Jon Canger VP of Global Talent Management Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Jon Canger is the vice president of global talent management for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, where he is responsible for leading the human resources centers of expertise in talent acquisition, learning & performance management, internal communications, engagement, culture & organization effectiveness.
Jon’s career with Marriott began in 2007 as VP-Talent & Organization Capability. In 2009, he moved to Marriott’s Americas Division to become VP - HR Operations for the Southern Region, where he had responsibility for HR at 100+ hotels across the Southeastern US, the Caribbean and Latin America. In late 2011 Jon rejoined MVCI just prior to its spinoff from Marriott International into a stand-alone, publicly-traded company.
Prior to Marriott, Jon’s career included senior HR leadership positions with GTE (now Verizon), Motorola, the Coca-Cola Company and LAI Worldwide (now Monster Worldwide) where he was their first Chief Human Resources Officer. Jon also started and ran an HR consulting business, Skyway Associates, prior to joining Marriott.
Jon earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida. He and his wife Giovanna split their time between Orlando and Anna Maria Island, FL.
Victor Gaines VP, Talent Acquisition Comcast NBC Universal
Victor has held executive and lead recruiting roles at multiple Fortune 500 companies.
He currently serves as Vice-president of Talent Acquisition at Comcast NBC Universal, leading a large team for the cable business’ Central Division. His team facilitates 10,000-12,000 hires per year.
Victor’s history includes executive, leadership, and hands-on recruiting roles for other high-profile global organizations, including Fortune 5 McKesson, Cigna, and IBM Smarter Workforce.
He holds a Master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He has been published and quoted in multiple online and print publications, including CIO Magazine, DICE, and many of the ADVANCE healthcare newsmagazines.
Victor was born and raised in Kentucky, and currently resides in Atlanta after spending 10 years in Philadelphia. He is a member of SHRM, and NAMIC, and is president of his HOA. His passion is his work, but his hobbies include international travel, wine, SEC basketball, and driving fast cars fast.
Christopher Henry VP, Talent & Change Management Sutter Health
Christopher Henry, Sutter Health, Vice President of Talent and Change Management,with a dual reporting relationship to Chief Enterprise Transformation Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Christopher applies his expertise in organization development and human resources practices to help Sutter achieve its strategic priorities related to a number of key initiatives, including workforce planning and analytics; talent acquisition and development; organizational change management and eLearning. Areas of focused leadership will include organization change initiatives, people-strategy development and performance management.
Christopher comes to Sutter Health from MGM Resorts International, where he has served as vice president of talent and organizational development for the past three years where he led the alignment of the company’s people philosophy with its business strategy through its talent acquisition and organizational development teams and the MGM University. Before that, he served two roles for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan’s Northwest Region in Portland, OR; director of learning and organizational development and senior manager for national management development. Christopher holds two bachelor’s degrees—in psychology and Spanish—from Knox College and a master’s degree in psychology from Golden Gate University. He is currently completing his doctorate in organizational leadership and business administration through Argosy University.
Nina Brody Lead Talent Acquisition Operations and Strategy Brightview Landscapes
Dr. Nina Brody is a Talent Executive with broad experience in Human Capital Management including transformation, optimization and acquisitions. Executes innovative talent acquisition strategies that develop the depth, breadth and diversity of talent for the organization. Experience building and leading College, Military, Experienced Hires, Contingent workforces, RPO and Executive Hiring delivery models. Implements recruiting operational frameworks against the big three recruiting metrics (Quality of Hire, Time to Hire and Cost per Hire) that significantly improve business results. Implements Talent Acquisition scorecards and KPI’s, that produce transparency and accountability to help educate business leaders around the ROI of go to market Talent Acquisition strategies. Energetic self-starter with the ability to navigate through complex environments and changing organizations. Known for the ability to architect new vision and structure while creating partnerships and achieving significant business results.
Stephanie Neuvirth VP, Talent Acquisition Mars Petcare – Banfield Pet Hospitals
Stephanie is the VP, Talent Acquisition for Mars Petcare – Banfield Pet Hospitals. Banfield Pet Hospital® is the largest general veterinary practice in the world with more than 900 hospitals in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico and employs more than 15,000 associates. Mars, Inc. is one of the largest privately held businesses in the world, based in McLean, Virginia, and consists of six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.
Stephanie celebrates 25+ years of broad HR background in the Healthcare, Consumer Packaged Goods, Entertainment, and Retail industries. Previous employers include City of Hope, the Walt Disney Company and Bullocks / Macy’s. Her knowledge and experiences have been in global and domestic environments, in both union and nonunion environments. She has extensive experience building human capital solutions in organizations going through change transformation. She is also known for her collaborative working style and passion for youth and workforce development programs.
She has had experiences overseeing all facets of Human Capital Strategy - Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition, Organizational Design, Compensation, Benefits, HRIM, Employee and Labor Relations, Change Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Learning and Development.
She has served on not for profit boards and is active in her community. She currently serves on the Board of the California Diversity Council, Healthcare Diversity Council, and is the President of the Greater Los Angeles Diversity Council. She is also a regular contributor to Healthy Hispanic Living, the first preventive care online educational platform targeted to U.S. Hispanics.
Harry Griendling Founder and CEO Double Star
As a recognized thought leader in talent acquisition and workforce optimization, Harry Griendling has been at the forefront of modernizing his clients' approaches to attracting, engaging, and optimizing talent since founding DoubleStar in 1993.
Under Harry’s leadership, DoubleStar has become one of the leading firms in the U.S. to apply and sustain a full-service consulting model to solving difficult TA challenges. The firm has been engaged by over 325 clients and has delivered over 1,000 high-volume, specialized recruitment projects in difficult-to-fill talent segments.
DoubleStar’s clients include industry leaders such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, SAP Americas, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Cisco, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Capital One, Home Depot, M&M Mars, The Vanguard Group, JP Morgan/Chase, Celgene, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, QVC, TD Bank, Aramark, Siemens, Nasdaq, and Campbell Soup, among hundreds of others.
Harry has authored and delivered over 100 seminars and presentations at regional, national, and international HR industry events. He has provided expert commentary in print and televised media for Fox Business News, ABC News, CBS Market Watch, USAToday, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters TV, among others.
DoubleStar has appeared twice on the INC 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and has received numerous awards over its 23 years in business.
In his free time, Harry is a songwriter who has composed over 100 songs. Two albums of his original songs are available on iTunes.
Harry holds his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
Melkeya is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Waste Management headquartered in Houston, Texas. Melkeya is focused on building a world class Talent function at WM, by spearheading the transformation of Talent Acquisition from transactional to consultative and strategic. She studied Human Resources Management at Trinity University, Employee Relations at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Strategic Business Leadership at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Strategic Management at Harvard University.
Laura Smith Director, Talent Acquisition, U.S., Latin America, Japan & Asia Pacific AbbVie
Laura Smith is responsible for providing talent acquisition strategic direction and leadership for Abbvie’s U.S., Latin America, Japan & Asia Pacific regions and the Global Souring team. Laura leads a team of ~50 based in 9 countries. AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases.
Laura joined Abbott in 2006 as a member of the sourcing team focused on proactive executive recruitment for the corporate functions. In the past ten years she has held roles of increasing responsibility including leading recruitment for Abbott’s corporate functions and pharmaceutical business and expanded regional responsibility at AbbVie.
Prior to joining AbbVie, Laura was an executive recruiter at boutique retained search firms focused on providing inclusive slates of talent. She started her recruitment career with an IT staffing organization.
David Amsden VP, Leadership Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Cognizant
Yves Lermusi CEO & Founder Checkster
Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & founder of Checkster. Checkster is a Career and Talent Checkup tool. Mr. Lermusi founded Checkster after 7 years at Taleo (TLEO) as President of Taleo Research. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Lermusi founded iLogos (acquired by Taleo) and held several positions in research and consulting organizations in Europe. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog. Mr. Lermusi earned a degree in Physics and Philosophy, and has a diploma in Economics from the University of Brussels and from the University of London.
Lindsay Stanton Chief Client Officer Digi-Me
Lindsay Stanton is Chief Client Officer for Digi-Me, a Video Technology Company for talent acquisition that helps organizations add new dimension to their job and employment brand messaging. In her time with the company, Lindsay has facilitated relationships with 19 partners, including the largest recruitment advertising agencies, global recruitment process outsourcers, and staffing firms. These partnerships magnify the organization’s reach into the Global Fortune 1000, providing an effective and innovative solution to the largest global employers, including USG Corporation and Kiewit.
A subject matter expert on the use of video technology as a recruitment tool, Lindsay works closely with industry leaders, creating new and better ways to connect jobs and job-seekers. She has been a featured speaker at SHRM on the topic of “The Convergence of Video, Mobile, and Social for Talent Acquisition and Branding,” as well as a featured leader in the recruitment space through ERE, HRO Today, and major media outlets, including Forbes.com, ABCNews.com, and CCTV.
Lindsay possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Her past experience includes Economic Development for a large Chicago municipality, wherein she facilitated retail and commercial growth by working with the nation’s largest developers. She also has extensive sales and marketing experience working with Fortune 500 accounts on product launches and developing and executing large-scale national retail programs.
Celia Harper VP, Talent Acquisition Danaher
Over 25 year of global Talent Acquisition experience in Hi-Tech and Healthcare. I have held both Human Resource roles, Talent Acquisition and Talent Development roles including most recently SVP of TA and Talent Development supporting C- level executives at Allscripts and Illumina.
In addition to my 15 years of HR experience at Cisco, I was asked to move into a sales leadership role in Cisco’s Channel Sales organization. I pioneered and lead Cisco’s Partner Talent strategy that developed Cisco’s top partners’ capacity for growth and developed the CEO leadership capabilities. This talent investment supported the double digit revenue growth in 18 months at Cisco.
I have a passion to broaden my talent pipeline reach which has enabled me to lead and participate in various affinity groups such as the VETS and Women organizations that incorporate customers and partners into this network to expand our reach.
Recently, I have accepted the role of VP, Global Talent Acquisition leader at Danaher. My passion is to ensure that we attract and develop diverse talent for Danaher who have a passion for our mission.
“Talent is Good, Practice is Better, Passion is Best” Frank Lloyd Wright
Eric Schlemann Solutions Engineer, West Region Symphony Talent
Eric Schlemann joined Symphony Talent in October 2015 and currently serves as the Solutions Engineer for the West Region. In this position, he operates at the intersection of system design and Recruitment process optimization for prospective partners.
Eric’s journey in Talent Acquisition began in 1999 with Ziff Davis Media in Boston. During the onset of the Applicant Tracking Systems industry, Eric was fortunate enough to join BrassRing -- as employee number ninety -- specializing in Enterprise Implementations and Technical Consulting for six years. What followed was a ten-year career with Monster Worldwide as a Sales Engineer. During his tenure, he was influential in the launch and growth of the Monster Talent Management Suite and Monster Cloud product lines across the United States and Canada. After 15 years in Boston, Eric relocated to Denver, CO in 2012 and returned to the software startup world by joining SmartRecruiters, where he was part of company’s aggressive pivot into the Enterprise software vertical.
Eric holds a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Denver. His free time is spent with his wife of 9 years, two children and black lab in the Rocky Mountains.
James Gilliam Chief Sales Officer Qwalify
James has been leading and working within the Recruitment industry for over a decade. He joined Qwalify in 2016, after previously working at CareerBuilder for 10 years and Dice for 3 years. During his career, he has held a variety of sales and leadership roles, winning multiple President Club awards, and promoting many people on his teams into higher level positions.
Based in Seattle, James partners with very large Multi-National accounts like Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, HP, Randstad, Robert Half, Adecco, and more! He has also built strategic partnerships with Local and Regional Recruiting Associations, Hackathon programs, and strategic business partners such as GeekWire, Business Insider, Tech Crunch and Microsoft Xbox. J
James is a sought after speaker for recruitment lectures and webinars and he is a frequent guest lecturer at Michigan State and Western Michigan University
Ryan Adams Chief Impact Officer Qwalify
Ryan currently serves as the Chief Impact Officer, focusing on creating both business and social impact across all aspects of the company.
Prior to Qwalify, Ryan served as the Head of Global Business Development at WE, the parent organization for Free The Children, WE Day, and ME to WE. Overseeing a global team, he was responsible for all new corporate and foundation partnerships, and new market expansion.
Ryan also spent two years with McKinsey & Company's Social Sector Office in Washington, DC. His work focused on global youth unemployment, corporate social responsibility, and social innovation.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Ryan completed a Masters of Public Service at the Clinton School of Public Service, and earned an undergraduate degree at Queen's University.
Andrew Goldschmidt RPO Leader IBM Talent Acquisition & Optimization
Andrew has spent more than 20 years in various leadership roles within the Recruitment Process Outsourcing organizations of Kenexa and now IBM Talent Acquisition & Optimization. In his current role, Goldschmidt drives the strategy and roadmap for the overall offering, including incorporating IBM's powerful cognitive capabilities to transform talent acquisition and drive business results for his global client base. Andrew's passion lies in applying relevant technology to already strong RPO service models to dramatically enhance the candidate experience, quality of hire, and overall client profitability.
Ed Crowe Solutions Executive IBM Talent Acquisition & Optimization
Ed has been involved in all areas of talent acquisition. From the front-line recruitment when he started his career in Executive Search, to an in-house role as Head of Talent Acquisition for a British Retailer, to RPO Operations Management, Ed has seen every side of the problems talent acquisition leaders are dealing with every day. Particularly passionate about the candidate experience, Ed has seen that personalizing the candidate and employee lifecycle, tracking that data and using it to make better business decisions is a powerful prescription for pipeline growth. Ed is committed to helping companies digitally reinvent their talent acquisition programs through RPO and IBM Watson Recruitment, so they can better attract and keep the talent that drives them forward.
Jason Pistulka AVP, Talent Acquisition HCA
Jason Pis-tulka serves as AVP of Talent Acquisition for HCA for the national marketing and sourcing team as well as the recruiting teams for the corporate and lines of business functions at HCA including Physician Services Group, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Sarah Cannon Cancer Research and IT&S. Our team is centralized in Nashville with approximately 75 resources. Jason joined HCA in late 2014.
Prior to HCA Jason served as the Director of Corporate recruiting at Asurion where he was responsible for the talent needs of corporate IT, HR, finance, legal and underwriting functions across North America. In addition, Jason lead the corporate college recruiting function for Asurion. Asurion is a global leader in consumer electronics protection with over 14,000 employees and is headquartered in Nashville Tennessee.
Before moving into recruiting leadership Jason works in the Human Resources Business Partner space at Asurion, in Nashville,TN, CUNA Mutual in Madison, WI, Microsoft in Fargo, ND and Stora Enso in Stamford, CT.
After MBA school to Jason worked as a Consultant with Williams and Company Consulting in Sioux City, IA providing financial modeling and strategic management consulting to broadband and telephony startups as well as HR and executive search consulting for various industries.
Jason earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mount Mary College and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a Certificate in Labor Relations for Cornell University. Jason has worked as an adjunct professor at five different colleges and universities teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in economics and human resources. Jason has been a guest speaker at the University of Notre Dame business school, the University of Wisconsin, Madison business school, several different SHRM chapters, and has been a reoccurring speaker at various recruiting conferences.
Pam Hennard VP, North America, Talent Acquisition Dell
Pam Hennard has over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition in industries such as banking & financial services, healthcare, and technology. She is experienced in building talent acquisition strategies across industries, leading talent strategies during mergers & acquisitions, process improvement aligned to hiring, and developing and leading teams.
She is currently Vice President of North America Talent Acquisition at Dell, based in Phoenix, AZ. She and her team are responsible for hiring in the US and Canada, which includes university and professional hires. She received a master of art degree in organizational management from University of Phoenix.
Sangeeta Doss Head of Recruiting for Community Banking Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo wants every team member to be able to say "I chose the right company. I'm valued. I'm rewarded. I'm recognized. We work hard, and we have fun, too. I can improve my professional skills and reach my career goals here. I enjoy my work."
Sangeeta Doss, Head of Recruiting for Community Banking, is a 28 year veteran team member who is one of many examples of someone who has lived and experienced this culture of internal talent movement. Sangeeta has held over 13 job titles across various disciplines, and currently leads a team of over 300 recruiting professionals geographically located across the United States.
The Community Banking serves customers through approximately 6,200 retail banking stores, 12,800 ATMs in 39 states and the District of Columbia, Wells Fargo Contact Centers, and wellsfargo.com. It includes retail, small business, and affluent.
Sangeeta has her master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is an Executive Officer on two school boards. She enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle in San Diego with her husband and two daughters.
Suzanne Rosenthal VP, Talent Acquisition, Campus to Career & Internal Mobility Viacom
Suzanne is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of Viacom’s university programs and early career hiring. Suzanne and her team work with universities and partner organizations to identify high potential candidates for Viacom’s highly regarded internship program and recent graduates for numerous pipeline programs focused on critical functions. In addition to overseeing Viacom’s university programs, in 2014 she took on the organizational priority of helping to spearhead Viacom’s Internal Mobility initiative. In that role, she is responsible the development and execution of programs to support employees mobility across the organization.
Suzanne holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Business from SUNY Plattsburgh and an M.S. in Adult Education-Human Resources Development from Fordham University.