Barbara 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.
Ms. 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.
Ms. 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!
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.
Founder/Chief Veteran Advocate
The MiLBRAND PROJECT
Evan Guzman is a nationally recognized leader with over two decades of experience in strategic corporate development, employment marketing and branding. As a Chief Veteran Advocate, he is highly sought-after by major companies, news media, and veteran service organizations to share leading practices in military engagement and business development.
As former Global Head of Military Programs and Engagement for Verizon; Mr. Guzman’s responsibilities included creation, development, implementation, and oversight of Verizon’s new military engagement program and national branding efforts. His passion and experience has led Verizon to receive the #1 ranking on the Best For Vets list for two consecutive years by Military Times Edge Magazine.
Mr. Guzman is the recipient of U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes – Colonel Michael Endres Award. In addition, his individual efforts have been recognized by former President George W. Bush & former First Lady Michelle Obama, the White House-Joining Forces, and Department of Defense, and many other reputable establishments. He recently left the corporate sector to start The MiLBRAND PROJECT.
The MiLBRAND PROJECT seeks to accelerate success for companies and start-up business who want to engage, source, hire and support the military community. As Founder & Chief Veteran Advocate, he will continue to expand his marketing efforts in a larger capacity to support, advocate, brand, raise awareness, work on special event projects and evangelize the immense value of individuals with military experience in business. Mr. Guzman has dedicated his life to assisting U.S. service members and military spouses early in his career to help them find sustainable employment and advancing corporate branding efforts through unique military engagement concepts.
The MiLBRAND PROJECT’s most recent high profile event was coordinating efforts between Camp Broadway and Macy’s to sponsor 125 military children from across the country to march and perform during Macy’s 2017 Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC. This event was the first of its kind.
William (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.
Chief Talent Officer
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.
Mr. 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.
Head of 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.
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, HR.com, RecruitingDaily and many other digital publications.
Hiring and Engagement Consultant
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.
Founder & CEO
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.
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.
Ms. 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.
Head of Strategic Partnerships
With nearly 30 years of experience in the Recruitment Advertising industry, Michelle Sargent is one of the most experienced professionals on the KRT team. She joined KRT Marketing over 6 years ago and heads up the strategic partnerships for the agency.
Ms. Sargent has worked with many Fortune 100 & 500 companies across the globe, specializing in Healthcare, Financial and high-volume recruiting strategies. She has extensive experience in both online and offline media strategies, employment branding, strategic digital solutions, pay-for-performance campaigns across multiple platforms, while continuously providing measurable results.
She is passionate about staying on top of recruitment trends and loves to share her knowledge on what’s next, first.
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, Lindsay 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 Forbes.com, ABCNews.com, and CCTV.
Ms. 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.
John 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 www.drjohnsullivan.com.
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer
Rick Thompson leads marketing and business development initiatives for HIA Technologies. HIA is working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and virtual human technology to bring innovative new products to a number of markets, including HR technology.
Mr. Thompson is a technology entrepreneur that has led strategic initiatives across four acquisitions and two IPOs in markets ranging from digital media, software and cleantech to enterprise data networking and telecommunications infrastructure. Most recently he co-founded and scaled Greentech Media and GTM Research before selling the company to Verisk Analytics.
Prior to GTM, he held various marketing and business development management roles at Sycamore Networks, Packet Engines, Fore Systems and PanGo Networks, during the formative years of the Internet’s growth. He holds a BS, Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
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!
She 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.
Ms. 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).