cheesman-joelJoel Cheesman
Founder
Ratedly

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.


ellis-jamesJames Ellis
Host of The Talent Cast podcast
TheTalentCast.com
JamesEllis.us
@TheWarForTalent

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.


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Catherine Moreton Gray, JD
Senior Managing Editor for Human Resources and Compensation
BLR

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

 


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Mark Tortorici
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.


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Elena Valentine
CEO
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.