October 24 – 26, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ



Sage Steele

As a rising star amongst sportscasters, Sage Steele is the epitome of the modern working woman who has it all—the sought after weekend co-host position on ESPN's hit show SportsCenter and a thriving family life. While the climb to the top hasn't always been easy, Steele ties everything to a West Point Cadet Prayer passed down from her father, "Lord, Help me to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and to never tell a half-truth when the whole truth can be won."

Although arduous at times, Steele's career flourished under the scrutiny of both co-workers and viewers. Beginning her career as a news reporter at WSBT-TV South Bend, she has worked her way up to her dream career as a sportscaster on ESPN, a career she had dreamed of since youth. While working towards her goal, she embarked on a journey of succeeding in a man's world while creating a proper work-home balance for her family to ensure her children and husband knew they were a priority.

Connect with Sage Steele: @sagesteele | Facebook | LinkedIn


Aron Ralston

In 2003 Aron Ralston's story made headlines worldwide. After being pinned by a half-ton boulder for nearly a week in a remote three-foot-wide slot canyon in southern Utah, Ralston narrowly escaped death by severing his right forearm with a dull pocketknife. After applying a tourniquet, he hiked and rappelled for five hours through Blue John Canyon before searchers in a helicopter miraculously rescued him.

Ralston documented the life-altering experience and his remarkable will to survive in his New York Times best-selling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. His story has been adapted into a movie by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, titled 127 Hours. In 2011, the film was nominated for an astounding six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and three Golden Globes.


Martha Artiles

C5 Consulting, LLC
Managing Partner


Jeff Baker

Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services
Vice President


Renjun Bao

Cnjobs Technology (Beijing) Co, LTD


Kim Bartkus

HR XML Consortium
Executive Director


Amanda Benedict Green

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Manager, HR Standards


Alex Brown

Waste Management
Social Media & Employment Branding Specialist


Jacquese Brown

The Home Depot
Sr. Manager, Employment Marketing & Branding


Cindy Bruner

Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air
Manager, Recruitment Operations


Candee Chambers

Cardinal Health
Manager AAP/EEO Compliance

Lisa Chartier

Philips North America
Senior Manager - Corporate Communications and Labor Market Strategy

Carrie Corbin

Associate Director - Strategic Staffing & Talent Acquisition


Quenmiko (Miko) Covin

The Home Depot
Sr. Manager, Employment Marketing & Branding


Mike Demarest

Phillips 66
Director of Recruiting


Jeremy Eskenazi

Riviera Advisors, Inc.
Managing Principal


Brandy Ellis

Level 3 Communications
Sr. Sales Recruiter


Bonnie Elsey

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
Senior Administrative Officer


Tom Embrescia

Employ Media
Chairman & CEO


James Emmett

APSE HR Connect
Director & Corporate Disability Consultant


Scott Eychner

Texas Workforce Commission
Manager, Workforce & UI Program Policy


Jaime Fall

HR Policy Association
Vice President for Workforce Talent Development Policy


Peggy Feenan

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Deputy Administrator


Seth Flater

DirectEmployers Association
Digital Strategist


Alison Foy

The Home Depot
Manager, Employment Branding


Maya Garner

The Home Depot
Manager, Employment Branding


Pam Gerassimides

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
Assistant Executive Director and National Labor Exchange Director

Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Labor & Employment Attorney


Chrissy Glover

University Relations Partner - Campus Recruiting, Branding and HR Social Media Efforts

@ScottradeJobs | @chrissyglo

Mira Greenland

Director, Sales and Business Development


Harry Griendling

Founder and CEO


Angie Grilliot

United Health Group
Director, Recruitment Operations


Laura Harlos

Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air
Manager, HR Compliance and Diversity Programs


Heather Hoffman

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Digital Strategy


Nancy Holland

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Marketing


Tavius Jackson

Zurich NA
Assistant Vice President and Head of Talent Acquisition


Jolene Jefferies, SPHR

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Strategic Partnerships


Lisa Kaiser

Kairos Services
Senior Project Manager


Kortney Kutsop

Senior Account Director


Mary Ann LaRoche

SEEDs for Autism
Executive Director


Rhiannon Leach

Phillips 66
Global Advisor of Talent Acquisition

@phillips66co | @P66Careers | @Rhiannon08

Jonathan Liepe

Colorado Springs Utilities
Senior Human Resources Specialist


Ed Loughlin



Marilyn Mackes

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Executive Director


Lisa Mallory

DC Department of Employment Services


Katherine McCary

C5 Consulting, LLC
Managing Partner


Christy Merriman

DirectEmployers Association
NLX Operations Manager


Marian Monnig

Manager, HR II


Jeff Moore

Trip Advisor
Head of Global Talent Acquisition


Rodney Moses

DirectEmployers Association

Hilton Worldwide
VP of Global Recruitment

Mark Newman

Founder and Chief Innovations Officer


Carle Quinn

Director, Talent Acquisition & Strategy


Chloe Rada

Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition



William Roberts

National Organization on Disability
Project Manager


Beth Ronnenburg

Berkshire Associates


Lance Sapera

24 Hour Fitness
Director, Talent Acquisition


Ray Schreyer

Global Recruitment Branding Manager


David Scheffler

Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services
Vice President


Sean Sheppard

Talent Circles
Vice President of Sales

@talentcircles | @seansheppard

Mickey Silberman

Jackson Lewis
Managing Partner & Chair, National Affirmative Action Practice Group


Karl Sparre

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition


Rhonda Stickley

Providence Health & Services
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition


Larry Temple

Texas Workforce Commission
Executive Director


Charlie Terrell

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
NLX Operations Manager


Russell Tooley

Tyson Foods
S.V.P. Corporate / International Human Resources


Julie Toskey

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development



Laurie A. Warner

Oregon Employment Department


Bill Warren

DirectEmployers Association
Executive Director


Nels Wroe

SHL Americas
Product Director