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recruitDC is an exciting unconference for recruiters by recruiters and a great line up of speakers. Here is the agenda with the speaker biographies.

recruitDC is an exciting unconference for recruiters by recruiters and a great line up of speakers. Here is the agenda with the speaker biographies.

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  • 1. 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 – Theatre 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.
  • 2. 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 recruiting function. 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
  • 3. 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 professionals. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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 Management. 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 http://www.recruitingblogs.com/forum/categories/bonus- track/listForCategory) on RecruitingBlogs.com every day. She lovingly
  • 6. 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 SmartBrief 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 Post. 12:30 – 1:10 Unconference Breakout: Cleared Recruiting: Finding the Secret Squirrel Rehearsal Hall Session Leaders Nicole Boucher, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Kathleen Smith, ClearedJobs.Net Rehearsal Hall 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
  • 7. 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 sector. 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 Veteran/Military Community. 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
  • 8. and Nutrition Services. Her passion in recruitment outreach is the support of our Veterans and the military community. 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 Chief. 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.
  • 9. Chad resides in beautiful Columbus, Indiana with his wife Tracy, sons Hayden and Logan and Daughter Ema. 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 Leadership Council 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 Council 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 Management. Alan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Maryland College Park.
  • 10. 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 increasing responsibility. Michele earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA 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 1988. 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.
  • 11. Janeen Shaffer, Federal Recruiting Manager and Certified Career Counselor Deloitte Federal 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 skills. 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 arena. 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 bio)