RecruitCon Speakers 2019

Mike Bailen
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.

John Beck
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.


Patrick Casey
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.)

Abby Cheesman
Skill Scout

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

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 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.

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.

James Ellis
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
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. 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.

Kristen Lampert, SPHR-SCP, SPHR
Senior Talent Strategy Consultant

Kristen Lampert is a Senior Talent Solutions Consultant at TalentRISE, an Inc 5000 recognized talent management consulting and executive recruiting firm founded in 2008 and acquired by Aleron Inc in 2019. Based in Chicago with a national list of clients ranging from startup to global organizations, TalentRISE provides tailored, high-touch talent consulting, and executive search solutions to help employers elevate business performance through talent and technology.

At Talent Rise, Lampert partners with her clients to drive ambitious strategic transformation in the recruitment, retention and engagement of top talent. Lampert helps companies build an authentic and engaging employment brand that fosters connection between talent communities and the companies that align with their values. Her work focuses on large and small- scale HR transformation projects that can range from modernizing people, process and technology in the areas of talent acquisition, recruitment training and organizational development.

Prior to TalentRise, Lampert held several senior HR leadership roles in the financial services, private equity and legal services industries, most recently serving as the Vice President, Human Resources at Garretson Resolution Group.  She has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from DePaul and a B.A. in International Relations, Speech and Spanish from Bradley University.

Rob Long
VP of Partnership

Rob Long joined recruiting software company Workable as Employee #10 in 2013. Since then, he has held senior positions in sales, marketing and product, grown teams, launched tools, rolled out Workable on several continents, and talked to so many recruiters about their hiring problems he sometimes wonders if he didn’t miss his true calling as an occupational therapist. As VP of Partnerships, Long sources strategic partnerships that help Workable users get more done, faster. He lives in London and is a very active member of the recruiting community.

Judson Lancina
Knowledge Manager
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.

Jennifer Martinez
President & CEO
Consult HR Partners

Jennifer Martinez is the President and Chief Executive Officer with Consult HR Partners, LLC a boutique human resources consulting firm 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.

She 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.  She was recently an adjunct professor at College of Southern Nevada for the Business School.

Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in Organization Leadership.  Martinez was named a “Great Women of Gaming – Proven Leader” in 2004 by Casino Enterprise Management magazine. Martinez 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 served as a Board member for the Southern Nevada Chapter Red Cross from 2014-2017.  She is currently a Circle of Red Member and recently served as the co-chair for the Go Red For Women Event held on February 22, 2019 in Las Vegas in support of the American Heart Association.  She also serves on the Project 150 Advisory Board, a Nevada non-profit organization who are committed to changing the lives and educational opportunities for our homeless and disadvantaged youth.

Chris Murdock
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.

Elaine Orler
CEO & Founder
Talent Function

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.

Julie Sowash
Senior Consultant
Disability Solutions

In her role as Senior Consultant, Julie Sowash leads implementation of programs and solutions with Disability Solutions’ clients. She supports the build and deployment of strategic solutions by first assessing current outreach, hiring, and retention systems, policies, and processes, which impact a company’s ability to successfully engage and retain qualified job seekers with disabilities.

She and her team work with numerous Fortune 1000 brands including PepsiCo, Synchrony, Medidata DB Schenker through P&G, American Express, Aon, Aramark, Medidata, and many others.

Sowash is also a person with a disability. She is actively managing multiple mental health disabilities.

She is the cohost of the Crazy and The King podcast – a real take on diversity, equity and inclusion in our everyday lives. She regularly speaks at state and national conferences and provides training on compliance and disability inclusion to a variety of audiences. Julie has her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Indiana University. She lives in Columbus, Indiana with her husband, three children, and their dogs.

Sowash’s experience in both the public, private, and compliance vendor environments gives her a unique perspective on the jobseeker to employee lifecycle. She uses this experience to focus on mapping and identifying touch points, barriers, and gaps in the talent engagement process, including within Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and RPO vendor infrastructure. The infrastructure analysis allows for strategic and tactical development of affirmative hiring initiatives that engage jobseekers with disabilities and systems for tracking key data and return on investment factors to measure project success.

Sowash managed a multi-year federal grant for the State of Indiana to reduce barriers to employment and with multiple stakeholders on the creation of a 5-year strategic plan for the State of Indiana to further increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The plan focused on four strategic areas that would create actual impact to systems; one of those goals is increased engagement in the business community.

Troy Sultan
Founder and CEO

Troy Sultan led recruiting at Grooveshark along with several hiring initiatives at Google before launching Resource, a company devoted to building healthier organizations, beginning with recruiting. While recruiting for some of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing companies, Sultan, Resource’s founder and CEO, realized that recruiters could dramatically improve results by building longer-term relationships using technology and practices already proven by salespeople and marketers. Growing fast, Resource is leading the trend towards relationship-based recruiting and delivering candidate experiences that leave a lasting impression.

Where & When

November 14-15 2019
Renaissance Nashville
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN

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