Talent Summit 2019 took place on March 7, 2019. We are already planning Talent Summit 2020 and hope you plan to join us. Stay tuned!


Talent Summit Agenda (2019)

Registration, Networking

Be sure to arrive early to snag a front-row seat, connect with our exhibitors, and meet professionals in your industry.

Breakfast & Welcome

Nicole Smartt Serres & Lisa Lichty

Morning Speaker: Lou Adler, 90 Day Wonder; Performance Interviewing

If you’ve ever hired someone and 90 days later you wonder why, you must attend this Lou Adler session on how to accurately predict on-the-job performance, fit and motivation. Lou Adler has personally interviewed over 5,000 candidates and his Performance-based Hiring process is now being used by thousands of hiring managers and recruiters around the world. Adler is the best-selling author of Hire with Your Head (Wiley, 2007) and The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired (Workbench Media, 2013).

In this keynote session, Lou promises to interview everyone in attendance asking his favorite interview question of all time. You’ll be shocked at your own answers and how to use the same question to interview others. This is one event you won’t want to miss to learn how to find, attract, assess and hire the best talent available for any job from entry-level to senior executive.

You’ll learn:

  • How shifting to a performance-qualified hiring process will improve candidate quality
  • The most important interview question of all time
  • Which soft skills are too important to be called soft and how to assess them all
  • How to eliminate interviewer bias and increase assessment accuracy

Speaker: Katrina Kibben, How to Write Better Job Postings

Best in class is just the bottom line of what candidates expect when they’re interacting with your brand. There’s a new standard of excellence among these high-demand people. They’re looking at every detail, every word, every picture. Anything that will help them figure out if this is the job for them before they even take the time to get through the application.

Most of these searches start at the job post. It’s the ultimate moment of impact. This is the moment when we can have a significant influence on a candidate that makes them not only apply but want to work with us.

And in most cases, this moment is going to crash and burn because so many job posts still start out with a copy and paste from a competitor or a jumbled mess of inputs from hiring managers and teams that don’t quite make sense.

So how are you going to improve your job posts and stand-out in a world of look-a-likes and brands that claim to be “different?”

You’re going to attend this session, of course.

You’ll learn:

  • Job post trends to avoid any time you’re writing
  • How to profile your employees to understand what really matters (and what to write in the first place to make the right candidates apply)
  • A job title methodology to assure you are making the most of organic job searches

If you want to dial into your differences and translate best-in-class into best for you when it comes to job postings, don’t miss this how-to presentation focused on delivering strategies you can use now to write better job postings.


 We’ll cover all things Talent Acquisition with panelists from Redwood Credit Union and Clif Bar including recruitment strategies, referral marketing, job boards, employee retention programs, and more!


MJ Salter, Talent Acquisition Manager at Redwood Credit Union

Christina Gee, Senior Manager of Recruiting Clif Bar

Lunch Keynote:
 Erica Keswin, Be Real: Know Who You are, Speak in a Human Voice, and Empower Employees

This flagship talk is based on Erica’s twenty years as a consultant for some of the most iconic brands in the world, as well as her recent research for her book on what makes a company more “human.” Erica offers powerful case studies and walks leaders and managers through her ten sure-fire ways to help them design a more human workplace. Chapter one of Erica’s book is BE REAL, which is number one for a reason: if companies don’t do this, nothing else sticks. For anyone and everyone running a business of any size and in any industry, this keynote offers unique and practical ways to connect with customers and employees in an authentic—and much more effective—voice which is critical in the attraction and retention of top talent.

You’ll learn:

  • How to become a leader that inspires collaboration and teamwork
  • To more effectively communicate with employees & customers
  • How to utilize technology while maintaining authenticity

We invite you to stay for a Book Signing with Erica Keswin; Best-Selling Author of Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World.

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