2017 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM17)

May 9–11, 2017 • Indianapolis, IN


Crowne Plaza at Union Station
123 W. Louisiana St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Located in the heart of downtown’s Wholesale District, Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station is adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center and only a few steps from Lucas Oil Stadium. With Circle Centre Mall, the Mass Ave Arts District, theaters, restaurants and nightlife nearby there’s much to see and do within a short walk of the hotel.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:00 AM – 7:50 AM

7:00 AM – 7:50 AM
Check-in (Registration)

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
DirectEmployers Board of Directors Meeting (invite only)

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Pre-Con 1A | The ‘Real Deal’ with Form I-9
Pre-Con 1B | Talent Matters: Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach & Recruitment Strategies
Pre-Con 1C | Operation Outreach: How to Connect with Local Disabled Veterans

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Pre-Con 2A | Managing Evergreen Jobs to Limit Liability & Compliance Implications
Pre-Con 2B | From Planning to Production: Tips for Creating Highly Engaging Recruitment Videos
Pre-Con 2C | Reimagining the Candidate Experience: How Social Recruiting, Candidate Care, & Experiential Design Can Add Deep Competitive Advantage to Your Talent Strategy

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break (30 minutes)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Pre-Con 3A | Learning to Integrate EEO and Affirmative Action into Recruiting and Marketing Strategies
Pre-Con 3B | Big Brand, Bold Career Site: How Rackspace Integrated 3 Experiences into 1 Unified Platform
Pre-Con 3C | Diversity Hiring: The 360 Degree Approach

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
General 1 with Lunch | Welcome & Awards Ceremony

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
General 2 | The Business Case for Hiring Managers: Why it Makes More Sense than Ever to Hire Veterans

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
General 3 | Disability Panel: Jobs in the Labor Market (continued in Workshop 1C)

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Networking Break (30 minutes)

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
General 4 | Your Impact, Your Association

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
General 5 | Why a Dedicated Role in Candidate Care Ensures a Greater Return on Talent

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Workshop 1A | Building Employment Brand for Entry-Level Talent Acquisition
Workshop 1B | New President, New Administration: How this Affects Federal Contractors & How to Prepare for Compliance Reviews
Workshop 1C | Disability Panel: Jobs in the Labor Market (continued from General 3)

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Workshop 2A | How to Build a Sustainable Talent Acquisition Sourcing Model
Workshop 2B | Breaking the Bias: Workplace Impact & Ways to Reduce Biased Decisions
Workshop 2C | Quiet Strength: Finding the Hidden Talent in Your Group

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7:00 AM – 7:50 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
General 6 | DirectEmployers Member Awards

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General 7 | Making the Most of Your Membership

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Workshop 3A | Yesterday’s Warriors, Today’s Scholars: Results of the National Veteran Education Success Tracker Study
Workshop 3B | Playing to Win: The Diversity Talent Sourcing Playbook
Workshop 3C | The How & Why of Writing Effective Job Descriptions that Attract Talent

11:15 AM – 11:40 AM
Networking Break (25 minutes)

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM
General 8 | Keynote Address: Graham Shaw | If you think you can’t draw – think again!

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
NLx 10 Year Anniversary with Lunch

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
General 9 | New Product Feature: Analytics

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
General 10 | How To: Improve Candidate Experience Using Only A GoPro!

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
General 11 | Unilever: Developing a Career Site with Purpose

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Networking Break (30 minutes)

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Workshop 4A | The Right Stuff: The Key Strategy Behind Being a Top Notch Compliance Manager
Workshop 4B | As A Practical Matter: OFCCP Regional Perspectives (part 1 of 2)
Workshop 4C | 4 Things Every Recruiter Should Be Doing Better

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Workshop 5A | Universal Truths and Techniques about Candidate Sourcing
Workshop 5B | As a Practical Matter: OFCCP Regional Perspectives (part 2 of 2)
Workshop 5C | Creating the Customer Experience: Empathic Brand Advocacy

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Happy Hour

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Punch Bowl Social Event, 120 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46225

Thursday, May 11, 2017

7:00 AM – 7:50 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
General 12 | Q&A with John Fox, Joyce Morgan and Candee Chambers

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Workshop 6A | From Baby Boomer to Millennial: Understanding, Recruiting & Retaining Individuals with Disabilities
Workshop 6B | Understanding LGBTQ Young People & Broadening Your Diversity Outreach Efforts
Workshop 6C | Why Federal Contractors Need to Be Strategic with their Applicant Tracking

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break (30 minutes)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Workshop 7A | The Most Important Factor in Developing Job Groups: Size Does Matter
Workshop 7B | Veteran Hiring: Mapping a Successful Program & Overcoming the Bumps Along the Way

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
General 13 | We’re All Ears: Listening Session with Your Board of Directors & Leadership Team

12:30 PM – 12:30 PM
Conference Adjourns


  • Katie Ambrose, Employer Brand Manager, Unilever
  • Martha Artiles, Executive Vice President, C5 Consulting, LLC
  • Dave Basham, Sr. Outreach Analyst, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
  • Stacy Bayton, Sr Executive Vice President, Corporate America Supports You (CASY)
  • Tamsin Bencivengo, Employment Brand and Social Media Manager, Penske Truck Leasing
  • Jen Bernhardt, Regional VP of Membership Development, DirectEmployers Association
  • Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
  • Johnny Campbell, CEO/Founder, Social Talent
  • Linda Cavanna-Wilk, Attorney, FordHarrison
  • Amy Chacon, Talent Acquisition Strategist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Candee Chambers, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association
  • Lynn Clements, Esq., Director of Regulatory Affairs, Berkshire Associates, Inc.
  • Dinah F. Cohen, President, Dinah F. Cohen Consulting, LLC
  • Grace Conti, Director, Affirmative Action Compliance Department, Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc.
  • Hal Cooper, VP of Product Development, DirectEmployers Association
  • Rosemary Cox, M.S., Senior Consultant, DCI Consulting
  • Gerry Crispin, Co-Founder, CareerXroads.com, TalentBoard.org, ATAPglobal.org
  • Bev Curtis, Recruiting Specialist, North America Recruiting & Staffing, John Deere
  • Melanie DiGeorge, Community Manager, DirectEmployers / Higher Logic
  • Dee Anne Faller, Regional VP Membership Development, DirectEmployers Association
  • Seth Flater, Manager, Digital Strategy, DirectEmployersAssociation
  • John C. Fox, Partner, Fox, Wang, & Morgan P.C.
  • Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director, Call of Duty Endowment
  • Mira Greenland, Vice President, CareerArc
  • Katherine Haight, EEO Diversity Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Heather Hoffman, VP of Digital Strategy, DirectEmployers Association
  • Marcy Hudson, H.R. Manager, Center of Excellence, Colorado Springs
  • Eric Jaquith, Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy, CDI Corporation
  • Brenton Jones, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations, HD Supply
  • Jacqueline Joseph-Veal, Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance, PRIDE Industries
  • Dave Kearon, Director, Adult Services, Autism Speaks
  • Stan Koper, Senior Vice President, Gaucher & Associates
  • Kathleen A. Lee, Business Outreach Consultant, Cornell University
  • Jonathan Liepe, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Supervisor, Talent Acquisition & Selection / HRIS, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Charles Lilly, Program Manager, Talent Acquisition, HUB International Limited
  • Julie Loubaton, Director, Talent Acquisition, HD Supply
  • Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
  • Katherine McCary, President, C5 Consulting, LLC
  • Julia Mendez, Principal Business Consultant, PeopleFluent
  • Joyce Morgan, President, Morgan Consulting Services, LLC
  • Steven Mostyn, Sourcing Manager, Talent Acquisition, Adventist Health System
  • Drew Palmer, Digital Design Coordinator, DirectEmployers Association
  • Cyndi Peterson, Senior Diversity & Talent Specialist, Unilever
  • Geoff Peterson, Chief Sourcer, Sourcing Supply
  • Bill Price, Regional Coordinator – Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) – Region 8 Contractor, Office of Warrior Care Policy
  • Beth Ronnenburg, President, Berkshire Associates, Inc.
  • Lisa Rosser, CEO, The Value of a Veteran
  • James Schmeling, Executive Vice President, Strategic Engagement, Student Veterans of America
  • Ron Schwartz, Director – Staffing/Talent Acquisition, Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.
  • Katie Selvey, Talent Technologies Consultant, ThinkTalent
  • Graham Shaw, Managing Director, Vision Learning and Development Limited
  • Brett Sheats, National Project Director, Employer Assistance & Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
  • Jason Sole, Director of Production, DirectEmployers Association
  • Dorothy Tannahill-Moran, Career & Leadership Coach, Introvert Whisperer
  • Darlene Walker, Founder & President, N. Darlene Walker & Associates
  • Sheridan Walker, CEO/Founder, HirePotential
  • Alicia Wallace, EEO Director, Anthem, Inc.
  • Cyndi Walsh, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations, Rackspace
  • Corinne Weible, Deputy Project Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
  • Kathleen West-Evans, Director of Business Relations, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)
  • Richard Whitney, Global Employer Brand Manager, Cummins Inc.
  • Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director, Campus Pride
  • Shaunda Zilich, Global Employment Brand Leader, GE
  • Jon Zimring, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig





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