Fall Recruiting Conference

Fall 2016 Recruiting Conference


Oregon Recruiters is thrilled to announce our final 2016 professional development conference, for HR and Recruiting Professionals on September 28, 2016! With plenty of event parking and great views, our fall conference will be held at the Oregon Zoo (Cascade Ballroom), in Portland, Oregon.

Over 200+ HR and Recruiting peers and professionals from leading organizations including Boeing, Xerox, FedEx, Puppet Labs, Comcast, Capital One, Redfin, Walgreens, New Relic, KapStone Paper, Jama Software, Wilco, Waste Connections, Inc., Maxim Healthcare Services, Connective DX, Prestige Care, and Michael’s attended our last event!


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We’re featuring 2 international speakers — James Wright and Geoff Peterson. They’ll share proven approaches to becoming a more influential recruiter, how to build stronger relationships with hiring teams, and strategies to attract and hire the right talent. In addition to learning from these 2 highly sought-after speakers who will be focused on delivering content relevant to your career development as a recruiting professional, your registration includes:

  • The best regional peer networking with recruiting and HR professionals on the planet
  • Wifi access to tweet, check your work email or to post a selfie with James or Geoff
  • Continental breakfast and beverages in the morning and snacks and beverages during the breaks
  • Oregon Recruiters swag
  • Several prize drawings

The agenda:

8:30 – 9:00: Registration check-in and networking
9:00 – 9:10: Conference kick-off
9:10 – 10:15: The Power of Unconscious Bias in the Recruiting Process
10:15-10:45: Networking Break & Prize Drawings
10:45 – 11:50: The Essentials for Talent Sourcing Success in 2016
11:50 – 12:00: Wrap-up

The Speakers:
James E. Wright:Author, Speaker, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist
Geoff Peterson: Author, Speaker and Sourcing Expert
Jason Buss: Event Emcee, Author, and Talent Acquisition Exec

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Speaker Bios:

James E Wright Diversity SpeakerPreviously managing NBCUniversal’s Talent Acquisition Pipeline Development and the 2012 Diversity Director of The Staffing Management Association of Southern California (SMA), James Wright has a track record of delivering practical, repeatable roadmaps for increasing Diversity in global corporations such as NBCUniversal, Time Warner (AOL), Pepco Holdings, Inc., Verizon / MCI, and respected industry organizations.

James is a dynamic and compelling speaker selected by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to be a Presenter at the four most recent National Diversity & Inclusion Conferences based on his expertise in Diversity & Inclusion. He created JamesWantsToKnowYou.com and Career Essentials, two key business strategies developed to drive social media networking initiatives to attract top candidates. He has also been named by Careerealism as an ‘Approved Career Expert.’ In addition, James manages online content for the Global Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace group comprised of over 18,000 members.

James attended Erskine College in SC & The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Additionally, he is the proud father to one Miniature Long Haired Dachshund named Dexter.


GeoffPetersonGeoff Peterson is the Chief Sourcer of Sourcing Supply, a provider of talent sourcing solutions including talent sourcing, name generation and program development.

Geoff has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, IBM, UnitedHealth Group, Disney, PwC and ADP on a variety of talent management, recruiting and talent sourcing projects.

Geoff is a frequent recruiting industry speaker for ERE Expo, SHRM, recruitDC and Minnesota Recruiters, and is the author of The Sourcer’s Playbook, a 181-page visual guide to finding talent online”.




Jason BussWith 22 years of human resources and talent acquisition leadership experience as a practitioner, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is the head of global talent acquisition and diversity for New Relic.

Jason has authored and published content in, and has been quoted by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Executive Board and more.

He is also the founder of the Recruiters Network, and serves as the president and community leader for several of the nations largest and most active regional recruiting communities and is the VP of Talent Acquisition at MongoDB.

You can connect with Jason on LinkedIn or Twitter.


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Session Descriptions:

The Power of Unconscious Bias in the Recruiting Process (James Wright)
In an evolving society where the workforce and customer base has changed significantly and will continue to shift, it is essential for organizations to understand and demonstrate the impact of Unconscious Bias on organizational behavior, employee productivity and engagement and economic potential. All of this begins in the recruiting process, and with interview teams who may be allowing their Unconscious Biases to impact their hiring decisions.

During this interactive learning experience, new skills will be gained in decision-making, building inclusive teams and cultures, intercultural communications, and increasing employee engagement that helps identify and address the bias in HR recruiting processes.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine their background and identity so that they can interact more authentically with candidates, coworkers, customers, and the community.
  • Explore how the brain functions so that they can recognize Unconscious Bias as a natural function of the human mind.
  • Expose patterns of Unconscious Bias so that they can navigate their impact on decision-making.
  • Confront their own biases so that they can practice conscious awareness.
  • Discuss strategies and walk away with tools that will help create systemic change throughout the organization.


The Essentials for Talent Sourcing Success (2016) (Geoff Peterson)
In this 60-minute session, Geoff Peterson, Chief Sourcer of Sourcing Supply, will walk through his list of must have tools, platforms and strategies for sourcing success today.

  • Hear about the latest talent sourcing technologies and see them in action.
  • Watch demonstrations of real candidate searches with step-by-step instructions that can apply to your industry.
  • Learn how to easily improve your sourcing skills, reduce wasted time and increase your candidate pipelines.

Specifically, Geoff will touch on social media, business networks, niche career sites, mobile technologies, Internet browsers and search engines.



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Please note space is limited for this event, tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Consistent with all events, registration is non-refundable however may be transferred to a peer or colleague should a conflict arise.


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