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Carolynn Choi

University Technical Recruiter,
Square

Carolynn is invested in fostering authentic relationships with early career talent from start to finish. As a university technical recruiter at Square, Carolynn hires interns and new grads across multiple offices and executes programming to grow the employer brand among students. She's focused on finding new ways to enhance early career programs and elevate its value to businesses during this time.

Outside of recruiting, Carolynn oversees events for Tech Ladies, a global community that connects 100k+ women to the best opportunities in tech. She is also a member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she helps develop strategies towards the advancement of NYU and its alumni.

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Kathy Goss

Director of Inclusion Recruiting,
ServiceNow

Kathy has worked in corporate diversity and inclusion for over 15 years now. A lot has changed in that time, but unfortunately many of the challenges remain the same. What keeps her motivated to bring her best each day? It's the positive evolution she has seen first-hand when organizations, teams, and even individuals discover and are transformed by diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Kathy loves to dream big but is always driving toward practical strategies that make a lasting and self-sustaining impact. "There’s no magic bullet to diversity, but together we can figure out the right solutions to help organizations and teams realize their full potential."

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Brittni Lundie

Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, University,
Uber

Brittni Lundie is 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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Michele Militante

N.A. Talent Acquisition Leader, Early Professional,
IBM

Michele Militante is the North American Talent Acquisition Leader for Early Professional Hiring at IBM, overseeing Campus, Diversity and Signature Events. In her various roles working in complex, global, professional services and technology organizations, she has developed innovative talent strategies, built and managed teams to support high growth businesses and drove organizational transformation at one of the largest global corporations in the world. Currently she is transforming campus recruitment in IBM North America, responsible for sourcing over 4000 hires in 2020 and creating signature experiences in which to draw them in.  Connect with Michele here.

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Gina Greenwalt

University Programs Manager,
Twitch
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Craig Campbell

Vice President, Talent Acquisition,
Match Group

Craig Campbell is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Match Group. He has over twenty years of experience recruiting across various industries and has spent nearly seventeen years leading teams within the talent function. Prior to Match Group, Craig was the Head of Technical Recruitment at Uber and Head of Talent at Microsoft and Dolby Laboratories. Craig is very passionate about the early talent audience having built the college recruiting program at Microsoft early in his career. In his current role, Craig leads all hiring efforts and talent teams at Match Group.

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Rodney Tabares

Diversity Ops Project Manager,
Facebook
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Michael Ellison

Founder & CEO,
Codepath

Michael Ellison is the CEO and founder of CodePath.org. CodePath.org is an educational nonprofit transforming computer science education for underrepresented minorities at over 50 colleges and universities by improving curriculum, teaching practices, and student support. Prior to CodePath.org, Ellison founded 3 nonprofits and 3 tech startups starting at age 19. Ellison was a founding board member for Women Who Code and co-founder of Segment, now valued at $1.5B.

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Cindy Loggins

Director, University Recruiting and Programs,
eBay

Organized, detail oriented, and enthusiastic team player with exceptional interpersonal skills, interacting effectively with clients and individuals at all organizational levels. Effective
facilitator, collaborating with diverse divisions and staff levels to achieve consensus on various training issues. Extensive expatriate experience: Guam, Holland, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

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Deitrick Franklin

University Recruiting,
Lyft
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Michele Tse

Manager, Campus Recruiting & Events,
Oscar Health

Active learner, passionate communicator, and a strong believer in connecting with purpose. My driving curiosity in learning how technology constantly connects people is complimented by my appreciation for the impact of human connection, genuine relationships, and a sincere laugh.

The challenge of building programs, improving processes, and developing talent branding in innovative ways excite me. I’m a big-picture thinker who thrives in collaborative environments, but most of all—I’m fascinated by stories. I flourish best when I’m actively engaging with people and learning how they found or are finding their niche.

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Adam Ward

Partner,
Growth by Design Talent

Adam Ward is the Co-Founder and Partner of GBD Talent. Growth by Design Talent is a Recruiting Strategy and Services company, specializing in helping companies achieve growth with quality through a thoughtfully designed approach. We advise on recruiting foundations, place top talent through retained search, and provide recruiting leadership training and development. We’re passionate about building inclusive teams, sustainable recruiting cultures, operations for scale, and iconic employer brands.

Formerly, Adam was the Head of Recruiting of Pinterest overseeing University, Executive, Tech and Business Recruiting. Over the last 4 years, he’s helped scale Pinterest from 250 to 1500+ employees worldwide.

Prior to Pinterest, Adam spent 3 years at Facebook where he was a Director of Recruiting overseeing global University Recruiting and Recruiting Operations. He built a team and program that ramped to over 400 technical new grads and 900 intern hires per year.

Prior to joining Facebook, Adam spent 7 years at Qualcomm as a Director of Staffing where his responsibilities responsibilities included Head of APAC recruiting, Global Campus Recruiting, Recruiting Brand, and HR Data Analytics.

Adam started his career as an intern and then eventually the Campus Recruiting Manager for Trilogy Software in Austin, TX and later in Bangalore, India. He also served as a Marketing Manager years with the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and was a founding member of CollegeHire.com.

Adam graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Communications and Psychology. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.

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Roz Francuz-Harris

Head of Recruiting,
HBO Max

An experienced recruiting leader, Roz Harris has worked at some of the largest enterprise and fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley, such as Microsoft, IBM, Uber, Slack and now WarnerMedia. With creating access to tech jobs for underrepresented communities as her passion, Roz has developed a reputation for building diverse recruiting teams at companies that reflect her personal values and strive to impact those same communities through hiring initiatives, development opportunities, and retention motivated programing.

Roz Harris a champion of the LGBTQ community and is striving for equity in the tech space through pipeline initiatives, hiring strategies, development opportunities, and retention motivated programming, at the companies she serves.

Roz identifies as a Lesbian and her pronouns are she/her/hers.
 

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Colleen Grant

Manager, Global Campus Recruiting,
HubSpot

Colleen has been at HubSpot for over 4 years. When she started, she was an Associate Recruiter focused on hiring tech talent. She quickly realized that her passion was with helping young female engineers thrive in a male dominated industry. With this passion leading the way, Colleen switched to focus 100% of her time on campus hiring. In doing so, she expanded HubSpot’s global campus programming to focus on a wider array of universities and events that assisted females engineers, like the Women’s WebApp Workshop. After making this shift, HubSpot experienced an increase in intern and co-op applications by over 400%. Colleen continues to work with her team on its goal of making HubSpot an inclusive work environment for all and helping all students grow better.

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Jill Macri

Partner,
Growth by Design Talent

Jill Macri is a Co-Founder and Partner at Growth by Design Talent. Growth by Design Talent is a Recruiting Strategy and Services company, specializing in helping companies achieve growth with quality through a thoughtfully designed approach. We advise on recruiting foundations, place top talent through retained search, and provide recruiting leadership training and development. We’re passionate about building inclusive teams, sustainable recruiting cultures, operations for scale, and iconic employer brands.

Prior to GBD Talent, Jill led recruiting at Airbnb where they scaled the company from 150 to 4,000 employees. 

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Jared Bazzell

Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition,
CDW

Jared Bazzell serves as the Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition at CDW, a leading Fortune 200 multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the US, Canada, and UK. CDW’s fingerprints can be found on technology in workplaces and workspaces of more than 250,000 companies, from fresh-faced startups to international conglomerates. In this role, Jared is responsible for CDW’s international go-to-market talent acquisition strategy, and strategic initiatives to drive an enhanced experience, productivity, and efficiency. Furthermore, Jared is responsible for CDW’s job applicant privacy and data collection policies to help maintain compliance in today’s ever-changing privacy and legal environment. Prior to Jared’s current role he was responsible for CDW’s University Recruiting and Internship Program during which he lead the expansion of CDW’s award-winning Summer Internship Program by more than 265% since 2015. Jared’s attributes his success in the UR space with the ability to link our early talent recruitment strategy, new hire performance, coworker retention data. Jared is versed in optimizing process related to Lean Six Sigma methodology and holds his Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.  Outside of CDW, Jared is on the HR Policy Association’s Recruiting Software Initiative Review Board to help understand the latest hiring and recruiting software solutions integrating artificial intelligence for the largest employers doing business in the United States and globally. Find him here on LinkedIn.

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Kate McRoberts

Co-op Coordinator - School of Computer Science,,
University of Guelph

After graduating with a degree in Information Technology, Kate quickly realized her strengths lied with people and not just coding.  In the midst of a winding career path across North America, straddling employer development, career advising and contingent workforce management in Silicon Valley, Kate is currently a Co-op Coordinator, supporting the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. Her primary focus includes supporting co-op students on job search strategies and employability skills while working closely with the ever-changing, dynamic technology industry in Canada and beyond.  Kate's biggest enrichment through her role is seeing highly capable students, who just need a foot in the door to gain the skills and experience to excel and thrive in their jobs.  Their confidence and commitment to using technology for good is inspiring. 

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Char Delapena

Recruiting Manager, University, Robinhood,
/ Executive Director, URx
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Stephanie Tyler

National Director of Campus Recruiting,
BDO USA, LLP

As National Director of Campus Recruiting, 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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Roxana Pleacoff

Senior Director, Client Relations,
Cultural Vistas

Roxana has worked in the international exchange field for over 19 years and is passionate
about facilitating professional experiences through cultural exchange programs. One role she
has consistently maintained throughout her tenure at Cultural Vistas has been relationship
building with international universities, fostering new international university partnerships, and
contributing to the growth of Cultural Vistas participant numbers. Since 2015, Roxana has led
the Client Relations department as Senior Director. She oversees the administration of impact
surveys for more than 5,500 participants per year from over 135 countries via the Qualtrics
survey platform with the goal to consistently improve program experiences for exchange
visitors and host employers. Roxana also oversees the administration of exchange visitors’
international insurance, mental health services, and consistently finds innovative solutions
through new partnerships to improve stakeholders’ experiences and well-being.

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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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Wahab Owolabi

Founder,
URx

A passionate builder of communities and networks, Wahab Owolabi is the Founder of URx & Producer of the URx Conference. 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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Kate Wright

Senior Campus Recruiter,
MongoDB

Kate is a Senior Campus Recruiter at MongoDB, primarily focused on engineering hiring in the US. In her 3+ year tenure at MongoDB, she's seen the ins and outs of scaling a campus recruiting program by more than 300%. She’s passionate about access and inclusion and is grateful that her role allows her to do meaningful work in this space. She loves working with students so much, she even spends her time out of the office volunteering in sorority recruitment. Kate is a graduate of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a proud New Yorker. In her spare time, she can be found in a yoga class or at a broadway show. 

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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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Inbar Gam

University Recruiting Program Manager,
Databricks
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Sue Harnett

Founder & President,
Rewriting the Code

Sue Harnett has been an entrepreneur in the technology space since 2003. Her most recent venture is a virtuous startup: Rewriting the Code. RTC couples Harnett’s passions for mentorship and technology. The organization's mission is to recruit, retain + advance college women-in-tech. Since the nonprofit’s launch in January 2017, 3,800+ undergraduates from 400+ universities joined the RTC community. RTC is conducting prospective research to understand and address why women leave technology-related degree programs and jobs at unprecedented rates.

Harnett entered the startup arena when she founded Replay Photos – a sports e-commerce + technology business with a host of top collegiate and professional brands. Harnett sold Replay Photos to Raleigh-based Lulu in October 2013.

Harnett’s success with intellectual property commercialization, college students, entrepreneurs and start-up companies comes from her passion and ability to recognize the viability of a concept, develop a foundational infrastructure for it, and quickly scale the idea into a business. She attributes the largest part of her success to creating teams of highly-motivated colleagues who embrace a culture of independence + motivation to do great things every day.

Harnett, a native of Staten Island, NY, holds two degrees from Duke University, including a master’s degree in Health Care Administration. Harnett received and All-America honors as a 4-year starter for the Duke women’s basketball team. She is a charter inductee of the Duke Basketball Hall of Honor and the 4th all-time leading scorer with a career point total of 1,785 points. Harnett continued her basketball career after she received her graduate degree and played on the professional level in Belgium.

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Tom Tessier

University Programs Manager,
Twitch
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Paul Bauer

University Recruiter,
Tableau Software
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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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Alexa Friedman

University Recruiting Manager,
Databricks
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Jonathan Javier

CEO / Founder,
Wonsulting
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Carlotta Yun

Program Manager, University Recruiting,
Adobe
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Leo Cortez

Head of University Recruiting,
AirBnB

Cortez is a university relations and human resources professional who has been working with Silicon Valley powerhouses for 19 years. He has served as a university relations and human resources leader for several organizations, including Airbnb, Zynga, Workday, Ericsson, Yahoo! and Cisco Systems. He currently leads the University Recruiting team at Airbnb, positioning the program to be best-in-class and expanding programing in the areas of early career.  Prior to his roles in the high tech industry, Cortez, built his experiences in the education sector as a teacher and administrator for both K-8 and High School.  This blend of education and high tech provides Cortez with a unique perspective to innovate and l lead his teams.

Cortez was born in Mexico; moved to the United States at the age of 10 and began working in California agriculture until he was 20 years old.  He received Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science and a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from San Jose State University and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

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Nicole Wright

University Recruiting Manager,
Gusto
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Richard Cho

Head of Recruiting,
Robinhood

Richard Cho is the Head of Recruiting at Robinhood Financial LLC, and has over twenty years of experience recruiting for some of the top tech companies in Silicon Valley. During his tenure as a talent executive, Richard has led hiring across critical functions to scale early-stage startups including Facebook, Dropbox, Machine Zone, and the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative. In his current role, Richard leads all hiring efforts for Robinhood Financial.

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Yuliya Mykhaylovska

University Talent,
Greylock Partners

I love building communities and helping professionals figure out what they want to do with their career. I'm often the first person friends and friends-of-friends call when considering a career move and have helped hundreds of people secure full-time jobs and internships.

At Greylock Partners, I focus on technical university talent (software engineer, data science, product, & design) for our portfolio companies and work with both undergraduate and graduate-level students. Before this role, I managed the internship component of the Stanford in New York program, focusing on student career advising, professional development, employer relations, and alumni engagement. Outside of work, I helped build New York's university recruiting community (#URxNYC), one of the local chapters involved with the University Recruiting Conference. I led Stanford's young alumni club in New York and develop professional and social programming to benefit the 2,500+ young alumni living in the city. Prior to my role at Stanford, I was the platform manager at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, the most active seed stage investor in New York, and then worked as a project manager for the co-founder of Dia&Co, a Lerer Hippeau portfolio company.

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Miriam Karpilow

Employer Relations, Career Services Center,
University of San Francisco

I have a passion for talent development and helping others succeed in their careers. My own career started in education, and I have had the opportunity to teach in the CA public school system, as well as teaching English abroad in Spain - where my students taught me the art of tapas, fiesta, and flamenco! While attending business school I was able to translate my joy of teaching into creating programs in the professional development space. I love working with early career talent and building programs that set new hires up for a positive first job. Development + coaching + culture = retention & results!

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Matthew French

Assistant Director, Employer Relations,
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Through proven work ethic, drive, innovation and an upbeat personality I have consistently grown programming, event attendance, social media presence and client engagement over my 5+ years working in Higher Education. The skills I am currently perfecting include development of funding and in kind donations to assist in furthering the mission of providing students the best support system for their professional aspirations.

 

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Tigran Sloyan

Co-Founder & CEO,
CodeSignal

Tigran Sloyan is the CEO of CodeSignal, an automated-technical assessment platform that enables large and small companies to go beyond resumes and evaluate engineering candidates based on their skills and not the school they went to or the companies they’ve worked at.

Tigran is also the founder of the #GoBeyondResumes movement that brings together engineering, recruiting and career services leaders to create a mindset shift in the industry about how we approach recruiting and how we measure talent. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of education, assessment and recruiting and how these industries interact and influence each other.

Tigran holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and has previously worked in Product Management and Engineering roles at companies like Google and Oracle. Between 2003 and 2007, Tigran was awarded 5 medals at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad that brings together more than 500 top young mathematicians from all over the world.

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Nuray Molla

Sr. Recruiter, University Recruiting,
Tesla
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Justin Palmer

CEO and Co-Founder,
TopFunnel
Justin is the CEO and co-founder of TopFunnel, a platform that transforms how teams source and engage talent. Previously, Justin was a founding partner at LendingHome, a modern mortgage bank, where he was VP Data. Over his career, he has built many products with machine learning at their heart, focusing on natural language processing. He was a Ph.D. candidate and has an MS in Computer Science from Brown.
 
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Jerry Lee

Senior Strategy & Operations Manager, Google,
/ COO, Wonsulting
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Emily Cardner

Manager, Campus Recruiting,
MongoDB
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Sarah Mangano

University Talent

I have 5 years of experience delivering and optimizing global programs and systems. I'm passionate about streamlining and building efficient processes; thriving on the positive impact I can make for employees. I've had the constant opportunity to learn and develop within an organization; which has encouraged me to lead with a growth mindset and become a flexible and dynamic teammate!

 

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Kristina Chin

University Recruiter,
Quora
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Lauren Berger

Head of University Relations,
Roku

Recruiting Specialist with 10 years experience including staffing, corporate, sourcing, full cycle, bis & tech, and 6+ years in University. I'm passionate about building new programs and teams, global relationships, and client management.

 

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Sarah Hester

Technical Recruiter,
Redfin
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Lejorne Leys

Diversity Recruiter,
Twitter

I am a transparent leader with proven skills of working directly with individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. I believe in the power of education, social intelligence and transformational leadership.

Today, I continue to build on my ability to effectively impact the lives of those I encounter in a whole new way while remaining true to my deepest belief that, persistence leaves no man hanging, but only grants success to those who try.

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Desiree Booker

CEO,
ColorVizion Lab LLC

Desiree Booker is the Founder and CEO of ColorVizion Lab LLC, where she empowers people of color to be successful in the workplace through career coaching while helping companies attract, develop, and retain diverse talent. Born and raised in West Philadelphia and now residing in Atlanta, Desiree graduated Cum Laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Since then, Desiree has developed a strong background in corporate communications, recruiting, and diversity in the workplace, and puts her skills to use to develop inclusive workplace cultures. Prior to assuming her role as Founder, Desiree worked with global brands such as NBCUniversal, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, WarnerMedia, and Gartner. Desiree is also the creator of the Career Reset Course, an online course and members-only community that has helped over 200 diverse professionals earn a higher job title and salary in their careers. Noting the extreme lack of diversity in executive roles across industries, Desiree has now shifted her focus to grooming individual contributors into enterprise leaders by providing coaching, development, and mentorship that can not only change the lives of her clients, but also enrich the community at large.

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Ashley Scott

University Recruiting Lead,
IMC Trading
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Grace Williams

Sr. Manager University Recruiting,
Palo Alto Networks
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Anastacia Padilla

Recruiter, University & Diversity Outreach,
HBO
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Emma Surich

Talent Acquisition Lead,
Ecobee

Emma is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with 10 years working in Recruitment, for the
past 3 years she has been part of the original ecobee Recruitment/HR team and has helped
grow the company from 125 to just over 500, this includes starting ecobee’s campus
recruitment and new graduate program. With a focus on great candidate experience and a
strong employer brand, she continue’s to play a lead role as a Lead Recruiter in growing
ecobee’s presence in the Toronto tech scene by partnering with Universities and Colleges
across Canada. Emma has been involved in early talent recruitment over the last 6 years and
loves to see a co-op students and new grads bring immediate value to an organization.

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Elizabeth Ames

CEO,
Women in Product

Elizabeth is an advocate for advancing women in technical roles in industry and academia. Prior to becoming the CEO of Women in Product, she was the ​Senior Vice President, Programs, Marketing, & Alliances at the Anita Borg Institue where she was responosble for ABI's global communities of women technologists and programs for organizations focused on improving their diversity and inclusion. In addition, she leads the strategy, alliances and marketing teams. Prior to ABI, she held management positions in marketing and strategy at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu, Certive, Plastic Logic, and RETHINK Partners, where she was Founder and CEO. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Hartford Art School and her MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.