2021 Speakers

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April Christina Curley

Diversity Specialist and Educator

April is an advocate for Black and brown students seeking opportunities in tech and beyond.

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Stephanie Tyler

TA Programs,
Autodesk

Stephanie has over 15 years of experience launching, scaling and maturing early career strategies and talent acquisition programs. Currently she runs a global UR team at Autodesk and manages TA programs and enablement. With a growth mindset, she is passionate about her team and constantly innovating. Previosuly as National Director of Campus Recruiting, at BDO USA, LLP Stephanie has developed and scaled a best-in-class campus recruiting strategy during a time of rapid firm growth. With a streamlined, digitally enabled approach focused on candidate care, Stephanie and her team hired more than 1500 students last year from some of the best colleges and universities in the country. With more than 15 years of recruiting experience, Stephanie is a thought-provoking speaker on many issues in the workplace, including multi-generational trends in the workplace, digital marketing, university recruiting strategies and the college-to-career transition.

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Katie Carrothers

National Campus Recruiting Manager,
CBIZ

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Kelly Anne Cheung

Head of University Recruiting - Americas,
eBay
Kelly Anne heads up the Americas University Recruiting Team at eBay. Her first taste of University Recruiting began in college when she organized an International Career Fair and Conference that drew companies like Northrop Grumman and Enterprise. Since then, she has worked across the Finance, Real Estate, Gaming, Networking Hardware, Fashion, and Ecommerce/Tech industry.
 
Throughout her 13+ year career, she has enjoyed the fast paced and ever evolving nature of the university space, driving efficiencies--especially as teams scale, building programs from the ground up, and collaborating while driving decisions. Her personal values of inclusion, empathy, and gratitude influence a lot of how she operates in both her personal and professional life. She is also the Founder and President of the Asian Employees at eBay Employee Resource Group/Community of Inclusion.
 
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Michele Tse

Manager, Campus Recruiting & Events,
Oscar Health

Michele is a Recruiting Manager that focuses on early career talent and events at Oscar Health. She’s been in recruiting for 5+ years and has hired entry to senior level talent while building & scaling recruiting programs. Prior to joining Oscar, Michele worked at AppDynamics and Fitbit.  She is an SF Native who made the move across country to NYC. She’s been involved with OneReq since 2017 and is passionate about building community and helping individuals jumpstart their careers.

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Audra Clem

Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist,
Novo Nordisk

Audra has been with Novo Nordisk for 3 years and attracting top talent is her passion! In her current role as Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, she has the exciting opportunity to lead early talent recruitment efforts which combines her background in school counseling and her love of talent acquisition. Audra is fortunate to partner with local high schools, colleges, universities, and community organizations in the greater JoCo area. She enjoys every day working with her team at this amazing company :)

Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Audra had several years of recruitment experience within different industries and owned her own recruitment company where she specialized in pharmaceutical recruitment.

Audra completed her BS degree in Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington and her MA in School Counseling from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

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Katelyn Amidon

Early Talent Recruiting Manager,
Lyft
My name is Katelyn Amidon and I am the Recruiting Manager of our Early Talent Programs team at Lyft. My team's mission is based on finding, engaging and hiring across our intern, new graduate, apprenticeship and rotational programs across all of our business functions. I have been at Lyft for just under 4 years, and prior to that I got my start in in recruiting for a small tech startup in San Francisco in 2016. Before pivoting my career to recruiting, I received my degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from University of San Diego and lived abroad to pursue my professional basketball career in Germany. I currently love the Early Talent space and hope to continue my passion for moving the needle in how companies develop and hire diverse talent by intentional and inclusive practices.
 
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Lauren Berger

Head of University Relations,
Roku
Lauren Berger is the Manager of University Recruiting and Inclusion Strategy at Roku. She supports a small but mighty team of University Recruiters, Coordinators, and Inclusion Recruiting Program Managers. She’s passionate about challenging the misconceptions of entry level talent and prioritizing an equitable candidate experience on a global scale. She's a proud graduate of Boston University and happily resides in San Jose with her husband, and two rescued furbabies, Winnifred and Cordelia.
 
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Alexa Friedman

University Recruiting Manager,
Databricks
Alexa manages the University Recruiting team at Databricks, where she worked with her team to build the UR program from the ground up. She's been student-focused her entire career, spending time working as a career & academic coach on campus at NYU and Chapman before moving into University Recruiting. She loves talking about the college-to-career pathway, diversity & inclusion, and enjoys baking and dancing in her free time.
 
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Matthew French

Founder,
Awesomely Authentic

Matthew French (He/Him/His) is the Founder and ‘90s-nostalgic brain behind Awesomely Authentic, a career-coaching, and inclusion organization that focuses on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people as they navigate the milestones of choosing a college to attend, searching for that perfect job, or making your company more inclusive.With ten years of experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, eight years of professional career coaching, and a love of the ‘90s, he has blended all of these aspects together to create an authentically high-energy tailored experience for his presentations. His work has been highlighted in national career development associations, CNN Business, LGBTQ+ non-profits, and more!

Matthew currently works and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he works as the Assistant Director for Employer Relations at UNC Charlotte to connect Employers with UNCC students and alumni.

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Yuga Iyer

Talent Acquisition Manager,
Adobe

I am currently the Talent Acquisition Manager for University Recruiting at Adobe. Throughout my 14 years of recruiting experience, I have worked for many industry leaders such as 3M, Amazon and now Adobe. With my recent transition to the University recruiting space, I’ve witnessed many areas where my team and I can make an impact on the careers of budding professionals. University Hiring efforts offer multiple opportunities to infuse new ideas that drive different layers of innovation into the organization. I pride myself on practicing and preaching to my teams the importance of a high-level customer focus. My expertise thrives in working backwards from a customer need while developing a solution to address them. The recruiting world survives on candidate experience, and a good reputation can take an organization a long way. Every connection you make helps to build the brand of your organization. I always like to encourage others to “ Do it right and Do it with the candidates best interest in mind always”

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Bridget King

Branding & Communications Program Manager,
IBM

Bridget King is the North America Branding & Communications Program Manager, Early
Professional Hiring at IBM, responsible for strategic branding and communications across the
US and Canada to enable IBM to attract and hire top early professional talent.
Previously, Bridget led IBM’s campus recruitment team in Canada. A graduate of the University
of Waterloo Arts and Business Co-op program, Bridget has also worked in recruitment in the
tech industry and the federal government. She holds her CHRP and is an active member of the
York Region HRPA chapter. She was awarded the 2019 HRPA Innovation Award and Campus
Recruiter of the Year by TalentEgg in 2017.

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Chelsea C. Williams

Founder & CEO,
College Code

Chelsea C. Williams is deeply passionate about a more equitable & inclusive workplace. As a Workplace Strategist, International Speaker, and the Founder & CEO of College Code, Chelsea supports award-winning global and national organizations in ensuring that DE&I is a forethought, rather than an afterthought. She has passionately spoken on advancing DE&I in the workplace at PR Council, Scholastic, and Hearst Magazines. Chelsea is a national thought leader in supporting the next generation of workers. She frequently contributes to Forbes, The Muse, the go-to destination to research companies and careers, and The National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE). Prior to founding College Code, Chelsea spent nearly 10 years on Wall Street managing & leading human capital across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Chelsea obtained her BA in Economics from Spelman College. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Melissa Wafful

Recruiter - Next Gen Talent,
Electronic Arts
After spending 12 years in specialty retail management (and very short stint in competitive Halo), Melissa returned to school in 2010 to complete her Bachelor’s in Psychology at New Mexico State University. Prior to joining EA’s Next Gen Talent team, Melissa worked at Walt Disney World, Blizzard Entertainment, and Indeed in various recruiting support functions (programs, coordination, and immigration). Currently, Melissa supports EA’s Next Gen hiring for our Studios, World Wide Customer Experience, and Finance organizations across the US. As the Next-Gen team’s appointed Director of Fun, Melissa is known for delivering a best in class intern experience by providing personable, impactful, and entertaining intern programming such as trivia, gratitude in the workplace, resume deep dives, and occasionally playing dress up at her events. Melissa is passionate about helping people, sharing what national day it is, and, debating over the best food options in Austin. Outside of work, Melissa plays lots of Halo, Hearthstone, and Plants vs Zombies, hangs out with her cat, Franklin, and bakes cookies with her husband.
 
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Brenda Campbell

Director of Employer Relations,
Endicott College

Brenda Campbell joined the Endicott College Internship and Career Center in 2014. In her seven years, she has developed innovative programming to engage employers and expose students to career options both nationally and globally. Brenda helped to develop Global Internships in Ireland for Endicott students. She increased employer involvement on campus, developed Industry Exploration Nights, expanded the Career Labs which created new partnerships with prominent employers. She continues to increase awareness of Endicott College among peers and employers through conferences, on campus events and employer visits. She is an active member of the Employer Relations Consortium and WISE Boston, as a Board of Directors for Mentorship.

Brenda previously worked for Philips of North America on the Campus Recruiting Team from 2011 until 2014. Brenda was responsible for branding and recruiting at four Massachusetts universities. This included panels, guest lecturing, technical talks and sponsorships to enhance the students’ experience and educate them about Philips.

Brenda previously had careers as an assistant teacher, accountant and business owner. She has a BA in Business Administration from Saint Anselm College. Brenda is dedicated to her family and devotes her time away from work to support her six children in their scholastic and sport endeavors.

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Dale McLennan

Dean, Internship and Career Center,
Endicott College

Dale McLennan is currently Dean of Endicott College’s Internship and Career Center, leading the strategic vision for Endicott’s nationally recognized internship program. She previously held the role of Director of the Career Center, where she led the growth from a one-person operation to a multi-person professional staff that supports the career growth of all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. She collaborated with faculty and administration to develop and implement a comprehensive, required, four-year professional development curriculum to prepare students for success in internships and careers.

Prior to Endicott, Dale worked in career services at Boston University, and before transitioning to career services, worked in academic advising/counseling.

Throughout her career, Dale has been involved in a number of professional associations, including NACE, EACE and Career Thought Leaders, as a member, through committee work, and presenting at conferences.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia.

For additional information: www.linkedin.com/in/dalemclennan

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Brittni Lundie

Manager, Global Recruiting Programs,
Twitter

Brittnie Lundie is the Manager, Global Recruiting Programs at Twitter. Previously, Brittni was a Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager at Uber based in San Francisco where she manages diversity and inclusion programs on the university team to include conference engagement, early diverse talent pipeline relationship building through UberStar and inclusive training facilitation on campus diversity outreach and engagement. Goals surrounding her current role center exclusively on driving the hiring of diverse early career talent.

Prior to joining Uber, she was a diversity and college recruiter for Tesla, the Boeing Company, Deloitte and the Department of Defense. She’s spent the majority of her 12 year career recruiting entry level engineers across various industries. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Grambling State University, an MPA in HR Management from Texas Southern University and is a huge proponent of HBCU’s and diversity hiring and retention. She is a recent transplant to the bay area from Denver and enjoys cooking, crafting and raising her 3 year old daughter Charleigh.

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Robert Craig

Manager, Data Analytics, Reporting & Research,
University of Waterloo
Robert Craig is the Manager of Data Analytics, Reporting & Research with Co-operative & Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo. Robert has led the development of Waterloo's co-op analytics database since 2017, the largest student-employer talent database of its kind in the world, and has overseen all data analytics projects for Co-operative and Experiential Education over that time. This has included research into the economic impact of co-op, the evolution of skills required by co-op employers, and ongoing research into the co-op student experience. Robert has led analytics projects for some of Canada’s leading brands, guiding Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment’s Business Intelligence team to the Gold Award in Customer Analytics at the Gartner CRM Excellence Awards. Robert has been featured in multiple peer-reviewed journals for research related to post-secondary program evaluation and experiential teaching methods.
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Judene Pretti

Director, Work-Learn Institute,
University of Waterloo
Judene Pretti is the Director of the Work-Learn Institute at the University of Waterloo. With more than 20 years of experience in the post-secondary sector, Judene leads a team that conducts and shares research related to the experiences and impacts of co-operative education and work-integrated learning programs for employers, students and academic institutions. Recently her team has been investigating the experiences of remote work for early career talent. She has collaborated with researchers across the globe, producing numerous journal articles and presentations for national and international audiences.
 
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Keoka Caulder

University Relations Lead,
General Dynamics Mission Systems

Keoka Caulder is the University Relations Lead for General Dynamics Mission Systems. In this role, Keoka executes the university relations strategy for attracting, hiring, and retaining early career talent, expanding the internship program, and developing diverse strategic partnerships.

With over 8 years of experience in diversity, inclusion, and recruitment, Keoka has developed best-in-class programming initiatives with regards to enhancing recruitment, performance, and retention.

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Brittany Mitlo

Senior Technical Recruiter,
Duolingo

Brittany Mitlo is a Senior Technical Recruiter at Duolingo who has helped the company's 5x growth since joining in 2017. Brittany has prior experience in 3rd party recruiting (aka headhunting) and higher education (hail to Pitt!). Brittany enjoys laughing with her team, embarrassing karaoke moments, and endless cups of coffee.

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Julie Hetcko

Early In Career Program Management Manager,
Nordstrom
From Midwest roots to climbing mountain summits in the Northwest, Julie Hetcko found her professional calling in Talent Acquisition where she is the Early In Career Program Management Manager at Nordstrom. She has 10 years of experience in recruiting ranging from university settings, international relations, agency recruiting and now inhouse at Nordstrom. She focuses on relationship building with leadership, peers, and candidates to create a first-class recruiting program driven by candidate experience. She is working on constantly evolving and growing their programs inhouse to create a talent funnel for successful succession planning driven by diversifying talent.
 
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Vanessa Heimowitz

Senior Program Manager, Early Talent Development,
Workday
Vanessa Heimowitz is a Senior Program Manager for Talent Development at Workday. She builds and runs programs to help Workday’s early talent population connect and thrive at work. Prior to Workday, she spent time working in the nonprofit space building talent development programs for underrepresented early talent populations. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Southern California, and a MS in Career Counseling from San Francisco State University.
 
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Jenna Thomas

University Recruiting Lead,
Blend

I'm passionate about building programs to help early in career talent break into tech! I spend my free time traveling (pre-covid) and spending time with loved ones.

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Hayden Kornblut

HR Lead, Global IT & GBS,
KraftHeinz
I serve as the HR Lead for the IT & GBS organizations for Kraft Heinz. In this role I support the global IT and GBS leadership teams with strategic human capital initiatives. Prior to this role, I served as the Head of University Relations where I had the pleasure of working with over 150 of the top collegiate undergrads and MBAs from elite programs around the country. I supported the identification, growth, and development of these talented individuals and support their immersion into the Kraft Heinz organization. A South Carolina native, I earned my bachelors degree in Marketing and Human Resources Management from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business.
 
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Kristan Crapps

Global Employee Network Manager,
Chevron

Kristan Crapps is responsible for managing Chevron’s global employee network program, social investment partnerships aligned with employee networks, and other diversity and inclusion related initiatives. Chevron’s employee networks, or resource groups, have memberships of over 20,000 employees across twelve networks globally. Some of the diversity and inclusion initiatives under Kristan’s leadership include Chevron’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program, Camp Chevron summer enrichment program, and the Chairman’s Inclusion Council.

Prior to this role, Kristan was Business Analyst in Chevron’s Environmental Management Company and worked in various roles within Chevron’s Finance Shared Services group. Prior to Chevron, she worked as an Audit Professional for Ernst & Young. Kristan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Management degree in Accounting from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Kristan served as global President of Chevron’s Black Employee Network and is Recruiting Team Lead of Chevron’s National Association of Black Accountants Recruiting Team. Outside of Chevron, Kristan is active with Houston Black Leadership Institute, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and is on the Board of Directors for the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Incorporated. Kristan is the wife of William and mother of Chatman and Hamilton.

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Daniel Glovsky

Early Career Talent - Program Manager,
Splunk

Daniel is the Early Career Talent, Program Manager at Splunk. In his role, he focuses on intern onboarding, learning and development, performance management, and non-traditional internship programs. Before joining Splunk, he worked in the non-profit sector building national recruitment programs. Daniel lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and likes to spend his free time golfing.

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AJ Thompson

Intern Success Specialist,
Shopify

AJ Thompson is an Intern Success Specialist at Shopify. His journey at Shopify began as a Campus Recruiter where he focused on hiring interns but also spent time concentrating on their experience. Which led to him building his current role in January 2020, which was just in time to bring Shopify’s intern experience fully online!

Shopify’s Intern Program hires interns 3 times a year, with ~100 interns starting every term. AJ is passionate and committed to building an internship community that can thrive in a digital by default world, and looks forward to future learnings and meeting new intern cohorts

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Jenn Fisher

University Recruiting Outreach Liaison,
RingCentral

Jenn Fisher is a University Recruiting Outreach Liaison at RingCentral. Partnering with universities and students to attract early career talent across the organization while strategically developing an internship program focusing on hands-on and impactful work experiences and mentorship to provide career development. Jenn is passionate about building professional relationships to foster an internship program that is diverse and inclusive, creating an environment where every intern feels valued for their individual contributions to RingCentral. Jenn Fisher is a talent acquisition professional of 3+ years and holds a degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Natalia Le

University Recruiter,
Datadog
Natalia has enjoyed building out early career programs over her past five years in university recruiting. She's passionate about creating a supportive candidate experience and partnering with organizations to make tech more inclusive. In her free time, you can find her exploring NYC, at spin class, playing board games, reading, or traveling (in a normal world).
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Hannah Seliskar

Campus Recruiting Manager,
Credera
Hannah started her career as a Management Consultant, but quickly fell in love with campus recruiting. She has experience recruiting experienced professionals, entry-level hires, and student interns within the Consulting and Architecture and Interior Design industries. Currently, she manages the campus recruiting and internship programs for Credera US – a global boutique consulting firm headquartered in Dallas, TX. Hannah is passionate about democratizing the recruiting process for students while creating streamlined and consistent processes for internal execution. She holds a BBA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.
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Amber Spiewak

Program Manager - Diversity and Inclusion,
Charles Schwab

Amber is a Program Manager of Diversity & Inclusion at Charles Schwab & Co. In her current role she consults with talent acquisition and business partners to impact inclusion within Charles Schwab. Amber attended Illinois Wesleyan University and majored in Anthropology with a minor in Studio Art. Amber’s career focus has been within roles that support service to others whether that be through retail, finance, or as a human resources professional. In her work, Amber uses her lens as an ethnographer to understand how systems and people operate. She is working actively to dismantle exclusive system and hopes to make a long term impact by creating more equitable and inclusive systems in the future.

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Benjy Spiro

Head of University Relations and Attraction,
AECOM

I'm a passionate, motivated, enthusiastic and driven Campus Recruiting and University Relations expert, who enjoys nothing more than being the person to change a student's life and enable them to take the steps to begin their professional careers. I spend my time cultivating relationships with students and administration on campus, designing internship and entry level programming, and mentoring students to achieve their highest levels of success.

Currently I work at AECOM, one of the largest multinational engineering and construction consulting firms, where I design and oversee the university recruiting, branding and marketing strategy for North America.

I've been fortunate to have worked at several incredible companies including Accenture, Barclays, Christies, Credit Suisse, Disney, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, where I have recruited the best students on campus for positions in consulting, engineering, finance, cybersecurity, wealth management, technology and operations.

I am passionate about a number of charities and enjoy giving back whenever possible. Currently, I am the West Coast Director for Chesed Shel Emes, a United Nations-affiliated emergency response organization. I serve the community in several ways including being an active member of Infragard, an FBI/Private Sector alliance, as well as serving on The White House's National Faith Leaders Council. I am also a proud member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, where I lead Human Resources at the Divisional level. Previously, I led more than 550 individuals on 11 groups of young adults to Israel as one of Taglit: Birthright-Israel's most seasoned staff members. During my undergraduate experience, I served as discussion leader at the Maryland Correctional Institute - Jessup, a maximum security prison.

I'm a curious and continuous learner and have been recognized by my leadership for being genuine, authentic and transparent in my work. I am a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, with a Bachelors of Arts in American Studies focusing in Human Resource Management and Communication.
 

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Beti Gathegi

Recruiting Program Manager,
Airbnb

Beti joined Airbnb almost two years ago after managing an internship program at Pandora and working on diversity and employee experience initiatives at Lyft.

At Airbnb, Beti built, launched, and co-manages the current Connect Apprenticeship Program. The program is a six-month engineering apprenticeship that gives people from non-traditional technical backgrounds an onramp to a potential career at Airbnb. She helped define traits for a brand new level of engineering, and in her spare time she's working on a project to clarify the competencies used for engineering interviews.

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Bridget LeMon

Global UR Team Lead,
HubSpot

Bridget is an experienced University Recruiting professional focused on building out HubSpot's intern, co-op, and entry-level programs. Having started her career in the not-for-profit government sector before transitioning into tech, she has developed and led innovative university talent strategies tailored to the needs of organizations that are both high-growth and mission-driven.

Over the past 3+ years Bridget has been at HubSpot, the student programs have grown and scaled significantly. Focused on inclusivity at every level of the programming she and her team run, Bridget is passionate about creating communities where everyone belongs and is empowered to do their best work.

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Carolyn Chiao

TA Manager, University Relations,
Pure Storage
A self-proclaimed generalist who doesn't yet have a firm grasp on her long-term vocation, Carolyn has been fortunate with her lily pad career trajectory to date. Now approaching four years in university recruiting at Pure Storage, Carolyn seeks for opportunities to make an impact beyond her immediate community. She looks forward to learning from her esteemed peers before her in the industry and driving positive change alongside with them. She would also be utterly delighted to connect with any fellow readers, jigsaw-puzzle-players, or BTS ARMY.
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Courtney Fay

Campus Recruiter,
Bose
My name is Courtney Fay and I'm the Campus Recruiter at Bose. I started my journey Talent Acquisition 5 years ago hiring full-time technical talent. I've always loved helping early talent find where they belong in an organization, so I made the switch to Campus Recruiting! In my role I get to partner with students, universities and organizations to hire our intern population. One of the most exciting parts of my job is being able to watch our early talent population develop and grow while they're at Bose.
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Mary-Peyton Amburn

IBM Accelerate Program Manager,
IBM
Mary-Peyton has over 8 years of experience in Early Professional Hiring at IBM. Her roles have included specialization in Talent Marketing, Campus Relations, Sourcing, Communications, Strategy, and Experience Design. Through a passion of agile ways of working, Mary-Peyton led a 5-week redesign of the IBM North America Intern Program to shift the program to virtual in 2020. In her personal time, Mary-Peyton enjoys playing tennis, being outdoors, and spending time on the North Carolina coast with her family.
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Stephanie Wezelman

University Recruiting Manager,
Echo Global Logistics
Stephanie is the University Recruiting Manager at Echo Global Logistics, where she works to recruit and retain top talent in the early career and internship space. If she is not meeting with students nationwide at college campuses and career centers, you will find her creating innovative programming and leading Echo's successful summer Internship Program, which spans across 10 departments and 7 office locations. Company culture is the most important thing to Stephanie, and she loves being able to share Echo's incredible culture with students and bring them on board to start their careers.
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Mika Brown

Recruiting Coordinator,
Zapier

Mika is currently a Recruiting Coordinator at Zapier. Mika started at Zapier with little to no experience in automation and soon after realized the value of automating tasks within recruiting. Her boss once told her, "If you can automate yourself out of a job - do it. We'll find something else for you to do around here." She took that challenge to heart and was later dubbed the "Zap Wizard" by her recruiting teammates.

Mika has a BA in Psychology from James Madison University (Go Dukes!). You can typically find her binge-watching the latest movie/television hit with a bubble tea in hand.

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Sandra Abdelmaseih

University Relations Recruiter,
Zynga

I'm a UR recruiter based out of Toronto, Canada and have been at Zynga for over 2 years. I started my career in experiential marketing, but shifted into gaming and talent acquisition work where I knew I would be happy and shaping the future of gaming. I specialize in North American recruitment in all disciplines, and work towards our diversity goals for our future classes.

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Shaundra Daily

Associate Professor of the Practice,
Duke University
Shaundra B Daily ("Shani B.") is an associate professor of practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science at Duke University. She is also Co-founder and creative director of DEEP Designs, LLC. Prior to joining Duke, she was an associate professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. She also served as an associate professor and interim co-chair in the School of Computing at Clemson University. Her research involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of technologies, programs, and curriculum to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM fields. Dr. Daily earned a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University College of Engineering, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in media art and sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
 
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Hazen Andrews

University Relations Lead,
Zynga
Hazen is an experienced Talent Acquisition professional with work spanning a number of different fields and industries. Currently, he leads the University Relations program and strategy at Zynga, helping to shape the future of the gaming industry with junior talent.
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Jasmine Nuñez

Co-Founder & COO,
Diverse Influencers
Jasmine Nuñez is a proud Latina who is crafting her career path to be a trailblazer in the talent-space. She graduated from CUNY Queens College with a B.A. in Media Studies. Her strong involvement with student organizations helped her secure 5 internships (including in Recruitment and D&I). Her proudest accomplishment is co-founding a career development non-profit for CUNY freshmen and sophomores, called Diverse Influencers. As an extrovert and power networker, she has grown obsessed with virtual networking opportunities (especially Clubhouse). Most of Jasmine’s free time is dedicated to the career development of underrepresented students who are exploring a field within business or technology. She also loves her baby bunny (Bad Bunny) and pet cat (Piña).
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Katia Ratkovich

Senior Manager, Global Early Talent,
Splunk
Katia leads Splunk's Global Early Talent programs. She and her team are responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain top university graduates and early-in-career candidates to create a diverse, global workforce. She co-leads the planning some of Splunk's major diversity initiatives, is a member of Splunk’s Women in Technology group and sits on the D&I counsel. Katia lives in San Francisco, California with her husband and loves to travel, cook up new recipes, practice yoga, and (safely) spend time with friends and family.
 
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Char Delapena

Executive Director, URx,
Recruiting Manager - University, Robinhood

Charlene (Char) Delapena is the Head of University Recruiting at Robinhood and Executive Director for URx.  Leading the university recruiting efforts for Robinhood, she is responsible for executing strategies designed to attract early career talent across the organization while managing programs focused on providing real life work experiences and mentorship to ensure career success.  Char is also passionate about diversity & inclusion and makes it a priority to not only increase the diversity within pipelines but encourages an inclusive environment for early career talent to excel in and feel a sense of belonging.  Char has spent 8 years within the university recruiting space managing programs at Robinhood, Quora, Coinbase and Dolby Laboratories and holds a Bachelors degree in Telecommunications from DeVry University.

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Wahab Owolabi

Founder URx,
Diversity Business Partner, Facebook

Entrepreneur, community builder, and diversity advocate. Wahab Owolabi is the Founder of OneReq, URx & Producer of the URx Conference. Currently Wahab is also a Diversity Business Partner at Facebook and on the Board of ColorStack a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of underrepresented college CS students. Previously, Wahab built the University Recruiting and Talent Programs function at Rubrik. Rubrik became an employer of choice amongst top engineering students and ranked in the top 10 of Linkedin's Career Launching Startups. Prior to Rubrik, Wahab was a Talent Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, building a network of top university talent and supporting portfolio company recruiting efforts. Previously, Wahab worked at both Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University helping technology companies recruit university talent and helping students launch amazing technical careers.  

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Nicole Wright

University Recruiting Program Manager,
Gusto
Nicole is passionate about creating meaningful recruiting and work experiences for early career talent. Being the first in her immediate family to graduate college, she hopes to create guidance and clarity for students trying to navigate their first career and their professional life after college.
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Monica Kirst

Head of Recruiting Operations and Programs,
Gusto
I lead a team that is responsible for all recruiting programs and processes including headcount planning, talent pipeline strategy, systems and tools, reporting, employer branding, diversity efforts, and early career hiring. I've helped Gusto scale from 200 employees to 1,500 employees.
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Samantha Khan

Human Resources Consultant,
PTC

Passionate about all things Human Resources. HR Business Partner at a fast-paced high tech company in the center of Boston. Partner with leaders responsible for our core, growth and mature products and across different functions including Product Development, Design, Marketing, R&D, Sales and Technical Support (500+ employees globally). Deliver meaningful results through org design, talent management, leadership development, and team building.

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Lavonne Hoang

Student,
Duke University
Lavonne is a current Duke University senior double majoring in Statistics and Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. During her time at Duke, she has held leadership positions in various organizations including Devils en Pointe and Duke Business Oriented Women. She has studied abroad in Spain, Switzerland, and Australia. She has interned at McClatchy as a software developer, at Valor Ventures as a sourcing intern, and at Citi as a summer analyst in the sales and trading division where she will be returning as a full-time analyst. Her interests include dancing, running, and cooking.
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Holly Estes

University Recruiter,
Duolingo
Holly is a University Recruiter at Duolingo and acts as Duolingo's Internship Program Manager. Holly started her career working in collegiate football recruiting at West Virginia University, where she earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration. Upon graduating, she spent a year managing large-scale admissions programming at the University of Pittsburgh before joining Duolingo. Holly has a passion for student development, and finds fulfillment in building enriching experiences for students in transitional periods of their lives. Outside of work, she is attempting to conquer puppy parenthood (training tips are welcomed) and finding time to paint between games of fetch.
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Kelsey Sherer

Talent Acquisition Partner Sr.,
USAA

Kelsey is a Talent Acquisition Partner Sr. on the University Relations team at USAA. Previously, Kelsey worked as a recruiter and supported internship hiring for multiple areas across the company. In her current role, she leads the newly launched Accelerate Internship program, a four-week intern preparation experience for sophomore college students. She also manages the company’s HR Career Development rotational program. In addition, she is responsible for and passionate about leading diversity & inclusion recruiting efforts in the college space. Kelsey has had the privilege to lead recruiting teams for multiple diversity conferences such as ROMBA, NBMBAA, Grace Hopper Celebration, and SHPE. She’s spent her entire career in the recruiting space and loves working with students to help them align their education and passion with a career.

Prior to joining USAA, Kelsey established the recruiting coordinator role at Mainstreet Hub, a startup company in downtown Austin. She originally started her career at Total Quality Logistics supporting recruiters across the United States. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Texas State University. Kelsey resides in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas and enjoys spending time at her family ranch and traveling to new places with her husband.

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Cecilé Sadler

Graduate Assistant,
Duke University

Cecilé Sadler earned her M.S. in Computer Engineering from Duke University, and as a first year PhD candidate, is currently deciding where she will continue her educational pursuits. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from NC State University. Passionate about creating equitable opportunities for minoritized groups within the field of technology, Cecilé’s research interest are in exploring the ways in which learning, and teaching occur through the enhancement of technology in the classroom. Cecilé is especially interested in the development of identity and voice of BIPOC STEM students. Through her work with the Identity in Computing Group at Duke University she conducts research as is relates to tech diversity issues in both academic and professional computing environments. As a graduate assistant Cecilé supports and collaborates on the design and delivery of content for the 3C (Cultural Competence in Computing) Fellows program.

Cecilé has interned at companies including Fidelity Investments, Cisco Systems, and Intel Corporation. In her free time, she works as a middle school tutor and also enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

Kristan Allen

Global Employee Resource Group Manager,
Chevron
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Brett Henninger

Talent Advisor,
Charles Schwab

With almost 15 years of experience in Human Resources, Brett serves as a Talent Advisor with Charles Schwab & Co. In his current role, he provides consultations with hiring managers at Schwab to identify top talent to fill nationwide openings.  In addition to helping hiring managers fill openings, he also drives Schwab’s relationship with college campuses in Indiana and Ohio, while also promoting the Schwab Foundation Scholars in Financial Planning scholarship.  Brett is a lifelong Hoosier, graduating from Marian College in Indianapolis, IN.  On Saturday’s in the fall, he also officiates Division I college football. He resides in Fishers, IN with his wife and three daughters.

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Kiran Nayak

Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist,
Charles Schwab

Kiran is a Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist at Charles Schwab & Co. In her current role she strives to execute the Charles Schwab campus recruiting strategy by building relationships with key university partners in the Dallas area and using our campus candidates as a strategic talent pipeline. She plays a large role in the Schwab Intern Academy to fill our internship positions with top diverse talent from our partner universities. Kiran believes that students are our future leaders and bring innovative, diverse perspectives to the table. She is excited to work with this dynamic rising workforce every day!

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Alli Benezra

Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist,
Charles Schwab

Alli is a Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist at Charles Schwab & Co. In her current role she focuses on student and university relationships in the Phoenix, Orlando and El Paso markets, utilizing these student connections to help fill Schwab’s early talent pipelines. Additionally Alli supports internal business leaders with executing Schwab’s sponsored Security Industry Essentials Exam program in collaboration with universities and Kaplan. Alli believes that every impactful interaction with a student is an opportunity to change their lives and she enjoys helping students identify their career path.

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Malina Pech

Sr. University Recruiter,
CrowdStrike

Malina is an experience full-cycle recruiter and has been in the tech university recruiting space for almost 10 years. In her current role, she manages the engineering and R&D recruiting efforts for early talent at CrowdStrike.

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Sam Lee

University Recruiter,
Robinhood

Sam is a former accountant turned University Recruiter at Robinhood as well as a member of the URx team. In addition to full cycle technical recruiting and strengthening the team's diversity efforts and partnerships, she is utilizing her accounting background by focusing on all things data and metrics. She kicked off her university recruiting career three years ago as a Recruiting Coordinator at Coinbase, eventually expanding her role to include building out the program for interns and new grads.

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Ahva Sadeghi

Co-Founder and CEO,
Symba

Ahva Sadeghi is a passionate social entrepreneur and co-founder of Symba, a venture backed and all-female founded tech startup. Symba is focused on designing the internship experience and the future of work. Ahva is an economist and researcher focused on remote work and workforce development. Prior to launching Symba, Ahva worked at the US Department of State in the Human Rights Bureau and completed a civil rights fellowship with Congressman John Lewis in Atlanta. She was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Global Entrepreneur Scholar by the US Department of State.

Ahva completed her graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received her BA from the University of Arizona Honors College. In her spare time, Ahva enjoys playing the cello.

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Gloria Cho

Global University Experience Program Manager,
PayPal

Gloria Cho is a dedicated human resources professional who specializes in university recruitment and programs. She is currently leading global programing initiatives at PayPal where she strategizes and implements programs to encourage growth and development for Interns and Recent College Graduates. Gloria has a strong passion towards mentoring early career talent and helping them find opportunities where they can thrive as successful professionals. She also enjoys creating training curriculum to help her managers succeed, scaling programs, and building relationships with business partners. 

Gloria graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies with a Business Emphasis as well as a B.M. in Piano Performance.

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Jason Lu

University Recruiter,
Quora
Jason kicked off his HR career 2 years ago after graduating from Cal Poly - SLO, as a People Coordinator at Jobvite where he eventually found his passion to work in the University Recruiting space. Now part of the UR team at Quora, he focuses on hiring and building out programs for early career talent on their tech teams. 
 
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Jeanie Arciaga

Program Manager, University Programs,
Roblox

Throughout her career, Jeanie has always had a passion for helping people. In her current role as University Programs Manager at Roblox, she is excited to help students find opportunities where they can have the biggest impact and ensure each student has a memorable experience. After attending URx Forward 2020, Jeanie is pumped to give back to the UR community and volunteer for this year’s conference! Talk to Jeanie about cool hobbies she picked up during quarantine.

 

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Joy Osborne

Director, Intern & University Talent Engagement,
Zwift
Joy is a seasoned university professional with 20+ years of experience within the education and corporate world. She entered her career as an elementary school educator, focusing on upper elementary grades (4 - 6), and taught for 5.5 years in the public school system and overseas in Tanzania, Africa. After returning to the US in 1998, she transitioned into the corporate world where she spent the next 20 years working in technology arenas, including eBay, NetApp, Yelp, and Palo Alto Networks. She's currently the Director, University Talent Engagement & Programs at Zwift. She's eager to build out more formal Zwift university programs and help create experiences that her candidates will love. She continues to thrive on supporting the next generation of talent to navigate their career adventures.
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Nicky Garcea

Co-Founder/Chief Customer Officer,
Cappfinity
Nicky Garcea is a co-founder, chief customer officer, and industrial psychologist. Nicky is passionate about strengths-based recruitment to help talent leaders build diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams. She is also an unapologetic advocate for women in leadership. With her team at Cappfinity, she delivers immersive assessment, development, training, and leadership solutions. She is often tapped to keynote workplace events in the UK, Europe, and US. Nicky currently co-hosts Future Forward, a weekly LinkedIn Live series on the future of work. Nicky splits her time between NYC and the UK with her husband and energetic sons.
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Rebecca Soto

DiverseAbility Team Talent Acquisition,
Maximus
Ms. Soto is the Manager for the DiverseABILITY Team at MAXIMUS, specializing in the sourcing and recruitment of persons with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, as well as providing internal education and training on disability, sensitivity, unconscious bias, and inclusion.
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Jamilla Smith

Senior Campus Recruiter,
Bloomberg
Jamilla Smith is a Senior Campus Recruiter on the Bloomberg Campus / Entry-level Talent Acquisition team. She has supported the Bloomberg Customer Support, Analytics & Sales, Supply Chain and Client Financial Services for full-time and internship roles. She started at Bloomberg LP in January 2017 and has managed relationships with target schools in the North East, Southern, and Caribbean Regions. Prior to Bloomberg, she worked as a Recruiting Coordinator and Campus Recruiter for 3.5 years in the insurance broking/consulting industry. She graduated from Baruch College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She is a Sergeant First Class currently in the Army Reserves as a Human Resources Specialist (42A) and has been serving for over 17 years.
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Corey Twitty

Talent Acquisition Manager - Emerging Talent,
Netflix

Corey Twitty is the Head of Emerging Talent at Netflix. Formerly, Corey worked at Lyft Recruiting as well a Talent Acquisition Manager at Intuit, where he leads University Recruiting for all business roles. During his time at Intuit, he has worked to champion diversity and currently facilitates workshops across the company on what it means to lead inclusively. Before joining Intuit, Corey spent 8 years at Target Corp. He began his career in their Global Sourcing Department as a Business Analyst where he acted as the liaison between Target and overseas vendors. Soon after, he transitioned into Talent Acquisition where he found his true passion of University Recruiting. During his tenure on the team, he built long lasting diversity programs, and was critical in scaling the team’s growth. Corey attended Connecticut College (Go Camels!) and graduated with a degree in Sociology based Human Relations.

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Jehron Petty

Founder,
ColorStack

Jehron is a senior at Cornell University studying Computer Science. He interned at Two Sigma and Google as a software engineer, then went on to the APM internship at Google most recently. On campus he co-founded Black Entrepreneurs in Training and is the Co-President of Underrepresented Minorities in Computing (URMC). He grew URMC from 15 to over 135 active members in a year and changed the narrative for Black and Latinx CS majors at Cornell. URMC has seen great success beyond Cornell as well by increasing the amount of students of color that land summer internships—from 2 to 14 at Google alone in a year! Under the mentorship of the founder of /dev/color, his goal is to scale URMC nationally to move the needle for racial diversity in tech.

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Connie Huff

Program Manager, Campus and Diversity Relations,
McKesson

Connie Huff joined McKesson in January 2020 as the Program Manager for Campus & Diversity Relations. Previously, Connie worked in the Aerospace & Defense industry managing a small but mighty University Recruiting team. In her current role, she is responsible for the strategy and execution of McKesson’s campus programs and their engagement with various diversity organizations and institutions. In her spare time, Connie enjoys getting outside, being active, and exploring the Dallas food scene with her fiancé.

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Tom Brunskill

Co-Founder & CEO,
Forage

Tom is CEO and co-founder of Forage, which he started along with co-founder Pasha in 2017. Prior to Forage, Tom was an M&A attorney at a global law firm (King & Wood Mallesons) specializing in cross-border transactions. In this role, Tom realized there was a disconnect between university and the world of work. From here, Forage was born. Today, Forage aims to give all students the means to advance their careers for free. With over 1.4 million students and 75 companies on the platform, Tom is passionate about helping students find their dream careers at great companies.

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Jessica Hernandez

University Recruiting & Programs,
Airbnb
In my current role at Airbnb, I manage our Summer Intern Program and new grad engagement and support the recruitment and hiring of intern and new grad candidates. Additionally, I am a Global Lead for Juntos, Airbnb's employee resource group for Latinx/Hispanic employees. Prior to joining Airbnb, I worked in the education/non-profit sector. I was a high school special education teacher in Chicago before making the switch to recruiting teachers. I care deeply about increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups and use my background to to create talent programs focused on diversity and inclusion.
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Haneen Abu Farha

Technical Recruiter,
Upwork

Seasoned professional with 12+ years of experience in Product Management, Account Management & Technical Sourcing.Expertise sourcing diverse talent for clients like Microsoft, Facebook, AWS & Netflix. Currently, working as a Technical Recruiter at Upwork.Haneen has an MBA from Indiana University & an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Diploma from Euro-Mediterranean University.

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Betsir Zemen

Global Talent Selection Scientist,
Facebook

Dr. Betsir Zemen's research and consulting work focuses on the application of emerging technology (e.g., artificial intelligence, AR/VR, mobile, and more) to enhance talent management practices, including recruitment, selection, and assessment. Over the past 10 years, her professional experience spans a range of industries and roles, including her current position on the Global Talent Selection team in People Analytics at Facebook. In addition to the technology industry, Dr. Zemen has worked for the Navy Training Systems Division, an assessment and analytics start up, and in academia. Past honors include Department of Defense SMART Scholar, McKnight Doctoral Fellow, National Achievement Scholar, and Maryland Distinguished Scholar.