Top 11 Speakers to look forward to at Talent42, 2019

Top 11 Speakers to look forward to at Talent42, 2019

The battle for finding the top and right talent has become fierce and everyone is a part of the Game of Talents, seeking to be the new heir to...

The battle for finding the top and right talent has become fierce and everyone is a part of the Game of Talents, seeking to be the new heir to the throne.

In such a scenario, it’s hard to overstate the significance of human resource (HR) and talent acquisition (TA) conferences across the globe. Amidst all the events, Talent42 stands out from the rest due to its unique format and concept. It is a national conference that is focused on helping recruiters hire top technology talent by bringing keynotes from engineering leaders, tech recruiting leader presentations and panels, hands-on roundtables, and training. Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Target, and various fortune 500 organizations participate in this practical, how-to conference that’s all about sourcing, interviewing, and closing the best tech talent. (Also read an HR’s guide to the SHRM 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition)

We have compiled a list of the top 11 speakers to look forward to at this one-of-a-kind event in 2019.

Alison MacKay

Technical Recruiter – Facebook

Alison MacKay is a Technical Recruiter and supports the development and growth of the Data Center Strategy team for the social media giant Facebook. She is a strong advocate of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the tech industry and is the co-founder of the Silicon Valley Recruiters Association.

Her session on SAAS: Storytelling as a Service (with her colleagues at Facebook) will describe how the art of storytelling can help organizations across the globe attract the right candidates in today’s competitive tech environment. It will also highlight the importance of sharing one’s personal recruiter narrative and own the company’s narrative.

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM- 11:45 AM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Jennifer Shappley

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition (Engineering) – LinkedIn

LinkedIn is popularly known for helping recruiters in their quest for finding top talent. But have you ever thought who helps LinkedIn in finding the best talent? Well, Jennifer Shappley is the answer to your question. Currently, the Senior Director of the Engineering Recruiting team at LinkedIn, she has led the Business Recruiting Team at LinkedIn assisting multiple verticals including Global Sales, Finance, and Legal hiring. She loves using technology to improve results and driving continuous innovation in the talent space.

Finding the perfect candidate for your organization has never been tougher. There is a large skill gap across the globe and the same skilled talent pool being tapped by organizations worldwide. Recruiters are finding it harder than ever to close the open positions. Jennifer might just be the rescuer you have been wishing for. In her session on ‘Discovering New Talent Pools’, she will reveal how LinkedIn is identifying new talent pools by recognizing candidates from unusual career paths and experience.

Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Mark Tortorici

Founder – Transfor Talent Acquisition

An expert technical sourcer and recruiter, Mark Tortorici is the founder of Transform Talent Acquisition, a customized training solution for staffing professionals. Known for his out-of-the-box sourcing methods, the capability to turn technical needs into sourcing plans, and easy-to-comprehend teaching style, he has trained over thousands of recruiters including those at Google, Apple, and Facebook, to name a few.

Fun Fact: Social networks, user groups, and coding platforms are the hidden treasures of the modern world. Hard to accept? Believe it or not but these networks/groups/platforms are home to the developers that you’ve been looking for. Think of finding an ideal candidate who has not been contacted as much as others. Isn’t this what you’ve always wanted as a recruiter? Enter, the APIs aka gold miners. There is a whole world of public data that can be accessed through APIs. In this session Mark brings to light ‘The World of APIs for Sourcing’ and shares his take on automation tools that can help speed up the hiring process.

Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Asha Beirne

Global Sourcing Change Lead – ThoughtWorks

Known to be a part of nearly every aspect of hands-on recruitment at ThoughtWorks, Asha Beirne is a lead in the ThoughtWorks’ Global Sourcing Center of Excellence. Her love for recruiting top technical talent drives her to be one step ahead of others in creating an engaging and joyful candidate experience.  

Every recruiter is caught up with various tasks but Asha strongly believes in the fact that no recruiter is too busy to source passive candidates. Through her session ‘I’m Too Busy To Source’ she will help recruiters understand how to create the right hiring strategy to find the perfect candidate for your organization.

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM- 2:45 PM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Sara Chipps

Director of Community – Stack Overflow

Sarah Chipps is the Director of Community at Stack Overflow, helping serve the 50M developers who visit the site monthly. In 2010, she co-founded Girl Develop It, a non-profit focused on helping more women become software developers and has taught over 100,000 women how to build software. She is also the cofounder of JewelBots, a company dedicated toward drastically changing the number of girls entering STEM fields using hardware.

Hiring senior engineers can be horrifying for recruiters across the globe. They are often satisfied with their current roles, are rarely actively looking for other job options, and get countless emails. In this talk titled ‘Sourcing and Hiring Senior Engineers,’ Sara will help recruiters in acing this daunting task. She will share hacks to attract senior engineers with experiences and build ongoing relationships with them.

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Wendy Bloechle

VP  of Product Marketing – DHI Group

As the Vice-President of Product Marketing at DHI Group, Wendy Bloechle is responsible for building the go-to-market strategy for software and technology solutions and overseeing all the marketing efforts including product marketing, lead generation and communication. Although new to the technical recruiting industry, she has involved herself in aligning the requirements of technical recruiters with the needs of technical candidates.

Be it a recruiter or a candidate, it is of utmost importance that both of them identify the industry’s top trends and align themselves to work towards them. In her session ‘The Critical Trends in Tech Recruiting and How You Can Leverage Them’, Wendy will share her insights on the make or break factors for attracting and retaining top talent and also her take on the hottest tech skills, job markets, and highest paying technical roles.

Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Lee Robinson

Senior Software Engineer – Hy-Vee

As Andreessen Horowitz rightly said ‘Software is eating the world.’Software engineers are the new kings of today’s world. One of these kings is Lee Robinson, a Senior Software Engineer at Hy-Vee, a $10-billion-dollar grocery chain in the Midwest.  He is the backbone of Aisles Online, the organization’s e-commerce grocery shopping platform. Apart from his usual tasks as an engineer, he plays a vital role in attracting and recruiting the best talent for the organization.

The recruitment industry has seen a drastic shift from once being company-driven  to becoming candidate-driven. This is where Lee comes forward as a savior and shares his hacks on ‘Recruiting Engineers (From an Engineer’s Perspective)’ to help recruiters understand what candidates really want out of a position.

Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Vince Volpe

Technical Sourcing Manager – Uber

Currently leading the sourcing function at Uber (Austin), Vince Volpe started with a team of 4 in 2017 and has since scaled to 40+ employees. He also supports all of Uber’s Emerging Technology sourcing efforts including the Advanced Technology Group, Uber Elevate, JUMP Bikes, and Uber Freight to name a few. Prior to Uber, he spent three and a half years at Google’s expanding Austin office.

Think of a timed competition where engineers are asked to create a working algorithm, and code up the solution, as optimized as possible. Sounds familiar, right? A coding competition, isn’t it? Dig deeper and you’ll realize it is an interview, disguised as an exciting competition to test skills against peers and help screen top talent. This session by Vince titled ‘Coding Competitions – More Than Just a Game’ is designed to teach the nuances of sourcing talent across some of the largest coding competitions and ultimately succeed at a large success rate while pleasing hiring managers and making sourcing fun!

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Robert Coombs

Head of Operations – CredSimple

Over nearly two decades Robert Coombs has been involved in building and leading the operations, web, communications, public affairs and government relations teams for various organizations. He has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Class where he re-engineered the fitness and lifestyle company from the inside out. As an entrepreneurial problem solver, he focuses on scalability, sustainability, and strategic development.

Could you ever think of drawing a similarity between Online Dating and Recruiting? It’s tough to think how the two of them could be related to each other. Maybe we’re not bad at both but a profuse majority make similar mistakes in both online dating and recruiting. Robert’s session on ‘What Online Dating Can Teach Us About Recruiting and Why We’re Bad at Both’ will uncover the common dangers that are involved in both these vastly different worlds and how you can build a strategy to have a pipeline of top talent.

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Carmen Hudson

Principal Consultant – Recruiting Toolbox

Carmen Hudson is currently the Principal Consultant at Recruiting Toolbox and the co-founder of the one-of-a-kind Talent42 technical recruiting conference. She excels in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies. She is an ex-recruiter at various fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon, and is also a renowned speaker at various recruiting events across the US.

Finding a candidate that is a perfect fit for an organization is what every recruiter dreams of. In today’s candidate driven market, finding that ideal technical talent has become exhausting. Unnecessary hurdles in the screening process is something in-demand talent won’t jump through. If too easy, you risk damaging the employer brand and hiring under-performing talent. Carmen’s session on ‘Designing the Interview Process for Software Engineers’ will discuss the various models for screening and interviewing technical talent, keeping in mind the candidate experience.

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM PDT
Venue: Bay Auditorium

Shaunda Zilich

Global Talent Brand Manager – Qualtrics

Shaunda Zilich is currently the Global Talent Brand Manager at Qualtrics, an experience management platform that combines the experience (X) data with the operation (O) data to provide a full data-driven picture to organizations. Prior to joining Qualtrics, she worked at  General Electric as the Global Employment Brand Leader.

As a recruiter, are you directly related and actually a part of the employee experience? According to Shaunda, YES, you are. In her session on ‘The Employee Experience Journey – Why the Data Matters to You,’ she will share her insights on how the employee experience journey starts way before someone even knows about your company and travels all the way past being a part of your company.

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM PDT
Venue: Sound


With this, we complete the list of Top 11 Speakers to look forward to at Talent42 in Seattle, Washington. Make sure you come meet us at the start-up lounge, Bell Harbor International Conference Center on June 11th and 12th. Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 3A among many other interesting prizes. Hope to see you there!

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