Photo Recap: The Best Moments From Day 2 & 3 of Talent Connect 2016

October 7, 2016

When you think of going to Vegas, you don’t imagine leaving with a notebook of new learnings and insights you’ll apply to work, inspiration to be better at what you do, and a bigger professional network. But, that’s exactly what Talent Connect attendees are leaving with as we wrap this year’s event.

Day 2 and 3 of the conference were filled with memorable keynotes from Sir Richard Branson, GE Digital, Year Up, and more along with exciting new LinkedIn Product announcements. Afternoons were packed with networking and noteworthy breakout sessions from some of the best in the industry.

And don’t worry – it wasn’t all business. Attendees had some classic Vegas fun too and many of us – along with all our new knowledge – are leaving with slight headaches after Thursday night’s party. Wink wink.

We had a blast and thank you ALL for joining us for yet another memorable Talent Connect!

Here is a photo recap of some of the highlights (and check out Day 1 if you missed it):


Naturally, Day 2 kicked of with an awesome musical performance to get everyone energized (much needed at 9am)

The head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Wade Burgess, took the stage to share more about our vision that "Talent lives on LinkedIn." He also highlighted data about the health of the LinkedIn network and how this benefits recruiters.

Next, LinkedIn’s CEO, Jeff Weiner sat down for a fireside chat with Dan Roth (Executive Editor at LinkedIn) to chat about his approach to recruiting, social media, the growing skills gap and its affect on business, and the importance of diversity and belonging in every organization.

Then, as mentioned, there were some big product announcements. LinkedIn’s Head of Product, Eduardo Vivas, took the stage to unveil LinkedIn’s 3 new Talent products and enhancements that will drive opportunities for both recruiters and members. Read more details about the announcements.

Break time! Between keynotes, people caught up and did some activities in the InLounge, including hanging their “greatest strengths” on the Aspiration Tree.

Then, it was time for the much anticipated fireside chat with Sir Richard Branson, who discussed what he looks for in his next hire and some of his biggest learnings from 50 years of experience as an entrepreneur.

To close out the keynotes, GE Digitals Amber Grewall spoke about how they completely rebranding and changed their recruiting strategy in order to…

Then it was lunch time! After filling their bellies, attendees headed off to an afternoon filled with memorable breakout sessions and activities.

And of course there is no better way to cap off a day of learning, than by having a great party. The evening bash was at the Palms and you know that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...minus these photos:


Speaker/comedian Deborah Frances White go everybody pumped for the final day of the conference -- bring it on for an inspirational day of talking about the future, providing opportunies for low-income audults, and inclusion and belonging.

"The future of recruiting" panel tackled the future of the industry and we heard from heads of TA at Amazon, Citrix, QuintilesIMS, and the CEO of OgilvyOne.

Gerald Chertavian, CEO of Year Up, delivered an inspirational talk about how to give opportunities to low-income youth: "You have the power to disrupt the social narrative and redefine young adults from being social liabilities to being economic assets."

See you next year!