Wednesday April 27, 2016

7am-9am
Registration 

8:00am – 8:15am
Welcome to TalentBlend

Gia Ilole
Military and Diversity Talent Outreach Strategist
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Kara-Yarnot-TalentBlend

8:15am – 9:00am
Ignore Your Job Title: 3 Steps to Making a Real Difference in Your Organization

Kara Yarnot
Founder & President
Meritage Talent Solutions

No matter what your role is in your organization, you can be an impact agent.  Whether you are an early career professional or a seasoned executive, a recruiting manager or data analyst, a systems expert or sourcing guru, you can be a key player on your team.  Don’t let your job title get in the way.  During this session, you will learn the 3 things your can do every day in order to:

  • Be viewed as a top performer in your current role
  • Create positive change throughout your organization
  • Have an impact on the success and brand of your talent acquisition team
  • Solve the small and large problems that impede you and your team from achieving your goals

9am – 10am
Lab: How to Measure Program Success in the Absence of Data

Dan Anderson
Founder & CEO
Adaptalytics, LLC

Nearly all executives meet regularly to review performance metrics and measure the health of the business by way of revenue, profit, year-to-year growth, and employee turnover. These operational metrics are so standard and commonplace across industries that most enterprise systems deliver them right out of the box. However, no particular system or software program exists to help you measure your equally important internal projects.> You’re trying to maximize ROI by improving day-to-day operations, and while you may have  a project budget and cost allocation method (if you’re lucky), you rarely have any data to objectively and quantifiably measure your project’s success and positive impact on the business.  In this lab, you’ll be able to attain actionable, reliable project metrics that yield real gains and substantial results for the business…without becoming a data scientist.

Key Takeaways from this lab you’ll learn how

  • Define the right metrics for your project and how to prioritize them
  • Figure out what type of resourcing you’ll need to manage the data
  • Determine what skills are required –the fundamentals of data management –to report this data consistently.

10:00am – 10:30am
Networking Break

Temeka

10:30am – 11:30am
Breakout Sessions

Developing a Virtual Program Strategy

Steven Rothberg
President and Founder
College Recruiter

Alton Fox
Lockheed Martin
Campus Recruiter

Temeka Thompson, MBA, MHR
Recruitment Social Media & Web Content Program Manager at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Do you want to develop a virtual program strategy as a way to reduce cost-per- and time-to-hire?  This session will help you do it! We will uncover various tools, resources, and concepts that make virtual programs successful. As program owners, we should be utilizing tools such as virtual career fairs, targeted emails, video interviewing, and more to create a virtual program strategy.

Jerry Thurber

OR

The Robot Recruiter? The Practical Uses of Artificial Intelligence in Recruiting

Jerry Thurber
CEO and Co-Founder
Innotrieve: HR Data That Works For You

Artificial Intelligence is being touted in everything from online personal assistants to background checking to – yes – even recruiting. Can a machine make a better choice about the next candidate you hire? This presentation will attempt to demystify the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) and show you, with practical processes and procedures, how to consider and deploy AI in your organization. We will discuss what AI really is, and what it is not; how it can be used, and where you should be using it today, and also what steps to take and obstacles to expect when considering AI based tools and solutions. And – you’ll get an idea of some of the current solutions worth considering (and maybe we can talk about what to name your Robot).

11:40am – 12:40pm
Facilitated Discussion: Championing Change Cape or Cloak?

Jo Weech
Founder & President
Exemplary Consultants, LLC

Bo Lotinsky
President & Founder
Lotinsky Consulting, LLC

Talk about challenging issues with your peers in small groups. While sharing ideas, you’ll get to know each other better and make new connections. Each session will start with a short presentation by a facilitator. Then teams of 8 will discuss the topic more in depth and report back to the group at large. This is a great way to learn while networking in a more relaxed setting.

12:40pm – 1:40pm
Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Panel: Lessons Learned Managing Pilot Projects

Kerry Noone 
Head of HR Marketing & Employment Branding
Amtrak

Lorri Henderson
Project Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations
Illumina

Neil Costa
Founder & CEO
HireClix

Pilot projects aren’t just a way to get approvals – they’re also an essential component of a talent acquisition strategy. You can test a project on a smaller scale to work out the kinks and gather supporting data to show it brings value to the organization.

In this session, we will discuss lessons learned from managing pilot projects:

  • What makes a pilot project successful?
  • How do you know if the initiative is worth pursuing?
  • Should you use a pilot for evidence-based decision-making?

2:45pm – 3:15pm
Networking Break

3:15pm – 4:15pm
Facilitated Discussion: Owning Your Career

Kathleen Smith
Chief Marketing Officer
ClearedJobs.Net

Talk about challenging issues with your peers in small groups. While sharing ideas, you’ll get to know each other better and make new connections. Each session will start with a short presentation by a facilitator. Then teams of 8 will discuss the topic more in depth and report back to the group at large. This is a great way to learn while networking in a more relaxed setting.

4:15pm – 5:15pm
The Claw: How to Win Friends, Influence Recruiters and Create Recruiting Programs that Thrive

Carmen Hudson
Principal Consultant
​Recruiting Toolbox

Have you ever played the “Claw” game in the grocery store?  What seems so within reach can rob you of your entire allowance, if you’re not careful. Creating, launching or improving recruiting programs can lead to similar disappointment. I’ll share some of my corporate recruiting program management battle stories — the good, the bad and the ugly — and share some of my huge wins and embarrassing losses. Through hard-earned wisdom, I will talk about what it takes to get recruiting colleagues and hiring managers engaged with your efforts and invested in making your program successful. This should be fun.

5:15pm – 7:00pm
TalentBlender Reception

Thursday April 28, 2016

8:30am – 8:45am
Welcome

Gia Ilole
Military and Diversity Talent Outreach Strategist
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

8:45am – 9:45am
How a Rookie Manager got the Recruitment Branding Program she Wanted

Celinda Appleby
Head of Global Recruitment Branding
Oracle

You will leave this session empowered with the building blocks you need to create a business case to build an employer branding program from scratch. We will discuss why it makes sense for companies to make employer branding a business aligned priority. The days of old-fashioned talent hunting are long gone and it’s up to you and your ability to think strategically to elevate your employer brand. You will learn about the best tried-and-tested ideas on how to build a truly talent-driven employer brand. At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Create a results driven business case aligned to talent attraction and employee retention.
  • Leverage and engage key stakeholders for buy-in.
  • Build a social strategy that will drive talent engagement.
  • Connect with your audience using creative content.
  • Enable your employees to boost the employer brand.
Maury-Hanigan

9:45am – 10:45am
Facilitated Discussion: Honest Diversity

Maury Hanigan
CEO
Sparc

Talk about challenging issues with your peers in small groups. While sharing ideas, you’ll get to know each other better and make new connections. Each session will start with a short presentation by a facilitator. Then teams of 8 will discuss the topic more in depth and report back to the group at large. This is a great way to learn while networking in a more relaxed setting.

10:45am – 11:15am
Networking Break

Kara-Yarnot-TalentBlend

11:15am – 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions

Recruitment Strategies for 2020: What You Need to Build Today

Kara Yarnot
Founder & President
Meritage Talent Solutions

Chris Brablc
Director of Product Marketing
SmashFly Technologies

Sean Ring
Business Development
Innovative Employee Solutions

As the past decade introduced new challenges and strategies in talent acquisition, the next decade will bring a new list of recruitment challenges.  Join us for a lively panel discussion about strategies that you will need in 2020 and how to need to prepare now to implement them.  We’ll discuss key topics like new recruitment marketing strategies, the move to a more flexible workforce, and new ways to engage military talent.

OR

Breaking Down the Barriers in our Talent Acquisition Programs

Russell Jolivet
SVP Talent Acquisition
Corporate Functions Diversity/Inclusion Suntrust

Tom Downs
Manager Military and Diversity Talent Acquisition
Capital One

As talent acquisition program owners, we can often become laser-focused on achieving the goals for our individual programs.  At the same time, other programs and program owners are trying to accomplish similar things.  You end up duplicating efforts and losing efficiency.  Learn how SunTrust and Capital One have broken down the barriers between programs to achieve greater success.

12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Lab: Fundamentals for Connecting and Engaging Employees

Michele Richardson
Founder & CEO
Inciteful Communications

Inside your organization is its most influential audience—your employees. Employees have a direct impact on the success of your company, because they have a direct impact on other employees, external audience perceptions and ultimately, profitability. In fact, studies reveal the correlation between effective employee communication and financial performance. But when you’re not in charge of your company’s internal communication, how can you make a difference? In this lab, you’ll learn how to think strategically about your role so that your efforts have a positive, lasting effect—even when internal communication isn’t your primary responsibility.

Key Takeaways from this lab combining ready-to-implement tools, templates and interactive exercises, you’ll discover how to:

  • Apply a simple process for developing clear, concise and compelling communications that incite employees to respond
  • Become known as a valued partner to other communicators in the company
  • Maximize internal communication best practices to build trust, engage others and drive results

2:15pm – 2:45pm
Networking Break 

2:45pm 3:45pm
Panel: Managing Projects Through Adversity

Moe Hutt
Principal Consultant
Meritage Talent Solutions

Morgan Padgett
Human Resources Supervisor, Recruiting
NVR, Inc.

Erin McCarthy
Recruiter
Northrup Grumman

Companies go through changes, and our projects can be vulnerable to budget cuts, restructuring, acquisitions and leadership changes. Our panel will discuss lessons learned from managing projects through adversity.

Kara-Yarnot-TalentBlend

3:45pm – 4:00pm
Closing

Kara Yarnot
Founder & President
Meritage Talent Solutions

Moe Hutt
Principal Consultant
Meritage Talent Solutions

3:15pm – 4:15pm
Bonus Facilitated Discussion: How to Take TalentBlend With You

Gia Ilole
Military and Diversity Talent Outreach Strategist
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Moe Hutt
Principal Consultant
Meritage Talent Solutions

**Hours are subject to change. Please check back for updates.