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Antonio Aguilera, an ex offender who has faced and overcome numerous adversities since reintegrating into society, today shares his deeply personal life experiences to help motivate other individuals who may be going through similar situations and show them that there is hope despite whatever hardships may present themselves. Since graduating the Hope for Prisoners program in August 2014 he has been a walking, talking example of what is possible when you live your life committed to changing it for the better. He works as a busser at Lettuce Entertain You and serves as a mentor and advisory board member for Hope for Prisoners.
Mark Bania has spent the last 6 years of his professional with CareerBuilder in several leadership capacities both within the United States and abroad, including the oversight of CareerBuilder’s Canadian business out of Toronto, and most recently the CareerBuilder’s California business out of Newport Beach, California.
His expertise and passion lies within the innovative and disruptive technologies that are impacting today’s talent acquisition landscape. He has been published in a variety of prominent HR publications such as the Canadian HR Reporter, HR Professional, and Pearson Education on a wide range of topics that impact the evolution of technology and the power of analytics in HR.
He holds a Honors Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Economics and Political science from the University of Toronto.
Lori Calderon serves as director of talent acquisition at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where she oversees the employment of extraordinary individuals to provide exceptional service at the 3,005-room resort located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Ms. Calderon has played an integral part in elevating the employee brand at the resort through general recruitment as well as organizing various veteran initiatives, making it a strong competitor in the employer-brand arena.
Prior to joining The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in June 2015, Ms. Calderon worked in many facets of the recruitment industry, not only along the highly competitive Las Vegas Strip, but also as regional manager for states that are industry forerunners such as Hawaii, California, and Washington. She fulfilled roles such as corporate director of talent acquisition for MGM Resorts International and regional director of recruitment for Wyndham Worldwide.
In her current role, Ms. Calderon and her team has significantly heightened the resort by making it Nevada’s first to partner with The U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, a recruiting and job placement initiative. Additionally, she and her team assisted in making the resort the first employer to coordinate an event that invited competitors to pull together to better serve the community with the Supporting Our Veterans Career Fair. From these initiatives, companies have recognized the resort as a veteran employer of choice. Among other achievements garnered through Ms. Calderon’s leadership, the resort is a proven Green Zone employer and a proud winner of the Seven Seals Award, the most inclusive acknowledgement given by the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR). More independently, Ms. Calderon’s luminous achievements in the veteran employment spectrum granted her a Patriot Award from the ESGR, which reflects efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures.
Shishir Chaudhari is CEO of iBusiness Solution LLC and xPert Solutions,LLC, which recently launched its flagship product xPertReview™, a next generation Interview as a Service (IaaS) platform for managing and monitoring candidate screening and Interview life-cycle in real time via live video self-assessment and live one-on-one video interviews. He is also President of NMS IT Services Inc. and holds director positions with two overseas firms. TV5/Mana TV, a leading regional news channel in India/US, recognized him for the Pride of India award in 2016.
With three decades of executive consulting, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches global Fortune 500 business experience, Jill’s view is radically different. She shares with listeners that although HR “owns” culture change, they do not own culture change. Employees will not engage and stay, unless senior leaders and supervisors fundamentally change the way they manage employees from day on onward.
Ms. Christensen has served as the head of global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She has a Six Sigma Green Belt – which she earned by catapulting satisfaction with Avaya’s global onboarding process from 38 percent to 88 percent in six months. She also authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who’s Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement, and works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to improve employee productivity and retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. She has been named to the Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencers of 2017.
Associate Director, Sales Engineers
Andrew Curtis currently serves as the senior manager of sales engineers at iCIMS, where he regularly visits customers to provide business and technical guidance, attends industry events, and manages a growing team at the company’s headquarters in Matawan, New Jersey. He has worked with customers in various market segments from small businesses to enterprise companies, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, L.L.Bean, Enterprise Holdings, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Sirius XM Radio, and Sharp Electronics.
Mr. Curtis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from Brown University, and joined iCIMS in 2001. He built and managed all customer operations for iCIMS while establishing the technical support, account management, implementation, and professional services divisions. Since 2010, he has created and developed the product specialist team as they assist prospects and customers in their growth and retention objectives.
Andrew Gadomski, CEO of Aspen Advisors, has been in the talent acquisition game long enough to know what it takes for a business to succeed. He is known for sharing his expertise and educating on talent acquisition strategy with others and regularly presents at staffing management conferences. He is also an adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches a class on successful career transitioning. Mr. Gadomski began his talent acquisition career doing business development, client management and recruiting for supply and operations searches at Banister International, a Philadelphia-based executive search and consulting firm. As Banister International’s director of research, he led the creation and optimization of centralized research function across all function and industry practices in North America. Prior to Aspen’s inception, he was head of staffing for Honeywell Specialty Materials (currently Performance Materials), a multi-billion-dollar global leader in high-performance manufacturing.
Steve Goodman is the founder and CEO of Restless Bandit, an HR recruiting talent rediscovery software platform that uncovers the best candidates in a company’s existing talent and applicant pool. He is a seasoned CEO and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, the founder of three successful venture-backed companies previous founder of Bright, the HR company LinkedIn acquired for $120 million. He is an expert on artificial intelligence and has many years of experience in the HR tech industry leveraging his knowledge in data science and machine learning algorithms. He is also a partner at Toba Capital, a $500 million venture capital fund, where he focuses on HR technology.
Lori Kleiman is an accomplished businessperson, entrepreneur, and leader. In her most recent corporate role, Ms. Kleiman orchestrated a group of 18 HR consultants nationally. She brought cutting edge HR techniques to the group, and fostered a practical sense of HR to small businesses. Ms. Kleiman has conducted seminars to business people and HR professionals sharing best practices and new initiatives to bring to small businesses throughout the United States. With a Master of Human Resources and the highest level of certification available in HR, an SPHR designation, she has the depth of knowledge needed to provide her clients with the foundation of traditional study and real world solutions to drive immediate action.
Jer Langhans of Paired Sourcing has over 15 years sourcing experience at companies like Cisco, Microsoft, EA, Disney, Starbucks, and Expedia. Most recently, he launched Hired in Seattle and sits on the advisory boards of startups. He is the former president of the Northwest Recruiters Association and was written up in Forbes magazine for his talent attraction strategies.
With more than two decades of experience in recruiting and HR, Steve Lowisz is a highly regarded trainer and educator on all things talent. After leading sourcing and staffing engagements for organizations across the globe, he has a unique and entrepreneurial perspective of the talent acquisition industry, its challenges, and its unique and changing opportunities.
Mr. Lowisz’s passion is to educate and equip recruiting & HR professionals with the tools and techniques required to create effective talent acquisition and retention strategies. His unique and unconventional delivery is engaging, challenging and thought-provoking for recruiters & HR professionals new to the industry all the way up to senior-level executives seeking the best talent.
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been in policing for over 25 years and is second-in-command in the Office of the Sheriff. He has extensive experience in narcotics, internal affairs, academy staff, patrol, and he has a strong background in homeland security. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI’s Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program. He is treasurer of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Alumni Association, sergeant-at-arms of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association, and a board member of the Opportunity Village Charity Organization.
Arte Nathan served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn’s gaming companies from 1983 – 2006, and opened all of his casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Mississippi and China. He retired from the gaming industry in 2006 and moved to Southern California to open the Resort at Pelican Hill. In 2013, he returned to Las Vegas where he’s engaged with several startups and providing advisory services to companies interested in optimizing their human capital.
Mr. Nathan graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in Human Resources, community affairs and education. He is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities, and has addressed numerous professional associations and conferences on the subjects of leadership and human resource management.
Jon D. Ponder
HOPE for Prisoners, Inc
Jon Ponder is the founder and CEO of HOPE for Prisoners, Inc. As CEO, Mr. Ponder is responsible for all aspects of the programs and services, provided by HOPE for Prisoners, including overseeing a comprehensive array of program components designed to assist individuals within the judicial system to successfully reintegrate into mainstream society. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic planning for the organization, and is extremely passionate about the value of mentoring for persons coming out of correctional settings. He routinely collaborates with board members, Advisory Council, community organizations, churches, and government agencies, with a focus on collaborative and synergistic approaches. Mr. Ponder is himself, an ex-offender with more than 12 years’ experience in providing training for offender populations in correctional settings. His personal life experiences uniquely equip him to provide the guidance, direction and motivation for individuals attempting to navigate the challenges they face during the reintegration process. In addition to his unwavering commitment to HOPE for Prisoners, Mr. Ponder is the founder and co-chair of the Coalition of Reentry Evangelicals, serves in key leadership roles with the International Church of Las Vegas, and is an ordained chaplain with Chaplaincy Nevada. He holds a seat on the Executive Committee of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace) with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He was appointed to the Governor’s Reentry Taskforce, State of Nevada (2016) and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Nevada State Advisory Committee (2016). He is a recipient of the Good Neighbor Empowerment Award (2014), the Community Awareness Award—Foundation for Recovery (2014), the ICLV Community and Leadership Award (2015), and the Congressional Record (2015). Also, he was featured in KCM Believers Voice of Victory (April 2014 edition).
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Cheryl Prahl is Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Dell Technologies. She focuses on ensuring that Dell has the right talent, organization, and culture in place to grow and transform for the future. Ms. Prahl spends time with Dell’s business leaders consulting on the needs and requirements of the company to meet the long-term talent needs that will keep the business successful. She knows that when taking care of our employees, they will stay with Dell and deliver industry-leading solutions and services to customers. In her 17 years at Dell, she has had a wide-range of opportunities and roles that have allowed her to grow and evolve professionally. That’s what she loves about Dell, you are the author of your career. Dell provides innovative and flexible roles in an engaging environment that are second to none. Dell also fosters great relationships between colleagues, which makes work fun.
Nicole Price gets it. She understands that if leadership is anything, it is personal, and that everyone can be a great leader — everyone can lead his or her own, whole life. So she gets personal. her transparency allows others to learn from her mistakes and helps them avoid the same pitfalls. She gets real. She will tell you, yes, having differences within a team can be harder, but that hard work can really pay off — both professionally and personally. And she gets wise. She’ll tell you, in a heartbeat, how she’s gotten a few things wrong over the years, but a little grace and some solid coaching saved her.
Can you make mistakes and still be an awesome leader? Is it possible to lead effectively with so many personalities on one team? Can you genuinely lead people and still have a decent life and energy left to live it? If you ask Nicole, the answer is absolutely yes.
Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Ms. Price encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Her lively presentation style garners rave reviews and, very often, an invitation to return.
Ms. Price received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T University and her master’s degree in adult education from Park University. For more information about Nicole and Lively Paradox programs, please visit www.livelyparadox.net.
Scott Sherman is director of talent acquisition at Sodexo, a leading quality of life services company with more than 420,000 employees in 80 countries worldwide. In this role, he is involved in strategy development and implementation to source and attract a highly qualified and diverse workforce. He has operational oversight and leads national recruitment teams in the USA for Facilities and Technical Recruitment, Strategic Sourcing, College Relations, Diversity and Military Recruitment. Prior to joining Sodexo, he worked in Branch Manager and Lead Technical Recruitment roles for Volt Services Group, developing and delivering recruitment solutions in the information technology, manufacturing, and banking industries. Mr. Sherman holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA in Communications from the University of Washington. He also holds certifications as a Social Talent Internet Black Belt / Sourcing Ninja, AIRS CIR/CDR and SPHR, SHRM-SCP.
Co-Founder & Intent Discovery Engineer
Paired Sourcing, LLC
James Temple of Paired Sourcing earned his industry stripes over the past 15 years. As a consultant, he has focused on strategic sourcing for various companies like Microsoft and T-Mobile. He enjoys providing learning opportunities to sourcing professionals as a Board member of the Sourcing 7.
Founder and CEO
Sheridan Walker, the co-founder and CEO of HirePotential, has over 30 years of clinical background experience and over 20 years of staffing industry experience. She brings a wealth of broad-based expertise in working with people with disabilities, veterans, and the aging population.
Ms. Walker provides compliance service solutions related to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of talent from untapped sources, which includes people with disabilities, veterans, aging workers, and specialty niche groups. She has particular expertise related to ADA and OFCCP compliance solutions, customized staffing and recruiting, web accessibility solutions, technical accommodations, disability inclusion training, and tax credit administration.
Ms. Walker has served on the board of the U.S. Business Leadership Network, the Denver Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities, and the Colorado Business Leadership Network for the Employment of People with Disabilities. She is certified with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation and the American Board of Disability Analysis. She also has lectured across the country on disability-related issues concerning employment, retention, productivity, risk management, and workers’ compensation.
B. Lynn Ware, Ph.D
Founder and President
Integral Talent Systems, Inc.
B. Lynn Ware, PhD, is an industrial/organizational psychologist who has practiced for over 20 years in the corporate education and organization development field, with a strong focus on how to increase employee productivity for the benefit of achieving business goals. Ware also has experience consulting in the consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, and retail industries. She is frequently quoted on trends in employee retention strategies in numerous publications such as the Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Network World, and ComputerWorld magazine, and has recently been featured several times on CNN as a national employee retention expert.
As Chief Economist at iCIMS, Josh Wright is responsible for analyzing proprietary and external data in order to produce fresh insights on the U.S. labor market. He authors blog posts and quarterly reports on emerging trends in talent acquisition and ad hoc labor topics. In addition, he supports the development of software that allows iCIMS customers to analyze their own performance relative to industry benchmarks, in collaboration with our data scientists, software developers, and marketing executives. As a former Federal Reserve staffer, Mr. Wright helped build the Fed’s mortgage-backed securities (MBS) portfolio of more than $1 trillion, among other responses to the global financial crisis. As a researcher at the Fed and Bloomberg, he has published on labor and housing markets, as well as U.S. monetary policy, and advised policymakers across the legislative and executive branches of government.
Elaine Young is a member of Kirton McConkie’s International section. She advises a wide range of employers, including large multinationals and small businesses, on the immigration, tax, and benefits aspects of cross-border employment. Her practice also includes helping employers understand and develop compliant I-9 and E-Verify practices. Elaine writes the HR Hero Utah Employment Newsletter and Federal Employment Law Insider columns on immigration matters and serves as editor of the Immigration chapter of BLR’s HR Guide to Employment Law.
Shaunda Zilich is a global employment brand leader at GE, which has culture that encourages and promotes innovation. Over decades, the company’s leaders have built GE’s culture into what it is today—a place for bringing ideas to life. Today, that culture is the unifying force around the world. GE promotes that the employees are the greatest asset and the culture encourages employees be able to bring their best selves to work. Prior to working for GE, Ms. Zilich held marketing businesses across several industries. This gave her great experience outside of HR to do what she does today for GE. When starting at GE, she started on a quest to modernize GE’s recruitment and bolster its employer brand. She now runs a global team of three full-time employment brand leaders and a council of 35-plus members, building employer branding across all functions and regions, in all GE businesses, and within all GE employees. She has more than 10 years of experience in training professionals and companies on how to brand themselves, which has played a key role in GE’s success.