5:00 PM17:00

Volunteering for recruitDC Happy Hour

Whether you want to start volunteering, looking for new ways to volunteer or want to learn more about the variety of volunteer opportunities available, join us for a happy hour to learn about the volunteer activities that will help recruitDC educate, mentor and support talent acquisition professionals throughout the Washington DC Metro area.

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Networking Lunch
11:30 AM11:30

Networking Lunch

As the recruitDC board started to consider presenters for our next annualconference in May 2019, we realized we were fielding many similar questions from those interested in speaking and sharing their best practices with the community.  Because of this interest, our next networking will feature a panel discussion regarding how to present at recruiting conferences and tips for getting selected!

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recruitDC Spring 2018
8:00 AM08:00

recruitDC Spring 2018

Calling all Recruiting Professionals...Join us at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park on Thursday, May 24th!

2018 recruitDC Spring Event Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks

9:00 – 10:00 Opening Keynote

Recruit from Your Head and Your Heart

Kara Yarnot | Vice President | HireClix

To be an amazing recruiter, you need to win the minds and hearts of everyone involved in the process – your candidates, your network, your hiring managers, and your leaders. Using the best technologies and applying analytics to your recruiting is just the basis for amazing recruiting. You must stay connected to the hearts of others.

Kara will share a personal journey that reminded her how personal touch matters in creating first impressions, building your network, and staying connected to people. At the end of this session, you’ll be inspired to:

  • Create a candidate experience that inspires people to be an ambassador for your brand

  • Build networks that include individuals beyond possible candidates and other talent acquisition professionals

  • Construct plans to follow-up and stay in contact with your network

By using your head and your heart, you’ll discover that people want to include you in their journeys and you’ll be a better recruiter because of it.

10:00 – 10:35 Break

10:35 – 11:45 Breakout Sessions

Track: Back to Basics

Sourcing on Social Media

Jeremy Bonewitz | Global Talent Acquisition | Stantec

This seminar is to learn and embrace social media in one’s weekly sourcing and recruiting efforts. We will cover the basic 3 including using and targeting people & groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, sourcing candidates on Twitter. Besides these big 3 we touch on sites sites such as Zoominfo, Duck Duck Go, SlideShare and the use of Advanced Google Searching to source for potential candidates.

We will also cover tools that you can use to help make sourcing faster and more efficient!

Finally, we will cover resources that can help you learn about new tools, sourcing and recruiting techniques: LinkedInTalent Blog, ERE Media.com, and SocialTalent

Track: Advanced Recruiting

Talent Sleuthing in the Intelligence Community

Jo Weech | Founder | Exemplary Consultants

How do you recruit for people with clearances? In 2016, I won the HRLA Leadership Excellence award for successfully growing a software engineering firm by 30% with zero attrition on contract. All had to have full scope polys. I will share all of my secret sauces so that you can be inspired to borrow mine or create your own!

Track: Management & Strategy

Your Employer Brand IS Your Brand: Recruit Candidates & Customers with the Talent Attraction Lifecycle

Chad Norman | COO | Catch Talent

Don’t just hire great people… turn them into great recruiters! When making decisions, both candidates and consumers are influenced by branding, referrals, references, and reviews. The Talent Attraction Lifecycle combines employer branding with the recruiting process to create a continuous cycle enabling your employees to become your best recruiters. We’ll show you how to use every stage of the candidate lifecycle to attract talent, from careers web pages to culture-infused job descriptions, from employee referral campaigns to reputation management, from onboarding to thought leadership. When you harness the power of the Talent Attraction Lifecycle, you win the war for talent!

11:45– 1:00 Lunch

12:45 - 1:00 Sponsor Give-Away

1:00 – 2:00 Breakout Sessions

Track: Back to Basics

How To Be An Effective, One Person Recruiting Team

Veronika Henderson | Recruiter | American College of Radiology

Let’s get down to the bottom of recruiting, the really exciting part that goes beyond just order taking and sourcing. My session would cover smart recruiting approach to data and communication.

Learning Objectives:

1. Setting expectations with both hiring managers and candidates;

2. How and why it is important to utilize the recruiting data (I will show how to create Google Analytics accounts and run the reports);

3. Recruitment Branding

Track: Advanced Recruiting

How to Build Community to Get Clients, Candidates, Dates and Fame

Chris Comrie | Founder | Glance AI

Learn why building your network is the single best thing you can do for you, your company, and people you want to help. The rules have changed, it's not as hard as people want you to think. This talk applies to both megastars and those early in their careers.

This is for you if:

  • Candidates aren’t answering your email, phone, InMails or DMs.

  • You want to show you are not a TRANSACTIONAL Recruiter or Sourcer and care about giving back.

  • You want to learn how to join the Recruiting and Sourcing Influencer "Gold Rush" before it’s too late.

What you get:

  • Learn the exact steps to get in front of potential candidates and clients in a more meaningful way.

  • Learn the psychology of why people like to buy and nobody likes to be sold.

  • And what you need to learn from Justin Bieber, Facebook, and the 80/20 Principle.

Track: Management & Strategy

Gut Check: Candidate Behaviors Can Predict Quality of Hire

Ryan Healy| Founder & President| Brazen

There is no doubt predictive analytics can play a big role in helping talent acquisition teams target the best candidates for their organizations. However, without statisticians or business analytics professionals on the team, making sense of all the data can be next to impossible. Learn how recruiting teams can learn more about candidates from the behaviors they display. Gain insight into leading organizations' recruiting processes that enables top talent to find them as opposed to the other way around.

2:00 – 2:10 Break

2:10 – 3:15 Closing Keynote

Talent Acquisition Leadership Panel 

Teresa Green, VP, Talent Acquisition, MicroStrategy

Christine Temple Gaspar, Global Human Resources, Audi of America

Peter Brooks, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition, Northrop Grumman

Beth Skoletsky, VP, Human Resources, WBB, Inc.

Day to day we all have our roles and responsibilities, but what about the big picture? How do you support your overall organization to meet the needs that your leadership is striving to fulfill? We will chat with four talent acquisition leaders – two from government contracting and two from the commercial sector on how their teams can best support them. We will also discuss how you chart your course if you want to become a leader as well.

3:15 – 4:15 Innovation Lab or Networking

You have always wanted to know more about sourcing so here it is! A hands-on sourcing session hosted by Susanna Frazier, two-time SourceCon Hackathon champion. She will show you some of her tips and tricks on sourcing. She might even have a few tips on finding cleared candidates. Now, not everyone will want to be part of the Innovation Lab, so you can also use this time to begin you afternoon networking!

4:15 - 4:30 Closing Remarks

As we close the conference, we will work as a community to give back. We will again take the time to write career tips and encouragement to transitioning military members and then provide these to local veteran organizations who distribute them to our troops.

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recruitDC Spring 2017 Conference
8:30 AM08:30

recruitDC Spring 2017 Conference

It's that time of year, where recruitDC pulls out all the stops to bring the best conference content to you, right here in the D.C. area. On May 25th we'll be the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park for our full-day event and networking party following the event, which is not to be missed!

Click here to buy your tickets on Eventbrite. Tickets go fast, don't get stuck on the waiting list!    

Conference Agenda

7:00 – 8:30     Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00     Welcome Remarks 

9:00 – 10:00    Opening Keynote  

Everything is Communication: The Key to Closing

Perri Chase | Founder | Talent Remastered

Have you ever gotten to the end of a process with a candidate and you aren't sure if the deal is going to close? Or maybe you thought it was in the bag and then "poof, your candidate is dust in the wind and you are left wondering why.

Many people associate closing with the offer stage of the recruitment process, but it is effected by the ripple of communication that begins the first time a candidate encounters you or your company.

Perri will illustrate important foundational communication concepts she learned as a seven figure, retained executive recruiter, that are many times lost in the today's high tech, low touch world. Whether you are an industry veteran or a new recruiter, you will walk away with a fresh perspective on the impact of your communication and actionable takeaways. 

10:00 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 11:45   Breakout Sessions

Track: Back to Basics

The Candidate Crucible

Neal Anders | CTO | ZeroedIn Technologies

Kirsten Renner | Director, Talent Acquisition | Novetta

We will review 10+ years of recruiter pitches (e-mails, job board responses, and social media correspondence) and discuss the key takeaways from what worked and what didn't. Why won't they respond? What makes an active candidate bite? A passive one? Does persistence pay off? What does "coming on too strong" look like? How can you establish deep long-term lasting relationships?Track: Advanced Recruiting

Track: Advanced Recruiting

The “What” of Pipeline Building: Relevant Engagement Mediums

Aaron McElroy | Consultant | Avature Federal

By now, most recruiters understand the importance of proactively engaging talent pools, but what do we do to actually engage them?  Send newsletters?  Open job lists?  Funny jokes?  Our goal is to engage them, but we may just be another annoying source of SPAM. 

This session will discuss content and interaction strategies designed to create active two-way engagement between the company and the candidate, and apply those strategies within a methodology that ultimately results in conversion of qualified candidates, increased referral generation, and thoughtful redirection of non-qualified candidates.  We will stress authenticity over gimmickry, as well as the difference between social and anti-social networking as a means of engagement.  We will share real examples from well-known companies like Pepsi and Accenture, to lesser known companies, such as small government contractors from the Intel Community. 

Track: Management & Strategy

Build & Track an Amazing End to End Candidate Experience

Craig Fisher | Director of Employment Brand & Talent Acquisition Marketing | CA Technologies

In addition to his job as head of employer brand at software giant CA technologies, Craig Fisher also consults with other major organizations such as GM, HSBC, Microsoft, and many more. He will show you best practices from around the world to build and document an amazing candidate experience to help gain rabid fans of your company's employer brand, culture, and people. He'll show you how you can quickly humanize your company's employer brand, by sharing your culture through your people and shrink time to fill and cost per hire.    This isn't just mile high level information. This is real strategy, tools, and hacks that you can implement today. You won't want to miss this one. Get your pencils ready.

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Breakout Sessions

Track: Back to Basics

 Market Yourself! Your Online Brand is Hurting Your Career and Costing You Candidates!

Audra Knight | Manager, Recruitment Operations | Tenable

Candidates are researching you online just as recruiters are researching them. A great personal brand will increase your response rate from passive candidates and encourage qualified active candidates to reach out to you (inbound marketing). Talent Acquisition professionals are very busy these days but it is worth it to take the time to invest in yourself. It will help you grow your career and could mean the difference between winning and losing the perfect candidate.

 Talking points:

  • Optimize your online profiles to showcase your achievements and your company’s employment brand 

  • SEO tips to take over page one of search engines for your name search and outrank anything negative

  • Know your target audience so you can craft your messaging to appeal to them 

  • Free tools to increase your influence & save you time

Track: Advanced Recruiting

The Art of Seductive Sourcing – Leveraging Social Media, Mobile Recruiting Tools and Best in Class Websites to Attract and Find Passive Candidates

Kevin Crews, AIRS Trainer & Recruiting Specialist

Cohesively connecting both social media and mobile technology is crucial to a company’s success in today’s competitive recruitment marketplace. Companies need to engage and attract candidates in order to stay ahead of the competition. From a candidate’s perspective, it’s an expectation to be able to communicate and interact with prospective employers via social and mobile platforms. This session will examine how to harness and implement a process to integrate cutting edge mobile and social media practices into a current recruitment strategy.

What you’ll learn:

  • An overview of current trends for both mobile and social recruiting and why they should matter to employers.
  • Vetting both mobile and social branding tools and identifying where best to utilize recruitment budget
  • Best practices that companies have already started using to mobilize their current process.
  • The most cutting edge mobile and social marketing tools available for recruiters today.

Track: Strategy & Management

Build, or Rebuild, Your Talent Acquisition Function for Success

Kara Yarnot, Strategic Consulting Leader, HireClix

There are four key components to a successful talent acquisition function – the process, the team, the tools, and the partners.  Whether you are building a function from scratch or transforming your existing department, you’ll discover:

  • How each of the four components influences the others
  • How to sequence your decisions to avoid common pitfalls
  • How to set up your team for success

Kara will share examples from her 17 years as a talent acquisition leader, where she launched and/or reorganized recruiting teams in 3 different industries, and her 4 years as an executive consultant to talent acquisition teams of all sizes. 

2:30 – 3:00   Break

3:00 – 4:00  Closing Keynote

Future of Recruiting: Tech Trends and Tools For the Talent of Tomorrow

Matt Charney | Executive Editor & Head of Content | Recruiting Daily

This presentation will take a look at some of the biggest trends and emerging technologies impacting recruiting and hiring today. From NGOs to Fortune 500 companies to Mom and Pop shops, we will look across markets, industries and specialties to identify what talent leaders can do today to compete - and win - the top talent of tomorrow. The goal of this presentation is to talk about real issues that really matter to real recruiters, and focus on identifying what's really new and what's really next. For real. Ditch the buzzwords and BS for a data driven look into the changing world of work - and what that means for the work of HR and recruiting.

 Attendees will learn:

  • How to follow the trail of venture capital and influx of cash to determine which startups are being built to last, which categories of technology and tools are the hottest segments of the talent business, and how recruiters can stay ahead by staying on top of the bigger business picture without a whole lot of work (or any special knowledge).

  • What the future of work looks like after on boarding, and how the blended workforce and gig economy models, coupled with a rise in knowledge work, globalization and remote workers, are already shaping the way companies hire, and what the upending of the traditional social contract means for traditional recruiting and Human Relations. 

  • How to build a business case for talent acquisition to get the resources required to recruit the talent you need, and how to work with internal stakeholders and employees to tie talent acquisition efforts directly to bottom line results. We'll talk about how to make friends, influence hiring managers and finally make your people the greatest asset in the business - only with the P/L to prove it.

4:00 – 4:15 Closing Remarks

4:15pm - 6:00pm Networking Reception - Join us for some good old fashioned networking! We will also be participating in an activity to help transitioning veterans.

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recruitDC Tech Recruiting Roundtable
8:00 AM08:00

recruitDC Tech Recruiting Roundtable

Join recruitDC at OPS Consulting on Thursday, February 2 at 8am for a lively, moderated, panel discussion about tech recruiting. We'll be joined by actual software engineers (cleared and uncleared) who will share with us their experiences (good, bad and ugly) with technical recruiters. Buckle up for a wild, and at time painful, ride as we hear from our target audience about what you can say to make them pick up the phone or answer that inMail to kick off a worthwhile conversation.

Thank you OPS Consulting for hosting us!

And thanks to Clearedjobs.net for providing lite morning refreshments.

See you there!

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Summer 2016 Social
7:00 PM19:00

Summer 2016 Social

It is time to have some fun in the summer here in DC.

This summer, we'll be attending a Beltway Series game between the Nationals and Orioles at Nationals Stadium on August 25th at 7:05pm. As an added bonus, we'll be getting seats in the Stars and Stripes Club Level. 

Tickets: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138853220




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7:30 AM07:30

Spring 2016 Conference

  • George Washington University - Marvin Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The full day conference will be held May 26th from 7:30am to 4:00pm. We will have three great keynotes and several breakout sessions along with networking opportunities. And of course, the amazing After Party.  It is the best way to kick off the summer! 


George Washington University 
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

To purchase your tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page

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8:00 AM08:00

Fall 2015 Conference

  • TEGNA (formerly Gannett/USAToday Headquarters) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets are now on sale for recruitDC's Fall 2015 Conference, November 19th at TEGNA/Gannett in McLean, VA. 

Tickets usually sell quickly, so reserve your spot today!


Conference Agenda:

Please Thank Our Sponsors!

7:45 am - 8:45 am Registration and Networking

8:45am - 9:00am Welcome Remarks
9:00 am - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation
The Whole Self: Why Knowing Your Candidates and Your Workforce Changes Everything
Susan LaMotte, exaqueo Founder

We're so focused on looking for skills and behaviors when recruiting, we forget that the person we're hiring is actually, well, a person. In this session, Susan LaMotte will teach you how to better evaluate candidates using the Whole Self model she created featured in Harvard Business Review (HBR.) You'll learn why a holistic picture of a candidate makes for more effective hiring, and how to plan, conduct and evaluate research on your current workforce to better prepare for your workforce of the future. Sure, your job is to place candidates. But won't you be more effective if you hire candidates who are a better culture fit and engaged for the long-term?

10:00am- 10:15am Welcoming our Sponsors
10:30am – 11:15pm: Breakout Sessions - Choose one of the following sessions.

Talent Analytics - The Opower Story
Dawn Mitchell, Opower- Director, Talent Acquisition
Scott Walker - Senior People Analyst
Alan Henshaw - Manager, Talent Acquisition         

The importance of talent analytics is increasingly being discussed in the recruiting industry, but - as many of us know - tracking, evaluating and interpreting data is easier said than done. While the "Googles" of the world are leading the pack in this area, most recruiting departments do not have a full-fledged analytics team and struggle to use data to make informed decisions. Moreover, most recruiting data is based on activity within an applicant tracking system, which can be prone to user error and misleading metrics. So, how can you start off on the right foot? How should you set goals, evaluate your team's performance, and report metrics to the business? In this session, you'll learn Opower's talent analytics story - including everything from "big wins" to "bumps in the road". In particular, this session will cover how Opower developed its talent analytics function over the past two years and successfully used data to improve performance, manage recruiter capacity, allocate budget, and highlight progress to executives. This session will also include take-aways the audience can implement right away without an advanced talent analytics function. 


Building a World Class Veteran Hiring Program  
Melissa Stirling, Hilton Worldwide- Director, Military, Campus and Youth Programs
Tony Palm, TP&A, LLC.- Independent Staffing Consultant

The challenges of building a strategic veteran hiring program are numerous and complicated. By leveraging the leadership and branding expertise of Melissa Stirling, Hilton Worldwide has succeeded in establishing a program that isconsidered “world class”. Since assuming the helm of Hilton’s US Military recruitment effort in April 2013, the company has hired over 7,600 veterans, their spouses, and dependents globally, and is on track to exceed their goal of 10,000 well before the 2018 end date.

While a comprehensive strategy is essential in meeting corporate staffing goals, the need to interact with veterans “up close & personal”, presents its own unique challenges. Navigating the excruciatingly difficult process warfighters and veterans face when conducting a job search is the purview of Tony Palm, a retired US Navy Recruiter and Independent Staffing Consultant whose practice is focused on the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. His willingness to share his unique combination of military, agency, and corporate recruiting experience has helped thousands find a post military career.

This session will provide an informative blend of strategic and tactical information regarding Veteran Hiring Best Practices. Organizations wishing to build a comprehensive veteran hiring program, and recruiters wishing to be more effective when sourcing & screening veterans, will find this dynamic duo’s presentation engaging and enlightening.


How To Go From Pesky Recruiter To Trusted Resource!
Danielle Boykin, Robert Half - Recruiting Manager
Panelists - Henry Addo Senior Recruiter, PureIntegration & Chrissie Hendrickson Regional Search Director, Special Counsel/P + L Legal Tech - TRAK Legal

What is that one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you first started recruiting? Come see our panel of recruiters as they talk to how they’ve gone from pesky recruiters to trusted advisors!  Some topics of discussion will include:  how they started, what they did wrong, biggest lessons learned, and what they are doing differently now. This session will explore how they have transformed from someone who just looks for people to fill a job (putting butts in seats), to someone who has a network they've invested in, built relationships with, and received repeat business from!  This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and have an open dialogue with some of DC’s recruiting superheroes!  After all, we do tend to SAVE THE DAY!

11:30am to 12:15pm

How to attract and engage Talent in the midst of all the noise - Celinda Appleby Oracle Head of Global Recruitment Branding             

In this session, we will discuss why it makes sense for companies to marry their consumer and talent brands. Celinda Appleby will share her best tried-and-tested ideas on how to build a truly talent driven employer brand. This session is all about turning your business into a brand that steals the show and one that every top candidate is dying to work for. At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Leverage and engage key stakeholders for buy-in
  • Build social channels that drive talent engagement
  • Connect with your audience using creative content
  • Enable your team to boost the employer brand
  • Apply human elements that makes it easier to recruit

12:15 am to 12:30 pm Closing Remarks

12:30 am to 2:00 pm Networking Lunch    

Following a great morning, expand your networking over lunch. Do you want to delve deeper into the topics discussed throughout the morning? We will have break out rooms where you can meet with your colleagues who want to discuss Veteran Hiring, Employer Branding, Talent Analytics, or Becoming a Trusted Resource. Speakers will be joining you in each of these rooms to continue the conversation started in the morning. Or, if you just want to network, you can do that too! Thanks to our Networking Lunch sponsor Indeed, you will have time to network and get some lunch before you head back to the office.

** As with all recruitDC events, ticket sales are final. There are no refunds, but you can switch your ticket with a colleague. Those transactions are your responsibility. If you transfer your ticket to someone else, you can alter the name on your ticket through this registration page. If you need to change the content on your registration, you may do so through your Eventbrite account.

** Ticket sales are processed through PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to purchase a ticket.

** All recruitDC events are for networking and continuing education purposes. We ask that your purpose in attending the event be solely for networking and learning best practices and not for business development.


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5:00 PM17:00

recruitDC Happy Hour at Penn Social

We will be getting the year started off right we will be gathering at Penn Social in downtown DC. This is a special event to raise funds for Jim Hollister, recruiter and former recruitDC Board member who is battling cancer.  We invite everyone to save the date, come on out to raise funds for Jim and have a beer in his honor.           

For Tickets: http://jimhollisterfundraiser.eventbrite.com

If you cannot join us, but would still like to support Jim, several of his colleagues have set up a fund for him. You can donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/jimhollister/fundraiser/nellbreidenstein 


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