2024 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAMcon24)

April 3 – 5, 2024 • New Orleans, LA


Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans

Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans
444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the Central Business District, the Intercontinental New Orleans is adjacent to the French Quarter, and is within walking distance to Bourbon and Canal Streets.


Pre • Tuesday, April 2, 2024

12:00 pm • Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 pm • Early Check-in

4:00 pm • Underwriter Move-in

Day 1 • Wednesday, April 3, 2024

7:00 am • Check-in

7:00 am • Networking Opportunity

8:00 am • General Session
Welcome & Annual Meeting / Roadmap (G1)

8:30 am • General Session
Member Spotlight: Aligning Compliance & Recruitment Efforts (G2)

8:45 am • General Session
DE Talk Live | Continuing the Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (G3)

10:00 am • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break

10:30 am • General Session
Navigating Veteran Recruitment & Retention (G4)

11:00 am • General Session
OFCCP Program Highlight (G5)

12:00 pm • Networking Opportunity
Partner Lunch

1:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions

  • Exploring the Equity Essentials (C1A)
  • Creating a Skills-Based Framework to Achieve DEI & Compliance Goals (C1B)

2:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions

  • Equity through Empathy: Going Beyond Race & Gender to Create a More Equitable, Inclusive Culture (C2A)
  • The Employee Voice: Using ERGs & the Partner Relationship Manager to Support Veteran Outreach (C2B)

3:00 pm • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break

3:30 pm • General Session
Full Circle Compliance: Using DE Partnerships to Supercharge Recruitment & DEI Efforts (G6)

4:30 pm • General Session
KEYNOTE | Generational Expert & Strategist of Recruiting & Retaining Millennial Employees (G7)

6:00 pm • Networking Opportunity
Off-site Event at The National World War II Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion sponsored by Recruit Rooster

Day 2 • Thursday, April 4, 2024

7:00 am • Networking Opportunity

8:00 am • General Session
“It Takes a Village”: Strategies to Effectively Leverage Internal & External Resources to Bring your DEIB Program to Life (G8)

9:00 am • General Session
Bogged Down in the Bayou: Don’t Get Buried by the 10 Biggest AAP & Discrimination Law Problems (G9)

10:00 am • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break

10:30 am • Concurrent Sessions

  • Striking the Right Chord in Recruitment: How Employers Can Build Talent Pipelines & Engage Top Candidates (C3A)
  • Developing a Representative Internship Cohort: Recruiting Across the U.S. & Building Inclusive Experiences (C3B)

11:30 am • Concurrent Sessions

  • Navigating a Rapidly Evolving Social Landscape: Insights on Creating a Socially Just Recruitment Strategy (C4A)
  • Unlocking the Power of Apprenticeships & HBCUs to Build a Diverse Talent Pipeline (C4B)

12:30 pm • Networking Opportunity

1:30 pm • Concurrent Sessions

  • Practical Considerations of Artificial Intelligence: What No One Tells You (C5A)
  • A Recruiter’s Role in Compliance: Validating Job Requirements & Impacts on Hiring Processes (C5B)

2:30 pm • Concurrent Sessions

  • Partners in Talent Acquisition: WorkSource Business Services & Statewide Support (C6A)
  • Interviewing Autistic & Other Neurodivergent Applicants (C6B)

3:30 pm • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break

4:00 pm • General Session
Steering the NLx (G10)

4:30 pm • General Session
KEYNOTE | Connecting the Workplace & Life Through FUN! (G11)

5:30 pm • Networking Opportunity
Underwriter Reception

Day 3 • Friday, April 5, 2024

7:00 am • Networking Opportunity

8:00 am • General Session
There is No DEI Without Accessibility & Belonging: A Look at Disability Employment (G12)

9:00 am • General Session
Let Me Tell You a Secret: Employer Legal Obligations Related to Disclosing Employee Pay Data (G13)

10:00 am • Networking Opportunity
Demo Hall Break

10:15 am • General Session
How SMBs Can Use AI Hiring Tech in Inclusive Ways (G14)

11:15 am • General Session
Making Your Disposition Codes a “Big Easy”: Your Practical Guide to Implementation (G15)

12:15 pm • Conference Adjourns


Keynote Speakers

  • Phil Gwoke
  • Paul J. Long

Featured Speakers

  • Torin Ellis, Diversity strategist at t ellis brand
  • Miriam Lewis, Chief Inclusion Officer at Principal Financial

Member Speakers

  • Mike Bazinet, Director, Talent Acquisition at Affordable Care Inc
  • Kelly French, Veteran Talent Acquisition Program Specialist at United Rentals
  • Molly Gill, Product Manager at John Deere Financial
  • James Hairston, Manager, US Domestic Talent Acquisition at Abt Associates
  • Brian Keilson, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Abt Associates
  • Chris Lawrence, Talent Systems Analyst at The Walsh Group
  • Sam Lawson, Talent Acquisition and Selection Specialist at Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Jonathan Liepe, Human Resources Supervisor at Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Brandy Luna, Director II, Corporate Recruiting at Nelnet
  • Julie O’Hara-Harvey, Sr. AA/EEO Program Manager at Principal Financial
  • Cheryl Petersen, Americas Region Talent Resourcing Leader at Arup

Guest Speakers

  • Lori Adams, Senior Policy Director at NASWA
  • Rob Arndt, Founder & CEO at BufferSprings
  • Mark Booker, Director, Marketing & Sales at GoodGames
  • Johnny Campbell, Co-Founder & CEO at SocialTalent
  • Momolu A. Cooper, Director of Operations at OutSolve
  • John C. Fox, President & Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.
  • Amber Gaither, Director, National Labor Exchange at NASWA
  • Bev Harp, Executive Director of Community and Workforce Development at Trenholm State Community College
  • Damita Hill, Director, Veterans Policy and Senior Advisor, National Labor Exchange at NASWA
  • Lex Huth, Director of Communications at Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
  • Joshua Johnson, Director at Jobs for the Future (JFF)
  • Ilona Jurkiewicz, President of Cappfinity, Americas
  • Michelle Krefft, Director of Community and Business Engagement at IVRS
  • Ashlea Lantz, Senior Policy Advisor at The Harkin Institute
  • Seth Maier, Veteran and Military Families Program Operator at Washington Employment Security Department
  • Alberto Maldonado, Regional Director of Business Development & Services at Volunteers of America
  • Jeremy Mancheski, Founder & President at OutSolve
  • Brian Marentette, Director, People Insights Division at Biddle Consulting Group
  • Dr. Stephen Mueller, Head Of Consulting, Americas at Cappfinity
  • Tiffany Meehan, VP of Marketing at Inclusively
  • John Robinson, President and CEO at Our Ability
  • Tawanna Robinson, Project Manager at Alabama Office of Apprenticeship (AOA)
  • Hannah Schoepp, Statewide Local Veterans Employment Representative at Washington Employment Security Department
  • Jay J. Wang, Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C.
  • Stefanie Lyne Willis-Turner, Director, Nursing School Partnership and Programs at Infirmary Health System

Staff Speakers

  • Candee Chambers, Executive Director at DirectEmployers Association
  • Mikey Meagher, Manager, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategies at DirectEmployers Association
  • Elliott Obermaier, Sales Associate at Recruit Rooster
  • Shannon Offord, VP, Strategic Partnerships & Alliances at DirectEmployers Association
  • Tyler Poling, Sr Director, Product Development at RocketBuild
  • Michael Witt, Community & State Outreach Manager at DirectEmployers Association



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