Day 1

May 6, 2019

9am
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9:55am

Continental Breakfast

10am
to
10:15am

Opening Remarks

Wahab Owolabi

Founder & Producer, URx

Main Stage

10:15am
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11am

Keynote

Dr. Poppy Crum

Chief Scientist, Dolby Laboratories

Main Stage

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As recruiting and people professionals, human interactions drive our success. Dr. Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and Adjunct Professor of Computer Research at Stanford University, will share how our interactions have evolved amongst people who grew up in a technology driven society and how we can leverage this understanding to enhance those interactions in the future.

11am
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11:30am

Networking Break

Conferences are better with friends! Meet other attendees from your local URx Communities

URx Community Lounges

11:30am
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12:15pm

Hire Better Together

Stella Ashaolu

Founder & CEO, WeSolv

Carrie Sweeney

Retail Partnerships Manager, Pinterest

Kim Holmes

Sr. Principal Talent Acquisition, Events & Diversity Recruiting, Discover

Ed Park

Sr. Director Product Management, Salesforce

Main Stage

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It's no secret that recruiting teams and hiring managers sometimes struggle to see eye to eye on talent decisions. This creates friction not only for organizations, but also for candidates looking to understand and meet expectations to land the job. WeSolv CEO, Stella Ashaolu, will moderate a panel of industry leading recruiters and hiring managers to discuss strategies that successfully align hiring needs with outcomes through effective partnership.

 

 

11:30am
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12:15pm

Building a Talent Pipeline Through a Winternship

Buddy Henika

Senior University Relationship Manager, Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Jess Gould

Senior Program Manager, Quicken Loans

Stage A

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What is the Winternship? The Winternship is open to students looking to gain professional experience over winter break. Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans brings these students to the offices in Detroit to connect them with our senior leaders, conduct market research, complete S.W.O.T. analyses and so much more. The goal is for each student to leave with an offer with us for a summer internship or full-time position post-graduation. This is a unique approach to drawing talent to our headquarters in the city of Detroit. We are paying for students to fly in and stay a week in Detroit, with the goal that the students will gain a better understanding of what is happening in the city (you have to see it to believe it). Last year, with 93 total applicants, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans brought in 14 Winterns. This year, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans is nearly doubling the Winternship total to 25 from 6 schools after seeing 138 applicants. We will share the challenges faced building this unique talent pipeline, how we have measured success, and where we see it growing! 

11:30am
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12:15pm

Employer Brand Design Workshop

Wall to Wall Studios

Stage B

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Can an authentic brand experience attract the right talent? Wall-to-Wall believes so. Doug and Mike will share the tools they use everyday to help organizations discover their essence and use insights to engage an audience in ways that stick and resonate deeply.

Plus meet the team that powers the URx Brand! 

11:30am
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12:15pm

Giving Back & Building Up

Benjamin Chen

Head of University Talent Program, Juniper Networks

Jumpstart Room

12:30pm
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2pm

Lunch

Community Showcase Lounge

1:15pm
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1:45pm

Recruiting the Next Generation. Women in Tech Report 2019

Gaurav Verma

SVP of Customer Success, HackerRank

Main Stage (Sponsor Session)

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The entry-level talent landscape is changing—so the way we hire entry-level talent should change, too. Teams need to reconsider their university messaging, double down on talent branding efforts, and focus on candidate experience to attract and hire diverse entry-level talent. Join our session as we explore insights uncovered in HackerRank’s 2019 Women in Tech report and discuss best practices for attracting the next generation.

1:15pm
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1:45pm

Going Beyond Resumes

Tigran Sloyan

Co-Founder & CEO, CodeSignal

Stage B (Sponsor Session)

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More than 50,000 Computer Science degrees will be granted from US-based Universities in 2019, yet most University Recruiting programs focus only on a handful of schools that are well known for their engineering programs. Research shows that some of the best-known software engineers come from unknown universities or non-traditional backgrounds. How can we level the playing field for all new grads and enable University Recruiters to go beyond resumes without getting overwhelmed? 

1:15pm
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1:45pm

Setting the Course for Your Campus Recruiting Program

Jason Weingarten

Co-Founder & CEO, Yello

Stage A (Sponsor Session)

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With increased competition on campus and a tight labor market, how can employers effectively attract and engage top student talent? This session will guide attendees through three critical steps every team must take to launch a successful campus recruiting strategy.

First, know your new audience. Second, don’t be afraid to go digital. Third, let data be your guide. Join this session for the tactics you need to set the course for a high-performing campus recruiting program.

1:45pm
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2:15pm

Campus Ambassador Programs: Building and Maintaining a Successful Program

Adam Grant

CEO, Campus Commandos

Stage B (Sponsor Session)

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Campus ambassadors are a trending topic in university relations and recruiting as a tool to use former interns as company representatives on campus to identify top talent and uniquely engage with new candidates. Many companies are interested in piloting or establishing a program, but are unsure of how to begin. In this session, we will discuss how brands such as Quicken Loans, Campus Commandos, and more developed their programs, including the cornerstones of program design and an outline of our plans for continued enhancement. We will take questions and engage with audience members to create an interactive experience. Adams’ writing on the matter can be seen in Forbes Inc. and Huffington Post.

1:45pm
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2:15pm

Redefining Your UR Strategy

Charlene Delapena

Head of Strategy, Jumpstart

Gelila Asnake

University Recruiting Lead, Quora

Lauren Taft

Manager Technical & University Recruiting, Zendesk

Leo Cortez

Head of University Recruiting, AirBnB

Thomas Hughes

University Recruiting Lead, Lyft

Main Stage (Sponsor Session)

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Hear from seasoned University Recruiting professionals on how they've redefined their UR strategies to increase the diversity & inclusion in their talent pipeline and within on-campus recruiting efforts as well as how they've seen the overall University Recruiting landscape evolve throughout the years.

1:45pm
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2:15pm

How Nasdaq Screens Every Qualified Applicant Within 24 Hours

Liz Wessel

Co-Founder & CEO, WayUp

Stage A

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In under 1 year, Nasdaq made the applicant black hole a thing of the past. Learn how they respond to every applicant and phone screen all qualified candidates within 24 hours of their submitting an application.

2:30pm
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3:10pm

Diversity Internships: Where to Start?

Melisa Thomson

Senior Manager of Learning & Development, Employee Engagement, CBS Interactive

Main Stage

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What does it mean to have diversity as an integral part of your internship program. Melissa Thomson of CBS Interactive will cover how to structure a budget to make sure diversity is a top priority, share success stories, current partnerships and how CBS Interactive has grown their program as well as the impact it has had on the company and their relationships with campuses.

2:30pm
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3:10pm

What happens when you expand your talent funnel? Lessons from the experts

Anthony Rotoli

Director of Talent Aquisition, Karat

Caroline Cunningham

Sr. Manager for Early Career Talent Acquisition, Intuit

Jamie Lewis

Early Career Programs, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Paul Sledd

Recruiting Lead, BCG Ventures

Brooke Simpson

Recruiting Manager, Microsoft

Stage A

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In University Recruiting we’re crunched to select the very best of the best, in a narrow window of time, often with limited resources. Inevitably, these constraints leave us seeking talent from the sources that we believe deliver the highest percentage of hireable talent. While this targeted approach can be helpful, relying on it solely may be preventing your UR program from leveling up.  What happens when you greatly expand your footprint and the number of candidates you reach? And how can you achieve this?

 

In this panel discussion, recruiting leaders from Intuit, CZI, BCG, Microsoft, and Karat come together to discuss what they’ve learned by expanding their reach and interviewing more candidates from a wider variety of backgrounds.

2:30pm
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3:10pm

Nontraditional Outreach for Early Talent Recruitment

Steve Scordo

Employer Development Consultant, George Washington University

Staci Fowler

Managing Director of Employer Services, George Washington University

Stage B

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Universities continually seek innovative low/no-cost, high-impact ways to engage employers—the aim is to ensure employers connect with diverse student bodies who can support their early talent recruitment efforts. The discussion will focus on best practices—outside of traditional career fairs—that are driven by career centers, faculty, and student organizations.

3:15pm
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4pm

Fireside Chat: Recruiting with an experiential mindset

Garrett Lord

Co-founder and CEO, Handshake

Corey Twitty

Talent Acquisition Manager - University Recruiting, Intuit

Main Stage

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The way Gen Z engages with employers has changed - you're trying to hire a generation that has been digital since Day 1. Employers must create meaningful experiences; it's time for an experiential mindset and new, refreshed strategies in university recruiting. Join Handshake Founder & CEO Garrett Lord and Corey Twitty, Talent Acquisition Manager at Intuit, to discuss Intuit's new approach to UR that leverages targeted, personalized events, proactive engagement, and brand building. You'll leave with actionable insights into how you can take some of these concepts and apply them to your UR strategy. 

4pm
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4:30pm

Networking Break

CONFERENCES ARE BETTER WITH FRIENDS! MEET OTHER ATTENDEES FROM YOUR LOCAL URx COMMUNITIES

URx Community Lounges

4:30pm
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5:15pm

Alumni not Ex-Employees

Karen Lieu

People Operations Lead, Facebook

Dr. Byron McCrae

VP Student Life & Dean of Students, Davidson College

Steven Huang

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, CultureAmp

Wade Morgan

Account Executive, Airtable

Main Stage

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The college experience can be one of the most transformative periods of a persons life, leaving a lifelong impact. Universities have been nurturing people through this for 100+ years. In this wide-ranging discussion, we will explore what employers can learn and apply from universities that will create a transformative experience for their new talent over the first 2-4 years they spend with a company. Equally as important how do we turn our ex-employees into proud alumni. 

5:30pm
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6:30pm

Happy Hour!

Mix and mingle with your fellow attendees, sponsors, partners, and speakers. Light bites and drinks provided by the Handshake Team!

Day 2

May 7, 2019

9am
to
9:55am

Continental Breakfast

10am
to
11am

Humanizing your D&I Strategy at any Scale

Angela Roseboro

Chief Diversity Officer and Talent Acquisition Lead, Riot Games

Ragini Holloway

Head of Talent, Affirm

Tricia Sitemere

Senior University Talent Acquisition Partner, Workday

Katrina Jones

Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Twitch

Main Stage

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Diversity & Inclusion has become top of mind for all companies for various reasons both genuine and functional. How do companies create authentic programs and strategies that scale while not losing sight of the people that move percentages in the right direction? How do we collaborate with internal stakeholders throughout our companies? In this discussion with senior HR and Talent leaders, we will discuss how you can make an impact in your role as well as influence key decision makers in your organization.  

11:10am
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12pm

Employer Partnership Programs

Dara Patton

Associate Director of Employer Relations, UC Berkeley

Geni Harclerode

Director of Employer Recruitment and Engagement, Northwestern University

Stage A

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Who engages in employer partnership programs, and how effective are they? What do schools and recruiters really want from these programs? Identifying a lack of broad-scope information on corporate partner programs, the University of California Berkeley and Northwestern University launched comprehensive surveys to both employers and schools to better examine the current landscape of partnership models. Key findings from this national study will be shared, revealing important trends and areas of symmetry and disconnect between organizations and institutions. Join us for a lively bench-marking conversation aimed to make all partnerships more prosperous!

11:10am
to
12pm

Digital Marketing Strategies for Recruiters

Jeffrey Moss

Founder and CEO, Parker Dewey LLC

Stage B

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The presenters will facilitate a discussion on how the rapidly growing "freelance economy" can be harnessed by recruiters to drive improved campus recruiting efforts. In particular, this session will highlight how companies are not using "gigs" to replace jobs, but rather as an effective tool to improve recruiting efforts, drive diversity and inclusion, improve retention, enhance relationships with colleges, and generally improve hiring outcomes in an increasingly competitive environment.

11:10am
to
12pm

Building an Early Talent Engineering Bootcamp

Sirrah Williams

Campus Recruiting, Square

Main Stage

12pm
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1:30pm

Lunch

Community Showcase Lounge

1:30pm
to
2:10pm

Leveraging Analytics to Drive Recruiting Success

Donna Ganske

Recruiting & Systems Lead, Kiewit

Kelly Carder

University Relations Sr. Specialist, Kiewit

Main Stage

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This session will cover how to take your organization from a decentralized recruiting model to a centralized recruiting model leveraging data and analytics. In this session, we will discuss how to create processes and metrics to sustain the test of time, and learn how to utilize analytics to ensure team agility to meet business demands.

In March of 2016, we were tasked with taking a heavily decentralized Talent Acquisition organization, which included multiple recruiting groups and individuals across the US and Canada, and creating a centralized Talent Acquisition team to support the demands across North America. Throughout this process, internal data was gathered to understand current state as well as external best practices and benchmarks to identify the ideal future state. The team was given this task five months prior to Fall University Recruiting kicking off, so time was of the essence. Being an organization with over 130 years of existence, there were a lot of opinions and concerns around the team's ability to meet the high hiring demands, which consisted of over 700 Interns and 500 New Grads annually, without losing the individual business unit culture. Through this evolution, we created new Recruiting Analytics to capture Cost and Trends across Universities and business units ensuring efficient execution and ability to meet business needs. Through our creation of these new analytics, we have continued to challenge the business to decrease our on-campus presence, which was at the time 150 Universities, and ensure we have the right processes in place to continue to meet the needs of the business. As of September 2018, we have 12 University Recruiters across the US and Canada responsible for 34 business units and over 1400 hires. Our team is consistently ranked among the top services provided to our business, and it is our ability to tell the story with data that has helped us continue to make an impact across the organization.

1:30pm
to
2:10pm

Making a Difference from a Distance: Promoting Engagement While Working In a Regional Role

Kaci Kelly

Talent and Employer Engagement Manager California, University of Notre Dame

Lisa Carroza

Internship & Employer Outreach Liaison, Endicott College

Jumpstart Room

1:30pm
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2:10pm

Developing and Executing a Rebel Employer Brand Strategy

Naomi Thalenberg

Global University Program Brand Manager, SAP

Stage A

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What is your talent brand and how do you leverage it as a competitive advantage when targeting students and entry-level talent? This session is about education and execution as we explore the current brand and university recruiting standards, and how to break them both. We will share some actionable, rebel-like practices that challenge traditional campus strategy as we merge talent brand and UR.

1:30pm
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2:10pm

Candidates Are Customers Too: Customer Experience Tactics for Recruiting

Chi-Chi Egbo

Campus Engagement Specialist, Ryerson University

Stage B

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University recruiters operate in a competitive market, where most are vying for the same talent. Just like paying customers, candidates want to easily interact with your recruitment programs in ways that meet their needs. This session will cover how a customer journey map and customer experience (CX) tactics can transform your candidates’ interactions, and help your company stand out on campus.  
2:15pm
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3pm

UR a launchpad for Recruiting & People Professionals

Colleen Neary (Thumbtack), Luke Beseda (Lightspeed), Jess Boyd (Autodesk)

Main Stage

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High volume, multiple stakeholders, ambiguity, candidate management, branding, communication, operational rigor... University Recruiting naturally develops skill sets that are transferable to many different roles within any People Organization. Hear real stories of how our panelists started their careers in UR and find themselves now working as HRBPs, within Venture Capital, and leading programs.

3pm
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3:30pm

Closing Remarks

URx19 Organizing Team

Main Stage