8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 Chairperson’s Welcoming Remarks – Jessica Lee, APCO Worldwide
Jessica Lee, Senior Employment Manager, North America, APCO Worldwide
Jessica Lee is an HR professional based in Washington DC. Her
mission? To challenge your preconceived notions of what an HR pro
is. She's no Toby from The Office, nor does she believe other HR pros
need to suffer from the long-standing stigma of being a glorified paper
pusher or the policy police.
By day, she is a senior employment manager for APCO Worldwide, a
global communications consultancy where she manages their
recruitment activities ranging from pipeline generation to university
relations and employment branding initiatives. Prior to joining APCO,
Jessica held progressively responsible HR roles in both the public and
private sectors with experiences that include managing benefits, employee relations, HR
technology implementations and people program development making her a true generalist.
Outside of the daytime gig, Jessica is an active and influential member of the HR/recruiting social
media community including serving as editor of the highly trafficked blog Fistful of Talent where
she and her colleagues opine on anything and everything related to talent management. And she
holds nothing back in her sharing her opinions but remains grounded in her writing by leveraging
her firsthand experiences as an HR pro.
Jessica is called upon frequently to provide insight into using social media to recruit, build talent
communities and enhance employment brands. She is a sought after speaker, highly networked
blogger, and continues to try make HR look good and for those efforts, she has been recognized
as one of HR's top 100 influencers by Salary.com and the HRExaminer.
9:00 – 9:55 Keynote Speaker - Gerry Crispin, Career Xroads
Engage Them or Enrage Them: A Closer Look at the Candidate Experience in 2010 –
Anyone who has looked for a job in the last decade has a moment when they suddenly realize they
really aren’t going to be treated like a customer. In fact, the staffing equivalent of customer service
typically reminds you not to bother to email. So why should you care? Gerry will share 5 questions
every recruiting leader should ask themselves before they even begin to think about what
candidate experience should mean to you. He’ll also share a dozen best practices (and a few of
the worst) before he’s done as he reviews some of his more unique research approaches- applying
to hundreds of companies each year under an assumed name.
Gerry Crispin, Principal and Co-Founder, CareerXroads
Gerry Crispin, sphr is a consultant, HR practitioner, thought
leader and author of 8 books and 100 articles. His views on
employment strategy, hiring process and staffing technology are
sought by many of the world's most competitive corporations.
Acknowledged as one of the most influential leaders in the
staffing industry, Gerry and his business partner, Mark Mehler,
founded CareerXroads in the mid 90’s and today their firm
facilitates intense, small-group meetings with staffing leaders at
many of the world’s most competitive companies. Their
Colloquium creates experiences that probe cutting-edge
employment issues, contrast staffing best practices, and contribute to the evolution of the
It was in graduate school that Gerry awakened a keen interest in how Job Seekers ‘game’ their
next career move while Employers tout their latest opportunities…everywhere in the world.
In the 40 years since, Gerry has pursued his life-long passion about how firms design and build
staffing processes, the technology to enhance them and the systems to manage. He has worked in
nearly every facet of the staffing Industry and the HR profession – from Career Services in College,
HR leadership in major corporations like Johnson and Johnson to boutique search firms and
recruitment advertising agencies.
Gerry still sees himself as a student and, in the last several years, he interviewed and observed
students, job seekers and employers in China, Canada, Japan, Australia, Russia, the UK and,
most recently India to better understand how cultural differences change the playing field.
Gerry is also a long term volunteer leader with the Society for Human Resource Management and
is leading a Task Force formed in April 2009 to develop American (ANSI) and International (ISO)
standards in Staffing and Workforce Planning. He has served on SHRM’s national board, the
SHRM Foundation and EMA/Staffing Management Association boards and has been a member of
SHRM’s special expertise panels from 2003 through 2009.
Gerry also has returned to his alma mater each month for more than 25 years as a volunteer to
assist students and alumni in career transition.
10:05 -10:50 Candidate Experience Breakout: An opportunity to delve into this topic further with
fellow participants facilitated by Gerry Crispin – Theatre
Gerry Crispin, Principal and Co-Founder, CareerXroads (see above for bio)
10:05 – 10:50 Social Media Buzz Session: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn - What Separates the
Best from the Rest – Rehearsal Hall
Social media is on every Recruiting and HR professional's mind these days--whether you and your
company are on the cutting edge, or you have yet to dip a toe in the waters. Join brand and talent
acquisition professional Susan Strayer for a unique take on social media best practices and
strategies. You'll be broken into groups of professionals to begin a conversation about common
challenges as they relate to the 'Big 3' Social Media sties, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Then
you'll turn to peers who may be steps or light years ahead of you for advice. This session is for all
levels of social media expertise with the idea that everyone has something to learn.
Session Facilitator: Susan Strayer Director of Employer Brand and Marketing, Marriott
International and Career Coach/HR Consultant
Susan D. Strayer, Director of Employer Brand and Marketing, Marriott International and
Career Coach/HR Consultant
Susan Strayer is an HR, brand and talent acquisition professional with over
12 years of experience in HR, consulting and coaching. Currently, Susan
serves as Director of Employer Brand and Marketing for Marriott International.
She also works with individual clients in career management. Susan is well
versed in using social media for HR and recruiting, and was the first to have
a comprehensive list online of employers recruiting on Twitter. Her
performance strengths include: individual coaching and consultation,
employer branding and recruiting strategy, human resources communication,
and presentation and facilitation. She is the creator of the Kaleidoscope
Career Model which serves as the basis for her brand new book, The Right
Job, Right Now.
Susan’s broad based business experience also includes working in Staffing for The Home Depot,
specifically on National Hiring Partnerships and as a Project Manager for a human resources
consulting firm (GW Solutions) where she managed customized learning projects for both public
and private sector clients including the development and launch an automated career management
tool for use by the Federal workforce. Susan has also served as a Director for the Corporate
Executive Board (CEB) serving hundreds of Fortune 1000 executive clients in research programs
focusing on corporate human resources, benefits, recruiting and training and learning. Prior to
working for CEB, Susan worked in corporate human resources for Arthur Andersen LLP, where
she served in several recruiting, training and staffing functions.
Susan has a MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, a MA
in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University, and a BA in
Communication from Virginia Tech. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources
(SPHR), the highest designation of the human resources profession, and is a certified
administrator of the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In addition to her recent book, The Right
Job, Right Now, Susan is also the author of Vault's Guide to Human Resources Careers.
Her expertise has been quoted in both print and online publications including The Washington
Post, CollegeGrad.com, Fast Company and The Washington Times. Originally from Philadelphia,
Susan currently resides in Washington, DC. When not coaching or writing, she can usually be
found dreaming about a good cheesesteak, watching HBO or football, buying shoes, or figuring out
how to make a career of sleeping late. Follow Susan on Twitter @dailycareertips.
11:00 – 11:45 Sourcing Panel: Finding Your Purple Squirrel: Sourcing Strategies and
Tactics for Your Hard-to-Fill Position – Theatre
Join our expert panel for a 45 minute discussion on how to create strategy, search strings and
move through the steps to find the talent you need. Our panel will be working with your tough
positions so that participants walk away with information that can be put into action upon return to
the office. Bring your toughest requisitions and get the opinions of these seasoned recruiting
Panel Moderator: Kelly Dingee Sourcing Researcher & Trainer, AIRS
Panelists: Lori Gale CEO Fastlane Hires
Bret Hollander Founder of NetRecruiter
Pete Radloff Director of Recruitment, Strayer University
Kelly Dingee, Sourcing Researcher & Trainer, AIRS
Kelly Dingee is a Sourcing Researcher and Trainer with AIRS. She is also
editor of their free monthly newsletter, The AIRS Sourcing Report, and blogs
for the acclaimed Fistful of Talent. A resident of the DC metro area for the
past 20 years, Kelly has experience as an HR Generalist as well as Recruiter
and Sourcer. She has worked primarily within the Telecom and Engineering
industries and is particularly passionate about sourcing using the internet. A
self proclaimed student of Social Media, you’ll find Kelly on Linkedin, Twitter,
Facebook and more locating the best talent for her clients at AIRS.
Lori Gale, CEO, Fastlane Hires
Lori Gale is CEO for FastLane Hires, an online job board and search firm
dedicated to jobs in Transportation and Infrastructure. She was most
recently Director of Transportation & Infrastructure for Equinox Partners, an
international executive search firm. There she spent several years recruiting
and managing searches for clients across all sectors.
An avid fan of the internet, Lori earned her Advanced AIRS™ Certification
(ACIR) as a trained internet recruiter and AIRS™ recognition as a Certified
Diversity Recruiter (CDR). Lori developed a particular focus on the use of
LinkedIn® as an inexpensive but potent recruiting and marketing tool. For
the past year Lori has spoken to conference audiences, and coached
companies and individuals on the use of LinkedIn® to market their message and personal brand,
and build their business.
Lori spent the prior fourteen years as VP of Sales & Marketing for Globe Transportation Graphics.
Her company designed and manufactured custom graphics for the transportation industry, serving
transportation agencies and manufacturers around the world. In this capacity, Lori became well
acquainted with the transportation industry, serving for several years on the American Public
Transportation Association’s Board of Directors. She further embraced transportation industry
issues by serving on committees authoring recommendations on rail safety, emergency
preparedness, and accident investigations. Recently, Lori was appointed to a serve on a panel of
the National Research Council tasked with the Public Transportation Industry’s Professional
Development, and Human Capital Needs to Build a Sustainable Workforce.
Lori is thrilled to have found a career that combines so many of her skills and passions.
Bret Hollander, Founder of NetRecruiter
Bret Hollander is the founder of NETRECRUITER, a candidate sourcing
and contingency services firm that also offers strategic consulting on
Internet recruiting. Since 1997, Bret has taught thousands of recruiting
professionals how to maximize their recruitment efforts by utilizing the
Internet. He was also the author of the Sourcerer’s Apprentice, a free
monthly electronic newsletter targeting the Internet recruiter. Bret is a
consummate road warrior, having spoken at numerous major
conferences each year, with topics such as “Cutting Edge Tools for the
Internet Recruiter”, “Effective Recruiting Begins At Home”, and “Internet
Recruiting Strategies.” He also maintains a blog at: www.netrecruiter.net,
entitled, Top 10 Tools & Techniques for Recruiting. Bret is a member of the Society for Human
Resource Management (SHRM) former moderator of the Staffing Alliance of Maryland Employers,
as well as a member of Project S.A.V.E.
Pete Radloff, Director of Recruitment, Strayer University
Pete Radloff has 10 years of recruiting experience in the Washington, DC
area, in both corporate and agency settings. He is currently the Director of
Recruitment at Strayer University, and previously was the Director of
Recruiting at comScore, Inc.. He has experience managing recruitment
functions and sourcing for a variety of industries and skill sets, including
Information Technology, Education, and Market Research. He holds a
bachelors Degree in Psychology and is pursuing a Masters in Human Resource
He is also AIRS CIR and CSSR certified
11:00am -11:45am Unconference Breakout: Nothing to Fear: Learning, Gaining Comfort and
Staying on the Leading Edge with Advancements in Recruiting Technology- Rehearsal Hall
Session Leaders Marvin Smith, Microsoft and Rayanne Thorn, Broadbean
Marvin Smith, Microsoft
Marvin’s career in recruiting has spanned nearly four decades and represents
both executive and third party recruiting with the last ten years in corporate
recruiting. He founded or was a principal in four different firms. The external
recruiting experience prepared him well for corporate recruiting roles in that he
learned the value of research, sourcing, relationships and adjusting to changes
mandated by technological advancements.
Prior to Microsoft, his corporate recruiting roles were with early stage
technology oriented businesses that required finding and recruiting talent that
were game changers. The startups allowed him to field test some third party recruiting strategies
and tactics with respect to their efficacy in a corporate environment.
The experience of building a recruiting function from scratch has served Marvin well in the
pioneering talent community development pilot at Microsoft. This initiative is to evangelize/market
the respective “brands” of E&D (Zune, Xbox, Auto Sync, Windows Mobile, Surface, Microsoft
Game Studios, etc.) to the appropriate target talent audience. Their approach to talent community
relies heavily on Web 2.0 technologies and social communities to create a unique experience for
the prospect/candidate that is interested in exploring a career with Microsoft, either currently or in
the future. And the experiences necessary to accomplish these goals were based on foundational
experiences in external recruiting, tested in the laboratories of startups, and integrated into the
complex Microsoft staffing environment.
Rayanne Thorn, Broadbean
Recruiting is a second career for Rayanne and she fell in love with it and the
business of recruiting early on. She has had the opportunity to work as an
executive retained recruiter, an in-house/corporate recruiter and a third party
contingency recruiter giving her a strong knowledge base of the industry.
She became entranced with social media several years ago when she
discovered theLadders.com and myspace. Thank goodness both she and
new media have evolved. She has been writing about the recruiting industry
for two years and writes Bonus Track
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describes social media as “The New Front Porch” and is eager to be a part of the constant
evolution of how we communicate and maintain relationships.
She recently jumped to the vendor side of the fence when she joined Broadbean Technology as
the US Marketing Director. Broadbean, the market leader in Europe, is a SaaS providing multiple
advert posting capabilities and job board ROI reports to recruiters and hiring managers. She is
very excited to be a part of their expansion into North America. Along with her marketing and
communications responsibilities will be the opportunity to remain an active recruiter as Broadbean
continues its growth in the US.
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch – An opportunity to share more best practices and knowledge sharing
about your recruiting challenges.
12:30 – 1:10 Sponsor Panel: 21st Century Recruiting: Addressing Your Recruiting
Challenges – Theatre
Hear from our sponsors: Indeed, Jobs2Web, SmartBrief, Monster, InsideJob about the recruiting
challenges they see facing the industry and their customers.
Panel Moderator: Mary Ellen Slater, SmartBrief
Mary Ellen Slater, Senior Editor
Mary Ellen Slayter is senior editor of SmartBrief on Workforce, a daily e-
mail newsletter designed specifically to help recruiters and HR leaders
stay on top of the latest news and trends. Before joining SmartBrief, she
was a columnist and editor for the Business section of The Washington
12:30 – 1:10 Unconference Breakout: Cleared Recruiting: Finding the Secret Squirrel
Session Leaders Nicole Boucher, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Kathleen Smith, ClearedJobs.Net
Nicole Boucher, Booz Allen Hamilton
Nicole is a Global Sourcing Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton, In this role since
2007, she is responsible for the overall strategy development, leadership, and
management of a sourcing team supporting Booz Allen’s Analytics Capability
Team specializing in the cleared market. She has experience in full life-cycle
recruiting in the staffing of diverse disciplines within the realm of Intel,
Defense, Civil, Corporate, and IT for Federal and Commercial clients.
Throughout her 11 year career she has demonstrated growth and success in
recruiting management, candidate sourcing, recruiting process improvement,
and has the proven ability to coach, motivate and mentor others recruiting in
the intelligence community.
Kathleen Smith, CMO, ClearedJobs.Net
As Chief Marketing Officer for ClearedJobs.Net, Ms. Kathleen Smith
spearheads many of the community-building and communications
outreach initiatives catering to the organization’s many audiences
including security cleared job seekers, cleared employers and
recruiters and online job board users within the defense and
intelligence community. Prior to joining ClearedJobs.Net, Kathleen led
the marketing efforts of nationally-recognized nonprofit brands
including the American Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund.
Building upon her 20+ years of extensive marketing experience and
insight, Kathleen brings a passion to finding unique and interesting ways to communicate with a
niche community to build brand visibility, heighten awareness and establish viable, authentic
relationships with ClearedJobs.Net’s friends, supporters and followers.
1:20 – 2:05 Hiring Veterans Panel: Hiring Military in Transition: Opportunities and
Challenges – Theatre
While defense related firms are often well versed in hiring military in transition, there are many
soldiers mustering out whose interests and aspirations take them further afield. This panel will
explore the growing opportunity this too often untapped pool of talent offers employers in every
Panel Moderator: Gerry Crispin Principal and Co-Founder, CareerXroads
Panelists: Angela Guidroz National Recruiter, Sodexo
Carl Savino President, Competitive Edge Services
Chad Sowash VP Business Development, Direct Employers Association
Kathleen Smith, CMO, ClearedJobs.Net
Gerry Crispin, Principal and Co-Founder, CareerXroads (see above for bio)
Angela Guidroz, Executive Director and founder, Geaux Veterans
Geaux Veterans mission is to connect the community to Veterans in the State of Louisiana. As the
Executive Director and founder she will guide the mission to focus on the needs of the Veterans
need at the community level in the state. A sampling of such areas will be: Employment, Training,
Counseling Services, Engagement Initiatives and Advocacy. Geaux Veterans will complement and
enhance the offerings from the Veterans Administration, State Workforce Development, Vet
Centers and other entities currently providing a wide array of services to this
community. Partnerships with employers and Veterans Organizations along
with a significant focus on the use of technology as the medium for
connection will enhance and deliver the reach necessary to disseminate
information and cut through the cloud of services that are not producing
results. Geaux Veterans is about results and action… Action to Service the
In her last position with Sodexo, she held the role as National Recruitment
Manager for Military Sourcing and Strategy for Sodexo. Dually assigned as
the business segment recruiter specializing in eXPress Service Solutions
Brand of the Hospitals division along with leadership roles as the
Recruitment and Retention Chair for the Military Network Group HONOR and Disabilities Network
Group, SOAR. Remotely based in Baton Rouge, LA., Angela has worked in the hospitality industry,
in hospitals in various roles such as Human Resource Director, Training Manager, Director of Food
and Nutrition Services. Her passion in recruitment outreach is the support of our Veterans and the
An ESGR Ombudsman (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) for the State of Louisiana
she counsels on issues related to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights
Act (USERRA). Angela regularly presents to local Society of Human Resource Chapters about
Veteran recruitment and support of those candidates with disabilities. She is a Marine Corps
Veteran with Active and Active Reserve experience as a Marine Corp musician and Administrative
Carl Savino, President, Competitive Edge Services
Carl S. Savino, a retired Army Major (USAR) and West Point graduate, has spent the past 14
years connecting military veterans with employers nationwide. As president of Competitive Edge
Services Inc., Carl runs the Corporate Gray Job Fairs for the Military Community, manages
Corporate Gray Online (www.CorporateGray.com), a niche employment site for transitioning and
former military, and co-authors The Military to Civilian Transition Guide, a book given to all
transitioning active duty military personnel.
Chad Sowash, VP Business Development, Direct Employers Association
Chad Sowash is Vice President of Business Development with
DirectEmployers Association & JobCentral. Chad is a leading authority in the
online recruiting and marketing space, a result of working his way up through
the online industry ranks since 1998 with Online Career Center,
Monster.com and now with DirectEmployers Association.
Chad's team is responsible for many aspects of the Association which
include leading National Labor Exchange efforts and developments,
distributing jobs to veterans through VetCentral, fostering alliances,
marketing, partnerships and uncovering innovative technologies and
business opportunities. Chad’s experience developed quickly from working side by side with online
recruiting industries top talent to include online recruiting founding father Bill Warren. Moreover
Chad interfaces daily with talent acquisition leaders from Fortune 500 keeping him in tune with the
ever changing talent market, and innovation.
Chad's leadership skills stem from his nearly 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army and U.S
Army Reserve where he attended many leadership schools, worked as an Infantry Drill Sergeant
and is a combat veteran. Recently Chad’s unit was activated in March of 2008 to once again serve
the same soldierization (Basic Training) mission it had performed in 2004-2006 at Fort Benning,
GA. He was able to complete Level 3 of the Army’s Combatives Program, attended the
Asymmetric Warfare Group’s marksmanship course, and was recognized by Major General
Kirkland on the M9 pistol range for flawless execution and by Major General Barbero, Fort Benning
Post Commander, for NBC, CNN, NPR and other media attention stemming from his work with
VetCentral. Moreover Chad was tasked by MG Barbero to work directly with the Wounded Warriors
Transition Battalion Command Group in their efforts to help wounded soldiers find jobs.
Chad has received numerous awards, over his almost 20 years of service, but is especially proud
of recently receiving the Order of Saint Maurice from the National Infantry Association for
conspicuous contribution to the United States Infantry.
Chad has out processed the active Army, in February 2009, once again then will finish out his
twenty years of reserve career ending in June 2009.
When Chad is not working as a Drill Sergeant, for Uncle Sam, he's an avid industry blogger,
leader, speaker and educator.
Chad resides in beautiful Columbus, Indiana with his wife Tracy, sons Hayden and Logan and
Kathleen Smith, CMO, ClearedJobs.Net (see above for bio)
2:15 – 3:00 Recruiter Career Development Panel – Theatre
You’re a Recruiter…So, Now What? How to Make Sense of Potential Career Paths in Talent
Aquisition Unlike many other corporate organizations, Talent Acquisition Departments typically
provide recruiters with limited opportunities for professional growth. In many companies, recruiting
organizations are relatively smaller operations and have lower visibility with corporate executives.
As a result, recruiters often feel “trapped” in their jobs and struggle to make the appropriate career
decisions. However, there is hope!
Panel Moderator: Alan Strauss Founder and CEO of StartFinder and the Talent Acquisition
Panelists: Scott Kubic Vice President Talent Acquisition, IBM
Michele Espada Recruiting Director, Freddie Mac
Melonie Parker Director Corporate Talent Acquisition, Lockheed Martin
Janeen Shaffer Federal Recruiting Manager and Certified Career Counselor, Deloitte Federal
Michele Neiman Director, Strategic Talent Acquisition, Northrop Grumman IS
Alan Strauss Founder and CEO of StartFinder and the Talent Acquisition Leadership
Alan Strauss is the Founder and CEO of StartFinder. StartFinder is a
management consulting business that provides strategy and expertise to
corporate Talent Acquisition organizations. As the leader of StartFinder,
Alan’s mission is to help Talent Acquisition leaders develop proactive
business strategies to better align their organizations and beat competitors
to the right talent.
In addition to providing management consulting services at StartFinder,
Alan is the Founder of the Talent Acquisition Leadership Council (TALC).
TALC is an association of over 90 corporate Talent Acquisition executives
(Vice Presidents and Directors) representing over 40 organizations. TALC
members include recruitment leaders from professional services firms,
Federal contractors and Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to launching StartFinder, Alan was the Founder and Executive Director of a Recruitment
Process Outsourcing (RPO) business for a prominent DC based staffing company, and he
developed and executed a business plan that resulted in over $6 million of revenue within the first
3 years of operation.
Previous to working at Clovis, Alan was hired by Brianbench to help build the sales team for a start
up online certification and assessment company. While working out of one of the founder’s
basement, Alan developed a major account sales and marketing plan that lead to the company’s
overall value increase from $14 million to over $80 million. Additionally, Alan presented at a
number of industry conferences and consulted to an International MBA program on Human Capital
Alan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Maryland College Park.
Scott Kubic, Vice President Talent Acquisition, IBM
Scott Kubic is a creative and innovative recruitment leader with 12 years of comprehensive
recruiting experience including talent strategies, staffing, talent management, strategic planning,
human resources and operations management. He has proven experience collaborating with
senior management to conduct Talent Strategy planning in order to support and further corporate
goals and possesses an expertise and broad knowledge of leading large recruiting organizations
for professional services firms within Defense/Intelligence Contracting, Information Technology,
Communications and Financial verticals.
Scott has demonstrated experience in building high powered recruiting organizations to deliver
quality talent for business growth at a reduced cost per hire and decreased cycle times. He has
excellent ability to address and implement strategic plans for talent acquisition, retention and talent
management planning. He has proven skills in OFCCP, EEO compliance and employment
regulations. Scott Kubic’s specialties include Intelligence and defense recruitment strategies,
leading recruitment organizations
Michele Espada, Recruiting Director, Freddie Mac
Michele Espada is a Recruiting Director for the Federal Home Loan
Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). Michele is responsible for leading the
recruiting activities for the Operations and Technology business line. Prior
to assuming her current duties, Michele was a Director of Recruiting for
Nextel Communications. In this role, she was responsible for managing the
nationwide recruiting efforts for the Information Technology, Engineering
and Technology Development departments.
Michele brings over 10 years of recruiting and leadership experience to her
role with Freddie Mac. She has held multiple management positions with
Michele earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Cabrini College in
Melonie D. Parker, Director, Talent Acquisition
Lockheed Martin Enterprise Operations
Melonie Parker has been employed by Lockheed Martin since June 1997 and serves as Director,
Talent Acquisition in Crystal City, Virginia.
Ms. Parker has worked in human resources for more than 17 years. In that time, she has been
responsible for Employee Relations, Staffing, EEO/Affirmative Action, Diversity Programs,
Compensation, Benefits, and K-12 outreach initiatives. Prior to her current role, Melonie served as
the HR Lead for MS2 Mission & Unmanned Systems in Riviera Beach, Florida.
She received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Hampton University in
Recently, Ms. Parker received the MS2 President’s Excellence Award for her work in building a
more inclusive culture at MS2 by partnering with leadership and functions across the business to
showcase diversity efforts. She established and led the Executive Diversity Council, and worked
closely with the Operations Council to ensure an active operating rhythm for diversity initiatives.
Through her leadership of the MS2 Diversity Maturity Model Program, MS2 achieved a score of
3.3, a noteworthy improvement. Ms. Parker’s efforts have been recognized by the Corporate
Diversity office and have been briefed to the U.S. Navy as best practices for inclusion.
Janeen Shaffer, Federal Recruiting Manager and Certified Career Counselor
Janeen Shaffer is a Recruiting Manager with the Federal practice of
Deloitte Consulting. She leads the recruiting teams for the Defense,
Intelligence, Civilian, Healthcare, Energy, DHS and Financial Services
markets that supports the Deloitte Federal business. She has been in the
recruiting industry for 14 years across the commercial, international and
federal markets. She has been a recruiting manager with several
consulting firms and been recognized for providing strong customer
service, business understanding and team development to the recruiting
organizations. She has a passion around developing successful recruiting
teams that understand their impact to their client’s business and its
priorities, provide valuable market and recruiting metrics data, and deliver
quality candidates in a timely fashion. She received a Leadership Coaching certificate from
Georgetown University. She incorporates her coaching training into her role as a manager with
the recruiting team, as well as working with other leaders on leadership and career management
Michele C. Neiman, Director, Talent Acquisition, Strategy & University Relations
Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Michele C Neiman is the Director of Talent Acquisition and University Relations & Recruiting for the
Information Systems Sector.
In this position, Ms. Neiman is responsible for increasing awareness of the value of a diversified
workforce and teaming with internal and external partners to develop and execute strategies that
will enable Northrop Grumman Information Systems to attract and expand a diverse pipeline of
qualified candidates. She is responsible for the strategic design and development of key programs
and intiatives to include diversity, university relations & recruiting, military relations, IDIQ &
contingent staffing and new business pursuit support.
Michele has been a Northrop Grumman employee since 2000. Prior to her current role, Michele
was the Director of Human Resources, Strategic Business Operations within the Advisory Services
Division (TASC) and prior to that role, she was the Talent Acquisition Director for the Advisory
Services Division (TASC). Michele has an extensive background full life cycle technical recruiting,
human resources, process development, business operations, strategy, diversity, military &
university relations and management within the Intelligence market and Information Technology
Michele has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
and her professional certification in Human Resources (PHR).
3:00 – 3:15 Closing Remarks Jessica Lee, APCO Worldwide
Jessica Lee, Senior Employment Manager, North America, APCO Worldwide (see above for