Lead Executive Recruiter
Ella Arroyo is a lead executive recruiter with Target focused on recruiting for Store Director positions across the Southern United States. She has been with Target for 14 years and in addition to store leadership she has recruited pharmacy and clinic leaders in both a campus and professional capacity across the country. Arroyo has a reputation for providing a world-class recruitment experience and a passion for mentoring recruiters new to the industry. She is part of the leadership team at Target that focuses on creating on-going training and development to ensure the entire talent acquisition team is able to effectively meet the ever-changing needs of the business. She holds a BA in Organizational Studies and Spanish from the University of Michigan and a MA in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University.
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.
Mike “Batman” Cohen is the founder of Wayne Technologies, a contract sourcing and recruitment training organization. Batman is considered an industry thought leader in the areas of emotionally intelligent recruiting, recruitment workflow best practices, process automation, and tooling, and regularly speaks at recruiting industry events.
VP and Partner
Eric Edelsberg is the Vice President of CultureFit Technology Staffing. CultureFit is a boutique, recruiting firm that specializes in technology and marketing roles from Chicago to Milwaukee. He has partnered with upwards of 400 organizations and has placed 1,000 candidates successfully.He and his team were mentioned as one of the best recruiting firms by Expertise in 2019 with their standards of practice and market knowledge being their differentiating factors. CultureFit staffs a breadth of mid to senior level jobs in technology and marketing ranging from data scientists to user experience designers, from cloud specialists to project managers and the list goes on. With Edelsberg at the helm, CultureFit is becoming synonymous with technology, success and Chicago. Edelsberg has been with CultureFit for over seven years during which he has spearheaded incredible year over year growth through ambitious and aggressive business solutions.
Director of Employer Brand
James Ellis is the Chicago-based Director of Employer Brand for Universum. With more than 20 years’ experience as a digital marketer in virtually every aspect of marketing, James has spent the last six as an employer brand practitioner. He has consulted startups and Fortune 100 companies, developed employer brand activation teams, and ran the global employer brand for a Fortune 1000 company. He has become a noted voice and champion of doing employer brand better. Author of The Employer Brand Manifesto and the Recruiting Content Funnel, his writing has been published by Recruiting Daily, ERE, Indeed, Recruitment Marketing Magazine and many others. His podcast The Talent Cast is entering its fourth year of production, he is regularly invited to speak around the world on how employer brand can be used to reinvent companies, and his first employer brand book is expected to arrive in 2020.
Kathi Enderes, Ph.D.
VP Talent and Workforce Research Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP
As the VP of Talent and the Workforce Research Leaders for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Kathi Enderes, Ph.D. focuses on enabling organizations to transform work and the worker experience for increased organizational performance. With more than 20 years global human capital experience from management consulting with IBM, PwC and EY and as a talent management leader in large complex organizations, she specializes talent strategies, talent development and management, performance management, and change management. Enderes is passionate about helping organizations transition to the future of work. She holds a doctoral degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria.
Vice President of Strategy
As Vice President of Strategy, Joe Essenfeld is focused on building partnerships with strategic companies to help shape iCIMS’ product strategy. He plays a vital role in helping the company to scale, as he identifies and builds relationships with market-leading companies to build differentiated products and distribution channels. He previously served as VP and General Manager at iCIMS, overseeing the integration of Jibe into iCIMS, following the 2019 acquisition. He founded Jibe in 2009 to solve the hiring challenges that he encountered while building young companies throughout his early career.
As Jibe’s CEO, Essenfeld spent a decade helping some of the world’s largest employers tackle their hiring challenges through his company’s state-of-the-art cloud-based recruitment software. Jibe, which is backed by venture capital firms such as DFJ Gotham Ventures and Sapphire Ventures, has notable clients such as Comcast, FedEx and Johnson & Johnson.
Prior to Jibe, Essenfeld worked as the chief operating officer at Insomnia Cookies, a private equity backed cookie delivery company. He led operations, achieved triple-digit revenue growth, quadrupled the number of locations and grew the employee base to more than 150 full-time staffers.
Essenfeld launched his career at Dartcor Food Services, a corporate dining services company in the tri-state area, serving as a vice president after graduating Cornell University. While still a student at Cornell, he joined the executive team of Nightfunk, a venture capital-backed national network of online entertainment guides for college students. He helped to expand it to more than 120 campuses throughout North America.
Senior Technical Recruiter
As a Senior Technical Recruiter with RentPath, Brian Fink focuses on driving talent towards opportunity. Eager to help stretch the professional capabilities of everyone he works with, he’s helping startups and enterprises transform their IT, Recruiting, Big Data, Product, and Executive Leadership teams. An active keynote speaker and commentator, Fink, thrives on discovery and building a better recruiting mousetrap.
Eric Frazer, Psy.D.
Top Talent Psychology
Eric Frazer, Psy.D., a consulting psychologist with Top Talent Psychology, is a leading psychologist and author of The Psychology Of Top Talent. He has more than 20 years of expertise in psychological assessment. His experience includes helping businesses identify, hire and retain top talent by leveraging a unique blend of clinical psychology, positive psychology research, and proven, step-by-step systems and strategies.
Employer Brand Strategist
Emily Fritz is an employer brand strategist with over a decade of talent acquisition, marketing, and communications experience. At exaqueo, she works with her clients to build employer brands from the data gleaned through the authentic stories of employees. She’s led the employer brand engagements for global enterprises like MicroStrategy and GDIT as well as regional organizations like Swedish Health and a grocery retail chain, among others. Her thoughtfulness, planful attention to detail, and dependable partnership are just a few of the reasons why exaquoe clients and team appreciate Fritz.
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.
Senior Manager, Employment Branding
As a jack-of-all-trades, Adam Glassman loves using his diverse skillset to help companies improve their talent acquisition efforts. With a deep expertise in marketing, employment branding and talent attraction, his secret weapon is his journalistic mind, which allows him to uncover the hidden story that’s just beyond reach. As an early pioneer in the employment branding and recruitment marketing space, he also enjoys sharing his experience with others in the hopes of lifting up the entire industry, while improving the overall candidate and recruiting experience.
Nikao Hill is new to the recruiting industry, and is a sourcer with Wayne Technologies. He is working across two dozen different recruiting tools to deliver a diverse candidate pool to global clients across all industries. Wayne Technologies does contract sourcing but is all deliverables-based which enables Hill to use his research, analysis, and creative skills to come up with unique ways to find top talent.He is also a new Program Committee member with the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals. When he is not clicking away at his computer, you will find him making friends everywhere he goes, learning new guitar riffs, or burying his nose in a fantasy novel. He may be new to the scene, but hey, every hero has an origin story.
Employer Relations Lead, Grow with Google
Kate Johnson currently works with over 40 national employers hiring diverse IT talent from Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate program, including Walmart, Bank of America, and Best Buy. These companies have prioritized giving nontraditional talent opportunities in entry-level IT roles and Kate helps them connect with and hire candidates. Formerly, she was an HR management consultant and helped organizations improve their strategies to attract, retain, and compensate talent. Her clients included major tech companies, massive healthcare providers, and the nation’s foremost home builders. She has deep experience in emerging markets — both in HR consulting, as well as in her role leading a client services team for a financial technology startup which implemented the core product in fourteen different countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
SVP of Marketing
Adriana Kevill has more than 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 from the ground up. By immersing herself in the work of a wide variety of clients from several industries (financial technology, engineering, healthcare and more), Kevill is equipped with a distinctive vantage point on processes, challenges and opportunities when launching or expanding social media programs and recruitment marketing campaigns.
Head of Tech Recruiting
The New York Times Company
Heather Khoury (she/her) is the Head of Tech Recruiting at The New York Times Company. She manages a team of 12 tech recruiters and coordinators. She partners closely with tech leadership to build and continuously improve hiring processes and candidate experiences that champion fairness and consistency. Before joining the New York Times in 2017, she was the Associate Director of Human Resources at the Council of Foreign Relations, where she focused on hiring, employee relations, and employee engagement.
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.
Phillip R. Maltin, Esq.
Raines Feldman LLP
Phillip Maltin, a veteran litigator and trial lawyer, is a member of both the Labor and Employment and Business Litigation practice groups of Raines Feldman LLP. He has a reputation as a preeminent litigator and exceptional questioner, with nuanced tactical and technical skills at trial. He has mastered the strategy of reverse engineering the outcome: he determines the result his client wishes and develops the approach and case staffing to achieve it.
Maltin defends employers both in single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff litigation and class actions concerning a wide range of matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and misappropriation of trade secrets. He also has managed and conducted numerous internal investigations for companies in a variety of work-place issues, from claims of discrimination and harassment to inquiries into violence and embezzlement. He is an expert speaker on the topics of investigation and questioning techniques, with a focus on uncovering dishonesty. His presentations have garnered media interest, with frequent invitations to deliver keynote addresses at conferences and conventions across North America and, most recently, in Europe.
He is a Southern California Super Lawyer (every year 2010 to 2018), an elite distinction given to no more than five percent of the Southern California Bar.
Managing Director and Lead Consultant
Chris Russell is the Managing Director of RecTech Media a company that helps inform the modern recruiter through news, podcasts and timely webinars. A former job board owner and corporate recruiter, Russell has been experimenting with digital recruiting tactics since 1999, earning him the nickname ‘mad scientist of online recruiting.” Learn more about him and his company at RecTechMedia.com.
VP of Marketing
With more than eight years of industry experience, Emily Tanner has worked on both the client side and the business side of marketing, partnering with top enterprise customers on their talent acquisition and recruitment marketing strategies as well as developing inbound content marketing plans, paid advertising campaigns, lead generation initiatives for Recruitics. A true data nerd at heart, she finds joy in analyzing deep performance metrics and finding the story in the numbers.