Spring 2016 Conference Agenda Announced!

We are very excited to announce the agenda for recruitDC’s Spring 2016 Conference. This Spring, we have a spectacular lineup of recruiting industry veterans from literally all over the world prepared to bring you some great information at George Washington University on May 26th! 

You can purchase tickets to the event and after-party on our Eventbrite page

We heard your feedback! We’re always looking for ways to make recruitDC relevant to our community, and bring speakers who can talk to all experience levels. One change we have implemented for this Spring’s conference is to have breakout sessions in a track format, so you can choose what content best suits your needs. 

Back to Basics Track – For newer recruiters or those who feel they want a refresher. 

Advanced Recruiting Track – For more advanced recruiters and sourcers, who want to advance their tactical day-to-day skills. 

Management and Strategy Track – Designed for managers and recruiting leaders who want to get their teams to the next level. 


Event Agenda

7:00 – 8:30   Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome Remarks

8:45 – 9:45 Keynote Presentation

Finding new recruits online is easy but getting their response in this noisy world is an art! Katrina Collier | The Searchologist Limited | Social Recruiting Specialist – Trainer & Speaker

The explosion of social media has enabled companies direct access to people like never before and in 2016 using social media for recruiting is not a new concept. But with the explosion came the noise and recruiters must work smarter if they want to engage & attract candidates to their roles.  

  • Discover tools that you can use to map across social networks to improve candidate engagement.
  • See real examples of companies who are getting it wrong (and why) and learn from those who are getting it right.
  • Simple steps that you can implement immediately to maximise your return on social recruiting

9:45 – 10:15 Welcoming Our Sponsors

10:15 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions

Back to Basics Track

How to Source Like a Boss Marie Burns | TalentAmp | Founder |

This WILL NOT be one of those presentations where you want to get up and run out the door as soon as you realize you’ve heard the content time and time again. No, we’re actually going to learn cool stuff that will change how you get from A-Z in recruiting every_single_day. And ALREADY a smart-tip: don’t forget to eat your Wheaties for breakfast – brain power is required.

We’ll discuss how to overcome today’s biggest recruiting challenges, implement new strategies and prioritize where you should spend the majority of time so you can keep up with the best in our quickly evolving recruiting industry.

We’ll cover:

  • The latest and greatest sourcing tools you need in your back pocket. Many just coming on the market!
  • Partnerships, untapped social communities and key areas to focus where we typically don’t as an industry.
  • Branding and messaging above and beyond basic recruitment marketing.
  •  How to use all the above to create a highly productive recruiting strategy to keep you #winning.
  • Real world challenges. We’ll get down and dirty, solving things in session.  
  • An up-to-date Recruiting Playbook designed specifically so you gain the competitive edge.
  • How to execute all of the above, meaningfully and successfully.

Advanced Recruiting Track

Taking the drama out of salary negotiations Amy Miller |Microsoft | Recruiter

Real world war stories, questions to ask, and how to be your business and candidate’s advocate in the salary discussion.

Yes, it CAN be done, and I’ll show you how – by effectively navigating challenging salary discussions with both sides of the deal.

I’ll also bust some of the most common myths and refute crap salary advice our candidates are bombarded with daily.               

Understanding how to gather data and what the offer package should look like.  Being a trusted advisor  and influencer. 

Management & Strategy Track

The Road Ahead: Talent Acquisition Technology Elaine Orler Talent Function | CEO & Founder

Where is your organization on the road to talent acquisition technology? In today’s modern world, technology and innovation are constantly evolving – improving upon the latest innovations. Talent acquisition technology is no different. With new innovations promising to ease challenges and improve processes, and a constant stream of solutions flooding the market, how does one view the road ahead to identify which technologies align with their organizational needs?

While working to engage, recruit and hire great talent, keeping up with all of these constantly evolving technologies can be overwhelming. Moreover, as the competition for talent increases and the skills gaps continue to widen, the ability to attrt qualified candidates, and retain them once hired, has become a game-changer. For companies to stake out a competitive edge in talent acquisition, a firm understanding of the latest market trends and solutions available is integral to a successful talent acquisition process – identifying, engaging and hiring the talent they need.

Join industry expert Elaine Orler for an interactive discussion on the road ahead in talent acquisition technology – engagement, intelligence and responsiveness – putting the candidate center stage. Orler will share insights and offer real-world examples of organizations leveraging innovative methods and solutions to change the way they engage top talent, market their employment brand and attract individuals through a positive candidate experience. Attendees will take away a deep understanding of current talent acquisition trends and learn how the latest technology can be used to meet candidate and employer expectations and support recruiting efforts. 

12:00– 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 Breakout Sessions

Back to Basics Track

I’m a Recruiter. Now What? Conor Nicholson |NSS RPO |President and CEO

This session is intended for recruiters who enjoy the field but want to improve. They feel overwhelmed while being pulled in a thousand directions. While they work hard, they often feel they haven’t accomplished half of what they wanted to.

Early in their careers, recruiters can feel lost as there is no clear path to get better. This is a deeply personal presentation as this was me 12 years ago. I was coasting and knew it was time to pick up my game. With a few years of experience, all I really had to show was potential. The desire was there, but I lacked the proper systems and processes.

A recruiter has to simplify their workday and focus on their single most important goal: to make quality hires. For the first time in my life, I wrote down concrete goals with hard deadlines. I was keeping score. Next, I had to figure out how to attain these goals. I had to hit a certain # of submittals per week. Ditto for interviews, offers and hires. I was determined to become a quality recruiter.

A good recruiter is always pushing, always trying to move the ball into the end zone. We’ll talk about a singular focus on making hired. We’ll also talk about finding your unique, true voice and how to prioritize your daily tasks, so they align with your goals. Last but not least, we’ll have a discussion about how to truly partner with your Hiring Manager.

Advanced Recruiting Track

Practical Tips to Identify and Engage Talent | Shannon Pritchett | Editor, SourceCon

Innovative sourcing is an application of human creative skill and imagination. This is also how we define art; yet with sourcing, there is an appeal of technology and experimentation that as much scientific as artistic. Using both sides of our brain to accomplish a successful sourcing strategy is a gift that we can deliver to our most important clients: our candidates. This presentation will paint a clear picture of the variables needed to deliver an effective and inventive sourcing strategy.

Expect to learn about:

  •  New websites to find talent
  • Valuable techniques used by industry leaders
  • Best practices in candidate identification and engagement
  • A streamlined sourcing approach to reducing your sourcing time

Strategy & Management Track

Employee Generated Content (Think Glassdoor) – HR’s Swiss Army Knife Christopher Kurtz | PeerThru Consulting | Founder & Principal  

Employee sentiment, engagement and branding are all being packaged and sold as Big Data for HR.  Guess, what?  It’s also being shared on social media and you may not need all that.

As an early leader at Glassdoor, I helped a variety of clients across all industries cross the line from fear to engagement and find tremendous insight and value in their Employee Generated Content.  What I share are the pitfalls and amazing nuggets found in wholeheartedly embracing and engaging with EGC after moving past the fear.


  1. Pretend It Doesn’t Exist – What you don’t know can hurt you
  2. If you Build it, they will come – Only True in Movies
  3. Listen to the What-if’s


  1. Employee Generated Content Is Gold
  2. Small Steps can be Giant Leaps
  3. When it becomes part of your culture – magic happens


2:15 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45Panel

Oh yea? Now Try It In A Startup

Matt Charney, Executive Editor, Recruiting Daily – PanelistsSam Cicotello, VP People Operations, Social Tables; Yair Flick, Founder, SmartLogic and Chris Stone, President, EMoxie

Washington DC is known for many industries including tech startups. But how do recruiting professionals work in this very different environment? After learning about great practices and skills this day, we are going to end the day with turning things inside out, upside down and maybe completely out the window with a panel of local startups and hear about how they ramp up and keep their great teams together.  

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks


Please also join us in thanking our sponsors who make this great event possible!