Five Stories You'll Hear at LinkedIn Talent Connect

August 28, 2012

With only six weeks until Talent Connect, the speaker roster is filling up with some incredible stories from companies like Sungevity, AKQA, Tim Hortons, Sun Life Financial, SanDisk and more. Here are just five of the many stories you'll hear at Talent Connect:

In a mainstage panel on employment branding alongside recruiting leaders from SAIC and Dell, Cameron Batten of American Express will tell the story of his company's recent employment brand redesign. From defining a unique employee value proposition to testing the new brand to rolling it out across social media channels with fantastic results, Cameron will share his insights and lessons learned.

For anyone looking to in-source their recruiting team, Mike Ganiere's session is for you. Mike will recount how he built an internal sourcing model at Johnson Controls: reducing external agency spend by more than 50% and realizing incredible cost savings, cutting time to fill, improving hiring manager satisfaction AND positioning Talent Acquisition as a strategic partner to the business in the process. Mike will share the business case he built for making the change, as well as tips for scaling his team's model to any organization.

Attention recruiters at small and mid-sized businesses: you won't want to miss the panel featuring Stacy Takeuchi of Universal Technical Institute, where Stacy will reveal her tips for budget-friendly employment branding with LinkedIn. In addition, she'll explain how she led the charge within her organization to get everyone—from hiring mangers up to the C-suite—to join LinkedIn and spread the word about Universal Technical Institute in an authentic way.

Those of you recruiting in new or unfamiliar markets will be particularly interested to hear Simon Heaton's story. As Head of Executive Recruiting for Walmart in Asia, Simon built a direct sourcing team in just 11 months that's now firing on all cylinders. He'll share his perspectives on passive candidate recruiting and workforce trends in Asian markets.

And finally, many of you have likely read the much-discussed articles by Autodesk leaders Amy McKee and Matthew Jeffery on the future of recruiting: Recruitment 3.0 and Recruitment 4.0. In their mainstage presentation, Amy and Matthew will report back on Autodesk's journey through implementing Recruitment 3.0 and 4.0. In addition, Talent Connect attendees will be the first to hear the conclusion of the Autodesk team's work, "Recruitment 5.0: What's Next?" and will receive an advance copy of the article.

We're adding to our lineup by the day, so keep an eye on the Talent Connect speaker roster and don't forget to register for the conference—the current discounted rate expires on Tuesday, September 25! If you have any questions about your eligibility to attend, please contact