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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. Ms. Gray 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, Ms. Gray 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.

Ms. Gray has also written articles on developing employment law issues, and developed and presented training for clients. Ms. Gray 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.


Carmen Hudson
Principal Consultant
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.


Jer Langhans
Co-Founder & Principal Growth Hacker
Paired Sourcing

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.


Melissa Simpson
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.


James Temple
Co-Founder & Intent Discovery Engineer
Paired Sourcing

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.