2019 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM19)

May 15–17, 2019 • Naples, FL


The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, FL 34102

Florida beach hotel on 125 acres along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida with onsite golf, tennis and spa.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

12:00 PM
DE Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation)
04:30 PM
Underwriter Move-In
04:30 PM
Early Registration/Check-In

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

07:00 AM
07:00 AM

Welcome New Attendee Breakfast

08:30 AM

G2 • Association Updates: Presentation of Board & WOW Award Announcements

Thursday, May 16, 2019

07:00 AM


08:00 AM

G8 • Change Is Right Around The Corner; Unfortunately, Many Times We Never Walk Around to Find It. Luckily Grifols Did!

09:00 AM

G9 • Former EEOC Chair, Cari Dominguez

10:00 AM

Break | Demo Hall & Networking

10:15 AM

Product Voice: 3-on-3 with Product Development (by invitation)

10:30 AM

C4A • Starting Salary: Where the Road to Pay Equity Begins

C4B • Think Like A Marketer: How to Optimize Your Recruiting Efforts to Attract Your Ideal Candidates

C4C • DE Product Panel: TAD PGS & ONEOK

11:30 AM
C5A • Setting Your Sights on Targeted Veteran Recruiting
C5B • Assembly Required (Piecing Together Words)

C5C • DEcompress with DEvelopers

12:30 PM

Lunch with Partners & Premier Partner Recognition

01:15 PM

Product Voice: 3-on-3 with Product Development (by invitation)

01:30 PM
C6A • Empowering Wounded Warriors Through Employment
C6B • Interns and Co-ops: A Recipe for Business Success
02:15 PM

Product Voice: 3-on-3 with Product Development (by invitation)

02:30 PM

C7A • Emerging EEO Trends: Staying Compliant with Current Laws

Break | Demo Hall & Networking

04:00 PM

G10 • Building Corporate Social Responsibility Programs From the Ground Up

04:30 PM
G11 • Motivational Speaker, J.R. Martinez
05:30 PM

Demo Hall Reception

Friday, May 17, 2019

07:00 AM

Breakfast with Underwriters


Featured Presenters

  • The Honorable Cari M. Dominguez, Former Chair, EEOC
  • Ondray T. Harris, Special Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth
  • Jack Hirsh, Hypnotherapist
  • Craig E. Leen, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
  • J.R. Martinez, Motivational Speaker
  • Eva Saha, TV Personality & Emcee

Member Presenters

  • Zrinka Allen, SVP of HR & Social Responsibility, Camping World
  • Mike Bazinet, Associate Director, Plasma Recruitment, Grifols
  • Ashton Bissmeyer, Senior Talent & Development Program Manager, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Robin Decker, Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Katie Erdman, Director, Client Services, TAD PGS
  • Michelle Eubanks, Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Pauline Goff, Manager, Talent Acquisition, Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Ashley Herman, Senior Employee Relations Consultant, ONEOK
  • Fred Howell, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • Greg Koepel, VP or Workforce Development and Administration, Roehl Transport, Inc
  • Chris Liakos, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance, Northrop Grumman
  • Ben Marich, Veteran’s & Diversity Outreach Manager, TAD PGS
  • Sarah Marich, Assistant Veteran Coordinator, TAD PGS
  • Douglas Mvududu, MBA, RACR, Talent Strategist, Adventist Health System
  • Deane Osner, Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager, Shaw Industries
  • Melissa Polston, Manager, College Recruiting, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Aurora Realin, MBA, CDM, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Adventist Health System
  • Allie Robertson, Leadership & Development Manager, Shaw Industries
  • Robert Shaw, Manager Talent Analytics and Digital Strategy, Adventist Health System
  • Avi Silverberg, Program Manager, HR & Social Responsibility, Camping World

Guest Presenters

  • Martha Artiles, Partner/Executive Vice President, C5 Consulting, LLC.
  • Jo Bennett, Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Matt Brogdon, Senior Director of Recruiting Services, Pathfinder Consulting
  • Matthew Camardella, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Inderdeep Chatrath, Ph.D., Assist. VP of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Programs in the Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University
  • Cara Y. Crotty, Equity Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • Carla Downing, Ph.D., VP, Talent Strategy, ML Talent Strategies
  • John C. Fox, President and Partner, Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.
  • Howard Green, Deputy Director of Professional Services, National Organization on Disability (NOD)
  • Athena Karp, CEO & Founder, HiredScore, Inc.
  • Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Consultant, Cornell University
  • Katherine McCary, President, C5 Consulting, LLC.
  • Haley Moss, Esq., Associate, Zumpano Patricios
  • Lou Orslene, Co-Director, Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
  • Chris Patrick, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Kevin Rasch, Warriors to Work Manager, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Beth Ronnenburg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Berkshire Associates
  • Brett Sheats, National Project Director, Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
  • Cindy Songne, VP of Talent Acquisition Solutions, Talroo
  • Sheridan Walker, CEO/Founder, HirePotential
  • Corinne Weible, Co-director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

Staff Presenters

  • Candee Chambers, Executive Director, DirectEmployers Association
  • Jen Bernhardt, VP of Membership Engagement, DirectEmployers Association
  • Shannon Offord, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, DirectEmployers Association
  • Jennifer Polcer, VP of Compliance, DirectEmployers Association
  • Darrin Thompson, Senior Software Developer, DirectEmployers Association
  • Sara Trempe, User Experience Designer, DirectEmployers Association
  • Jason Sole, Director of Sales Engineering, DirectEmployers Association
  • Drew Palmer, Creative Director, Recruit Rooster




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& Espresso Cart






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