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While the “war for talent” continues to generate a lot of discussion, the war was waged with avid enthusiasm at SXSWi–both from thought leaders on their soapboxes and tech recruiters in the trenches. Perhaps the most HR/recruiting-centric event was hosted by Craig Fisher and #TalentNet. This year’s great social recruiting summit drew a number of prominent voices in the industry. Kyle Lagunas of Software Advice set out with camera in hand and asked, “What does SXSWi have to do with HR and recruiting professionals?”

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#TalentNet Announces Speaker Lineup, Spring Conference

TalentNet Live! has announced the line-up for their annual conference on March 8, 2013 at the Iron Cactus in Austin, Texas.

The 2013 Speakers & Facilitators for the event are as follows:

Conference Emcee:  Dwane Lay

  • Mary Ellen SlayterCEO, Reputation Capital Media
  • Kevin Wheeler, President, Future of Talent
  • Tom SteeleProduct Marketing & Mobile Expert, SAP
  • Maren Hogan, CEO, Red Branch Media
  • Sarah White, CEO, Sarah White & Associates
  • James MayesFounder, SocialTalentSearch
  • Carrie Corbin, Associate Director of Talent Attraction, AT&T
  • William Tincup, CEO, Tincup & Co.
  • Teela Jackson, Director of Talent Delivery, Talent Connections
  • Will Staney, Director of Recruiting & Strategic Programs,SuccessFactors, a SAP Company
  • Bill Boorman, Founder, tru Events & unConferences
  • Paul DeBettigniesVP Recruiting & CoFounder, HireCast Consulting
  • Ryan Leary, Sourcing Science Specialist, Kenexa
  • Stacy Donovan Zapar, CEO & Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn, Tenfold Consulting
  • Jonathan Campbell, CEO, Social Talent
  • Michael Goldberg, Director of Talent Acquisition, Freeman Companies
  • Joe Gerstandt, Keynote Speaker & Freedom Fighter,JoeGerstandt.Com
  • Matt Charney, Director of Marketing, Talemetry
  • Lizzie MaldonadoSocial Media Manager, The Starr Conspiracy
  • Crystal Miller, Talent Attraction Digital Strategist & VP Marketing, TalentNet Live! Conferences
  • Craig Fisher, CEO, TalentNet Live! Conferences
  • Marianthe Verver, Sourcer, Randstad Sourceright, US at Honeywell

TalentNet LIVE! Dallas Fall 2012 - Eventbrite

The #TalentNet Social Recruiting Conference will be held November 2nd, 2012 at Pepsico Frito-Lay Conference Center Plano, TX 

Attendees can expect to learn about hands-on methods they can put into practice that day.  Most of all, TalentNet Live is Fun!  Visit talentnetlive.com for more details! Some of the top Social Media and Recruiting industry experts in the world will be there sharing the latest tips and techniques.

Strategic learning includes:

  • Faster and more accurate search and sourcing
  • Attract more targeted talent and prospects
  • Build a better brand online!
  • Don’t miss the candidate closing workshop!
  • Create a better candidate experience!
  •  Measure and track your results


9:00 - 9:30AM Registration

9:30 - 9:45AM Welcome and opening remarks - Craig Fisher, Chris Hoyt

9:45 - 10:30AM Keynote - Big Data for Recruiting & Employer Brand with John Sumser

10:40 - 11:25AM How Pepsico recruiting metrics with Sean Rae (Pepsico Data Storyteller)

11:25 - 11:45AM Power Networking & Sponsor Intros

11:45 - 12:45PM Power networking & lunch

12:45 - 1:35PM - Cool Tools with Craig Fisher & Matt Charney sponsored by Talent Technology

1:45 - PM 2:35PM- Breakouts

Sourcing workshop with Jim Schnyder, & Ryan Leary

Future workforce with Jim Durbin

2:45 - 3:35PM - Breakouts

Boolean skills workshop Jeremy Roberts

Mobile Recruiting with Joel Cheesman

3:45 - 4:30 - Super Panel

What makes a great candidate experience - Sarah White, Jason Leonard, and Trish McFarlane - Moderator William Tincup

The panel will discuss this year’s candidate experience award winners and what they are doing right, as well as showcasing what you can do to ensure a better close rate.  Not to be missed.

4:30 - 5PM - Candidate closing workship Craig Fisher & Jeremy Roberts

5:10 - 5:30PM - Q&A with Chris Hoyt, moderator Jason Seiden

You won’t want to miss out on this unique learning & relationship-building opportunity …

Register Now!

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6 people from the Rackspace Culture and Communications team made the trip to #Talentnet Live this week. They made this video documenting some of the day. It was a great event!