2022 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAMcon22)

April 20 – 22, 2022 • San Diego, CA


Park Hyatt Aviara

Park Hyatt Aviara
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011

AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star luxury resort, minutes from LEGOLAND® and the Pacific Coast sandy beaches. T his spa and golf resort getaway offers world-class recreation and relaxation amid 200 lush acres of natural beauty overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon.


Get ahead of the check-in line by visiting the Registration Desk early, Tuesday, April 19th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Wednesday • April 20

7:00 am

Check-in begins

7:00 am

60MINS Networking
Welcome Breakfast

8:00 am

Welcome & Opening Ceremony

8:30 am

One-Stop Shop – Family of Brands Highlight

9:00 am

60MINS Compliance
Recent Significant Developments
Presented by John C. Fox & Jay J. Wang (Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.)

10:00 am

30MINS Networking
Demo Hall Break

10:30 am

60MINS Keynote DE&I
If I Cancan, You Cancan
Presented by Maysoon Zayid

11:30 am

30MINS Recruitment
The Buzz of the Barnyard: Evolving Recruitment Tools to Meet Today’s Hiring Demands
Presented by Steven Apostolidis (Recruit Rooster)

12:00 pm

60MINS Networking

1:00 pm

60MINS Recruitment
Diving into the Talent Community Customer Experience: A Focus on Tech & User-Driven Development
Presented by Paul White (Kindred at Home), Steven Apostolidis (Recruit Rooster),  & Tyler Poling (RocketBuild)
60MINS Recruitment
The Rise of Behavioral Science: Accelerating Fast & Fair Recruiting
Presented by La Toya Hodge & Dr. Stephen Mueller (Cappfinity)

2:00 pm

Amplified Efforts: The Benefits of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Presented by Shannon Offord & Mikey Meagher (DirectEmployers Association)
60MINS Compliance
The New Census Data: A Deep Dive into the Changes from the 2010 to 2018 EEO Tables
Presented by Judy Julius (EEO Consulting, LLC)

3:00 pm

30MINS Networking
Demo Hall Break

3:30 pm

Actionable Insights from the Field: How to Leverage Early Talent to Solve for Diversity
Presented by Teresa Truong, John Lullen, Lauren Kolodrubetz, & Colette Cottman (TEKsystems)

4:30 pm

60MINSKeynote DE&I
Minus the Illusion
Presented by Torin Ellis

6:00 pm

3hours Networking
Califor-neon Nights Event

Thursday • April 21

7:00 am

60MINS Networking

8:00 am

The Power of Disability Inclusion
Presented by Michael Murray (GT Independence)

9:00 am

60MINS Compliance
OFCCP Priorities
Presented by Jenny Yang & Sean Ratliff (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)

10:00 am

30MINS Networking
Demo Hall Break

10:30 am

60MINS Compliance
Modern Data Privacy & Your HR Systems: Are You In Compliance?
Presented by Brian Pier (Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.)
60MINS Recruitment
The Power & Positive Impact of Technology Transformation
Presented by Bradley Cooper, Kristin Moore, & Tony Devereaux (SASR Workforce Solutions)

11:30 am

60MINS Recruitment
Good People Know Good People: Leveraging an Employee Advocacy Program
Presented by Dani Laven (PetSmart)
Deepening Our Impact: Building Authentic Relationships with Diverse Community Organizations
Presented by Megan McCall & Novonda Lilly (Vanderbilt Health)

12:30 pm

60MINS Networking

1:30 pm

60MINS Compliance
What to Expect at Your OFCCP Onsite Audit
Presented by John C. Fox (Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.) & Candee Chambers (DirectEmployers Association)
60MINS Recruitment
Strengthening Partnerships to Recruit & Develop a Culturally Relevant Onboarding Process
Presented by Michelle Randall-Berry, Shondra Deloach-Perea, & Jacqueline McKinney (IGT)

2:30 pm

60MINS Compliance
Connecting Opportunity to Talent: Partnering with Your Local Workforce Center
Presented by William Dowling (Olympic Workforce Development Council), Kathie Stenzel & Christy Gonzales (Colorado Department of Labor)
On-the-Job Training: Achieving Diversity Through Inclusive Apprenticeships in HR
Presented by Josh Christianson (PIA) & Patti Cuthill (NextLevel & San Diego SHRM)

3:30 pm

30MINS Networking
Demo Hall Break

4:00 pm

Professional Development PSA: On-Demand Disability Education to Match Your Needs
Presented by Jennifer Polcer (DirectEmployers Association) & Janet Fiore (The Sierra Group, Inc.)

4:30 pm

Next Generation Leadership: Attracting, Engaging & Retaining 5 Unique Generations
Presented by Scott Lesnick

5:30 pm

1.5hours Networking
Underwriter Reception

Friday • April 22

7:00 am

60MINS Networking

8:00 am

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Breaking Down Barriers
Presented by Susanne Bruyère & Matthew Saleh (Cornell University), Tina Schmitt (Kennedy Krieger Institute), & Haley Moss; Moderated by Candee Chambers (DirectEmployers Association)

9:00 am

60MINS Compliance
The Challenges Facing the 21st Century American Workforce
Presented by Keith Sonderling (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

10:00 am

15MINS Networking
Demo Hall Break

10:15 am

60MINS Recruitment
Chatbots, Robots, & AI (Oh, My!): A Case Study About Implementing HR Technology
Presented by Ashley Valenzuela-Ruesgen (Hensel Phelps Construction Co)

11:15 am

Keeping DE&I Legal: How to Lawfully Use Race & Gender in the Selection Process
Presented by Cara Crotty (Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete)

12:15 pm

Conference Adjourns


Keynote Speakers

  • Torin Ellis, Diversity Strategist @ t ellis brand
  • Scott Lesnick, Global Keynote Speaker, Author @ Successful Business Solutions llc
  • Maysoon Zayid, Actress, comedian, and disability advocate

Featured Speakers

  • Keith Sonderling, Commissioner @ U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Jenny Yang, Director @ Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Sean Ratliff, District Director – San Diego @ Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

Member Speakers

  • Bradley Cooper, Director, Information Technology @ SASR Workforce Solutions
  • Colette Cottman, Inclusion & Diversity Manager @ TEKsystems
  • Shondra Deloach-PereaI, GT @ Vice President, Field Services, Call Centers, & Technology Operations
  • Tony Devereaux, Director of Recruitment and Placement Services @ SASR Workforce Solutions
  • Lauren Kolodrubetz, Executive Director: Marketplace Diversity Solutions @ TEKsystems
  • Dani Laven, Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations & Employer Brand @ PetSmart
  • Novonda Lilly, Director of TempForce and Executive Search @ Vanderbilt Health
  • John Lullen, Manager, Marketplace Diversity Solutions @ TEKsystems
  • Megan McCall, Head of Talent Acquisition @ Vanderbilt Health
  • Jacqueline McKinney, Talent Acquisition Partner for Campus Programs @ IGT
  • Kristin Moore, Director, Human Resources @ SASR Workforce Solutions
  • Brian Pier, Director @ Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.
  • Michelle Randall-Berry, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition @ IGT
  • Tina Schmitt, Director, TA @ Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Teresa Truong, Manager, Marketplace Diversity Solutions @ TEKsystems
  • Ashley Valenzuela-Ruesgen, Director of Human Resources @ Hensel Phelps Construction Co
  • Paul White, Director Talent Acquisition @ Kindred at Home

Guest Speakers

  • Susanne Bruyère, Director Professor of Disability Studies @ K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
  • Josh Christianson, Project Director @ Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA)
  • Cara Crotty, Equity Partner @ Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • Patti Cuthill, Vice President of People & Culture @ NextLevel
  • William Dowling, Executive Director @ Olympic Workforce Development Council
  • Janet Fiore, CEO @ The Sierra Group, Inc.
  • John C. Fox, Consulting Partner @ Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. Employment Law Firm
  • Christy Gonzales, Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium Manager @ Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • La Toya Hodge, Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Americas @ Cappfinity
  • Judy Julius, Owner/Primary Consultant @ EEO Consulting, LLC
  • Haley Moss, Attorney, Artist, Author & Disability Advocate
  • Dr. Stephen Mueller, Head of Consulting @ Cappfinity
  • Michael Murray, Chief Relationship Officer @ GT Independence
  • Matthew Saleh, Lecturer and Research Associate @ Cornell University
  • Kathie Stenzel, MIS Coordinator @ Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Jay J. Wang, Partner @ Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.

Staff Speakers

  • Steven Apostolidis, Recruit Rooster
  • Candee Chambers, Executive Director @ DirectEmployers Association
  • Mikey Meagher, Strategic Partnership & Alliances Specialist @ DirectEmployers Association
  • Shannon Offord, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances @ DirectEmployers Association
  • Jennifer Polcer, VP of Learning & Development @ DirectEmployers Association
  • Tyler Poling, Sr. Director, Technical Solutions @ RocketBuild



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