October 24 – 26, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Mystery Event
  • Keynote Speaker: Sage Steele
  • Venue: Fairmont Princess Resort
  • Keynote Speaker: Aron Ralston
Photo 3 courtesy of the Scottsdale CVB

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Presentations are available for Members via the Pipeline. Visit Flickr to view and download photos from the conference.

Portrait studio photos: If you had your portrait taken at DEAM12, a print quality copy has been emailed to the address that you confirmed at the time of your portrait session. If you did not receive your portrait, please contact Amanda@DirectEmployers.org. Photos will also be included in the DEAM12 directory that will be mailed to all Members in the weeks following the conference.

Wrangle up your inner cowboy and travel to Scottsdale, Arizona for the DirectEmployers Association 2012 Annual Meeting & Conference!

Arizona has long been a vacation and meeting destination unlike any other. The vibrant blue skies paired with the ethereal mountain and desert surroundings are enough to make you want to pack up, head to Arizona and showcase your inner cowboy. While there, enjoy presentations from thought-leaders and other DirectEmployers Members on the trending innovative technologies and recruitment practices pertinent to today's HR workforce.

Remember the conference is a Member benefit, so there is never a registration fee. The only cost to you is your hotel and travel expense. So come join us to gather the latest intel on product releases, resources and more while enjoying the rich culture and history of Arizona.

  • "VERY, VERY well organized and executed. Truly the best conference I attend each year."

    John Whalin, United Airlines
    2011 Annual Meeting & Conference Member Attendee
  • "The energy was incredible! It was good to be amongst professionals who can relate to your world and also share ideas to bring forth a positive impact!"

    Helen Martinez-Mitcham, Severn Trent Services
    2011 Annual Meeting & Conference Member Attendee
  • "DirectEmployers Association has a reputation for providing unparalleled hospitality, and now I know why."

    Jeff Baker, PINNACLE Affirmative Action Services, LLC
    2011 Annual Meeting & Conference Sponsor Attendee
  • "Excellent conference which provided wonderful and knowledgeable presenters on the topics covered. Would highly recommend conference and organization to others."

    Warren Cook, Lincoln Financial Group
    2010 Annual Meeting & Conference Member Attendee
  • "I've spoken at just about every conference I could physically handle and accept, but very few—I count them with just some fingers—had the impact that DirectEmployers has."

    Cari Dominguez
    2010 Annual Meeting & Conference Speaker Attendee

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Additional Contributions

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Agenda at a Glance

This year's agenda is designed for your entire team. Two and a half days are dedicated to keynote speakers, panels and Member case studies with concurrent sessions for recruiting, compliance and leadership. We are also submitting sessions for HRCI credits to help keep you up-to-date on current principles and practices of HR management.

Who Should Attend

As an attendee you have the unique opportunity to spend two and half days sharing best practices and networking with global HR recruiting and compliance leaders. Make lasting connections with representatives from state workforce agencies and nationally ranked colleges. Share valuable time and ideas with other human resource professionals including…

Justify Your Trip

As our country works its way out of a recession, we would like to emphasize that our Annual Meeting & Conference is always free to attend helping justify your trip to even the most budget-conscious employer. Download the "Why Attend DEAM12" letter below, customize it to your needs and then send it to your boss so we can see you in October! This form will open in MS Word.