Talent Connect Vegas: Going for the Hat-Trick

August 13, 2012

Talent Connect veterans share what they’re most looking forward to at LinkedIn’s third annual global customer conference (October 10-12)

Note: the $895 early bird rate for Talent Connect Vegas expires at 11.59pm PT on Tuesday, August 14th. Sign up today to get the best rate!

With just 58 days to go until Talent Connect 2012 opens in Las Vegas, there are already multiple attendees who will be at their third successive LinkedIn customer conference, meaning they were at our inaugural Talent Connect in November 2010 and as well as our second conference in October 2011. Last week I asked several of them what they were most looking forward to this time around.

“I am most eager to hear about the latest developments with Talent Pipeline.  Networking with people to hear the “war stories” about what worked and didn’t work is always one of the best parts of Talent Connect.” Frank Wittenauer, Associate Director, Global Talent Solutions, Deloitte, New York

“It will be THE event where Talent Acquisition/Management thought leadership is in action.  Clearly it has been for the last two years, and I expect it to be even better in 2012.  Employer Branding will be the focus of my attendance this year.” Chuck Lotz, SVP, Head of Strategic Staffing at First Citizens Bank, North Carolina

"Talent Connect is a great forum to learn about the latest techniques in passive candidate sourcing. I always come away with a number of new best practices which is particularly important for those of us who have limited budgets and are required to stretch their recruiting dollars." - David Estes, VP, Human Resources & Talent Acquisition, Maritz, St. Louis area

“I'm very much looking forward towards this year’s Talent Connect to see what kind of innovations Linkedin will bring this year to the recruitment market. Last year was great with the Talent Pipeline but can they surprise us again? Besides that I'm really looking forward connecting with global recruitment thought leaders” – Ted Meulenkamp, Global Program Manager Employer Branding & Social Media Recruitment, Roche, Spain

“When you consider the real value of LinkedIn Recruiter it's about putting your networking skills on steroids, accomplishing in hours what used to take days or weeks. I expect to get even better at this at this year's Talent Connect, from both the new people I'll meet, and from the crop of great presenters. I'm especially looking forward to hear Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark who is shaking up local government. I expect there will be some great lessons for recruiters who want to shake up their own organizations.” Lou Adler, CEO, Adler Group, California

“Each year it helps us understand the market, know what our peers are doing to stay ahead of the talent curve & connect with old friends.” Samantha Schneider, Senior Recruiter, Shutterfly , California

“I am looking forward to hearing Glen Cathey speak.  I always come away with tips on how to use LinkedIn to its fullest potential.” – Dawn Mitchell, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, Red Hat, Washington DC area

“Talent Connect is 'the place to be' for recruiting leaders and professionals.  I’m looking forward to meeting many HR leaders from around the world and sharing our latest research on high-impact global talent acquisition.” – Josh Bersin, CEO & President, Bersin & Associates, California

“I saw the value and potential in the tool early on and wanted to learn more, hence my first Talent Connect trip.  Now it is more about the networking, and I’m looking forward to hearing some of the new speakers.” – Helmut Hager, Director, Executive Recruitment & Strategic Sourcing at TELUS Communications, Vancouver area

It’s never too early to start scoring your own hat-trick! Talent Connect is open to all LinkedIn Recruiting Solutions corporate customers and by invitation to other participants. Register before 11.59pm PT on Tuesday, August 14th to secure the special rate of $895, or qualify for a special group rate of $795 if you attend with two or more colleagues from your company. If you have any questions about your eligibility to attend, please contact talentconnect@eventalchemy.com