Day 1

#URx21 May 6, 2021 (All Times PT)

9am
to
9:30am

Yoga with Samantha Khan

Samantha Khan

Human Resources Consultant, PTC

Sessions | Wellness

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We think health & wellness should be a focus, especially during this time so we are really ecstatic to be kicking off URx Forward with a yoga session led by Samantha Khan!

9am
to
9:30am

The Importance of Gratitude in the Workplace

Melissa Wafful

Recruiter - Next Gen Talent, Electronic Arts

Sessions | Wellness

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This session goes over why gratitude is so important in the workplace. From sharing my insights on why gratitude is important, to key takeaways to help encourage gratitude in others - this time will encourage your own perception on why gratitude matters.

9:30am
to
9:45am

URx Forward Kickoff

Char Delapena

Executive Director, URx, Recruiting Manager - University, Robinhood

Wahab Owolabi

Founder URx, Diversity Business Partner, Facebook

Main Stage

9:45am
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10:30am

Fireside Chat with April Curley

April Christina Curley

Diversity Specialist and Educator

Wahab Owolabi

Founder & Producer, URx

Main Stage | Opening Keynote

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In a live conversation we will discuss;

📍 April’s experience as a POC university recruiting professional focused on diversity recruiting.

💡 April's perspective on diversity & HBCU recruiting strategy.

🌟 Whats next for April!

10:35am
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11:15am

The COVID-Era Young Professional: How Top Employers are Recruiting and Retaining – The Next Generation of Talent

Kate Beckman

Executive Manager, Community & Insights, RippleMatch

Devonaire Ortiz

Recruiting Programs, Manager, Cockroach Labs

Martin Rodriguez

Senior Director, Global Head of Early Career Talent, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sessions | Sponsored by RippleMatch

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Join our URx Forward Sponsor, RippleMatch, for an Interactive Session

Over the past year, COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our daily lives, including how we work. It's also changed what students are looking for in their first jobs and internships. In this session, we'll be sharing new data and insights on what students graduating into this new environment value in the workplace, how COVID has shaped their perception of the work, and how top employers are building the recruitment and retention models of the future. 

10:35am
to
11:15am

Lessons Learned from 2020 - Large Companies

Julie Hetcko

Early In Career Program Management Manager, Nordstrom

Kelly Anne Cheung

Head of University Recruiting - Americas, eBay

Yuga Iyer

Talent Acquisition Manager, Adobe

Gloria Cho

Global University Experience Program Manager, PayPal

Sessions | Programs

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2020 was unprecedented for us all - learning new ways to recruit, engage, interview and onboard. Hear from Paypal, Adobe, eBay and Nordstrom on lessons they learned from 2020.

10:35am
to
11:15am

Lessons Learned from 2020 - Startups to Mid-Size Companies

Carolyn Chiao

TA Manager, University Relations, Pure Storage

Hannah Seliskar

Campus Recruiting Manager, Credera

Stephanie Wezelman

University Recruiting Manager, Echo Global Logistics

Jeanie Arciaga

Program Manager, University Programs, Roblox

Sessions | Programs

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2020 was unprecedented for us all - learning new ways to recruit, engage, interview and onboard. Hear from Roblox, Credera, Echo Global Logistics and Pure Storage on lessons they learned from 2020.

10:35am
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11:15am

Creating an Engaging (and Scalable) Virtual Candidate Experience

Brittany Mitlo

Senior Technical Recruiter, Duolingo

Sessions | Engagement

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2020 was a year of trial by (dumpster) fire. At Duolingo, we were forced to rethink how we engage with candidates in this new fully remote world. In a year full of chaos, we were determined to make Duolingo a bright moment in our candidates’ 2020 journey So, what did we do to make this a reality? We’ll be sharing our insights on how to create a high-touch candidate experience from application to offer in a fully remote environment.

11:20am
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12pm

Student Panel featuring Rewriting the Code and ColorStack

Corey Twitty

Talent Acquisition Manager - Emerging Talent, Netflix

Emery Morales

Student, Rhodes College, ColorStack

Yesenia Salazar

Student, Johns Hopkins University, ColorStack

Isabella Berry

Student, St. Peter's University, Rewriting the Code

Lavonne Hoang

Student, Duke University

Sessions | Engagement

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11:20am
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12pm

Beyond the Events: Running a Successful Structured Intern Program

Alexa Friedman

University Recruiting Manager, Databricks

Jenn Fisher

University Recruiting Outreach Liaison, RingCentral

Benjy Spiro

Head of University Relations and Attraction, AECOM

Sessions | Programs

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Events are a big part of Intern and New Grad programs, but there's a lot more that makes a program successful - especially in the time of Covid! Join a panel to learn about different approaches to structured programs, including things like evaluations, partnership with managers, and conversion offers.

11:20am
to
12pm

How we created an Inclusive Environment for our New Hires

Brittni Lundie

Manager, Global Recruiting Programs, Twitter

Kelsey Sherer

Talent Acquisition Partner Sr., USAA

Jessica Hernandez

University Recruiting & Programs, Airbnb

Kristan Allen

Global Employee Resource Group Manager, Chevron

Stefani Coleman

Associate VP, Campus Recruiting, Revantage

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion

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Wanting to make sure you create an environment where your new hires feel supported and a sense of belonging? Hear from Revantage, Chevron, Twitter and USAA on how they've built an inclusive environment for their new hires.

12pm
to
12:25pm

Break + Networking

Connect 1:1 with other attendees for 3 min at a time!

12:25pm
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1:05pm

Tech Screening for Diversity

Join our URx Forward Sponsor, HackerRank, for an Interactive Session

Sessions | Sponsored by HackerRank

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This session focuses on the steps a multinational software company took to analyze their university candidate data (participation rates, scores, performance, etc.) to ensure the tests were not causing bias in their interview process. With this analysis, the company was able to standardize and streamline the hiring process for intern and graduate roles globally, as well as create a consistent hiring bar and establish a more inclusive candidate communications process.

12:25pm
to
1:05pm

Fostering the Intern & New Grad Community

AJ Thompson

Intern Success Specialist, Shopify

Natalia Le

University Recruiter, Datadog

Nicole Wright

University Recruiting Program Manager, Gusto

Holly Estes

University Recruiter, Duolingo

Ahva Sadeghi

Co-Founder and CEO, Symba

Sessions | Engagement

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Are you onboarding interns and new grads remotely this year? Hear from Symba, Datadog, Duolingo, Gusto and Shopify on how they've fostered the intern and new grad community.

12:25pm
to
1:05pm

Recruiting the Rainbow

Matthew French

Founder, Awesomely Authentic

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion

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Sourcing diverse talent is a challenge. LGBTQ+ talent is no exception. In many cases it can be more difficult to find these candidates due to stigma, fear and a lack of resources. In this presentation we will cover the best approaches to locating and utilizing LGBTQ+ talent pools to pull from a diverse group with intersectionality across race, gender identity, veteran status, age and more.

1:10pm
to
1:50pm

Building a Diverse Workforce through Early Talent Identification

Bridget King

Branding & Communications Program Manager, IBM

Mary-Peyton Amburn

IBM Accelerate Program Manager, IBM

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion

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Have you thought about building an early-ID program for freshman / sophomores but not sure where to start? Join the early talent team at IBM to hear how they successfully created a diversity focused early talent identification program, IBM Accelerate, from the ground-up. This session will focus on best practices when designing a new program, lessons learned and the importance of developing future talent early.

1:10pm
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1:50pm

Navigating Clubhouse: Technical Recruiters Edition

Jasmine Nuñez

Co-Founder & COO, Diverse Influencers

Sessions | Engagement

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What is the new hype of recruitment on Clubhouse (CH)? Jobseekers and recruiters describe CH as the never ending career fair. Since there are many new and untapped capabilities that employers can explore on CH, your recruitment team can be a pioneer on the audio-based beta app. By joining the workshop, you will learn from how recruiters are currently navigating CH and actionable takeaways on how you can recruit prospective candidates!

1:10pm
to
1:50pm

Building a Virtual Internship Program

Katia Ratkovich

Senior Manager, Global Early Talent, Splunk

Robinne Depante

Intern Programs Specialist, Splunk

Daniel Glovsky

Early Career Talent - Program Manager, Splunk

Sessions | Programs

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Covid-19 created an unprecedented situation around the globe that forced many individuals to abruptly transition from a traditional office environment into a completely virtual and distributed system. Hear from the Splunk team on how they transitioned to hosting a fully virtual internship program.

1:10pm
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1:50pm

Solving Pain Points of the Recruitment Process that impact Candidate Experience

Jehron Petty

Founder, ColorStack

Connie Huff

Program Manager, Campus and Diversity Relations, McKesson

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion | Sponsored by ColorStack

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Join our URx Forward Sponsor, ColorStack, for an Interactive Session

Join Jehron Petty (Founder & CEO of ColorStack, Cornell CS graduate) and Connie Huff (University Recruiter at McKesson) for a conversation centered around what students hate most about the recruiting process — and a live brainstorm session on ways to improve candidate satisfaction.
 
1:50pm
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2pm

Day 1 Closing Remarks

We will wrap up the day and give a preview of Day 2!

2pm
to
2:30pm

Networking + Roundtables

Meet and network with other attendees in fun 3 min 1-1 Chats!

2pm
to
2:30pm

Target Schools Roundtable (Sponsored by RippleMatch)

Kate Beckman

Executive Manager, Community & Insights, RippleMatch

Sessions | Roundtable

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Join our URx Forward Sponsor, RippleMatch, for an Interactive Roundtable with Recruiting Leaders

2pm
to
2:30pm

Inclusive Recruitment and Retention Roundtable (Sponsored by Cappfinity)

La Toya Hodge

Head of US Marketing, Cappfinity

Sessions | Roundtable

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Attrition and employee turnover are challenges that can be solved. While many companies have figured out how to attract millennials, Gen Y and Z and candidates from diverse backgrounds, many have not figured out a way to ensure that they stay.  Join this roundtable to discuss inclusive hiring and more.

Day 2

#URx21 May 7, 2021 (All Times PT)

9am
to
9:30am

The Importance of Gratitude in the Workplace

Melissa Wafful

Recruiter - Next Gen Talent, Electronic Arts

Sessions | Wellness

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This session goes over why gratitude is so important in the workplace. From sharing my insights on why gratitude is important, to key takeaways to help encourage gratitude in others - this time will encourage your own perception on why gratitude matters.

9am
to
9:30am

Yoga with Samantha Khan

Samantha Khan

Human Resources Consultant, PTC

Sessions | Wellness

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We think health & wellness should be a focus, especially during this time so we are really ecstatic to be kicking off URx Forward with a yoga session led by Samantha Khan!

9:30am
to
9:45am

Day 2 Opening Remarks

Hopin Stage View

9:45am
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10:30am

Cultural Competence in Computing: A case study on a systemic approach to addressing tech diversity

Dr. Nicki Washington

Professor of the Practice, Duke University

Cecilé Sadler

Graduate Assistant, Duke University

Shaundra Daily

Associate Professor of the Practice, Duke University

Char Delapena

Executive Director, URx, Recruiting Manager - University, Robinhood

Main Stage | Diversity & Inclusion

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A case study on a systemic approach to addressing tech diversity issues. Join us as we learn more about Duke University’s new Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) professional development program which welcomed 144 fellows to its inaugural cohort. The fellows represent 67 different organizations across four countries, and include public school officials, high school teachers and even museum employees in addition to graduate students and university IT staff. The goal is to provide expert training in identity-inclusive topics to improve computing diversity, equity and inclusion, and will cover ways of understanding race and gender, white supremacy, intersectionality and various forms of oppression, as well as how that knowledge can improve computer science in practice.

10:35am
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11:15am

Overcoming Bias in Early Career Recruitment and Hiring

Nicky Garcea

Co-Founder/Chief Customer Officer, Cappfinity

Reena Jamnadas

Managing Consultant, Cappfinity

Rebecca Soto

DiverseAbility Team Talent Acquisition, Maximus

Haneen Abu Farha

Technical Recruiter, Upwork

Sessions | Sponsored by Cappfinity

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Join our URx Forward Sponsor, Cappfinity, for an Interactive Session

For too long, organizations relied on target schools and employed strategies or traditional recruiting policies that left too many candidates out. For example, if candidates were not enrolled at the “right” schools, achieved high test scores, or had an impressive list of internships, they didn’t make it through the early career recruitment process. But is matriculation or test scores predicative of career readiness or success? No, they are not. However strengths-based methodologies are and helps employers engage and hire diverse early career talent. Strengths based methodologies are key to fueling an inclusive talent pipeline.

10:35am
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11:15am

Coming Back to the Nest: Successful Alumni Engagement Drives Career Outcomes

Brenda Campbell

Director of Employer Relations, Endicott College

Dale McLennan

Dean, Internship and Career Center, Endicott College

Sessions | Engagement

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Engaging alumni virtually or in-person is a win for colleges in its own right. But engaging alumni to build recruiting opportunities and empower student success is an even bigger victory. Here at Endicott, we focus on building relationships with alumni to scale delivery of career education and networking opportunities for students as well as to create education and networking opportunities for students, as well as to create recruiting relationships with organizations that may not have considered us as a source for talent. After implementing a successful mentoring program, we wanted to increase the number of alumni who partnered with career services, as well as increase student to alumni connections. Initiatives include: Industry Exploration Nights featuring an alumni panel highlighting a specific industry or topic (examples: Future of Work, Companies with a Cause, Industry Disruptors); Career Labs, featuring alumni to teach career-related skills in an interactive manner (ex: Storytelling, Interviewing); Career Treks with alumni in NY/CT hosting visits to their companies. In addition, we are currently scaling our mentoring program to include flash mentoring. When selecting panelists or speakers, we are strategic in targeting alumni at companies we want to engage with. This has resulted in premiere companies opening internship, co-op and full-time opportunities for our students. Learn about and strategize creative ways to leverage alumni virtually or in-person on your campuses to deliver quality career education as well as to open the doors to recruiting relationships.

10:35am
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11:15am

High-Performing Lean UR Teams - Mid-Size to Large Companies

Keoka Caulder

University Relations Lead, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Stephanie Tyler

TA Programs, Autodesk

Malina Pech

Sr. University Recruiter, CrowdStrike

Natalie Chwalk

Campus Recruiter, MongoDB

Sessions | Programs

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Interviews, on-campus recruiting, onboarding, intern program events, mid-point check-ins, oh my! Hear from Autodesk, CrowdStrike, General Dynamics and MongoDB on how they've managed it all with a lean UR team.

10:35am
to
11:15am

High-Performing Lean UR Teams - Startups to Mid-Size Companies

Lauren Berger

Head of University Relations, Roku

Monica Kirst

Head of Recruiting Operations and Programs, Gusto

Hazen Andrews

University Relations Lead, Zynga

Jason Lu

University Recruiter, Quora

Sessions | Programs

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Interviews, on-campus recruiting, onboarding, intern program events, mid-point check-ins, oh my! Hear from Gusto, Roku, Quora and Zynga on how they've managed it all with a lean UR team.

11:20am
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12pm

Building Talent Pipelines for Women of Color

Chelsea C. Williams

Founder & CEO, College Code

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion

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"Did you know only 7% of organizations have targeted efforts that focus on gender and race? Forward thinking organizations have an opportunity to be intentional in building the diversity pipeline by focusing on the intersectional experience. In this engaging program, Chelsea C. Williams, Founder & CEO of College Code, will support talent practitioners in building the talent pipeline for women of color through conscious candidate attraction, sourcing & selection."

11:20am
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12pm

Gen Z Talent and Remote Work: What Waterloo's data is telling us

Judene Pretti

Director, Work-Learn Institute, University of Waterloo

Robert Craig

Manager, Data Analytics, Reporting & Research, University of Waterloo

Sessions | Programs

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The University of Waterloo operates the world’s largest co-op program of its kind. With more than 25,000 students employed in four-month paid work term experiences each year, Waterloo manages more than 27,000 job postings and 99,000 interviews annually. This provides valuable data and insights into how organizations recruit and onboard young talent, along with early access to Gen Z talent willing to share their experiences. Join this session to hear the latest insights about how Gen Z has adapted to learning and working remotely during the pandemic. We will also share new data collected from students who worked for US organizations, highlighting trends related to recruitment, onboarding and overall student experience. Plus, hear directly from Waterloo co-op students about their remote work experiences.

11:20am
to
12pm

Virtual Fall OCRs...Again

Bridget LeMon

Global UR Team Lead, HubSpot

Hayden Kornblut

HR Lead, Global IT & GBS, KraftHeinz

Katelyn Amidon

Early Talent Recruiting Manager, Lyft

Sam Lee

University Recruiter, Robinhood

Sessions | Programs

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Virtual info sessions, career fairs, workshops and interviews. Hear from Hubspot, KraftHeinz, Lyft and Robinhood on how they managed virtual OCRs in 2020 and what they have planned for fall 2021.

12pm
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12:25pm

Break + Networking

Hopin Networking View

12:25pm
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1:05pm

Preparing Your Interns and New Grads for Day 1 in a Virtual World

Courtney Fay

Campus Recruiter, Bose

Vanessa Heimowitz

Senior Program Manager, Early Talent Development, Workday

Sandra Abdelmaseih

University Relations Recruiter, Zynga

Nini Asikin

Campus Recruiting Manager, Ankura

Sessions | Engagement

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Introducing interns to their managers & mentors, scheduling meet & greets with the class and building onboarding plans. Hear from Bose, Workday, Zynga and Ankura on how they prepared their interns and new grads for Day 1 virtually.

12:25pm
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1:05pm

Building an Apprenticeship Program

Audra Clem

Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, Novo Nordisk

Beti Gathegi

Recruiting Program Manager, Airbnb

Jenna Thomas

University Recruiting Lead, Blend

Michele Tse

Manager, Campus Recruiting & Events, Oscar Health

Hannah O'Toole

University Recruiting Specialist, Robinhood

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion

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Thinking of building an Apprenticeship Program? Hear from Airbnb, Blend, Novo Nordisk, Oscar Health and Robinhood as to how they built their programs.

12:25pm
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1:05pm

Scholarships: Encouraging Students from Underrepresented Communities to Consider Careers in your Industry

Amber Spiewak

Program Manager - Diversity and Inclusion, Charles Schwab

Alli Benezra

Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist, Charles Schwab

Kiran Nayak

Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist, Charles Schwab

Brett Henninger

Talent Advisor, Charles Schwab

Sessions | Diversity & Inclusion

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Learn more about how the Charles Schwab Foundation partnered with seven universities across the US to help increase underrepresented groups in Financial Planning. https://www.aboutschwab.com/schwab-establishes-endowed-scholarships. Learn more about how Schwab is partnering with these universities to provide support to both the institutions and the scholarships recipients in support of increasing folks from underrepresented communities in Financial Planning and gaining their CFP or Certified Financial Planner certification.

12:25pm
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1:05pm

Fireside Chat with Betsir Zemen, PhD @ Facebook on Skills-based Talent Selection

Betsir Zemen

Global Talent Selection Scientist, Facebook

Tigran Sloyan

CEO @ CodeSignal & Founder of #GoBeyondResumes Movement, CodeSignal

Sessions | Sponsored by CodeSignal

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Hear from Facebook’s Global Talent Selection Scientist, Betsir Zemen, about skills-based talent selection -- the present & future of technical assessments in employment decisions.

1:10pm
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1:50pm

Programmatic Engineer Hiring - Doing More with Less

Julie Hetcko

Early In Career Program Management Manager, Nordstrom

Sessions | Engagement

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Moving from a reactive recruiting model to proactive during COVID-19 and unprecedented times for entry level Engineer roles. How to take a programmatic approach to creating a diverse candidate flow for hard to hire roles and backfilling attrition prior to having vacancies on a very low budget.

1:10pm
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1:50pm

Designing Batch Interview Days for Intern Hiring

Joy Osborne

Director, Intern & University Talent Engagement, Zwift

Sessions | Engagement

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The session will provide specific details, preparation, execution, and outcome summary of "sell/batch" interview day(s) that Zwift created to efficiently hire our Summer Zwifterns (Interns) into a 12-week program. Zwift used "profile" hiring to source/attract/hire students in a one month period (March 15 - April 15). The interview day(s) were created to provide students with the necessary information to learn more about the company, that has little talent brand in the university market, and also allowed Zwift to efficiently assess students in a 1 - 2 day interview session vs interviews that would run for many weeks. It helped solve the problem of how to hire a large number of students in a short amount of time, all the while maintaining the quality hiring process already in place for full-time hiring.

1:10pm
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1:50pm

How To Innovate Campus Recruiting in the Brave New World of Early Talent

Tom Brunskill

Co-Founder & CEO, Forage

Sessions | Sponsored by Forage

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Join our URx Forward Sponsor, Forage, for an Interactive Session

Forage has partnered with the world’s leading companies to deploy Virtual Work Experience programs to over 1.4M college students. During that same time, the Coronavirus pandemic took what would have taken 10 years of change for campus recruiting and accelerated it in 3 months. Now, it may never be the same.

In this session, Tom Brunskill, CEO of Forage, will highlight the most innovative approaches to discovering early talent that Forage partners do very differently, so different that they were able to survive and thrive in 2020. Join this session to learn how you too can thwart disruption and ride the wave of transformation into the brave new world of early talent.

1:50pm
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2pm

Day 2 Closing Remarks

2pm
to
2:30pm

Networking + Roundtables

Meet and network with other attendees in fun 3 min 1-1 Chats!