Jason Warner draws from two decades of recruiting and executive leadership experience at some of the world’s most noteworthy, fast-growing companies.

A Corporate Recruiting and Talent Management Leader at Google and Starbucks
Jason has successfully built, scaled, and led large global recruitment and talent management functions during critical growth periods for some of the world’s most recognized fast-growing companies, including Google and Starbucks.

At Google, Jason led the largest Learning, Training and People Development group at Google – for the Sales and Operations group across Latin America, Asia Pacific, and North America. During the peak of Google’s growth, he also led recruitment for the Global Online Sales and Operations Group, which was one of the largest global recruiting teams at the company.

Prior to Google, he was the Director of North America Recruiting for Starbucks Coffee Company and was responsible for all hires in North America, the largest business unit at Starbucks, during the highest growth years at Starbucks.

An Entrepreneur in the Recruitment Industry
Jason left corporate America to focus on entrepreneurship with a clear mission: to help organizations recruit better. In early 2011, Jason founded RecruitingDash, a recruitment software company that delivers world class SaaS-based reports, metrics, dashboards and analytics from existing Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). As with other trends in Big Data, RecruitingDash turns the wealth of data in the recruiting ‘supply chain’ into valuable information and insights to improve recruitment efficiency and effectiveness for companies of all sizes.

A Frequent Contributor to the Global Recruitment Community
Jason has shared his expertise, leadership, wit and key career lessons with colleagues by keynoting and being the Master of Ceremonies at some of the world’s largest HR and recruiting conferences including ERE Expo, Kennedy Information’s Recruiting Exposition, SHRM’s Staffing Management Association conferences, the OnRec Exposition and The Recruiting Conference. He has also served as a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, published by ERE Media. Jason is also the past President of the Northwest Recruiters Association, a not-for-profit professional association of recruiting professionals in the Seattle Area.

Additionally, Jason served on the advisory boards of recruitment industry technology start-up companies: Jobster and SnapTalent.com. He is also an angel investor in both Swap.com and Baconsalt.com.

Frequently cited in the recruiting industry, he has also been chronicled in the New York Times on recruiting-related topics, and featured in the National Best Selling book, Mavericks at Work.    His articles can be found at http://www.ere.net/author/jason-warner/.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Washington School of Business with concentrations in Human Resources / Organizational Behavior and Marketing.

Jason and his family live near Seattle, Washington.

Lars Schmidt is the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition & Innovation at NPR where he is responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for talent acquisition strategies that align with NPR’s strategic mission and core values. Prior to NPR, Lars was the VP, Human Resources with Ticketmaster where he spent over seven years leading global talent initiatives. He previously held recruiting roles with a technical recruiting firm and several technology startups in Los Angeles.

Lars has over 14 years of recruiting and human resources experience across a broad range of industries including technology, web, media, non-profit, eCommerce and consulting. He’s a fierce HR advocate with a strong track record in leveraging innovative talent strategies to fuel proactive recruiting efforts and building, developing, and leading progressive teams across a variety of HR disciplines. He’s also the founder of Amplify Talent where he writes and speaks about talent and recruiting trends, social media, leadership, recruiting tools and technology; and the co-host of Career Hangout, a weekly show aimed at helping job seekers and professionals manage their careers. You can follow him on the following platforms: Amplify Talent, Twitter at @ThisIsLars, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Peter Weddle has been the CEO of three HR consulting companies, a Partner in the Hay Group and the recipient of a Federal award for leadership-related research. Described by The Washington Post as “… a man filled with ingenious ideas,” he has authored or edited over two dozen books and been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, National Business Employment Weekly and CNN.com. He is also the CEO of WEDDLE’s Research & Publications which specializes in employment and workforce issues. WEDDLE’s Guides to Internet employment sites are the gold standard of their genre, leading the American Staffing Association to call Weddle the “Zagat of the online employment industry.” His most recent books, The Career Activist Republic and Work Strong: Your Personal Career Fitness System, offer a frank yet positive assessment of the challenges and opportunities available to working men and women in 21st Century America. Weddle is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has attended Oxford University and holds advanced degrees from Middlebury College and Harvard University.

Linda started Designs On Talent with the vision of helping HR leaders drive faster and better results in talent acquisition and talent management.

The firm is known for helping great companies like Chick-fil-A, Home Depot, Microsoft, Toys R Us and TJX achieve higher levels of success through people. Linda’s practical, real-world approach, coupled with a bias for action and high quality results, is reflected throughout the Designs on Talent team.

Prior to consulting, Linda spent her professional career leading talent acquisition and talent management functions for global organizations such as Gap, Pepsi/Pizza Hut and Home Depot. At Gap, she held operational roles in the Northeast division, including running the highest volume store there, until she moved to the company’s San Francisco headquarters to lead a management development effort aimed at improving store performance.

While Pizza Hut was still part of the Pepsi organization, Linda held a variety of roles, including HR generalist, national staffing manager, and the division’s training and development group leader. Her last internal roles were at The Home Depot, where she was responsible for company-wide OD initiatives including succession planning, talent review and 360° feedback. She then was tapped to lead the company’s retail talent acquisition effort. In addition to centralizing TA for the first time in the company’s history, under Linda’s leadership, Home Depot also became the largest government contractor in the US.

Over the years, Linda has demonstrated the ability to break complex problems into manageable pieces, and has led many teams to drive results in a timely, effective and cost efficient way. She works closely with business leaders and HR partners to create the business case, consensus and tactical plan for change.

Her areas of expertise include talent strategy development, talent acquisition process improvement, leadership development, simulations and assessment centers, and self-directed career management.

Linda holds a Master of Arts degree in Labor and Employment Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Judaic Studies, both from University of Cincinnati.

Rob Bennett has more than 15 years of professional experience, primarily focused on human capital management consulting.  He provides best practices focusing on finding, developing and retaining employees, while aligning corporate objectives with talent management strategies.  In addition to SkillSurvey, Rob has held positions at CareerBuilder and Caliper Corporation, a leading provider of behavioral assessments.  He speaks to HR professionals nationally on a wide range of topics that help leading hospitals and Fortune 1000 companies improve their hiring operations.

Gerry is committed to writing, researching and sharing his adventures, opinions and data about evolving staffing models with the HR profession, clients and friends. Together with his business partner, Mark Mehler, Gerry strives to observe and influence new and evolving models that aspire to world-class, measurable standards and satisfy every stakeholder. He is passionate about how firms design and build staffing processes, the technology to enhance them and the systems to manage them. Gerry wants to know more about the ‘playing fields’ where candidates and employers meet and he’s more than a little curious about how they treat one another: how Job Seekers ‘game’ their next career move while Employers tout their latest opportunities.

Andrew is the Chief Advisor and Founder of Aspen Advisors. A truly unique efficiency consultancy firm, Aspen is the first organization to focus purely on talent strategy and productivity, enabling clients and partners to focus on execution and management. Aspen opened in June 2006.

Aspen provides evaluation of a corporation’s resources used to acquire and manage talent, and aligns those resources with the goals & objectives that an organization has long term. These assets include outsourced partners, technology, training, processes, workflows, and deployment of internal resources. Once the baseline is assessed, goals for cost, speed, quality, diversity, and brand are determined to make the business stable enough for aggressive change to affect productivity. Aspen monitors the mix over time, and manages for quality and business need.

Andrew started Aspen Advisors after a diverse and successful career in staffing and branding so that corporations that are socially and globally conscious can become great at acquiring talent and then advance their value propositions exponentially. The company takes great pride in working with leaders in industry that share the vision of providing socially responsible products and services.

For more than 25 years, China has held strategic business leadership roles in the human capital management sector. Currently CEO of the CMG Group, a consultancy supporting solutions providers in the human capital management sector, she is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the broad human resources marketplace. Data Point Tuesday at www.ChinaGorman.com has quickly become one of the most-read HR blogs.

Well known for her tenure as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management), she also held the posts of President of DBM North America, and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, the global consulting division of Adecco, which became the performance leader in its industry under her leadership.

China has traveled extensively – throughout North America and globally – speaking to business, professional, corporate and academic groups on topics related to the strategic value of HR, culture and engagement, career management and implementing effective people management strategies.

Recently appointed to the Strategic Advisory Councils of RiseSmart (www.risesmart.com) in San Jose, CA and Pinstripe in Brookfield, WI (www.pinstripetalent.com), she also serves as Board Chair for the Chicago-based Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (www.cael.org) and on the board of Jobs for America’s Graduates (www.jag.org), headquartered in Alexandria, VA. A native Midwesterner, China earned a bachelor’s degree from Principia College in Elsah, IL and has completed significant post-graduate work in Organizational Development.

Chris Murdock is the Co-Founder and Senior Partner of IQTalent Partners. Chris has over 12 years of executive recruiting experience and leads search execution and client relationships along with supporting searches across the firm.

Prior to Founding IQTalent Partners, Chris was a Sourcer with Yahoo!’s internal Executive Recruiting team in the corporate offices in Sunnyvale, California. Previous to Yahoo!, Chris was an Associate in the Menlo Park, California office of with Heidrick & Struggles, where he recruited for software, hardware, professional services, and semiconductor clients. Before Heidrick & Struggles, Chris worked in the Retail Practice of TMP Worldwide in Atlanta, Georgia. While with TMP Worldwide, he worked on CEO, General Merchandise Manager, and various VP and Buyer level searches.

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

As a globally recognized recruiting leader over the last 15 years, Shally has helped build sourcing organizations for companies like Microsoft, Google, Coca-Cola, Cisco, and Motorola. Now he advises recruiting leaders at over 200 organizations like CH2M Hill, GE, Lockheed, and SourceRight on how to successfully embed key sourcing initiatives into their current efforts, improve the performance of their existing sourcing teams, and establish sourcing functions from the ground up.

Shally is passionate about encouraging people to experiment in their search for talent and color outside the lines with audacity. Because of his unparalleled obsession with sourcing, and his continuous drive to probe for practical solutions where nobody has looked before, many say he delivers the courage recruiting leaders need to walk the edge to success in today’s over-informed world.

Raised in Colombia, South America, Shally now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds dual degrees from RIT, and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.