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Talent Acquisition Summit

Join us at the 2019 Talent Acquisition Summit where you can hear from professionals on full cycle recruiting, reality based hiring, and more! We’ll end the day with a diverse panel discussion on alternative sources of talent.

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Where: Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
Room 5200
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Contact: Next Concept HR Association

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Talent Acquisition Summit 2019

Thursday, June 13
Registration 8:00 - 8:20 am 
Program 8:20 am - 4:00 pm

Qualifies for 5.5 General HRCI Recertification Credits / 5.5 SHRM PDCs

Price: Member $295 / General $345 / Join Now (includes a 1-year membership) $489.97
Light breakfast and lunch will be served. 


Registration: 8:00 - 8:20am
Light breakfast will be served.

8:20 - 8:30am: Kickoff

8:30 - 9:30am: Full Cycle Recruiting is More Than Filling Jobs

Presented by Luan Lam, VP of People, Harness

As HR professionals, we must think and do beyond just hiring. Join us as we cover planning strategies such as headcount planning, resource planning/capacity modeling, and budget/cost planning. We will discuss employee branding including story-telling, online presences, offline presence, and company initiatives. We’ll talk about how to bridge the gap by clearly planning the candidate journey as well as the employee journey within your organization. After participating, you will know your planning data and be able to set your talent acquisition team up for success while also creating employee messaging and company presence to continue attracting talent.

9:45 - 11:00am: Purpose-Driven Recruiting: The Role of Talent Acquisition in Creating a Thriving Culture

Presented by Rebecca Friese Rodskog, Co-founder & Managing Partner, FutureLeaderNow
Every hire makes a difference. The role of talent acquisition is tantamount in ensuring that not only does the organization have the talent that has the skills to get the work done, but also who align with the culture, purpose and values of the organization that power it’s long-term strategy. In her session, Rebecca will discuss trends in the workplace and provide guidance on how to create a culture where you can attract, retain, develop and engage the right people who are key to your organization's success. She’ll specifically focus on the role of talent acquisition in driving the desired culture, which in turn leads to higher acquisition and retention rates! 

From participating, you’ll discover five workplace trends that will impact the way we work and the things top organizations are doing to create a thriving culture, as well as why aligning your internal culture, purpose and values with your external brand is tantamount to driving employee experience. Learn specific techniques and practices to get clarity on what you’re looking for in your hires beyond skills that attract the people you want and need, who will be "culture-adds.” 

11:15am - 12:30pm: Your Brand and the External Market
Presented by Johanna Lucas, Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

In late 2017, an employee risk assessment showed that leaders at BioMarin believed that recruitment and retention challenges were areas that jeopardized their success in the next five years, a claim substantiated by their Glassdoor ratings. In Talent Acquisition, Glassdoor is to candidates as TripAdvsor is to the traveler. This is a story about how BioMarin changed their image and turned around their ratings within a year, including telling their employer story over social media channels. Together, we will cover:

1) What is your reputation on Glassdoor and who is making these claims? 
2) What steps should you take internally to address these issues 
3) How do you tell the story on social media in order to improve your reputation?

12:30 - 1:45pm: Lunch

Lunch will be served.

1:45 - 2:45pm Evidence-based Recruiting: The Agile Recruiting Manifesto
Presented by Keith Halperin, Recruiting Manager, Neetek Systems Integration

Hiring is presumed to be a logical, rational decision-making process. It’s very often not that way, but you can make it moreso. Join Keith as he covers which assumptions and biases negatively impact recruiting and how to effectively work with them. Discover what additional positive steps you can implement to improve hiring, as well as a useful tool to determine the very best types of people your organization can hire.

3:00 - 4:00pm: A Panel Discussion: Alternative Sources of Talent
Moderated by Steven Yee, Principal, Gravitate Training

Learn non-traditional approaches to filling jobs, from women back to work, to nonprofits, and more. Peel back the onion on candidates such as those that are other-abled and veteran candidates. These are important parts of the workforce that you might not have traditionally thought of.

Panelists include:

>> Keith Halperin, Recruiting Manager, Neetek Systems Integration: Qualified, differently-abled people are very good choices for employment because:  *Many will be less-distracted from their work than able-typical employees. It’s important to note that many will be more loyal to their jobs than able-typical employees.

>> Kitty Brand, NPO Manager, Levy Restaurants: Nonprofit organizations are the key to finding talent and referrals for multiple job positions. Creatively introducing a job model that outsources to a local 501 C3 nonprofit if talent is not filled with traditional or union employees.  

>> Sonu Ratra, Co-Founder and President, Akraya Inc.: The purpose of Women Back to Work is to create systemic pathways for women to return to the workforce. The program enables companies to boost diversity and  business results by acquiring valuable talent that is typically not available via conventional channels: highly-qualified, professional women returning to the workforce. Our systematic structured approach (including resume review, skills assessment, augmentation training, and mentoring) enables women returnees to hit the ground running and sets them up for workplace success. The program impacts and includes veteran spouses and returners from under represented communities as well.

>> Tyler Solorio, Political Analyst, Swords to Plowshares: Veterans have team-oriented and soft skills that are unlike what we see in the civilian workforce. Due to a lack of cultural competency regarding the military, employers lack an understanding of what veterans uniquely bring to the table. I'll be diving into what makes veterans unique as a workforce.


>> Luan Lam, VP of People, Harness

Luan Lam is the VP of People at Harness with a successful track record in scaling several technology companies through their rapid growth phases including Informatica and AppDynamics. At AppDynamics, he led the Global Talent Acquisition & Operations function, and scaled the company to almost 2,000 employees. Luan is also a Talent Advisor to Unusual Ventures, a venture capitalist firm recently founded by Jyoti Bansal and John Vrionis, working with the firm and its entrepreneurs in identifying methods to help them succeed in attracting and securing top talent. Luan holds a degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. He has written articles on the “War for Talent;” and has been featured in several publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and San Francisco Business Times, specifically on the art and science behind talent acquisition.

>> Rebecca Friese Rodskog, Co-founder & Managing Partner, FutureLeaderNow
Rebecca is an expert in the fields of organizational change management, transformation and innovation. Her 25+ years of experience spans from large-scale, global projects to one-on-one coaching relationships.  Rebecca is a skilled facilitator, coach and innovator. In addition to her work as the co-founder and Managing Partner of FutureLeaderNow, she is also CEO and Founder of 12@12 Women’s Network.

>> Johanna Lucas, Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Johanna Lucas has 25 years of talent acquisition experience, first in IT and now in the Biotech/Pharma space.  Having been a pre-med major, Johanna’s native interest in science and patients makes recruiting in this industry a joy.  She has led global and North American teams, spanning sourcing, operations, systems and full life cycle recruiting teams. In her spare time, Johanna plays tennis, cycles, does board work for a “food is medicine” nonprofit, and hangs out with her pit bull, Tallulah Bighead.

>> Keith Halperin, Recruiting Manager, Neetek Systems Integration

Keith Halperin has worked as a recruiter, sourcer, researcher, and consultant for highly diverse clients (from startups to Fortune 500 firms) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1986. He conceived, designed, and implemented corporate recruiting strategies, developed a white paper for a $70 million, five-year NASA CS recruiting project, and an industry-wide recruiting plan for the Electronics Industry Association of Australia in Adelaide, South Australia.

Keith developed the Recruiting Process Methodology (a comprehensive open-source roadmap of recruiting), the Agile Recruiting Manifesto and the Robust Recruiting Guide (roadmaps for recruiting best-practices), and has co-created the field of Behavioral Recruiting (the application of Behavioral Economics, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience to recruiting), and Generally Accepted Recruiting Practices (GARPs), and the Corporate Desirability Score (CDS). He also co-founded MyIPOJob job fairs for pre-IPO companies, and founded RecruitersForum.com, an online job site for all types of recruiting positions.

Keith has been a featured panelist at recruiting conferences such as the annual conference of the Black Recruiters Network, the Technical Recruiters Society, the Recruiting Innovation Summit, #Tru Unconference, and an author and prolific contributor to ERE.net and Recruiting Blogs (www.recruitingblogs.com).

>> Steven Yee, Principal, Gravitate Training
With over 19 years of experience in HR consulting, training, operations, and leadership, Steven Yee is currently founder and principal of Gravitate Training geared for micro to mid-sized enterprises. Whether for major organizations, start-ups, or start-up operations within major organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and Monster Worldwide, Steven’s direct contributions and strategic guidance have helped diverse businesses nationwide do better business and helped individuals become better people. While holding a degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, he is recognized as well by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP).

>> Kitty Brand, NPO Manager, Levi’s Stadium

As Levy at Levi’s NFP manager, Kitty is a go getter, who does more than wrangle paperwork and schedule volunteers.  With more than 10 years of recruiting and inbound customer service experience, she’s obsessed with innovating new ways of creating amazing outcomes that’s absurdly impactful and effective.  (She also works with in-house contributors and clients as a volunteer, strategiest, interviewer, coach, and sometimes therapist.) Kitty decided she wanted to join the Levy family after learning our motto, “Nice People Doing Remarkable Things.”  

Before joining Levy, Kitty was focused on majoring in Bio manufacturing and graduating from Ohlone College with a certificate of completion while managing the property at Shoreline Ampitheatre as the venue manager.  

Passions include researching causes for Autism Speaks and Kidney Foundation by networking with the public for charitable causes and fundraising.  She loves using Snapchat filters and making memories with her children Savannah, Rosalyn, Myles and service dog Cooper.

>> Tyler Solorio, Policy Analyst, Swords to Plowshares

Tyler Solorio is a Policy Analyst with Swords to Plowshares. He provides outreach and technical assistance to community-based veteran services agencies, presents Combat to Community® cultural competency curriculum, and conducts research on an array of veterans’ issues. Tyler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from DePaul University.

Tyler spent six years in the U.S. Army National Guard. He is an OEF veteran who deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He has served as an advocate for veterans’ educational and mental health services. Tyler is also a former board member on the Illinois Board of Higher Education, where he helped spearhead veterans’ education issues at the state level.

>> Sonu Ratra, Co-founder and President, Akraya Inc

As Co-founder and President of Akraya Inc., a multiple award-winning solutions and staffing firm, Sonu Ratra is a strong believer that with success comes with responsibility. Ratra has been recognized as a highly-motivated and focused thought-leader in the talent and staffing industry. Besides leading Akraya’s aggressive growth strategies, Ratra serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute of Economic Empowerment for Women to support their Peace through Business program. She also serves on the Foundation Board at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. A past winner of the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, Ratra has received several accolades including the Woman of Influence Award, the Stevie Award, Northwood’s Outstanding business leader award and has been featured on the Women Worth Watching List by Diversity Journal. 

An entrepreneur with a charitable heart, Ratra is passionate about giving back to the community. Over the years, she has been an avid supporter for women’s empowerment and is currently spearheading an initiative called “Women Back to Work,” a workforce re-entry program for women. Akraya, Inc. is a Global Staffing and Managed services company headquartered in  Santa Clara, California.  Named Best Places to Work for three consecutive years, Akraya is also ranked by the Staffing Industry Analysts as the Best Staffing Company to Temp and Work for. 




Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received less than seven calendar days from the program date are not refundable. If cancellation within seven days of the program is unavoidable, a credit for a future event will be granted, minus a $75 administration fee ($15 for regional meetings). Credits must be used within one year of issue. A substitute attendee is allowed at the applicable NCHRA member/non-member rate in lieu of credit. Separate cancellation policies apply for the HR West Conference and Certification Preparation Courses.