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May 23, 2023

Talent Acquisition Institute Recap

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, CA

Maximizing Engagement Throughout the Employee Lifecycle to Attract Talent and Meet the Expectations of an Evolving Workforce
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Talent Acquisition Leaders Gather in Picturesque Pasadena for the 2023 Talent Acquisition Institute

By Jennifer Holmes

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In a world operating on a more remote basis than ever before, in-person gatherings are a crucial time to forge meaningful relationships and advance our opportunities for learning and development through human connection. Moments shared over a coffee, a stroll, a laugh, or a cocktail are invaluable –  moments I think all of us hold a little closer to our hearts post pandemic.  

These moments are what help define the Talent Acquisition Institute as an optimal networking event, as the program creates many different opportunities to engage with peers, exchange ideas and impart knowledge throughout the two-and-a-half days. Our staff look forward to hosting this impressive community of Talent Acquisition Leaders every year as we get to carve out a space in these hard-working executives’ schedules to step away from their busy day-to-day and connect with like-minded peers.  

What’s more, the attending executives have not had it easy over the last year. In 2022 recruitment problems were at record levels as companies struggled to hire staff, and the talent acquisition industry has needed to be ever more agile and quick to react as workplaces rapidly change and candidate demands shift. TA leaders in 2023 are constantly having to review their roadmaps and adapt to competing shifts in the talent marketplace. The program sought to uncover how to navigate these shifts and challenges, focusing on how executives can re-engineer their hiring and recruitment strategies in an era where candidates are in the driver’s seat.

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Candidates are no longer motivated by just money or the corner office – they are craving new elements in their roles that emphasize wellbeing, flexibility, creative benefits, mentorship, strong organizational values, purpose in their roles and more. These meaningful candidate needs make it more essential than ever before for companies to ensure their candidate experience reflects priorities around stronger communication, flexible interviewing, and cultures that put a tangible spotlight on employee support.  

Thought leaders on the agenda brought this idea to life through sessions that expanded on employee engagement tactics, diversity in hiring, gaining skillset transparency and developing job architectures to deliver stellar recruitment plans, and how TA and total rewards work together. Some feedback surrounding the agenda included:

  • This event showcased relevant topics. I was able to walk away with tools, and a big list of to-dos.
  • Dynamic speakers – I wanted to immediately follow-up with them after the sessions, and the agenda provided a lot of room to be able to do so. Look forward to keeping in touch with the connections made here.
  • The balance between sessions led by TA leaders versus solutions in the field was spot on. I was able to learn about tools, but also from those doing the job.
  • The intimate setting allowed us to interact directly with presenters. Well done.  

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our fantastic body of speakers:

  • David Crawford, VP, Talent Acquisition, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Kate Golemo, VP, Talent & Organizational Development, HUB International
  • Lorie Boyd, Chief People Officer, Turo
  • Jocelyn Lai, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Duolingo
  • Jeremy Schiff, CEO, Recruitbot
  • Kelli Dragovich, Chief People Officer, Pendo.Io
  • Jennifer Rettig, SVP, Talent Pendo
  • Cora Walker, CHRO, Omnicable
  • Julie Coucoules, Head of Talent Acquisition, Blend
  • Tricia Joyner, Head of Talent Acquisition, Southern California Edison
  • Frida Poli, Chief Data Science Officer, Harver
  • Divya Ghatak, Chief People Officer, SentinelOne
  • Allyson Kelley, Head of Global Talent Attraction, Dexcom
  • Debra Wasserman, VP, Total Rewards, Oak Street Health
  • Laura Kelley, Head of Talent Acquisition, Crown Castle
  • Eric Walker, VP, HR, Americas Operations, Incora
  • Donald Knight, Chief People Officer, Greenhouse
  • Philip Gilsenan, Strategy & Operations, The Moonshot Factory
  • Claudine Trudeau, AVP, Talent Acquisition, VI Living
  • Sam Tam, GM – HR, Cloud & AI, Microsoft
  • Shannon Diehlman, Director, Talent Acquisition, Autokiniton
  • Patti Clauss, VP, Global Talent Acquisition, Williams-Sonoma
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While we continue to use feedback as fuel and strive to make every year better than the last, one attendee summed up the event positively: “No improvement needed, it was fantastic. Everyone was so helpful and friendly, networking unmatched. Look forward to next year.”  

IPMI will host the 2024 Talent Acquisition Institute from May 19th – 21st, 2024 at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, LA.

Thank you to the 2023 Advisory Committee, Speaker Faculty, Sponsoring Partners and attending delegation for a successful program. We cannot wait to bring this dedicated and hardworking group back together next year.

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To contribute to the next Talent Acquisition Institute, whether sharing some insights and experiences as a member of the Speaker Faculty, suggesting topic areas for the agenda, or joining the waiting list for attendance, please contact Jennifer Holmes at jholmes@ipmievents.com.

Attendee Feedback

“It was wonderful. Very well-run event and we were treated like gold. Felt very valued throughout the process and enjoyed the caliber of the speakers and their content.”
“The support staff was incredible! Highly organized, they never missed a beat! Well done everyone!”
“It was such an incredible event! I feel like my pen was on fire taking notes and writing down insights. The content was helpful and relevant. I hope to attend the next one!”
“The most valuable and productive conferences I have attended. The right level of thought leaders for me to interact with and relevant topics.”
“IPMI staff were outstanding and had thought of everything!”
“Loved this event, exceeded my expectations!”


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