Justin Smith

Justin Smith

Head of Emerging Talent, GitLab, Inc.

Justin W.R. Smith is an accomplished talent acquisition leader currently working at GitLab, where he focuses on developing and implementing emerging talent programs aimed at providing access to opportunities for individuals who have historically been excluded. With extensive experience and expertise in the field, Justin has held significant positions at companies such as Shopify, Inc., Uber Technologies, Inc., and Apple, Inc.

Originally from West Philadelphia, Justin brings a diverse background and perspective to his work. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Business Geographic Information Systems, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. This educational foundation has equipped him with a strong understanding of both financial management and the practical application of geographic information systems within a business context, although it is not currently his practice.

Throughout his career, Justin has demonstrated a commitment to driving inclusivity and diversity in talent acquisition. Leveraging his skills and knowledge, he actively creates opportunities for underrepresented individuals to thrive and succeed in the workforce. With his passion for building equitable pathways, Justin is instrumental in fostering a more inclusive professional landscape.

11:30 AM (PDT) - 12:15 PM (PDT)
Blackjack Stage

Strengthening Technical Talent Acquisition: A Collaborative Approach with Engineering Leaders

Join us for an insightful panel discussion on optimizing technical talent acquisition through strategic partnerships with engineering leaders and interviewers. In this session, we will explore effective strategies, best practices, and innovative approaches for identifying, attracting, and hiring top-tier early talent in technical roles. Discover how aligning with technical hiring teams can streamline processes, enhance candidate experience, and ultimately build a robust pipeline of skilled individuals who will drive innovation and growth within your organization. Gain invaluable insights from industry experts and practitioners who have successfully leveraged collaboration with engineering leaders to recruit and onboard exceptional technical talent.