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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 Jobing.com and is a guest blogger for ERE Media. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews.
Host of The Talent Cast podcast
James Ellis runs The Talent Cast podcast where he can be found doing deep dives of all things employer brand and recruitment marketing. He has years of experience helping companies of every size get smarter about their inbound recruiting to find and attract the best talent.
Catherine Moreton Gray, JD
Senior Managing Editor for Human Resources and Compensation
Catherine Moreton Gray, JD, is Senior Managing Editor for Human Resources and Compensation. Cathy has over 20 years combined experience in HR management and as a management-side labor and employment attorney. Her HR experience includes recruiting, employee relations and communications, affirmative action and compensation. As an attorney, she regularly counseled employers on issues such as complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, accommodating employees with disabilities, complying with federal and state laws requiring paid sick leave and family and medical leave, and union avoidance and labor relations. She represented employers in government audits, before administrative agencies, and in federal and state courts on matters including discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, affirmative action compliance, unfair labor practices and wage and hour violations.
Cathy has also written articles on developing employment law issues, and developed and presented training for clients. She received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Recruiting Toolbox, Inc.
As the principal consultant at Recruiting Toolbox, the co-founder of the first ever conference focused on tech recruiting, Talent42, and the founder of Tweetajob, the first social job distribution engine, Carmen Hudson wears many hats. Drawing from over 15 years of recruiting experience, Ms. Hudson has a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent. Her expertise is in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies, and implementing them in the real world of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive recruiting environments. She consults and trains companies to help them leverage high ROI solutions for big sourcing, social media, and technology implementation initiatives.
Co-Founder & Principal Growth Hacker
Jer Langhans has over 15 years sourcing experience at companies like Cisco, Microsoft, EA, Disney, Starbucks, and Expedia. Most recently, he launched Hired in Seattle and sits on the Advisory Boards of startups. He is the former president of the Northwest Recruiters Association and was written up in Forbes magazine for his talent attraction strategies.
Talent Acquisition Manager
Whole Foods Market
Melissa Simpson, the talent acquisition manager for Whole Foods Market, which was named to Fortune’s 100 Best list of companies for 2017 and designated as a talent magnet company by Oracle and the Talent Strategy Institute in 2016, recruits for positions from entry level to executive level and IT. As a talent acquisition manager in both, retail and non-retail environments, she specializes in leading recruiting teams, creating a partnership between hiring managers and recruiters, improving the candidate experience, developing hiring programs to ensure they are diverse, and utilizing the latest and greatest innovative recruiting tools. Over the course of her career, Melissa has saved an organization over $200K in staffing cost, revamping an entire organizations employment brand/career page and completing her second master’s degree in human resource management.
Co-Founder & Intent Discovery Engineer
James Temple earned his industry stripes over the past 15 years. As a consultant, he has focused on strategic sourcing for various companies like Microsoft and T-Mobile. He enjoys providing learning opportunities to sourcing professionals as a Board member of the Sourcing 7.
Founder & Training Expert
Transform Talent Acquisition
Mark Tortorici is an expert technical sourcer and recruiter. Since 1997, he has trained thousands of staffing professionals including those at Google, Apple, Facebook, Disney, Pinterest, Twitter, Nvidia, eBay, Yahoo, AppNexus and many other companies. He has worked in both corporate & agency roles and has also managed staffing teams with great success.
As the founder of Transform Talent Acquisition, Mark trains in every aspect of the staffing process. He is known for his sourcing methods, ability to turn technical requisitions into sourcing strategies, and easy to understand teaching methods. He is also a big believer in research, learning, and technology when it comes to sourcing and recruiting.
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.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.