#TheCandEs Virtual Conference 2022: Spring Into Candidate Experience

Join our next virtual conference June 15-16, all about DEI! Join #TheCandEs virtually for two days of great speakers & sessions on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Recruiting, Hiring & the Candidate Experience. SHRM & HRCI credit for attending as well, learn more here!


Learn more about our March 2022 Virtual Conference below:

2022 is here bringing with it a continued upside-down world of recruiting and hiring. Talent acquisition leaders and their teams continue to be busy. Crazy busy. Hair on fire busy. It’s a tight labor market, employees are quitting in record numbers, req loads are out of control, and candidates are demanding more flexibility in how and where they work today.

Candidate experience has never been more competitive, and so companies big and small across industries need to make a renewed commitment to improve their recruiting and hiring communication and feedback loops.

Join #TheCandEs virtually for two days of great speakers and sessions talking about Spring Into Candidate Experience – Time for a Renewed Recruiting and Hiring Commitment on March 23-24, 2022, from 11 AM ET – 3 PM ET each day.

Don’t miss 30 minutes of Roundtable Virtual Networking at the start of Day 1 to meet your peers and discuss your problems and triumphs around topics you can choose from including Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing/Targeted Sourcing, Screening and Interviewing, Onboarding, Internal Mobility/Retention, Diversity and Inclusion, Remote/Hybrid/Back to Office and more!

Virtual Interview Survival Giveaway – We’ll also be giving away 2 HTC VIV Flow VR Glasses – made with one goal in mind; to promote wellness and help you find your happy place through mindfulness. Each one valued at $500!

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!

You can check out the keynote speakers and agenda below, and get 3 SHRM & HRCI credits for attending! This event will be virtual again and held in the Whova app (where you can attend on your computer, tablet and/or mobile). Come save your seat 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.

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 for the virtual conference!

Agenda (All times below are listed in Eastern Time):
Our Whova event app is live for those registered, so if you are not, get registered for the event and start planning your agenda today!

March 23 - Day 1 Agenda

11:00-11:05am Talent Board team welcome you to the conference! 

11:05-11:45am Keynote Presentation: From Surviving to Thriving: Leveraging Value-Based Time Management  — Peggy Sullivan (CEO of SheCAN! | Author of Happiness Is Your Responsibility)

11:45am-12:15pm – Keynote Presentation: What the heck is Outbound Recruiting? — Craig Fisher (Founder, TalentNet Media)

12:15-12:45pm – Virtual Round Table Networking! Join us for round table networking sessions to meet talk shop about a specific topic at your table with your fellow attendees, connect and more

12:45-1:15pm How to Improve Your Candidate and Hiring Manager Experience — Discussion with Tyler Phelps (Talent Acquisition Manager, Sorenson Communications) & Kevin Grossman (President, Talent Board)

12:45-1:15pm Ways a Remote Manager Successfully Develops Their Recruiting Team —  Kelsey Habich (Chief People Officer at Mission Critical Solutions)

1:15-1:45pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Incremental Changes that Impact Candidate Experience — Speakers: Kelly Tavakoli (Senior Specialist, Talent Acquisition at West Monroe), Swarna Rallabandi (VP HR – North America Generics, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories), Patrick Orr (Director, Talent Acquisition, Waste Management) | Moderator: Christy Andrews (Director of Learning Programs & Advisory Services at Talent Board)

1:15-1:45pm The Great REALIZATION & How to Prevent Resignation Mike Sipple Jr. (CEO & Co-Founder, Talent Magnet Institute®)

1:45-2:05pm Break

2:05-2:35pm How AI Chatbots Turbocharge Recruiting & Transform the Candidate Experience  Pankaj Jindal (Co-Founder, Sense)

2:05-2:35pm 2022 Hiring Outlook  Darren Findley (President, Recruitment Solutions at Engage2Excel)

2:05-2:35pm Turning High-Volume Hiring into High-Value Experiences  Bambi Grundwerg (Product Marketing Director – Industry Solutions at Phenom)

2:35-3:05pm The Secret World Of Hiring Managers And Recruiters  Jason Moreau (CEO at Survale) & Ian Alexander (Co-Founder & CMO at Survale)

2:35-3:05pm How Data Empowered Us to Build a Stellar Candidate Experience While Scaling Our Organization  Matthias Schmeißer (Director of Talent at Beamery) & Maria Riabukhina (Talent Ops Manager at Beamery)

2:35-3:05pm Inside the Mind of Today’s Job Seekers  Amber Ferrari (Marketing Manager at Jobvite) & Kurt Jones (Senior Manager Product Marketing at Jobvite)

3:05-3:10pm Day 1 Conference Wrap-up with Talent Board team

March 24 - Day 2 Agenda

11:00-11:05am Talent Board team welcomes you to Day 2!

11:05-11:45am Keynote Presentation: What’s Well-Being Got to Do With It? — Laura Putnam (International Speaker | CEO of Motion Infusion | Author of Workplace Wellness That Works)

11:45am-12:15pm Keynote Presentation: Strategies and Technologies Considerations That Impact Recruiting Teams — Madeline Laurano (Founder, Aptitude Research)

12:15-12:35pm Break

12:35-1:05pm Pay Transparency Is a Candidate Experience Differentiator — Kevin Grossman (President, Talent Board)

12:35-1:05pm Good Recruitment is now Competitive Advantage — David Perry (CEO and Managing Partner, Perry-Martel International Inc.)

1:05-1:35pm Successful Hybrid — Discussion with Kelly Tavakoli (Senior Specialist, Talent Acquisition at West Monroe) & Kevin Grossman (President, Talent Board)

1:05-1:35pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Pandemic Best Practices Screening & Interviewing — Speakers: Brian White (Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations, Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437) and Terry VanEpps (Associate Director, Talent Acquisition at Spero Therapeutics) | Moderator: Christy Andrews (Director of Learning Programs and Advisory Services at Talent Board)

1:35-1:55pm Break

1:55-2:25pm Above & Beyond: Reimagining the Candidate Experience — Robyn Thornton (Diretor of Talent Acquisition at SeekOut)

1:55-2:25pm The Candidate Experience: 6 Elements to Win Top Talent — Eric Sydell, Ph.D. (EVP of Innovation at Modern Hire)

1:55-2:25pm How Dick’s Sporting Goods is Eliminating Candidate Ghosting — Rick Jordan (Senior Director, Talent Acquisition at DICK’S Sporting Goods) & Ty Abernethy (Co-founder & CEO of Grayscale)

2:25-2:55pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Recruiting and Hiring in 2022: Tips from Down Under — Speakers: Jon Bowker (General Manager People, Lycopodium Limited), Pavi Iyer (Talent Acquisition Manager, Liven), Stan Rolfe (Lead – Recruitment and Mobilisation Lead, Macmahon) | Moderator: Kevin Grossman (President, Talent Board)

2:25-2:55pm How to Hire in a Tight Labor Market – Focus on Potential Rather Than Experience — Andrew Nelesen (Global Solutions Director, Volume Hiring, SHL)

2:55-3:00pm Conference Wrap up 


Peggy Sullivan
CEO of SheCAN!
Author of Happiness Is Your Responsibility

Craig Fisher
Founder, TalentNet Media

Madeline Laurano
Founder, Aptitude Research

Laura Putnam
International Speaker
CEO of Motion Infusion
Author of Workplace Wellness That Works

Kelly Tavakoli
Senior Specialist, Talent Acquisition
West Monroe

Kelsey Habich
Chief People Officer
Mission Critical Solutions

Stephanie Kara Jordan
Business Recruiter

Tyler Phelps
Talent Acquisition Manager
Sorenson Communications

Mike Sipple Jr.
CEO & Co-Founder, Talent Magnet Institute®

David Perry
CEO and Managing Partner
Perry-Martel International Inc.

Andrew Nelesen
Global Solutions Director, Volume Hiring

Darren Findley
President, Recruitment Solutions

Ian Alexander
Co-Founder / CMO
Survale Talent Feedback Platform

Jason Moreau
Co-Founder / CEO
Survale Talent Feedback Platform

Pankaj Jindal

Eric Sydell, Ph.D.
EVP of Innovation
Modern Hire

Maria Riabukhina
Talent Ops Manager

Matthias Schmeißer
Director of Talent

Amber Ferrari
Marketing Manager

Kurt Jones
Senior Manager Product Marketing

Robyn Thornton
Diretor of Talent Acquisition

Bambi Grundwerg
Product Marketing Director – Industry & Vertical Solutions

Rick Jordan
Senior Director, Talent Acquisition
DICK’S Sporting Goods

Ty Abernethy
Co-founder & CEO

Panel Discussion – Recruiting and Hiring in 2022: Tips from Down Under – Speakers include:

Jon Bowker
General Manager People
Lycopodium Limited

Pavi Iyer
Talent Acquisition Manager

Stan Rolfe
Lead – Recruitment and Mobilisation Lead

Moderator: Kevin Grossman
Talent Board

Panel Discussion – Pandemic Best Practices Screening & Interviewing – Speakers include:

Terry VanEpps
Director, Talent Acquisition
Spero Therapeutics

Brian White
Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations
Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437

Moderator: Christy Andrews
Director of Learning Programs & Advisory Services
Talent Board

Panel Discussion – Incremental Changes that Impact Candidate Experience – Speakers include:

Kelly Tavakoli
Senior Specialist, Talent Acquisition
West Monroe

Swarna Rallabandi
VP HR – North America Generics
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Patrick Orr
Director, Talent Acquisition
Waste Management

Moderator: Christy Andrews
Director of Learning Programs & Advisory Services
Talent Board

Here Are Our Great Panel Discussions To Look Forward To:


We look forward to seeing you virtually this March 23-24!

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