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

Check back for updates as they are added!

7:00 – 8:30 Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome Remarks & Event Kick-Off

8:45 – 9:45 Keynote Presentation - Announcement Coming Soon!

9:45 – 10:15 Welcoming Our Sponsors

10:15 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions

Back to Basics Session

The Candidate Crucible: Neal Anders & Kristen Renner

Advanced Recruiting Session

Aaron McElroy: The “What” of Pipeline Building: Relevant Engagement Mediums

Management & Strategy Session

Tiffany Ballve: How to build and effective recruitment function from scratch

12:00– 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 Breakout Sessions

Back to Basics Session

Audra Knight: Market Yourself! Your online brand is hurting your career and costing you candidates!

Advanced Recruiting Session

Announcement Coming Soon!

Management & Strategy Session

Announcement Coming Soon!

2:15 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45  Close-Out Keynote

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

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks 

Please join us at the Post-Event Party after the conference - More Details Coming!

recruitDC Tech Recruiting Roundtable
8:00 am08:00

recruitDC Tech Recruiting Roundtable

  • OPS Consulting

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 for providing lite morning refreshments.

See you there!

Register Here To Attend

7:30 am07:30

Spring 2016 Conference

  • George Washington University - Marvin Center

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

recruitDC - Breakfast Networking Meeting
8:00 am08:00

recruitDC - Breakfast Networking Meeting

  • Entegra Systems

Join us for a Networking Breakfast in Hanover, Maryland. We will be hosted by Entegra Systems. There will be brief subject matter presentations and then time for networking. More details to follow.

Breakfast provided by ClearedJobs.Net.


Entegra Systems
7050 Hi Tech Drive
Hanover, MD 21076

recruitDC 2015 Holiday Party
5:30 pm17:30

recruitDC 2015 Holiday Party

  • Bowlmor

recruitDC invites you to come celebrate 2015 with us. Join us for a night of fun at Bowlmor in Rockville, Maryland on December 17th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. We'll have food and drinks, bowling, billiards and video games. 

Register at our Eventbrite page!

Venue Information - Bowlmor

Directions - click here

8:00 am08:00

Fall 2015 Conference

  • TEGNA (formerly Gannett/USAToday Headquarters)

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.

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5:00 pm17:00

recruitDC Happy Hour at Penn Social

  • 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:

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: