CEO & Founder, Talent Function
Founder, Fistful of Talent
Partner & Recruiting Manager, Recruiting Social
Principal and Founder, Social Espionage
Global Head of Diversity & Belonging, Atlassian
Principal Consultant, Recruiting Toolbox, Inc.
Founder, Aptitude Research
Senior Director of HR Systems and People Analytics, Qlik
Writer, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Founder, Wayne Technologies
VP of Talent Acquisition, Culture & Retention, Alvarado Restaurant Group
Senior Director of Engage Services, Jobvite
Director of Training and Curriculum Development, Jobvite
Customer Success Manager, Jobvite
Data and Reporting Analyst, Jobvite
Chief Talent Officer, Canvas
Marketing Manager, Canvas
VP, Revenue, Talemetry
Customer Success Manager, Jobvite
HR Digital Marketing Manager, Community Health Network
Senior Implementation Manager, Jobvite
Strategy Lead, Innovation and Technology, RolePoint
VP, Human Resources - Talent Acquisition, Premise Health
Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Talent Solutions & tsp, Syneos Health
Associate Director, Recruitment Marketing & Employer Brand, Syneos Health
AVP of Talent Acquisition Operations, HCA Healthcare
Executive VP Product, Jobvite
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, LAZ Parking
Vice President Global Talent Acquisition, Conversant
Kim Scott is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity and the co-founder of Radical Candor LLC. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations at Google and then joined Apple to develop and teach a leadership seminar. Kim has been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies.
Previously, Kim was the co-founder and CEO of Juice Software, a collaboration start-up, and led business development at Delta Three and Capital Thinking. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy advisor at the FCC, managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo, started a diamond cutting factory in Moscow, and was an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund. Kim received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Princeton University. She is the author of three novels; she and her husband Andy Scott are parents of twins and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Through the power of storytelling, Soledad O’Brien brings a fresh perspective on diverse and contemporary issues to foster change in your own community or organization.
As the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” While also the contributing editor, reporting in-depth news magazine pieces for PBS NewsHour and correspondent for HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women.
With eloquence and a measured ability to make often-divisive issues such as race relations, social inequality and mass incarceration accessible to all, she moves audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, outlooks and daily interactions.
On stage, Soledad draws from her life and career to stimulate thoughtful conversation on the roles we each play within our communities and organizations, leaving audiences with memorable takeaways on the power of individuals and companies to make meaningful and lasting change.
Aman Brar has an extensive background in leading technology companies through periods of high growth and has also held key corporate strategy and finance roles at Fortune 500 companies. As former president of Apparatus, Aman led the company through a $34.2 million acquisition by publicly traded and global consultancy, Virtusa, in 2015.
Recognizing the need for a method to boost recruiting productivity, Aman and his teammates launched Canvas, the first enterprise-grade text-based interviewing platform that enables recruiters to screen more job candidates and market employment brands.
Prior to Apparatus, Aman was vice president of business development for ChaCha Search, leading its corporate strategic partnership activities. Before returning to Indiana for graduate school, Aman lived in Mountain View, Calif., and led a team responsible for the nation’s first consumer DSL broadband service.
Aman sits on the board of Teach for America Indianapolis, Orr Fellowship, EmployIndy, and is on the Board of Trustees for Wabash College. Aman earned his undergraduate degree from Wabash College and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington.
Amber Ferrari is a product marketing and business development professional at Jobvite with a love for theatrical and musical performance. At Jobvite, Ferrari works with sales and marketing to shape the text communication and automation story within talent acquisition for current and prospective clients along with the Jobvite field. Throughout her undergrad, Ferrari competed within The National Forensic Association, an American intercollegiate organization designed to promote excellence in individual speaking events, where she specialized in comedic writing, oral interpretation, and impromptu speaking. Most recently, she led a live case-study session with a Jobvite client at 2019 RecFest London and is thrilled to be the Emcee for her first RNL.
CEO and founder of Talent Function, Elaine Orler has been developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. Passionate about the candidate experience and its impact on both workforces and employers, Elaine is also chairman co-founder of the Talent Board, founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards.
One of the talent acquisition industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, Elaine has helped global organizations transform their recruiting processes with actionable strategies and technology implementations that optimize talent acquisition for HR professionals, hiring managers, job candidates and the company overall. Elaine is always tuned into the latest trends, works with practitioners and serves an analyst to the solution provider community to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered.
Often quoted in leading HR and business publications, including Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive, and Talent Management, Elaine is well-respected as a talent acquisition and talent management expert and takes an active role in industry events and associations. She has presented one-of-a-kind recruiting and candidate experience thought leadership at some of the industry’s most innovative and popular events, including the HR Technology Conference, the SHRM Annual Conference, ERE, and HRO Today Forum among others.
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder of two industry-leading blogs – Fistful of Talent and The HR Capitalist – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. He’s also the author of The 9 Faces of HR, set to be released in July 2019.
Partner & Recruiting Manager (specializing in technical & product recruitment) with @RecruitingSocial – Angela works closely with startups/tech companies, and digital agencies, sourcing/recruiting for Senior to VP level engineering and product roles in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles area. SourceCon Fall 2016, 2017 & 2018 Speaker & ERE 2018 Speaker.
Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe was born in New York City to French and Italian parents. Her Father’s
passing caused her family to move to Europe where she became somewhat of a nomad. She has lived in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Dorothéa is a strategic digital marketing executive who is fluent in 4 languages and specializes in
developing business through digital, influencer and social media marketing for the world’s most
memorable brands. Dorothéa teaches marketers and business leaders how to increase value and
develop strong relationships between brands and fans.
There are 4 distinct areas of her business:
Additionally, Dorothéa has appeared as a social media strategy subject matter expert on CBS and CNN.
Dorothéa is an avid skateboarder who tweets to relax. Follow Dorothea on Twitter & Instagram @socialespionage
Aubrey Blanche is Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian. There, she works with teams across the business to enhance access to technical education, recruiting, retention and career mobility for underrepresented minorities. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to creating highly effective teams. Aubrey also serves as an advisor to the SheStarts accelerator.
Carmen Hudson is currently Principal Consultant, Recruiting Toolbox, and co-founder of the first ever conference focused on tech recruiting, Talent42. Carmen draws from over 15 years of recruiting experience, with a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent. She recently launched recruiterhunt.com to help recruiters discover useful resources.
Carmen’s expertise is in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies, and implementing them in the real world of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive recruiting environments.
Her corporate experience includes Yahoo!, where she was Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition. At Yahoo!, she led the Strategic Sourcing team, revitalizing the employee referral program and Yahoo’s employer brand. The team was awarded a coveted Yahoo! Superstar Award, an ERE Excellence award and various recruiting and advertising industry awards. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she was manager, Global Strategic Sourcing for Starbucks Coffee Corporation, where she developed sourcing strategies and recommended resources and tactics to support U.S. retail management hiring. She has also held senior talent acquisition roles at Microsoft, Amazon.com and Capital One.
Carmen is a frequent speaker at recruiting events, including ERE, SourceCon, the Social Recruiting Summit, LinkedIn Talent Connect and the Candidate Experience Awards. She is a Talent Board advisory board member, and has authored sections of the Candidate Experience Awards summary results. In 2012, Carmen and John Vlastelica launched Talent42, a groundbreaking conference that brings together leaders in engineering and technical recruiting.
True to her passion, she blogs and tweets about the recruiting industry, social media, job search and recruiting technology. Follow her on Twitter.
Madeline’s primary focus over the last 12+ years has been on the talent management market, specializing in talent acquisition. Her work helps companies both validate and reevaluate their strategies and understand the role technology can play in driving business outcomes. She has watched HCM transform from a back-office function to a strategic company initiative with a focus on partnerships, experience and efficiency. Before Aptitude Research Partners, Madeline held research roles at Aberdeen, Bersin by Deloitte, ERE Media and Brandon Hall Group. She is co-author of Best Practices in Leading a Global Workforce and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Yahoo News, and The Financial Times. She is a frequent presenter at industry conferences including the HR Technology Conference and Exposition, SHRM, IHRIM, HCI’s Strategic Talent Acquisition conference, GDS International’s HCM Summit, and HRO Today.
Tom is a Senior Director of HR Systems and People Analytics at Qlik, responsible for aligning future-focused global HR strategies and with IT and analytics solutions for Qlik’s stakeholders.
Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in recruiting and helping HR departments adopt data-driven recruiting processes, with a deep understanding of organizational culture and transformational leadership. Tom helps his clients transform from simple reporting to a smarter use of analytics, enabling companies and managers to better track and predict employees’ performance, make better-informed talent decisions, and have the opportunity to operate advanced workforce planning and streamline the surrounding business processes for efficiency. This ultimately improves overall recruiting processes, optimizes workplace management and enhances overall employee performance.
Prior to his current role, Tom served as a Head of Recruitment for Qlik, helping to attract, develop and retain the best talent while partnering with the business to create programs and opportunities inspired by a common set of values. Before joining Qlik, Tom served as a Recruitment Lead at Amdocs where he was responsible for delivering Senior Level (Director and VP) roles into the EMEA region, and has several other companies including Resource Management, Poundland and PSD Group.
Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur known for her commonsense style and straightforward approach to workforce issues.
Laurie’s career began in 1995 as an HR assistant for Leaf Candy Company, providing operations assistance and recruiting services for an hourly workforce in a manufacturing environment that was heavily unionized and staffed with immigrants from war-torn Bosnia. Since those glorious days, she’s worked at Monsanto, Alberto-Culver (now Unilever), Kemper Insurance (out of business), and Pfizer. Even as her title and compensation grew, she hated her job.
Laurie began blogging in 2004 on a nascent platform called BlogSpot while working at Pfizer, telling stories that would likely get her fired had she been discovered. After laying off thousands of workers and watching her husband lose his job at the same company, she exited corporate America in 2007 to focus her time and attention on writing, speaking, and advising companies on how to make HR better.
Laurie has been featured on major American media platforms such as NPR, The New Yorker, Vox, and CNN. She is the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as one of its top 100 websites for women. She was a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review and a contributor to online ventures such as Mediabistro, AOL, and BusinessInsider.com. Her advice has been featured in a variety of publications including CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Health, Real Simple, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. CareerBuilder and CNN have recognized her as one of the top five career advisors in the United States.
Laurie keynotes events all around the world. She’s appeared onstage at the 92nd Street Y and Harvard Business School, founded GlitchPath, an early-stage start-up focused on project management, and started a new podcast in April 2018 called “Let’s Fix Work.”
Mike “Batman” Cohen is the Founder of Wayne Technologies, a recruitment training and search firm. Mike has over a decade of experience placing technologists, recruiters, and business development professionals, and has conducted trainings for Corporate and Agency Recruiters.
Throughout his career he’s learned several things that he’s committed to paying forward:
He has worked with a diverse group of clients ranging from GIPHY, Spotify, TripAdvisor, Digital Asset, MacDonald Miller, etc.
He contributes articles to SourceCon, has a chair in the Program Committee with ATAP, helps run SourceHouston, and is a Brand Ambassador for ERE.
Mike is a presenter at:
I was destined to be in the people business. My fulfillment has always been helping people and being that strong support system. I lived my dreams working at Caesars Entertainment in Vegas with my idols in music including Celine Dion and Shania Twain. More recently, I have transitioned to help others live their dreams and discover their career paths. I have taken all my best practices from previous roles and blended them into a new fresh recipe for Alvarado Restaurant Group. As a Talent Acquisition and Retention executive, I work to attract and retain the best talent to join our team and be part of an amazing culture that delights our internal and external guests.
As a Global Talent Strategist, Andre’s spent the past decade building and executing talent programs across companies ranging from high growth start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He’s regarded as one of the top 15 Sourcers to follow on Twitter and has spoken both domestically and internationally on numerous webinars and conferences. Andre is currently one of the most read writers for SHRM averaging over 10,000+ views per blog.
As Senior Director of Engage Services at Jobvite, Andre partners with C-Suite HR leaders to create and drive unique global talent acquisition and employer branding initiatives. Some examples are: Building Talent Pools, University/Event Recruiting, Veteran Recruiting, and Employee Referral Programs. Before Jobvite, he built out, hired and directly managed the global Inbound & Outbound Sourcing Teams for ExactTarget and then the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. During his tenure there, his dynamic team powered millions of dollars in savings for the company and supported Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding programs across five continents.
Brian is a life-long educator who has been in the ATS sector of the SaaS market for over a decade. He currently serves as the Director of Training and Curriculum Development for Jobvite, where he provides direct client instruction, administers the Jobvite User Community, and creates interactive sequences for help where and when users need it – right within the product.
Maggie has worked with SaaS applications for the past 10+ years with a wide range of experience in learning & development, recruiting, implementation, and product management. Prior to Jobvite she held various positions at CareerBuilder and OnShift and she prides herself on knowing her products inside and out! In her current role as Customer Success Manager, she works with customers on optimizing their Jobvite experience to ensure successful adoption and value realization.
Ryan is a data evangelist and pivot table guru with more than three years of business intelligence experience, managing reporting projects in the sales, healthcare, and HR space. He currently works as a Data and Reporting Analyst for Jobvite, where he assists customers with custom reporting design and development in addition to data migration projects.
Kelly Lavin is a human resources executive who excels at helping companies hire and retain great people through creative and impactful talent practices.
Recognizing the need for a method to boost recruiting productivity, Kelly has teamed up with Aman Brar and Jared Adams to launch Canvas, the first enterprise-grade text-based interviewing platform that enables recruiters screen more job candidates and market employment brands.
Companies are turning to Canvas to interview a range of talent, from welders to engineers to salespersons. Early adopters span from startups to Fortune 500 companies located in Silicon Valley all the way to the Midwest. Canvas is enabling these organizations to transform their reach and engagement with talent by designing their recruitment strategies in a way that aligns with the communication preferences of today’s workforce.
Prior to Canvas, Kelly spent five years with Apparatus, rising through the ranks from director to executive vice president of talent management. With Apparatus, Kelly formulated the company’s talent and recruiting strategy, built its employment brand, and hired and led the talent team. In 2015, Kelly helped with the sale of Apparatus to Virtusa for $34.2 million and subsequently played a global role overseeing Virtusa’s employee learning and development function for the Americas and Europe. Prior to Apparatus, she worked with Emmis Communications for four years.
Ashly Stage started as a creative writer with her first publications being poetry. She quickly learned that, in order for creative writing to be lucrative, she’d have to shape it for the digital age. She has worked across industries as an editor, writer, creative director, and marketing manager, and she enjoys empowering recruiters and candidates to connect with each other easily and with purpose. While she continues to dig deep for the discipline needed for writing the six novels she always has swimming in her head, she entertains herself with good fiction, fried chicken, and 90’s R&B.
Pete has over 15 years experience delivering recruitment and recruitment marketing solutions & strategies, helping enterprise organizations to attract, engage, and convert candidates. Pete blends two worlds of modern marketing and recruitment, including leading the Talemetry sales, marketing, and research teams.
Brittany is a self proclaimed talent nerd, spending over 10 years in the Talent Acquisition and Development industry. After leading a large scale implementation of Jobvite and taking on the role of system admin, she realized the power of combining her industry experience with a new-found passion for systems to support companies navigating the ever changing talent landscape. She now works as a Customer Success Manager and thrives on helping drive recruiting success for Jobvite customers across the globe.
Upon graduating from Purdue University with a degree in advertising and marketing, Scott went straight to work with a 3rd party recruitment agency, which propelled him into the niche universe of corporate talent acquisition. Scott’s career has been spent designing talent metrics, recruitment strategy and negotiating human interactions. Industries include Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Engineering and Transportation Logistics. He is a passionate believer that quality talent can be found in the most unlikely of places, and that there is nothing better than offering a job to someone who truly needs purpose.
Scott is an early adapter of technology both in his professional and personal life. Over the last few years, Scott has presented at multiple technology and talent acquisition events as an industry leader who specializes in HR talent marketing, text recruitment and the AI revolution. He is an ok golfer but a terrible Karaokist.
Michael has been in the ATS and Onboard sector of the SaaS market for over 12 years. He currently serves as a Senior Implementation Manager for Jobvite, where he provides direct client instructions/configurations and assists with the Onboard Product team on new features and roadmap.
Travis is an experienced senior leader leveraging over a decade of HR technology expertise to help drive the strategic vision for the next generation of workforce technology.
Travis helps organizations unleash the power of their workforce by reimagining their approach to talent management and the employee experience. He is widely respected within the HR technology industry for his deep knowledge of the talent management ecosystem, his recognition of new and emerging technologies, and his ability to strategically advise Human Resources executives at companies of all sizes. Travis is tackling the $1 trillion-dollar problem these organizations are facing, how to attract, retain, and develop top talent.
At RolePoint, Travis is employing his vast industry expertise to help companies rewrite the rules and “go beyond” tired HR practices creating the vision for the next generation of the employee experience needed to ensuring organizations thrive and remain an employer of choice.
Prior to RolePoint, Travis served as a Director of Talent Growth at Rallyteam, a talent management company acquired by Workday, where he was responsible for the direction, strategy, and deployment for the company’s technology products. Earlier in his career, Travis spent time at ADP and TriNet, and has consulted at various innovative HR technology companies including Legion Technologies.
As a prominent voice in the HCM industry, Travis regularly shares expertise with media and analysts, and has been invited to speak at top industry events hosted by Microsoft, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and various talent management symposiums and conferences worldwide.
Travis holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Microsoft Accelerator, Community Head
UC Berkeley Alumni Association
Commendation for Heroism: City of San Jose
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and now calling Nashville, TN his home, Eddie has spent nearly 20-years in Staffing, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources, serving in multiple capacities over TA and HR teams during that time. Eddie found his passion in healthcare recruitment, connecting high quality healthcare talent to organizations with the impact of creating meaningful relationships between healthcare professionals and the patients they serve. As an early adopter of technologies with a constant eye on the future, Eddie has driven transformation of talent teams to adopt and deploy new techniques and technologies in the war for healthcare talent.
As Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Premise Health, Eddie leads a nationwide team of recruiters and sourcers, responsible for hiring an average of 1500 people each year for over 650 health and wellness centers across the United States for large scale companies including many Fortune 500 clients. Eddie is responsible for creating diverse and targeted talent acquisition strategies to combat the various shortages in recruiting healthcare talent. He is dedicated to ensuring his team is optimizing their work through tools and technology and is always focused on recruitment marketing and branding to create a positive candidate experience.
Prior to working for Premise Health, Eddie worked with & for Vanderbilt University & Medical Center in Nashville for nearly a decade in several HR leadership capacities.
Eddie earned his B.A. in Political Science from Baruch College (CUNY) in NYC, his MBA from Bethel University, holds several certifications (STA, SWP, RACR), and in 2018, was awarded HR Professional of the Year Award by Middle Tennessee SHRM.
Ryan Maglione is the Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Talent Solutions & tsp at Syneos Health, the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization. He has over 20 years of experience in Staffing, Talent Acquisition and Consulting in the life science industry. Ryan’s recruiting experience spans his early career of running a global contingent workforce program for a fortune 50 pharmaceutical company to executive search, talent consulting and for the last 12 years developing, transforming and leading a global talent acquisition function and programs in support of Syneos Health’s Commercial partnerships.
Katie Newland has more than a decade of experience in delivering employer brand strategy and recruitment marketing solutions to domestic and multi-national clients, including many of the Global Fortune 100 companies. She has developed employer brand strategies for a wide range of domestic and global organizations including AT&T, Ericsson, BP, and The J. M. Smucker Company. Leveraging both traditional and proprietary research, she uncovered employment experience data and distilled research findings into succinct Employer Value Propositions and employer brand positioning strategies. Her expertise spans all aspects of the employment life cycle – from attraction to rehire.
Katie has always had a knack for storytelling. She earned a degree in Broadcast News from The University of Georgia.
Jason Pistulka is the AVP of Talent Acquisition Operations at HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with 184 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. A $46 billion company, Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare and its 270,000 employees provide approximately five percent of all U.S. hospital services.
As a 5 year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Pistulka was appointed AVP in April of 2017 after serving as Senior Director of Corporate and Lines or Business Talent Acquisition since 2014. During Pistulka’s tenure at HCA Healthcare he has overseen the selection and implementation of technology platforms for recruitment marketing, candidate selection and talent acquisition capabilities.
Prior to 2014 Pistulka served in various HR roles with companies such as Asurion, Cuna Mutual, and Microsoft and others. In addition he has taught at numerous colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Human Resources and Economics.
Pistulka earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the Mount Marty College and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame as well as a certificate in labor relations from Cornell. He and his wife, Aimee, live in Nolensville, TN and have two sons, Matthew and Ryan as well as a daughter Mia.