RecruitCon Speakers 2019 – Austin

Rob Arndt
Senior Vice President of Business Development
RecruitMilitary and Bradley-Morris Inc.

Rob Arndt is the Senior Vice President of Business Development with RecruitMilitary & Bradley-Morris Inc., the nation’s largest and most effective connection point between smart organizations and the highly sought-after military experienced talent pool. He is a 14-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in military campaigns in Kuwait and Iraq before reporting to a duty assignment in Marine Corps Recruitment & Retention that paved the road for where he is today. He provides a vast wealth of knowledge regarding the full military lifecycle from entering the military, serving in it, recruiting for it, exiting the service and now providing resources to those who served in their quest for post military success. He and the RecruitMilitary Team have more than 60 combined years in the military to civilian employment niche and stand as a trusted resource and asset to Civilian Industry, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies and Federal Contractors for creating and enhancing their military hiring and outreach strategies.

Barbara J. BrunoBarbara J. Bruno
Good as Gold Training, Inc.

Barb Bruno is internationally recognized as one of the top experts in the Staffing and Recruiting, Talent Acquisition and Sales Professions. She has created fourteen recruiting and talent acquisition courses for LinkedIn Learning and is scheduled to release additional courses in 2019. Her courses have been approved for their enterprise clients’ continuing education curriculum.

She has developed web-based training programs that are distributed in several countries and 100% of her Top Producer Tutor clients have increased efficiency and profits. She writes for numerous publications and authors one of the most widely read online publications, The No BS Newsletter. She has authored several books, created mobile apps and is often quoted as an industry expert. She also designed and authored the curriculum for the Professional Certification Program for IT and Engineering Recruiting Professionals.

Bruno’s business has placed over 10,000 people in jobs and she has developed a web-based Career Portal which improves the candidate experience. She now helps 100% of candidates she attracts by either hiring them, placing them or referring them to her Career Portal. She private labels the Career Portal for anyone involved in helping others find jobs.

She has also held many leadership roles including: Indiana State President for IAPC, Illinois State President of IAPC and Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Personnel Services. She is the recipient of the Lincoln Award, Harold B. Nelson Award and was inducted in NAPS Hall of Fame.

Bruno speaks at conferences, conducts customized webinars, provides in-house training and offers consulting. Her ideas are easy to implement and participants in her sessions benefit by improve results! Bottom Line: Her enthusiasm and passion are contagious!

Michael Cohen
Wayne Technologies

Mike “Batman” Cohen is the founder of Wayne Technologies, a recruitment training and search firm. He has over a decade of experience placing technologists, recruiters, and business development professionals, and has conducted trainings for corporate and agency recruiters.

Throughout his career he’s learned several things that he’s committed to paying forward—including that we can’t make it on our own (we need community); there is no “secret sauce” (we should be sharing our skills, tips, tricks, etc. openly); data is extremely important; and being a good human is more important than data.

Cohen has worked with a diverse group of clients ranging from GIPHY, Spotify, TripAdvisor, Digital Asset, MacDonald Miller, etc. He contributes articles to SourceCon, has a chair in the Program Committee with ATAP, helps run SourceHouston, and is a Brand Ambassador for ERE. He regularly speaks at recruiting industry events.

Arron DanielsArron Daniels
Senior Sourcer / Consultant
HEB / Source Houston

Arron Daniels is a sourcing recruiter that has spent over 12 year in the talent acquisition industry and started his recruiting and HR journey in the military. He transitioned the civilian sector in an RPO in Houston. Since then he has supported multiple skill sets and companies such as aerospace, defense, financial, sales, information technology, and everything in between. Daniels is an experienced trainer and constantly contributes to the recruiting community. He can be found hosting webinars or writing articles for ERE Media, Recruiting Daily, Source Houston, and many others.

Don EverettDon Everett
Workforce Interactive

Don Everett is the founder and CEO of Workforce Interactive. After a 20-plus year career in the technology sector with organizations like Oracle, he formed his own company and began providing HR Analytics services whereby emotional intelligence competencies are correlated with operating performance metrics. His organization has assessed emotional intelligence elements of 300,000 applicants and employees, and his firm’s analysis of that type of data helps his clientele enhance their talent evaluation and internal development initiatives. He is certified in Values Science – the social science advanced by Nobel Prize-nominated Dr. Robert Hartman, and the unprecedented methodology for objectively gaining insight pertaining to one’s emotional intelligence. Everett is routinely requested as a featured speaker, especially in the HR community, and his entertaining presentations engage thousands of attendees annually.

Kris FossKris Foss
Managing Director
Disability Solutions

Kris Foss is the Managing Director at Disability Solutions, the consulting division of nonprofit Ability Beyond where she leads a team of consultants that specialize in creating customized plans for companies to strengthen their workforce by hiring and retaining people with disabilities. Her team has partnered with big firms like PepsiCo, Synchrony and Aramark to successfully fill talent gaps by attracting a historically under-tapped pool of workers—people with disabilities.

Billy HammelWilliam (Billy) E. Hammel, Esq.
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Billy Hammel represents and counsels employers in many areas, including labor relations, compensation and benefits, workplace safety, corporate governance, officer and director liability, risk management, and best practices. He regularly represents employers in a wide variety of matters before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

He also helps clients avoid litigation in the first place through preventative counseling, compliance training, internal investigations, and damage control.

Jeff HymanJeff Hyman
Chief Talent Officer
Recruit Rockstars

Jeff Hyman is on a simple mission: Recruit Rockstars & teach others to do the same.

He launched his recruiting career at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, the preeminent global executive search firms. Today, he’s Chief Talent Officer at Chicago-based Strong Suit Executive Search. Along the way, he created 4 companies, backed by $50 million in venture capital.

Hyman is author of the bestselling book “Recruit Rockstars: The 10 Step Playbook To Find The Winners & Ignite Your Business.” As Professor at Kellogg School of Management, he teaches the MBA course about recruiting. He is also host of the 5-star-rated Strong Suit Podcast and weekly contributor to Forbes. He holds a master’s degree from Kellogg and a bachelor’s degree from Wharton.

Adriana KevillAdriana Kevill
Head of Marketing
KRT Marketing

Adriana Kevill has over 20 years of experience working in Marketing and Digital Strategies. She has also been part of the localization industry – giving her a unique insight of different cultures and international business.

The “why not?” attitude that stems from her fiery personality combined with her passion for never being satisfied with the status quo, enabled her to build the Search Marketing and Social Media Departments at KRT Marketing. By immersing herself in the work of a wide variety of clients from several industries (financial technology, engineering, healthcare and more), she is equipped with a distinctive vantage point on processes, challenges and opportunities when launching or expanding social media programs and recruitment marketing campaigns.

Katrina KibbenKatrina Kibben
CEO & Principal Consultant
Three Ears Media

Katrina Kibben is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Three Ears Media, a research-based recruitment marketing consultancy. For most of her career, she has been a marketer living in a recruiter’s world – listening to both sides of the talent equation to understand the real issues and find solutions. Today, she uses her technical marketing know-how and way with words to help both established and emerging brands develop and deliver smart recruitment marketing that makes the right people apply. She has also spoken at events around the world and written for HRTech Blog,, RecruitingDaily and many other digital publications.

Jer LanghansJer Langhans
Paired Sourcing

Jer Langhans is a recognized expert at sourcing, branding, & tools. Prior to co-founding Paired Sourcing, Langhans launched Hired in Seattle. He also sits on Advisory Boards of various startups, is the former Pres. of the NW Recruiters Assoc., & was written up in Forbes magazine for innovative global talent attraction strategies.

Keith MeadowsKeith Meadows
Hiring and Engagement Consultant
Disability Solutions

Keith Meadows joined Disability Solutions in 2015 as a Hiring and Engagement Consultant after working over 12 years in the private sector, where he served as General Manager for several different multi-million dollar units in the restaurant industry. He is a proven business leader – turning high volume, high turnover work locations into high performing teams by developing people, partnerships and by creating career paths. He draws on the success he experienced as an employer in meeting his workforce talent needs by engaging job seekers with a disability, including veterans with service-related disabilities to deliver strategic, outcome-based solutions to his clients.

Kristy NittskoffKristy Nittskoff
Founder & CEO
Talent-Savvy, LLC

Kristy Nittskoff is the founder and CEO of Talent-Savvy, LLC. She helps companies transform their recruiting programs, creating a straighter path from passive candidate sourcing to new hire onboarding. She focuses on employer branding, recruitment process optimization, interview training, and ATS configuration and enhancement. Her client list includes everything from small startups to global organizations, and she is a contributing author to The Muse and Inc Magazine.

Prior to starting Talent-Savvy, she held executive and senior leadership roles at Envoy Global and Mintel International. She has an MBA in Leadership and Change Management, and Business Strategy from DePaul, and a BS in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She loves connecting job-seekers with their ideal opportunities and helping companies fully realize their potential to find, attract, and retain top talent.

Tiffany PhamTiffany Pham
Founder & CEO

Tiffany Pham is the founder & CEO of Mogul, one of the largest platforms for women worldwide, enabling them to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. A coder, she developed the first version of Mogul, reaching millions of women per week across 196 countries and 30,470 cities.

Pham was named one of Forbes’s “30 Under 30” in media, Business Insider’s “30 Most Important Women Under 30” in technology, ELLE Magazine’s “30 Women Under 30 Who Are Changing the World,” and is the winner of countless awards such as: Good Housekeeping’s “Awesome Women Award”, SE’s “Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs,” SmartCEO Magazine’s “Smart CEO Award,” “Alice Paul Equality Award,” recipient and a New York Business Journal’s “Woman of Influence.”

She is a judge on the TLC TV show “Girl Starter,” and cohost of the show “Positive Pushback.” She speaks at the United Nations, Microsoft, Hearst, Viacom, Bloomberg, New York Times, AOL, Prudential, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Scripps Research Institute, Columbia, SXSW, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Panama, and Dubai. She is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School.

Lindsay StantonLindsay Stanton
Chief Client Officer

Lindsay Stanton is Chief Client Officer for Digi-Me, a Video Technology Company for talent acquisition that helps organizations add new dimension to their job and employment brand messaging. In her time with the company, she has facilitated relationships with many partners, including the largest recruitment advertising agencies, global recruitment process outsourcers, and staffing firms. These partnerships magnify the organization’s reach into the Global Fortune 1000, providing an effective and innovative solution to the largest global employers, including KellyOCG, TrueBlue, USG Corporation, Prudential, and Lockheed Martin.

A subject matter expert on the use of video technology as a recruitment tool, Stanton works closely with industry leaders, creating new and better ways to connect jobs and job-seekers. She has been a featured speaker at SHRM on the topic of “The Convergence of Video, Mobile, and Social for Talent Acquisition and Branding,” as well as a featured leader in the recruitment space through ERE, HRO Today, and major media outlets, including,, and CCTV.

Stanton possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Her past experience includes Economic Development for a large Chicago municipality, wherein she facilitated retail and commercial growth by working with the nation’s largest developers. She also has extensive sales and marketing experience working with Fortune 500 accounts on product launches and developing and executing large-scale national retail programs.

Dr. John SullivanJohn Sullivan, PhD
Professor of Management, Author, Corporate Speaker and Advisor
San Francisco State University

John Sullivan, PhD is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact strategic solutions. He’s a prolific author with over 900 articles and 10 books covering all of Talent Management. He is an engaging corporate speaker who has excited audiences at over 250 corporations / organizations in 51 countries on all 6 continents. His ideas have appeared in every major business source including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CFO, Inc., NY Times, SmartMoney, USA Today, HBR and The Financial Times. He has been interviewed on NPR, on CNN and on the CBS and ABC nightly news. Fast Company called him the “Michael Jordan of Hiring.” He served as Chief Talent Officer for Agilent Technologies (the HP spin-off). He is currently a Professor of Management at San Francisco State. His articles can be found on his popular website

Crystyl Swanson
Founder, Enablement Strategist, CEO

Crystyl Swanson, is the founder of RENGA, an organization specialized in revolutionizing employee and candidate engagement through behavior analysis.  She created this business after seeing an extensive need in the workplace for programs that promoted Diversity and Inclusion through collaborative communication.

Swanson has held executive positions at two national companies, where she served as Enterprise Account Management, Head of Sales and Marketing.  She is admittedly a geek for technology and has always had a passion for finding the right tools to maximize productivity and effectiveness.  Throughout her career, she has enabled others to be extremely successful by leveraging the most turnkey predictive and automated insights.  She is certified as an Extended DISC® Facilitator, in the Vital Smarts suite and the Challenger Sales Model.

Elena ValentineElena Valentine
Skill Scout, Inc.

Workplace Filmmaker and Design Researcher, Elena Valentine spends her days leading the team at Skill Scout to bring jobs and company culture to life on video. Every workplace has a story to tell about the team, skills, environment, and output. She helps tell those stories to attract the right candidates for the job and keep existing employees happily where they are. As CEO, she wears many hats, but really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), and building Skill Scout’s diverse workforce!

Valentine was recently named “HR Superhero of the Year” by the DisruptHR Chicago community. She’s also the founder of Mezcla Media Collective, an organization that provides opportunities for female filmmakers of color to connect, partner, and build their skill sets as leaders and storytellers.

Valentine holds a BA in Spanish and Anthropology from Grinnell College and AA in Recording Arts from Tribeca Flashpoint College. She currently resides in her hometown of Chicago with her rescue pup Yofi and her husband Emilio (A.K.A. her 11 year old neighborhood school crush).

Where & When

May 12-13, 2019
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

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