Analyst LinkedIn and Year Up Alum

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Hibaq Suleiman
Hibaq Suleiman Reporting Analyst LinkedIn and Year Up Alum

Hibaq Suleiman is a People Analytics Reporting Analyst at LinkedIn. In her role, Hibaq creates monthly Talent Summaries for each organization and helps manage the People Analytics ticketing queue. She is passionate about helping people and utilizing data to communicate stories.

Jerome Ternynck

Jerome Ternynck CEO SmartRecruiters

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Jerome Ternynck
Jerome Ternynck CEO SmartRecruiters

Jerome is an entrepreneur with his heart in recruiting and soul in technology. Jerome envisions a world where recruitment is transparent, and hiring is so easy that his grandma can do it. He’s passionate for what he does, hates the status quo, and loves innovation especially when it reaches disruption. Jerome’s goal is to bring the economy to its full potential by removing friction in the labor market and eradicating unemployment.

Nathan Tan

Nathan Tan VP, Talent Acquisition Public Storage

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Nathan Tan
Nathan Tan VP, Talent Acquisition Public Storage

Nathan is the head of Talent Acquisition for Public Storage, where he leads recruiting for retail operations as well as call center and all corporate functions. With over 2,400 properties nationwide, Nathan has utilized automation and analytics to make the recruiting process more efficient, focusing on quality of hire, speed, and cost. He also leads Workforce Analytics incorporating data and financial modeling to assess the true value and ROI of the workforce. Nathan was previously co-founder and COO of HCMI, a company focused on Workforce Analytics and Planning where he spent 9 years working with over 300 companies worldwide helping them make better workforce decisions with data. Prior to HCMI, Nathan spent 13 years with Countrywide Financial and Bank of America leading the Recruiting Operations, Talent Management, and Workforce Analytics functions.

Alexis Trigo

Alexis Trigo GM, People Strategy & Performance The Warehouse Group

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Alexis Trigo
Alexis Trigo GM, People Strategy & Performance The Warehouse Group

The Warehouse Group is New Zealand’s largest general merchandise retail group, founded by Sir Stephen Tindall with a purpose to help kiwis live better every day. In his role as the GM, People Strategy and Performance, Alexis is responsible for enabling an economy of talent across its multi-format retail channels. His passion is fueled by helping team members find their best, through connecting processes and leading technology to enable performance. Prior to joining The Warehouse Group, Alexis enjoyed multiple roles at Foot Locker, Inc. promoting and driving initiatives that aligned with the company’s global human capital strategy.

Nabeela Virji

Nabeela Virji Diversity Program Manager Dropbox

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Nabeela Virji
Nabeela Virji Diversity Program Manager Dropbox

Nabeela is a Diversity Program Manager at Dropbox where she oversees external diversity recruiting partnerships, guides internal teams on diversity hiring best practices and consults on tools to create a more diverse pipeline for the company globally. Previously, Nabeela was a Senior Diversity Program Manager at Yelp where she managed inclusion programs, including designing and building Yelp’s global Employee Resource Groups. She has experience in Sales, University Recruiting and Diversity & Inclusion programs working closely with Human Resources and People Teams. She believes in fostering hiring teams to look for candidates that are a culture add instead of a culture fit. Nabeela is from Millbrae, CA and holds a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA.

Gabriela Watkins

Gabriela Watkins Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations Microstrategy

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Gabriela Watkins
Gabriela Watkins Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations Microstrategy

Jo Weech

Jo Weech Founder Exemplary Consultants

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Jo Weech
Jo Weech Founder Exemplary Consultants

Jo is Head of Talent for a Department of Defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. (Or, CEO of Exemplary Consultants).

Jo has a passion for pursuing excellence in all things people and talent, and enjoys coaching her peers to keep raising the bar for superior engagement with both candidates and employees. She has won awards for her work, speaks at national and international conferences, and is a serial volunteer with job seeker groups.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson Head of People SmartRecruiters

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Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson Head of People SmartRecruiters

Sarah Wilson is the Head of People for SmartRecruiters. After starting her career in contingency search, Sarah has spent the past 15 years in the Talent Acquisition and HR space, consulting for top tier brands on their recruiting and performance management strategies. She has worked with professional services, telecommunications, lending, retail, and tech. Sarah is passionate about creating business-first people strategies that translate into real results.

Brandon Welch

Brandon Welch VP, Talent Acquisition Pluralsight

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Brandon Welch
Brandon Welch VP, Talent Acquisition Pluralsight

Brandon Welch is the Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Pluralsight, the technology learning platform that empowers businesses and individuals all over the world harness the power of technology. At Pluralsight, Brandon and his team oversee all global recruiting efforts for the company, from University to experienced hiring in North America, EMEA and APAC. Over his 15+ years of recruiting experience, Brandon has spent time as an executive agency recruiter, as well as led recruitment efforts and teams around the globe for big brand names such as EA and Netflix.

Becca White

Becca White Director of People Analytics LinkedIn

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Becca White
Becca White Director of People Analytics LinkedIn

Becca White is a Director of People Analytics at LinkedIn, focusing on helping LinkedIn make better, faster talent decisions with data. Becca manages a team of consultants who partner with our HR & business leaders to leverage data, analytics and storytelling to solve their most critical business problems. With a lifelong passion for psychology, human behavior and how to motivate people to be their most engaged and productive selves, Becca’s role at LinkedIn is a perfect fit. Prior to LinkedIn, Becca worked in management consulting for the Monitor Group.

Brian White

Brian White Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437

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Brian White
Brian White Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437

Brian White joined the Auburn-Washburn School District as the Executive Director of Human Resources & Operations in July, 2012.  He also currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA). He previously worked as a Human Resources Manager, College Relations Manager, and Staffing Manager for Payless Shoesource.  He also has previously worked as Training Group Leader, Operations Group Leader, and Transportation Supervisor for Target Corporation, in addition to serving as a Supply Corps Officer in the United States Navy. Brian is passionate about making a difference in public education through strategic HR leadership and has presented at national education conferences on multiple HR and Recruiting topics.

Frank Zupan

Frank Zupan Director of Talent Management Associated Materials

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Frank Zupan
Frank Zupan Director of Talent Management Associated Materials

Leader of successful HR/Talent teams within both domestic U.S. and global organizations, spanning multiple business sizes and types. Whether in manufacturing, distribution, information technology, staffing services or other industries, I’ve always focused on the core principles of hiring, retaining and developing great employees.