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2017 Talent innovation summit

Register to watch the live stream

Diversity & Inclusion Forum: September 18 from 1:00pm - 5:30pm PT
The Main Keynotes: September 19 from 9:00am - 12:15pm PT
Interested in attending the full Summit in San Francisco? Visit our event page to purchase tickets.


Amir Moini

Social Media Manager, Employer Branding, Netflix

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Aubrey Blanche

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian

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Bernard C. Coleman III

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Uber

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Brian Ganninger

Senior Mac Developer, Atlassian

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Ciara Trinidad

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Lever


Jennifer Kim


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John Vlastelica

Managing Director, Recruiting Toolbox, Inc.

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Katee Van Horn

VP, Engagement & Inclusion, GoDaddy

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LaFawn Davis

Global Head of Culture & Inclusion, Twilio

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Martin Hauck

Director of Talent, StackAdapt

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Matt Charney

Executive Editor, Recruiting Daily

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Melissa Thompson

CEO & Principal Consultant, Thompson Talent Innovations

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Mike Podobnik

Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Medallia

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Ragini Holloway

Head of Talent

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Sarah Nahm

CEO & Founder, Lever

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Shannon Scott

Founding President, United Equality Consulting

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Stacey Bishop

Partner, Scale Venture Partners

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Susan Pike-Gubler

Group Director, Talent Acquisition and Leadership Development, Veon

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Tariq Meyers

Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Lyft

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Vivianne Castillo

UX Designer, Message Agency

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Xavier Poulin-Gladu

Head of Strategy, Recruiting & Candidate Experience

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Streaming program

Session 1

Monday, September 18

The Diversity & Inclusion Forum

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

Short intermission

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
Session 2

Tuesday, September 19

The Main Keynotes

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

Short intermission

11:00am - 11:30am

Flyover zone: what the rest of the country 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.
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