Arianna Huffington to Speak at Talent Connect 2014

June 24, 2014

On October 20-22, 2014 in San Francisco, Talent Connect will celebrate its 5th year by bringing the talent acquisition world together to share inspirational stories and transform the way companies hire great talent.

Every year, Talent Connect offers attendees a jam-packed agenda filled with sessions led by recruiting game-changers and talent acquisition innovators, as well as leaders and visionaries from across the fields of business, politics, philanthropy and more. Continuing in this tradition of stellar speakers, we’re excited to announce Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, as our keynote  speaker at Talent Connect 2014!

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Not only is Arianna a hugely accomplished businesswoman, as founder of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post website, but she is also a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 14 books, and has been named in both the Forbes Most Powerful Women list and TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. This is one session that’s absolutely not to be missed!

In addition to this, we will break out sessions into themed tracks, so as an attendee you can focus on what’s most important for you and your company. For example, if you feel that you need to delve deeper into understanding your recruiting metrics to improve performance, you can choose to follow our Data & Metrics track, or if you’re looking for innovative ideas on shifting how talent acquisition operates in your organisation, you can follow the Innovation track. We’ll also have a track dedicated to the specific topics and issues most relevant to small and medium-sized companies.

You can check out the full agenda on the Talent Connect website, and here are just a few of the highlights you’ll see across our 6 breakout tracks:

Innovation Track - Changing the talent game through disruption:

Mike Bailen and Stacy Donovan Zapar from Zappos will discuss disrupting the status quo by abandoning job descriptions in favour of a fully proactive, relationship-based recruiting model.

Talent Brand Track - Turbo-charge your talent brand: develop your employee value proposition:

Sara Duzik, Global Recruiting Brand Manager at Facebook, on developing a smart and structured employee value proposition to empowers the culture, community, and workplace transformation that your employees will love to post, tweet, and talk about with their friends.

Leadership & Strategy Track - Re-engineering and accelerating talent acquisition

Craig Haydamack and Alexis Fink from Intel will share the 3 key pillars to their strategy for improving the performance of the talent acquisition function within Intel, and its value to the company.

Pipelining & Recruitment Track - The economic graph and you: A manifesto for re-thinking graduate recruitment

Melissa Hooven from will join LinkedIn’s resident student recruiting expert, Rob Humphrey, to provide live data visualizations and connect the dots between LinkedIn’s data treasure trove and how students search for potential careers, and discuss how you can build strong relationships with the next wave of young professionals.

Data & Metrics Track - Using data to become a strategic talent adviser

Jeff Batuhan from Stryker and Jenny DeVaughn from ADP will discuss how to train and evolve talent acquisition teams to provide proactive consultation to your hiring managers using LinkedIn and other digital tools.

SMB Track - Organizing the chaos: building a startup recruiting function

Cat Hernandez from Chartbeat, Anthony Kline from AppDirect and Jim Lawrence from FireEye will discuss the evolving needs of recruiting in startup environments at 3 different stages of growth, addressing sourcing strategies, approaches to passive recruiting, processes, and operational growth.

Register now at our Early Bird rate for a saving of $470. Prices go up on July 20, so don’t miss out!