Research Manager, IDC
Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer, Aptitude Research
President, HRU Technical Resources
Chief Content Officer, Allegis Group
Senior Director – Solutions Architecture, Creative Group, Inc.
CEO/Co-Founder, TalentMinded, Inc.
Manager of Talent Acquisition, Verisys Corporation and Co-Founder, CareerKarma360
Founder and CEO, Unbridled Talent and CEO, DisruptHR
Founder and CEO, Talent Function
Talent Acquisition Manager, Trek Bikes
Sr. Head of Talent Acquisition - Marketing & Sales Solutions (Americas) & LATAM, LinkedIn
Director of Recruiting, KIXEYE
Senior Manager Talent Acquisition Programs, Ingram Micro
Director of Talent Acquisition and Onboarding, PT Solutions
Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. In the summer of 2015, she served as a linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals, a period of time defined by the bond she has formed with the players. Widely known as a trailblazer and pioneer in professional football, becoming the first woman to coach in the NFL was only her most recent first. In 2014, Welter became the first woman to play running back in a men’s professional football league. In early 2015, Welter was hired as the first female coach in men’s professional football, helping coach the most successful Revolution season in franchise history. Prior to joining the world of men’s professional football, Welter had a highly decorated 14 year career in women’s professional football which included four National Championships and two gold medals as a member of Team USA in the 2010 and 2013 International Federation of American Football’s (IFAF) Women’s World Championship.
In her own words, Coach Jen often says, “sports have the power to change the world.” With that philosophy as a guiding principle, she has become an innovator in the sports and fitness space. She is known for looking at the game of football differently, and has designed programs to increase access and opportunity to and through football.
Dr. Jen’s Programs include:
Grrridiron Girls: a national tour of flag football camps which empower girls through football by proving, “there is no game you cannot play, and no field you do not belong in or on.”
A Day In The Life: Dr Jen gives women insight and access to the game of football through her program, “A Day in the Life. Explaining that football is full contact chess, women get the opportunity learn the individual chess pieces and how they fit together to make players work. Women literally get into the game by getting them out onto the field. A Day in the Life,” debuted with the Washington Redskins women’s program in 2015.
Camp On the Corner: Sports change many people’s lives, in many cases causing them to make a choice. In response to the tough choices kids face every day on corners in neighborhoods like the South Side of Chicago, Camp on the Corner was born. “You can’t hold a gun and catch a football at the same time, you have to make a choice.” So, why not use sports, such as football as a proactive mechanism to teach kids lessons and characteristics which help empower them to make the right choices.
In addition to coaching on the field, Welter has become a regular empowerment speaker and advocate. Welter has become a regular empowerment and sports speaker sharing the stage at events with sports and political giants like Serena Williams and Condoleeza Rice. As guest editor of Wired Magazine, Serena Williams highlighted Welter as one of her Trailblazers, 10 heroes who are showing the way forward to a better, fairer world for all. Welter was recognized at the United Nations as Sports Pioneer of the Year on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. ESPNW named her one of the 25 most influential women in sport in 2015. The Arizona Women’s Foundation awarded her the Voice of Women Award in 2018.
Dr. Jen is on the Advisory Board of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Game for Life Academy and an Ambassador for the She is Campaign.
Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Sport Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston.
Molly Bloom is an inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. She is best known for her memoir, Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to LA waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod, and Ben Affleck.
Bloom began her career as a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that the doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, fully recovered, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects. This led her to what she thought would be a year sabbatical in LA.
Bloom was finishing her degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and was in the process of applying to top tier Law Schools, when her assistant job turned her into an accidental entrepreneur, running one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, pulling in as much as $4 million per year. What happened next is where her story truly begins.
The film Molly’s Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, stars Jessica Chastain (as Molly), Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chris O’Dowd. Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as Ellen, Vice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, for companies like Blackrock Financial and SiriusXM Radio.
Bloom is now focused on building WeWork for female entrepreneurs. For years she built a billionaire boys club, now she’s creating a community for women to nurture their ambitions by providing them with opportunities to collaborate and grow their businesses.
Kyle Lagunas is research manager and principal analyst for IDC’s Emerging Trends in Talent Acquisition and Staffing research practice. In this role, Kyle leads IDC’s research on the most recent developments in recruiting and staffing software, services, and consulting. This research puts talent acquisition into the broader context of an integrated talent strategy.
Prior to joining IDC, Kyle founded Lighthouse Research & Advisory where he conducted independent research in talent trends and technologies as Principal Analyst. Before setting out on his own, he launched the talent acquisition practice at Brandon Hall Group and led major research projects on the state of talent acquisition, high-performance recruitment marketing, and onboarding as a driver of employee engagement. As the HR Analyst at Software Advice — a Gartner company — he supported the newly-created lead generation practice for HR technology vendors through a successful brand and content marketing strategy.
Kyle is a frequent speaker and writer and his work has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Business Insider, Information Weekly & HRO Today.
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.
Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP,SPHR is the President of HRU Technical Resources a leading IT and Engineering Staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies. Tim is a highly sought after international speaker on leadership, HR Tech, talent acquisition and HR execution. Tim is currently the President-elect for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP).
He also is a prolific writer in the HR and Talent space writing every day at his blog the Tim Sackett Project, and this year, in conjunction with SHRM, Tim released his first book, “The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent”. Tim is married to a hall of fame wife, has three sons, and his dog Scout. In 2018, he was named one the Global Influencers in HR Tech, which gives him mad street cred with his teenage sons on Twitter (@TimSackett). He is a lifelong workplace advocate for Diet Mt. Dew fountain machines and he is considered the world’s foremost expert on workplace hugs.
Matt Charney is the global thought leadership and content lead for Allegis Global Services, one of the world’s biggest talent services and total talent management providers. He is also currently a partner at RecruitingDaily, where he served as Executive Editor and head analyst for a network of sites representing the most widely read destination for recruiting related content in the world.
Matt serves as an advisor for a number of VC backed startups in talent technology, including companies such as Textio, HiringSolved, TrustSphere, HumanPredictions, Drafted and Clinch.
Matt is a frequent speaker at technology and recruiting events, making over 75 appearances a year, and has been presented at conferences such as SXSW, BlogWorld, SHRM Annual and the HR Technology Conference.
A graduate of the George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts, Matt has been named as a top HR influencer or recruitment innovator by publications such as the Huffington Post, Forbes, HR Magazine, TechCrunch and LinkedIn. His personal blog, Snark Attack, has been recognized as one of the top 25 business blogs in the world by WordPress, and was recently named the 2017 Recruiting Blog of the Year by HR Marketer.
Follow Matt on Twitter @mattcharney or check out blog.allegisglobalsolutions.com.
Paul Hebert is a writer, speaker and consultant focused on influencing behaviors and driving business results through employees, channel partners and consumers. Paul is the Senior Director of Solutions Architecture for Creative Group, Inc. designing influence, marketing, motivation, incentive, loyalty, recognition and reward programs for their clients to increase business results and reduce costs.
Paul’s mission is to humanize the business relationships companies rely on to drive greater employee, channel and customer loyalty – and ultimately business outcomes.
He is dedicated to creating true emotional connections often overlooked in our automated, tech-enabled world. Through the use of proven motivational theory, behavioral economics and social psychology he has driven extraordinary company performance for his clients. Paul is widely considered an expert on motivation and incentives.
For more than 20 years Kim has worked with clients in every industry, of all sizes including from Fortune 500 firms to start-ups and high growth tech companies. Kim is a senior executive and business operator with extensive experience that includes a track record of growing businesses in emerging markets, managing organizational change and delivering talent acquisition strategies that drive growth. As the CEO of TalentMinded, the first subscription based, full service talent acquisition company in Canada, Kim’s mission is to help companies meet their business goals by improving their approach to acquiring the right talent. In less than three years TalentMinded has grown from a starting operation to 25 employees and over 60 client engagements providing recruitment and advisory services globally in all disciplines.
Kim has worked extensively in the field of recruitment specializing in helping teams and companies leverage innovative sourcing tools and technology to achieve better hiring outcomes. Kim has also created and facilitated a variety of workshops and training programs on best practices in talent acquisition delivered to 1,000s of senior leaders and executives across North America. As a trusted advisor, Kim’s passion for driving profitable growth through modern recruitment strategies has been commended by leaders and CEOs from all industries. Kim is a relentless student of trends in talent acquisition and talent management helping her deliver competitive insights and leading-edge solutions that have an immediate impact for her clients.
Kim is also a seasoned lecturer for the Schulich School of Business as well as a participant on the advisory committee for the development of Sales and Training programs for the Executive Board.
Kim is an active member of the North American Council for Candidate Experience, founder of the Next Generation Talent Acquisition Meet Up and has written several whitepapers and blogs including a publication in the Globe & Mail for her insights titled “Employee retention is not just about just pizza lunches and parties”.
A sought out public speaker and facilitator on various business topics, Kim participates in many forums including Tech Connex, MaRS Discovery District, MC and host for Impact99, speaker at Epitome’s Annual Leadership Conference, OCE, HR Metrics Summit and Glassdoor’s annual Talent Roadshow. Kim is also a guest presenter on various talent related topics for the Innovation Factory in Hamilton, Ontario and Communitech in Kitchener, Waterloo.
Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree from York University.
Tannen Ellis-Graham Manager of Talent Acquisition at Verisys Corporation and Co-Founder of CareerKarma360. Tannen specializes in developing outstanding Candidate Engagement and supporting Company Culture. Through Employer Branding, and Talent Acquisition for small- to medium-sized companies. Tannen works with Executives, Directors, hiring managers, and Career Coaches to create a one-of-a-kind Candidate Experience. She emphasizes, “What goes around, comes around!” Treating candidates to an exceptional hiring experiences builds your company’s Employer Brand and creates a positive impression. Conversely, “What comes around, goes around” how you represent your company in the hiring process can either broadcast your strengths or showcases your company’s weaknesses.
Tannen is the former Director of Human Resources and Director of Operations of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, and now serves on their Education Advisory Committee. She was the third employee and Director of Operations and HR for FatPipe Networks, an INC 500 Fastest Growing Tech Company. She serves as 2018 Board Member and Director of Workforce Readiness for Salt Lake SHRM, Executive Board Member/Secretary National Speakers Association-Mountain West Chapter, and is Former Chairman of the Department of Workforce Services Employers Compensation Appeals Board.
She lives near Snowbird ski resort in Utah with her husband Tim, daughter Taitlynn, stepdaughter Julia, stepsons Ian and Theo. She loves hiking, skiing, and tries her best to golf.
Jennifer McClure is an entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, leadership success coach, and former HR executive who works with business leaders to build careers that they love, and lives that matter.
As CEO of Unbridled Talent LLC, Jennifer is recognized as an influencer and expert on the future of work, innovative people strategies, and strategic leadership. She is a top-rated keynote speaker and trainer who has delivered high-impact programs to over 50,000 people in 9 countries, and on 4 continents. Jennifer has coached and mentored multiple leaders and executives in small, medium, and Fortune 100 companies, and understands what it takes to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.
Jennifer is also the CEO & Chief Excitement Officer of DisruptHR LLC, an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower HR leaders, business professionals, and community leaders who are interested in disruptive ideas, and moving the collective thinking forward when it comes to talent in the workplace. The DisruptHR global community includes events held in over 120 cities, and over 27 countries, which have produced over 1,800 informative, entertaining, and disruptive 5-minute talks that have been shared with the world.
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.
Jeremy Ryder is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Trek Bicycle. He is passionate about creating an unforgettable, positive hiring experience for both Candidates and Hiring Managers.
In his role at Trek, he is focused on creating an environment that fosters collaboration between HR and hiring managers. By creating a highly collaborative environment, he has been able to decrease hiring times, streamline processes, ensure new hires thrive in Trek’s unique culture, all while creating a strong talent brand. Jeremy’s passion for customer service, efficiency, and hiring the best has elevated him and his team to do extraordinary things in a short amount of time!
Outside of work, Jeremy is an avid cyclist and loves anything that takes him outdoors, a loving husband and father of two beautiful girls, and a wanna-be Ironman Triathlete!