#TheCandEs Virtual Conference 2022: How Talent Acquisition Technologies Improve Recruiting, Hiring, and the Candidate Experience

Join #TheCandEs virtual conference for full day of great speakers and tech sessions talking about how TA tech improves candidate experience! See the speakers, agenda, and learn more below, and be sure to register today!

Already registered for this event? Join us on Whova! You are able to login using the email you registered with and view the conference on a computer or mobile device here.

Job candidates don’t care about an employer’s hiring processes or recruiting tech stack. They only care about one thing: getting the job they applied for. But the reality is, most won’t.

Another reality is, an employer’s hiring processes and recruiting tech stack can make all the difference in the candidate experience. And the recruiter experience. And the hiring manager experience.

Every year in the Talent Board candidate experience benchmark research we find the core competitive differentiator is consistent and timely communication. That’s where recruiting technologies play a bigger role every year – from pre-application to onboarding – even if the candidates don’t realize it or think about it. Of course, the recruiters and hiring managers do think about it and live it!

Join #TheCandEs virtually for a full day of great speakers and technology sessions talking about How Talent Acquisition Technologies Improve Recruiting, Hiring, and the Candidate Experience on September 8, 2022, from 11 AM ET – 5 PM ET.

Speakers and agenda are below, with more coming soon! This event will be virtual and held in the Whova app (where you can attend on your computer, tablet and/or mobile). The virtual conference will be approved for 5 SHRM & HRCI credits for the day as well!

Can’t make the event live? All of the sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for 3 months, so there is no missing out! Come save your seat today.

Giveaway Alert! We’re also giving away 2 Sony Noise Canceling Headphones that include Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headset with Microphone and Alexa Voice Control so you can make all your work calls and listen to your virtual events in style!

Already registered for this event? Join us on Whova! You are able to login using the email you registered with and view the conference on a computer or mobile device here.

Register Today! Registration is free and donations are welcome (recommended donation is $50, although any amount would be appreciated). For solution and service providers that aren’t current CandE sponsors, a registration donation of $500 per person for this event is required. Contact if you have any questions. 

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Check out the agenda and speakers below!

September 8 Agenda (All times are in ET)

11:00-11:10am Talent Board team welcome you to the conference! 

11:10-11:40am Keynote Presentation: Humanizing Recruiting Tech — Jess Von Bank (Head of Brand Strategy & Vendor Solutions at Luminate, powered by Leapgen)

11:40am-12:10pm – The Evolution of Interviewing Technology: It is Time to Fix What is Broken — Madeline Laurano (Founder, Aptitude Research)

12:10-12:20pm – Break

12:20-12:50pm Why Great Candidates Don’t Complete Your Job Applications (and how to fix it) — Craig Fisher (CEO, TalentNet Media)

12:20-12:50pm How Technology Can Help your Onboarding Program for Remote Workers — Ashley Packard (Plante) (Senior Talent Development Specialist, GoTo / LogMeIn)

12:50-1:20pm Leading Responsible AI in Your Organization – HR Partner Your Business Needs — Merve Hickok (Founder,

12:50-1:20pm Rethinking High-Volume Hiring Strategies and Technologies — Matt Charney (Talent Acquisition Community Leader,

1:20-1:30pm Break

1:30-2:00pm Onboarding with Impact Darren Findley (President, Recruitment Solutions, Engage2Excel)

1:30-2:00pm The Human Element of AI: A discussion with Southwest Airlines  Kelby Tansey (Manager of Recruitment Marketing, Southwest Airlines) and Jess Elmquist (CHRO, Phenom)

2:00-2:30pm UiPath Builds Positive Candidate Experiences Into Their Recruiting Process Vanessa Silva (Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Ian Alexander (CMO, Survale)

2:00-2:30pm Creating a First Class Candidate & Employee Engagement Experience  Dana Mastropieri (Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Compassus), Judy Lawry (Candidate Engagement Manager, Compassus), and Pankaj Jindal (Co-Founder, Sense)

2:30-2:40pm Break

2:40-3:10pm Unleash the Potential in Your Talent and Build Your Workforce of the Future  Nick Ionita (Head of Product Strategy & GM, Beamery)

2:40-3:10pm “Why did the candidate cross the road?” A humorous look at candidate experience, and how TA Technologies improve the recruiting and hiring process.  Ed Pedini (Head of Customer Advocacy, Seekout) & Marvin Smith (Content Consultant, SeekOut)

3:10-3:40pm Supercharge Recruiting with a Holistic Approach to Talent Acquisition Technology Amy Hughes (SVP, Customers, Jobvite), Maggie Williams (Manager, Implementations, Jobvite), and Stephanie Sparks (Content Marketing Manager, Jobvite)

3:10-3:40pm Measure What Matters : Leveraging People Analytics to Hire and Retain Talent — Rob Bennett (VP of Sales, SkillSurvey)

3:40-3:50pm Break

3:50-4:20pm Talent Acquisition & Assessment Trends — Andrew Nelesen (Global Solutions Director, Volume Hiring, SHL)

3:50-4:20pm The Power Of Personalization: How to Recruit Better Candidates With a Personalized Experience — Willena Faison (Senior Diversity Technical Recruiting Leader, Roblox)

3:50-4:20pm How To Design The Ultimate Talent Experience  — Ed Newman (Founder and CEO, talentEXP)

4:20-4:50pm Keynote Presentation: Employers Are 57% More Likely to Add Hiring Technology than Hire More Recruiters: Here’s Why — Ben Eubanks (Chief Research Officer, Lighthouse Research & Advisory)

4:50-5:00pm Conference Wrap-up with Talent Board team


Jess Von Bank
Head of Brand Strategy & Vendor Solutions
Luminate, powered by Leapgen
Keynote Speaker

Ben Eubanks
Chief Research Officer
Lighthouse Research & Advisory
Keynote Speaker

Madeline Laurano
Aptitude Research

Craig Fisher
TalentNet Media

Merve Hickok

Ashley Packard
Senior Talent Development Specialist
GoTo / LogMeIn

Matt Charney
Talent Acquisition Community Leader

Darren Findley
President, Recruitment Solutions

Kelby Tansey
Manager of Recruitment Marketing
Southwest Airlines

Jess Elmquist
Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Evangelist

Vanessa Silva
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition

Ian Alexander
Co-Founder and CMO

Dana Mastropieri
Vice President, Talent Acquisition

Judy Lawry
Candidate Engagement Manager

Pankaj Jindal

Nick Ionita
Head of Product Strategy & GM

Amy Hughes
SVP, Customers

Maggie Williams
Manager, Implementations

Stephanie Sparks
Content Marketing Manager

Rob Bennett
VP of Sales

Willena Faison
Senior Diversity Technical Recruiting Leader

Ed Pedini
Head of Customer Advocacy

Marvin Smith
Content Consultant

Andrew Nelesen
Global Solutions Director, Volume Hiring

Ed Newman
Founder and CEO

Kevin Grossman
Talent Board

We look forward to seeing you virtually this September 8th!

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