VP of People
Mike Bailen first met Lever while leading recruiting efforts for Eventbrite, where he drove the selection and implementation of Lever as the company’s primary recruiting platform. During his tenure at Eventbrite, Bailen overhauled the company’s recruitment practices across recruitment marketing, employer branding, candidate experience, and hiring manager and interviewer training. Bailen previously held multiple recruiting and HR roles at Zappos, where he led the company’s innovative decision to remove all job postings in favor of building talent pipelines among their passionate user base.In 2015, Bailen was named to LinkedIn’s “Next Wave” list, which recognizes the top professionals under 35 across different industries. Bailen often speaks on HR and recruiting topics, and has presented at multiple industry conferences including Lever’s own Talent Innovation Summit.
Director of Technology
IQTalent Partners, Inc.
John Beck, IQTalent Partners’ director of technology, is the former Director of Technology at Metova and currently remains an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. He earned his master’s degree in computer science from Southern Illinois University.
VP Customer Advocacy
Matt Buckland has over 15 years of experience in HR, recruitment, and selection for a variety of businesses and industries across the world. Most recently he has led teams at rapidly scaling tech startups, he has also led teams at Bloomberg, ThoughtWorks, Getco, Criteo and Facebook. He has been named as a LinkedIn Power Profile and was the on-screen expert for a BBC TV series on innovative recruitment methods. Most recently he has transitioned to a new role at Workable as the VP of Customer Advocacy. With many years of experience as a Workable customer, his objectives will be to continue to build and develop our community and exemplify a customer centric approach.
Campus Recruitment Manager
Patrick Casey is a talent tactician, culture advocate, recruitment technologist, and employer brand strategist. As Wayfair’s campus recruitment manager, he focuses on building early career and campus recruitment programs for data science, algorithms, computer vision, supply chain, and Business intelligence teams. He previously worked for start-ups WilsonHCG RPO (first on delivery & then on RPO solution design) and gr8 People as employee #13 selling enterprise recruitment software (ATS, CRM, sourcing tools, and more). He then joined Capital One to lead its efforts on building and engaging an authentic “tech employer brand” for the bank. Relocating to San Francisco he worked at Uber’s HQ where he managed its RPO partners and programs supporting eight plus lines of business across of North and South America (US, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, etc.) plus additional project participation and consultation in EMEA & APAC (Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Philippines, India.)
Workplace storyteller, ethnographic researcher and IO Psychologist, Abby Cheesman is co-founder of Skill Scout. She spends her days bringing jobs to life on video and geeks out on new media techniques like 360 Video, Virtual Reality, Point-of-View Video, Silent Storytelling and Employee-Generated Video. She’s been featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, SHRM, and WBEZ Radio. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two kids. She holds a BA in Sociology & Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Joel Cheesman has over 20 years of experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late ’90s and early ’00s. In 2005, Cheesman 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 U.S. News & World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to Jobing.com. Today, he is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews, co-hosts the popular podcast The Chad & Cheese Podcast and is Principal of gSherpa, a firm that helps companies leverage Google for hiring. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.
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.
The Talent Cast
James Ellis is an employer brand and recruitment marketing strategist working in Chicago. He coded his first webpage by hand nearly 20 years ago and since then has brought social media marketing to non-profits, content management systems to state governments and content strategy to Fortune 1000 Companies. At his core, he is a digital marketing strategist, helping people and businesses define their audience and message. For the last four years, he has used that thinking to help companies of all shapes and sizes hire and retain talent.
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. He is certified in Value Science—the social science advanced by Nobel Prize-nominated Dr. Robert Hartman, and his organization has assisted recruiters in evaluating hundreds of thousands of applicants. He is routinely requested as a featured speaker, especially in the HR community, and his entertaining presentations engage thousands of attendees annually.
Andrew Gadomski, the founder of Aspen Analytics (formerly Aspen Advisors), specializes in big data and human capital consulting. He started his company after a successful career in staffing and corporate HR, and he regularly peaks at talent-related conferences on human capital analytics, social data, and using data as evidence for process design.
IQTalent Partners, Inc.
Judson Lancina began his recruiting and talent acquisition experience at IQTalent Partners where he was the fourth member of the original IQTalent Partners team. He has played an integral role in building the firm internally from 4 employees to today’s 150 consultants, sourcers, and managers. During his tenure, Lancina has trained corporate recruiters at major corporations including JJill, Risk Management Solutions, and Singularity University. A noted speaker at conventions and college fairs, Lancina serves as the IQTalent Partners Knowledge Manager and member of the company’s Recruiting Excellence team. Lancina earned his BA from Vanderbilt University and is an elite level tennis athlete and member of the USTA.
President & CEO
Consult HR Partners
Jennifer Martinez is the president and chief executive officer with Consult HR Partners, a newly launched company, who provide operational and strategic HR outsourcing services and solutions for businesses of all sizes. As a role up your sleeves and business minded HR leader, Martinez’s approach is highly collaborative and customer service focused when working with her clients in both the public and private sector as an extension of their team to provide scalable solutions and services that tie directly to bottom line results.
Martinez has expertise in the areas of start-up HR operations, employee engagement and culture development, acquisition/due diligence and integration planning, organizational design work, developing and implementing strategic HR plans and leadership development programs.
In her 25-plus year tenure within the human resources field, Martinez held various HR leadership positions within the gaming industry at Scientific Games Corporation, Konami Gaming, Aristocrat and Caesars Entertainment Corporation. In her earlier career, she worked in hotel operations.
Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Organization Leadership. She was named a “Great Women of Gaming – Proven Leader” in 2004 by Casino Enterprise Management magazine, and she served as a key member of the Public Relations and Community Relations committee in 2007 and 2008 on the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association Board. She also recently served as a Board member for the Southern Nevada Chapter Red Cross from 2014-2017.
Director, Global Talent Acquisition
Delta Air Lines
Prior to joining Delta Air Lines as the director of global talent acquisition, Carol McDaniel served as the director of talent acquisition with Johns Hopkins Health System, where she oversaw, directed, and managed a team of 10 in the recruitment process for one of the most progressive organizations in the healthcare industry to meet the needs of a demanding pediatric hospital under the Johns Hopkins Health System.
After serving in the United States Air Force for ten years, McDaniel’s experience in the Talent Acquisition Industry began in Olsten Staffing, Lucent Technologies as a corporate recruiter, and she worked for Bernard Hodes Group for 12 years working with organizations to put talent acquisition strategies in place. Her background combines extensive human resource consulting, recruiting, marketing and advertising expertise. With her strong understanding of the many challenges in today’s competitive labor market environment, she is considered a subject matter expert in the employer marketing and branding process. This expertise has proved to play a crucial role in the development of talent management and acquisition strategies. She has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC Night News for her innovative strategies in “Geo-Fencing and Re-targeting” in the talent acquisition arena. McDaniel sits on the Talent Acquisition Special Expertise Panel for the Society of Human Resource Management as an advisor and contributor to SHRM’s talent initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at HR and SHRM events, national programs, and training seminars to focus on the areas of talent acquisition and talent communications.
Chief Sourcing Officer | Co-Founder
IQTalent Partners, Inc.
Chris Murdock is a veteran of the recruiting and talent acquisition industry with twenty years of experience spanning across multiple industries. Murdock founded IQTalent Partners in 2009 and now leads search execution and client relationships for his 150- person firm. Prior to establishing IQTalent Partners as a talent acquisition leader, Murdock worked with Yahoo!’s internal executive recruiting team, gaining in-depth experience across the technology recruiting sphere. He began his career working in recruiting and sourcing roles for Heidrick & Struggles and with TMP Worldwide. Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and resides in Nashville, TN.
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 recruitment process optimization, ATS configuration and enhancement, and employer brand. 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 breathing life into tired recruitment processes, and helping companies fully realize their potential to find, attract, and retain top talent.
CEO & Founder
Elaine Orler, the CEO and founder of Talent Function, has been developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. With a keen analytical eye and passion about helping companies enhance their talent acquisition processes, she is uniquely able to identify how talent acquisition impacts both workforces and employers. One of the talent acquisition industry’s most sought-after thought leaders, she has helped global organizations transform their recruiting processes with actionable strategies and technology implementations that optimize talent acquisition for HR professionals, hiring managers, job candidates and the company overall.
Orler is also a well-respected talent acquisition and talent management expert who takes an active role in industry events and associations and is often quoted in HR and business publications. She continually works with practitioners and serves an analyst to the solution provider community to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered. She is invested in all aspects of the market that improve recruiting performance from candidate experience (co-founder of Talent Board, the founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards) to optimal candidate selection with TalVista (owner). She has presented one-of-a-kind recruiting and candidate experience thought leadership at some of the industry’s most innovative and popular events.
Accessibility Match Consulting
Tema Smith-Bosken has been working, writing, and speaking on accessibility for more than 20 years. Her passion is matching companies with the right vendor partners and staffing to ensure accessibility health throughout the organization. She has spent the last 6 years focused on the financial services industry. She is a strong HR professional skilled in working with nonprofit organizations, usability engineering, XHTML, and mobile applications. Smith-Bosken launched Accessibility Match Consulting to provide a more holistic approach to integrating accessibility and inclusion into business culture. She is available for consultation, evaluation, planning, and referrals, and her target clientele includes small to large businesses with 25–25,000 employees.