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When: February 12, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts  02210
United States
Contact: Marissa Cammarano

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NEHRA's 2020 Talent Acquisition Summit

**SOLD OUT - Wait list enabled

Program Overview:
Join us for this one day event created for talent acquisition professionals from all levels (recruiters, managers and VP’s) who are responsible for finding, attracting and retaining talent in this unprecedented labor shortage.


8:00 – 8:30am - Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 -9:30am - Opening Remarks and Panel

Winning the War for Talent in Boston

Moderator: Aaron Green, Founder/President, PSG 
Panelists: Lori Cunningham, Director, Talent Acquisition, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Maria Harris, CHRO, Rockland Trust
Celeste Narganes, Head of Executive, Marketing, People Operations, & G&A Recruiting, Hubspot 
Andy Porter, Executive VP & Chief People Experience Officer, Relay Therapeutics

Moderated by Aaron Green, Founder/CEO of Professional Staffing Group. Aaron will lead a discussion with executives from Boston-based employers who will share their best        practices for attracting and retaining employees in a hyper-competitive market.



9:45 – 10:45am - Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)

1 - The Robots Are Coming: What's Next in HRTech

Phil Strazzulla, Founder, Select Software Reviews

The world of HRTech is evolving rapidly as new innovations such as artificial intelligence change the way software impacts business.  This session will review emerging trends in HRTech, what they mean for practitioners, and how the next generation of HR tools can be leveraged to drive business results for HR teams.  This breakout is perfect for anyone who is tasked with buying HR tools and software, or wants to build their skill set for discovering, vetting, and implementing software.


2 - Talent Attraction Is Not Like a Box of Chocolates… 

Emma Woodthorpe, SVP & CHRO, Mercury Systems

Why is it you always hear from job seekers “you never know what you are going to get in a job search or application process”? Why don’t companies seem to care about candidate experience? The team at Mercury Systems believes candidates should always know what they are going to get in the process and the experience should be consistently great! Join Emma Woodthorpe, SVP & CHRO from Mercury Systems to discover how they ensure a top quality candidate experience.


3 - Bullseye Hiring: Using Analytics to Hit your Mark

Linda Cataldo, VP of HR, The Vertex Companies 
Cheryl Jacobs, Executive Coach, Team Facilitator & Leadership Developer, MCG Partners 
Jessica Pilat, VP of Marketing, BAO

Whether you are part of a fast-growing start-up or a mature business looking to retain/create a competitive edge, developing a successful, repeatable selection process that links to your business strategy is vital for success.  Many organizations still struggle to build a consistent selection approach and find it difficult to identify and hire high potentials and top performers.  

Deloitte’s recent survey on talent acquisition analytics states that the challenges TA departments face will be compounded by a continued trend toward talent movement – 44% of millennial workers will be looking for a new job in two years, and new hire turnover rates are above 14%. Can your organization survive with those numbers?

Learn how leading HR professionals from The Vertex Companies and BAO helped their organizations recognize and leverage people data to pinpoint their needs, design a strategy, hire the right people, and build high performing teams.



11:00am – 12:00pm - Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)


1 - Strategies and Best Practices for Managing Vendor Relationships

Cynthia Dodick Seyffert, Director, US & Infrastructure, Stantec

Having the right external partners – whether it’s a staffing firm or ATS vendor – can have a major impact on your ability to effectively and efficiently hire top talent. In a market with record low unemployment, securing the right partner for your organization is critical. This session will explore the key steps in creating and building lasting partnerships. We will cover the vendor/partner selection process, contract negotiation, the importance of real time collaboration, how to manage expectations, strategies for building trust and ways to effectively course correct when necessary.


2 - Creating a Proactive Recruiting Strategy 

Jayne Mattson, President/Career Management Consultant, CareerEngage

Finding the 'best fit' for open roles in your organization cannot be solved by simply reviewing resumes submitted on-line or even via a referral system. This session will review proactive ways that talent acquisition professionals can find the right talent for both present and future roles by creating a "Future Talent Network" (FTN). Knowing who is in the passive and active job market enhances the ability to find talent when your organizations needs it most. 


3 - College Campuses: Trends and Tools for Hiring Top Talent

Meg Evangelista, Campus Manager, University Relations, Dell

Coming soon!



12:00 – 12:45pm - Lunch (included)



1:00 – 2:00pm - Breakout Sessions (choice of 3)


1 - Why Your Diversity Sourcing Strategy Isn't Working

Kim Dukes, Diversity & Inclusion Talent Strategist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

This session will explore how to embed systematic changes and remove bias from your hiring process.  We will also delve into how to avoid pitfalls that could make your diversity sourcing program fail. 


2 - Leveraging Workforce Planning to Develop Candidate Pipelines

Laurie Shuckerow, Team Lead, Talent Acquisition, Eversource Energy

Eileen Stanton, Team Lead, Talent Acquisition, Eversource Energy

Erin Travassos, Manager, Talent Acquisition, Eversource Energy
Join this session and learn about the successful programs that Eversource Energy has developed to create candidate pipelines and develop their employees in critical STEM and trades roles, developing a workforce of the future.  Eversource's workforce planning efforts have helped to not only identify gaps, but also fine tune and focus internal processes as the war for talent becomes tighter and more critical. Discover ways to adapt these strategies and techniques in your own organization.


3 - Building and Fostering Internal Relationships with Hiring Managers

Susan Ricardi, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, HPHC

Coming soon!



2:00 – 2:30pm – Break and visit with workforce readiness partners: Conexion, Jewish Vocational Services/MassHire, The Perkins School, ReacHire, UTEC, Work Without Limits, Year Up


2:30 – 3:30pm – Closing Keynote

The Evolution of Employer Branding:  Beyond Buzzwords
Tracie Sponenberg. Chief People Officer, The Granite Group
Your company likely has products or services, and a brand that is marketed to customers and potential customers.  But what about your brand as an employer?  Is it the same?  Is it different? Why should you care?  Employer branding is ever evolving, changing with the emergence of new technology, and as the availability of talent shifts.  And right now, there is no more crucial time to develop and enhance your employer brand.  Tracie Sponenberg will share the history and evolution of employer branding, along with some practical strategies to approach your company's brand, and showcase your culture to potential employees in a way that's exactly right for you.



3:30 – 4:30pm  - Networking Reception with workforce readiness partners: Conexion, Jewish Vocational Services/MassHire, The Perkins School, ReacHire, UTEC, Work Without Limits, Year Up



**SOLD OUT - Wait list enabled

$399 REDUCED RATE for Members
$599 Non-Members

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NEHRA Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing at least 3 days prior to the workshop in order to receive a refund.


CEU Credits:
This program has been applied for 5 re-certification credit hours for SHRM and HRCI.


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