2023 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAMcon23)

April 12 – 14, 2023 • Chicago, IL


Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

Located in the Theater District near many famous attractions, guests enjoyed a first-class stay in the Windy City at this contemporary hotel and conference venue, with fantastic amenities and panoramic views of the Chicago River and the surrounding downtown cityscape.


Pre • Tuesday, April 11, 2023
12:00 pm • Board of Directors Meeting
4:00 pm • Early Check-in
4:00 pm • Underwriter Move-in
Day 1 • Wednesday, April 12, 2023
7:00 am • Check-in
7:00 am • Networking Opportunity
8:00 am • General Session
Welcome & Opening Ceremony (G1)
8:30 am • General Session
Annual Meeting: 2022 Accomplishments & Roadmap for 2023 (G2)
9:00 am • General Session
A Conversation With EEOC Commissioners (G3)
10:00 am • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break
10:30 am • General Session
Recent Significant OFCCP Developments (G4)
11:30 am • General Session
Managing Outreach: Three Exemplary PRM Use-Cases, Straight from HR Pros (G5)
12:00 pm • Networking Opportunity
1:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions
  • Workforce Accommodations: Supporting Veterans with PTSD & TBI (C1A)
  • Back to the Basics with New & Improved TA Technology (C1B)
2:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions
  • Leveraging Military Veterans to Win the War on Talent (C2A)
  • How Innovators with Disabilities are Transforming the Hiring Process (C2B)
3:00 pm • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break
3:30 pm • General Session
Building an Inclusive Workplace: Where Do You Truly Stand? (G6)
4:30 pm • General Session
KEYNOTE | Unstoppable Resilience: The Keys to Staying Strong During Any Challenge (G7)
6:00 pm • Networking Opportunity
Offsite Event at AceBounce sponsored by Recruit Rooster
Day 2 • Thursday, April 13, 2023
7:00 am • Networking Opportunity
8:00 am • General Session
Attract, Engage, & Nurture Top-Tier Job Seekers with the Power of Video (G8)
9:00 am • General Session
A Fireside Chat on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (G9)
10:00 am • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break
10:30 am • Concurrent Sessions
  • Changing the Narrative: AAPs that Drive Your Organization’s DEI Journey (C3A)
  • Harnessing the Power of Your CRM: 5 Key Steps to Successful Candidate Relationship Management (C3B)
  • Reach Out for Happy Hour Live (C3C)
11:30 am • Concurrent Sessions
  • Partnering with HBCUs: Knowing the Lock and Understanding the Key in the George Floyd Era (C4A)
  • Recruiting at Lightning Speed: How Reid Health Reduced Interview Time by 44% (C4B)
12:30 pm • Networking Opportunity
1:30 pm • Concurrent Sessions
  • From Diversity Metrics to Analytics: A Creative & Analytical Approach to Driving Impactful DEI Outcomes (C5A)
  • Innovative and Creative Business Solutions for Future-focused Hiring (C5B)
  • Reach Out for Happy Hour Live (C5C)
2:30 pm • Concurrent Sessions
  • The Newest Litigation Pitfalls in the Application Process (C6A)
  • Early Talent Recruiting in 2023 & Beyond: An Important Strategy for Uncertain Times (C6B)
3:30 pm • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break
4:00 pm • General Session
An Insider’s Guide to the Public Workforce System (G10)
14:30 pm • General Session
KEYNOTE | Be Vulnerable, Be Courageous, Be Heard (G11)
5:30 pm • Networking Opportunity
Underwriter Reception
Day 3 • Friday, April 14, 2023
7:00 am • Networking Opportunity
8:00 am • General Session
ADA Update: Fast-Breaking Developments on “Reasonable Accommodation” (G12)
9:00 am • General Session
A Conversation with ODEP Assistant Secretary Taryn Mackenzie Williams (G13)
10:00 am • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break
10:15 am • General Session
Using the Ombuds to Assist with OFCCP Conflict (G14)
11:15 am • General Session
Increasing Applicants with Disabilities: How Career Pages Design Can Make a Difference (G15)
12:15 pm • Conference Adjourns


Keynote Speakers

  • Shola Richards
  • Samantha Smith

Featured Speakers

  • Errin Braddock, VP & Chief Diversity Officer at Enterprise Holdings
  • Torin Ellis, Diversity strategist at t ellis brand
  • David Fram, ADA Speaker, Director of ADA Services at National Employment Law Institute (NELI)
  • The Honorable Jocelyn Samuels, Vice Chair at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Keith E. Sonderling, Commissioner at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Taryn Mackenzie Williams, Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of Labor Office for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Member Speakers

  • Timothy Branner, Associate Director, Affirmative Action Programs at Raytheon Technologies
  • Carolyn Broderick, Sr. Business Intelligence and Compliance Analyst at The Mount Sinai Health System
  • Dana Deason, Senior Manager, People Compliance at J.B. Hunt
  • Heather Fountaine, HR Compliance Specialist at Progress Rail
  • Diego Gonzales, Sr. Director, HR Compliance at Raytheon Technologies
  • Mark Jostad, Senior Director, Compliance at J.B. Hunt
  • Francene Taylor, Director Talent Acquisition, The Honey Baked Ham Company LLC
  • Denise Wydra, Sr. HR Compliance Manager at Reyes Holdings

Guest Speakers

  • Lori Adams, Director, Veterans Policy and Senior Advisor, National Labor Exchange at NASWA
  • Rob Arndt, CEO + Founder at BufferSprings
  • Sarah Bernard, Co-founder and COO at Inclusively
  • Jessica Burton, HR Generalist at Reid Health
  • John C. Fox, Esq., Partner at Fox, Wang, Morgan P.C.
  • Amber Gaither, Director, National Labor Exchange at NASWA
  • Tara Gunderson, Rehabilitation Counselor/Business Services Representative at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Zaigen Halcomb, HR Generalist at Reid Health
  • Alexa Huth, Director of Communications at PEAT
  • Jonathan Paul Katz, Policy Advisor at Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • Michelle Krefft, Business and Community Engagement Manager at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Stephen Lewis, General Manager Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota North America
  • Aaron Makkar, Senior Recruiter at NANA & NMS
  • Darrian Mikell, CEO, Co-Founder at Qualifi
  • Sandra Mosqueira Caminada, Research Support Specialist at Yang-Tan Institute on Employment
  • David Muir, Jr., SVP, Veteran Staffing Network at Easterseals DC MD VA
  • Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix
  • Stephanie Renno, Sr. Director, Clinical Practice and Training at Cohen Veterans Network
  • Jason Rubel, Rehabilitation Supervisor at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Vickie Sible, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Matt Small, President & CEO at Symplicity
  • Marcus Stergio, Ombuds at Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
  • Jay Wang, Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan

Staff Speakers

  • Candee Chambers, Executive Director at DirectEmployers Association
  • Seth Flater, Director of Sales Engineering at Recruit Rooster
  • Kate Larrabee, Manager of Member Engagement at DirectEmployers Association
  • Tyler Poling, Sr Director, Product Development at RocketBuild
  • Jeff Ringgenberg, Product Manager at RocketBuild



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