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anderson-kurtKurt Anderson
Director of Human Resources
Definitive Health

Kurt Anderon is the director of human resources at Definitive Healthcare, a rapidly-growing provider of data and intelligence on healthcare providers and one of Boston’s best places to work. In his current position, He is building core HR infrastructure while maintaining a recruiting rate of doubling Definitive’s employee base every 18 months.

If it’s small and fast-growing (and benign), he’s all about it! With experience in small- and solo-teams in the software, finance, and healthcare industries, Kurt believes in a holistic approach to tracking, training, and retaining. The best people make the best places, and the best places attract the best people. He’s a firm believer that, given that we spend half of our waking lives at work, we probably should enjoy it!

brown-devonDevon Brown
Recruiting Manager, Growth Team

Devon Brown got her start as an agency recruiter at Beacon Hill Staffing, where she focused on HR staffing for over 5 years. She then made the transition to corporate recruiting at HubSpot and has been drinking the orange kool-aid ever since! She currently manages HubSpot’s growth recruiting team, which encompasses marketing, sales, services and G&A. Devon, along with HubSpot, are dedicated to bringing on top talent in an inbound way, trying new things, and focusing on delighting candidates along the way.

bruce-stephenStephen D. Bruce, Ph.D., PHR
Managing Editor, HR Daily Advisor

Steve Bruce, Ph.D., PHR is an award-winning writer and editor, who has been following and clarifying developments in the HR field for 20 years. Currently the editor/writer of the 225,000 subscriber HR Daily Advisor, the most-read HR publication in the US, he has published many books (Seven Secrets of Managers Who Avoid Employee Lawsuits, Face to Face: Every Manager’s Guide to Better Interviewing, Best Practices for HR Managers), newsletters (HR Manager’s Legal Reporter), and training materials (the best-selling Stop Sexual Harassment), plus videos, CDs, and more.

cheesman-joelJoel Cheesman

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years’ experience in the online recruitment space. He has worked for both international and local job boards in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. In 2005, Joel founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and US News and World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to and is a guest blogger for ERE Media. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews.

mackin-jarrettJarrett Mackin
Recruiting Manager

Jarrett Mackin is the recruiting manager at where he has helped grow the employee headcount from 75 to nearly 500 in just 3 years. Jarrett is also the co-founder of the local sales community, Top Rep Boston. Previously, he consulted in Barcelona, Spain, where he led business development and international partnership efforts at

perry-danielleDanielle Perry
Corporate Recruiter
Definitive Healthcare

Danielle Perry works in corporate recruiting at Definitive Healthcare, one of Boston’s fastest growing tech companies, where she finds the very best and brightest to join the team. She fell into (and in love with) recruiting by chance after joining John Galt, a technical staffing agency. A champion of proactive recruiting, Danielle is passionate about finding innovative ways to identify great candidates, and providing a world-class candidate experience. Aside from filling roles, she spends time contemplating what makes an organization a great place to work and how to promote an amazing company culture – which starts with getting the right people on the bus!

quinn-ryanRyan Quinn
National Government Services Team Lead
Eliassen Group

Ryan Quinn is the National Government Services Team Lead at Eliassen Group in Reading Massachusetts. As a National Team Lead he is responsible for a team of 4, which supports Eliassen Government Services cleared job requirements; recruiting for IT professionals with Secret and Top Secret clearances. Sourcing for both state and federal clients, he recruits on openings from New England to D.C., Florida, and California and everywhere in between. He is excited to share some of his tips and tricks in sourcing, as well as learn from others overcoming sourcing challenges.

russell-chrisChris Russell
Managing Director
RecTech Media

Chris Russell’s unique career has taken him through all aspects of the recruiting industry, as a vendor, candidate, hiring practitioner, and consultant. This range of experiences has helped him to understand the challenges and pitfalls of job hunting, talent attraction and the tools that bind them. Considered the ‘mad scientist of online recruiting’ by his peers, Chris loves helping connecting candidates with employers through technology.

santonocito-paulaPaula Santonocito
Contributing Editor, Recruiting Daily Advisor

Paula Santonocito, contributing editor for Recruiting Daily Advisor, is a business journalist specializing in employment issues. She is the author of more than 1,000 articles on a wide range of human resource and career topics, with an emphasis on recruiting and hiring. Her articles have been featured in many global and domestic publications and information outlets, referenced in academic and legal publications as well as books, and translated into several languages.

valentine-elenaElena Valentine
Skill Scout Inc.

Elena Valentine, CEO of Skill Scout, is passionate about bringing company and candidates’ stories to life as a way to make meaningful hiring connections. She believes that empathy is the foundation for change. And, that clear communication and storytelling is key to making that change stick. With Skill Scout, she and her co-founder Abby Cheesman are particularly passionate about highlighting industries like manufacturing while simultaneously surfacing the talent of quality candidates often overlooked.

vitale-susanSusan Vitale
Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer at iCIMS, Susan Vitale is ultimately responsible for shaping and sharing the iCIMS story across various audiences, including prospective and existing customers, the media, industry thought leaders, employees and candidates. She is also responsible for iCIMS’ brand strategy across public relations, events, advertising, product marketing and content marketing.

After graduating from Lehigh University in 2005, Susan began her career as a marketing coordinator at iCIMS. She quickly grew alongside the company, becoming the director of marketing, and by the age of 30 was promoted to chief marketing officer.

Susan takes pride in converging the worlds of recruitment and marketing, and incorporating this passion into the company’s own recruitment marketing strategy. Given iCIMS’ role in talent acquisition, she has a deep understanding of how to effectively manage recruitment advertising investments, social recruiting strategies, candidate relationship management (CRM) and recruitment events. As a member of several online mentoring communities, she provides career advice and insight on finding the right career fit for young professionals.

wilkinson-jeanneJeanne Wilkinson
Manager of Sales Recruiting
Toast, Inc.

Jeanne Wilkinson has 10 years of recruitment experience spanning staffing agency and in-house work for companies like Vista Print. As the manager of sales recruiting at Toast, Inc., Jeanne has uncovered her passion for creating a phenomenal candidate experience. She also works with company leaders on creating career growth opportunities for the sales organization that she supports and coaches her team to bring new levels of collaboration and success. One of the best perks of working for a Toast is the excuse to “research” the local POS competition. She loves to wine and dine at new restaurants, especially those serving her favorite kind of “toast”—cheese pizza.