REC5: Referrals: Talent Acquisition’s Best Bet or Toughest Challenge?
Talent Acquisition’s Best Bet or Toughest Challenge?
Thursday 06 October
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Referrals are arguably the most important source of hire in the talent acquisition quiver. While the focus has been on referrals from employees, it has now broadened to candidates, alumni, vendors and even customers, parents and others. There is no argument that 95% of employers have some form of a referral program but technology tools have long struggled to support the diverse competitive practices that corporations use. In this panel, four experienced talent acquisition leaders will engage the audience in discussions of the issues, technology tools, best competitive practices and future trends of referral programs. Gerry Crispin will also supply and review data from an in-depth study of referral practices in 200 companies published in 2016.
Principal and Co-Founder
Gerry Crispin, is a life-long student of Staffing. Gerry and his business partner, Chris Hoyt, facilitate peer-to-peer, best practice conversations with recruiting leaders from the world’s largest and most competitive corporations. The CareerXroads’ Colloquium is a member community of talented professionals in nearly 100 firms dedicated to helping one another. In 2010, Gerry founded a non-profit, Talentboard, with colleagues Elaine Orler and Ed Newman to better define the Candidate Experience, a subject he has been passionate about for 30 years. Gerry co-authored eight books on the evolution of staffing and has written 100s of articles and whitepapers on similar topics during a career in Human Resources that spans more than 40 years from HR leadership positions at Johnson and Johnson; to boutique Executive Search firms; a Career Services Director at the University where he received his Engineering and 2 advanced degrees in Organizational/Industrial Behavior; and, GM of a major recruitment advertising firm even as he launched CareerXroads 20 years ago.
Project Manager, Employment Strategy & Branding
Breanna is a Project Manager of Employment Strategy and Branding for DaVita, a Fortune 500 company and the nation’s leading kidney care provider. Working from DaVita’s World Headquarters’ office in Denver, Colorado, Breanna currently leads DaVita Careers social media strategy, ERE award winning employee referral program, and Hermes award winning career website to find top talent in the competitive world of healthcare.
Head of Employer Branding
Craig Fisher leads Employer Branding at CA Technologies. His digital branding methods have been adopted as best practices by companies like Linkedin, Zappos, YUM! Brands, Hootsuite, and many more. Craig created the first the first Twitter chat for recruiters, and the first Linkedin-certified training company in North America. He’s been detailed in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Economist, Mashable, NBC News, and The Huffington Post; and is listed among the industry’s top influencers and most engaging conference speakers.
US Talent Acquisition Operations Leader
Wendy Weglage is the US Talent Acquisition Operations Leader for EY and has been overseeing the US Employee Referral Program for the last 5 years. Wendy has over 15 years of experience in recruiting at the Campus, Experienced and Executive levels. The last five years her focus has been on creating a world class employee referral program at EY which has resulted in over 50% of their hires now coming from referrals. In addition to referrals, Wendy’s focus is maximizing EY’s recruiting technology, analyzing recruiting data, refining recruiting processes and improving the candidate experience.