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Talent Innovation Summit

Monday-Tuesday, September 18-19, 2017

San Francisco, CA

Registration is now closed, but you can still watch key sessions via live stream

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Talent Acquisition: It’s Your Time

Lever's second Talent Innovation Summit will bring together hundreds of talent acquisition leaders, hiring executives, and recruiters for one and a half days packed with recruiting innovation, insights, and inspiration. Expect a mix of thought-provoking keynotes, in-depth breakouts, and valuable networking with other forward-thinking people from the talent community.
Please note this event is primarily for talent teams who are customers of Lever. Select partners and future customers will be invited to join.



Monday, September 18

The Diversity & Inclusion Forum

11:00am - 1:00pm

Registration opens

1:00pm - 1:15pm

Opening remarks

Sarah Nahm, CEO, Lever

1:15pm - 1:45pm

From diversity zero to hero: the GoDaddy transformation story

Katee Van Horn, PHR, VP Engagement and Inclusion, GoDaddy
Overhauling a company's reputation, brand and culture is no small feat, but over the last five years, GoDaddy has achieved a full-scale transformation. Katee Van Horn, the company's VP of Global Engagement and Inclusion, has been there throughout. She'll bring us behind the scenes to show exactly what it has taken to elevate GoDaddy to one of the most admired workplaces for diversity, and particularly for women in tech.

1:45pm - 2:05pm

How to embed D&I in your recruiting process

Tariq Meyers, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Lyft
There's more to diversity recruiting than switching out the stock photos on your career site. Lyft's head of D&I shares how he partners closely with his recruiting team to make sure that the overall recruiting process, from sourced to hired, helps the company continue building a rich, inclusive culture.

2:05pm - 2:50pm

Panel: The majority's role in creating a diverse and inclusive organization

Amir Moini, Social Media Manager, Employer Branding, Netflix
Martin Hauck, Director of Talent, StackAdapt
Brian Ganninger, Senior Mac Developer, Atlassian
LaFawn Davis, Global Head of Culture & Inclusion, Twilio (moderator)
One key group that's often missing from D&I events? Those who constitute the majority - which seems like a problem, given it's impossible to build a diverse, inclusive organization without the input, partnership and engagement of everyone. We're proud to welcome a group of 'non-minority' panelists to the stage to discuss the roles they play in helping their organizations strive towards D&I; what's working for their teams; and what other organizations should be doing differently to involve the majority in a healthy, productive way.

2:50pm - 3:20pm


3:20pm - 3:40pm

How to build and run an effective D&I council

Ragini Holloway, Head of Talent, Affirm
If your company hasn't been intentional about diversity and inclusion from day one, it takes focus and energy to catch up. Raginishares her journey in launching a D&I council at fast-growing Affirm, and how it's helping the organization make significant progress.

3:40pm - 4:00pm

The who, why and how of transgender inclusion

Shannon Scott, Founding President, United Equality Consulting
The transgender community consists of more people than we may think of or are aware of in our day-to-day lives. Shannon will share the diversity of the transgender community, the problems we face with inclusion in the workplace, why solving these problems is important, and the tools you can use to strengthen your team through inclusion.

4:00pm - 4:20pm

The power of positive psychology in creating allyship

Bernard Coleman III, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Uber
What if instead of worrying about micro-aggressions, we reimagine empathy through the transformative power of positive psychology, micro-inclusions and allyship? Learn how Uber's Global Head of D&I is providing his organization with positive psychology-related tools and workshops to build an inclusive workplace in which all can belong.

4:20pm - 4:40pm

How to design original, impactful D&I programming

Jennifer Kim, Lever
Everyone's talking about D&I initiatives these days, but the programs that start and stop with employee resource groups tend to fall short of their true goals. One of Lever's earliest employees will walk through how Lever built a D&I-centered culture, resulting in creative programs and philosophies that continue to anchor Lever to this day.

4:40pm - 5:30pm

D&I 2.0: today's toughest questions

Stacey Bishop, Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
Vivianne Castillo, UX Designer, Message Agency
Catherine Bracy, Co-Founder & Executive Director, TechEquity Collaborative
Ciara Trinidad, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Lever (moderator)
Is AI good or bad for diversity? How real is the pipeline problem? If everyone is biased, is unconscious bias training really worth it? How will the VC world move forward? Our panel of passionate D&I advocates explores these tough questions and more.

In-depth Lever Training

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Hands-on training workshops

Join Lever's Customer Success team for next-level training, to ensure you and your organization are maxmizing the value you get from Lever's Talent Acquisition Suite. Choose from 'Essentials' or 'Advanced' sessions to match your familiarity with Lever.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome reception



Tuesday, September 19

The Main Event

7:30am - 9:00am

Registration opens

7:30am - 8:45am

Breakfast on the terrace

9:00am - 9:15am

Summit welcome

Leela Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer, Lever
Mike Bailen, VP People, Lever

9:15am - 10:00am

Lever keynote and product update

Sarah Nahm, CEO, Lever
Lever's CEO kicks off the day with an update on the progress we're making at Lever in partnership with our customers. Tune in and be among the first to hear our latest product announcement.

10:00am - 10:30am

Designing Cirque du Soleil’s unique candidate and employee experience

Xavier Poulin-Gladu, Head of Recruiting Strategy and Candidate Experience, Cirque du Soleil
If you've ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show, you've come to expect something magical - but this time last year, the company's recruiting approach wasn't necessarily delivering on that promise for candidates or team members. Step behind the scenes at one of the world's most intriguing brands, as Xavier shares how the company is currently redesigning every single point of contact with their current and future employees.

10:30am - 11:00am

Networking break

11:00am - 11:30am

Flyover Views: What the Rest of the World Can Teach Silicon Valley

Matt Charney, Executive Editor, Recruiting Daily
For decades, the world’s top tech talent has been drawn to Silicon Valley, where “innovation” and “disruption” aren’t vacuous buzzwords, more an underlying ethos. But there’s a tech renaissance underway, and it’s no longer “Silicon Valley or bust” for would-be entrepreneurs and tech talent. Instead, places like Salt Lake City, Omaha and Minneapolis are making the move from forgotten “flyover” places into unexpected hubs for startups and software – and often beating the Bay Area when it comes to building scalable, sustainable tech companies. Matt Charney takes a look beyond the Bay Area, exploring the talent and technology trends in markets outside of Northern California, where the hottest startup ecosystems are developing (and why), and what Silicon Valley can learn from these outliers to maintain its position as the preeminent destination for tech today – and tomorrow.

11:30am - 12:15pm

How to crush your next HR tech implementation

Mike Podobnik, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Medallia
Melissa Thompson, CEO & Principal Consultant, Thompson Talent Innovations
Susan Pike-Gubler, Group Director, Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development, Veon
John Vlastelica, Managing Director, Recruiting Toolbox, Inc. (moderator)
When you're ready to transform talent practices at your organization, technology is only half the battle. Talent leaders share how they have successfully steered their companies through far-reaching HR tech implementations in a way that builds excitement, drives adoption, and generates results - no matter how gnarly the circumstances.

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Networking lunch

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Recruiting fundamentals I
Life hacks for recruiters

Stacy Donovan Zapar, Founder, Tenfold and the Talent Agency
What distinguishes a good recruiter from a truly great one? Stacy will share her best tips, tricks and strategies to level up your recruiting game to work smarter, faster and more efficiently - all the while building your recruiter brand, employer brand and consistently delivering a great hiring manager and candidate experience. You’ll leave with a handful of "life hacks" you can implement immediately and see tangible results your first week back in the office.

Talent leadership I
How to build an airtight business case for recruiting resources

Graham Pionkowski, Director of Global Talent Acquisition, Bazaarvoice
If done right, talent acquisition can be a strategic advantage for your company - but half the battle is gaining buy-in on the need for increased investment. If you're a head of TA who's been challenged to do 'more with less', don't miss this session to learn how Graham Pionkowski was successful in gaining buy-in for both headcount and new recruiting tech to take Bazaarvoice's talent strategy to the next level.

Candidate experience I
Leveraging candidate experience as the ultimate differentiator

Michelle Hart, Head of People Operations, Whisper
A few years ago, the team at Whisper decided that to hire the best talent in the market, they had to differentiate themselves within the competitive landscape of Silicon Beach. Since implementing a few key changes, their success has been remarkable. Hear why Head of People Operations Michelle Hart believes it all boils down to an exceptional candidate experience.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Recruiting fundamentals II
How networking is still the most innovative way to recruit

Lou Adler, CEO, The Adler Group
When it comes to top-notch recruiting, networking still rules - but you need to be more innovative than everyone else to create real advantage. In this interactive session, Lou will teach you, through a live experiment with audience volunteers, how to turn weak connections into recruiting gold.

Candidate experience II
Why KPMG NZ's recruiting process is speed plus quality embodied

Adam Binks, Senior Resourcing Manager, KPMG New Zealand
Marrying speed with quality in recruiting is that elusive goal that never quite feels attainable. Somehow, KPMG NZ is meeting - even exceeding it. Hear Senior Resourcing Manager Adam Binks reveal how his team has reduced their time to hire by 35 percent this year, all while delivering an exceptional candidate experience. You won't believe the lengths they go to ensure every candidate feels valued.

Fireside chat:
Scaling a people function for explosive growth

Mathew Caldwell, Founder, Rocket Power
When tasked with going from 50 employees total to hiring 50 employees a month, where to begin? From structuring and sequencing the build-out of your own recruiting and HR organization, to planning headcount across the company and building out the HR tech stack, it can feel overwhelming. Join Mathew Caldwell of Rocket Power to learn how he tackled this challenge head-on at Instacart. You’ll hear first-hand about the obstacles he faced and the wins he walked away with.

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Sourcing and pipelining I
The secret to ensuring your candidate pool never dries up

Alison Mann, VP of Talent, Illumination Entertainment
Recruiting in the entertainment industry can be unpredictable - particularly when it's all hands on deck to produce a new film. Sometimes, the only way to hire new talent immediately is to tap into the rich pool of candidates you already have. Alison Mann of Illumination will share how she keeps her pipeline full year-round.

Collaborative hiring I
Recruiting your hiring manager as your best partner

Hilary Clarke, Head of Talent Acquisition, HotelTonight
We talk to a lot of talent leaders. It's rare when their hiring manager is just as responsible for driving the hiring process as they are. That's why we're so excited to hear Head of Talent Hilary Clarke share the magic behind the seamless partnership between recruiters and hiring managers at HotelTonight. Join us!

Data-driven recruiting I
I am data-driven and so are you

Jennifer Paxton, PHR, Director of Talent, LevelUp
With a masters degree in Opera, Jennifer Paxton's background doesn't exactly scream 'data-driven', but during several years in talent acquisition she's learned the benefits of getting comfortable with data. Hear how Jennifer and her team at LevelUp are using Lever reports and other data to prioritize their time, diagnose bottlenecks, A/B test job descriptions, and improve the company's overall recruiting results.

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Sourcing and pipelining II
No sourcers? No problem, says Netflix's recruiting researcher team

Tennyson Jones, Recruiter / Researcher, Netflix
Michael Orozco, Recruiting Researcher, Netflix
Join two of Netflix's recruiting researchers to learn how they successfully apply research techniques to make candidate sourcing more strategic and impactful.

Collaborative hiring II
Hiring on all cylinders

David Nason, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Infor
We all know hiring is a team sport - but how do you go beyond referrals to successfully engage and mobilize your entire enterprise? In this fast-paced, interactive breakout, you’ll learn how build strategic relationships with all functions at your company. David will cover how to create high-impact cross-functional hiring teams, use technology to drive fast and fluid collaboration, and hire with predictability.

Data-driven recruiting II
Data-driven recruiting at scale

Johnny Sanchez, Head of Recruiting, Hot Topic & BoxLunch
When your organization operates at scale, data-driven recruiting is the only way to go. Just ask Johnny Sanchez, whose four-person team at retailer Hot Topic / BoxLunch grappled with a whopping 276,000 candidates last year. Johnny walks through how he's bringing an entirely more data-driven approach to recruiting across both retail concepts, combining machine learning with some good old-fashioned data principles to help streamline recruiting and improve hiring outcomes.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Networking break

4:15pm - 4:45pm

The art and science of scaling a world-class recruiting team

Anna Lambert, Director of Talent Acquisition, Shopify
Anna Lambert joined Shopify as an intern in 2011. Six years later, she finds herself running global talent acquisition at the company, which has skyrocketed from 43 to 2,000 employees in that time. Anna shares tales from her experience driving massive growth through constant learning, change and experimentation, failing fast, and building an admirable culture with great intentionality.

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Closing keynote

Roman Mars, Host & Creator of 99% Invisible
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 200 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. It is currently the most popular TED Talk about design with over 4 million views. His crowd funding campaigns have raised over $2 million and he's the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking independent podcasts.

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cocktails and mingling


CityView at Metreon

135 4th Street, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA 93104

CityView is located on the fourth floor of the Metreon in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) district, adjacent to Yerba Buena Gardens. Event access will be through the Gardens, along Mission Street.

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