Tom Cheesewright is the founder of applied futurism practice, author of Book of the Future and creator of the Futurist's Toolkit, a suite of tools for developing agile organizations. Tom helps people see, share and respond to a coherent vision of tomorrow, and his clients range from charities and public sector organizations to FTSE100 enterprises and global technology corporations. You’ll see Tom frequently across TV, radio, print and digital providing insight and analysis of the latest technology news and future trends (get ahead now!). Tom previously spent 14 years in the tech industry and founded a series of technology-driven companies.
I’m most passionate about: A lot of things. I'm constantly curious about the world and devour information about every aspect of it. I also love to cook almost as much as I love to eat.
Funniest situation I’ve been in: Perhaps the time a politician’s aide spilled a glass of red wine on my white shirt at a reception at the Houses of Parliament. My only option was to wash the shirt in the sink and dry it in a Dyson Airblade. I was half naked in the Houses of Parliament for about half an hour. I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person to say that.
Biggest fear: Heights. I partly reduced the effect of this with a “kill or cure” leap out of a plane from 12,000 feet.
Founder and CEO at SmashFly
Mike has been an industry innovator in recruitment marketing and technology for more than 15 years (you can still find some of his really old blog posts!). In the late ‘90s, he designed and built the first web-based talent management system at HireSystems/BrassRing, now part of IBM Kenexa ─ still used today by scores of Fortune 500 companies.
Mike founded SmashFly in 2007 to pioneer a new category of HR technology focused on managing candidate leads before they apply (enter Recruitment Marketing Platforms!). He’s worked with hundreds of companies from mid-size to Fortune 500 to help them leverage the latest cutting-edge strategies and technologies to build out successful recruiting programs and processes. Quick fact: He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology (whoa!).
Jon Levy is a human behavior expert, consultant, writer and profound speaker driven by why we make the decisions we make and how we affect them. Jon is best known for his work in the fields of influence, networking and adventure. By applying the most cutting edge scientific research on human behavior (neuroscience, psychology, economics, biology), he transforms the way you and your organization approach marketing, sales, consumer engagement, product design, and even how you connect with influencers.
In his free time, Jon runs a private community of hundreds of top influencers that spans across industry. Last year, he spent weekends at the world’s greatest events (Grand Prix, Art Basel, Burning Man, Running of the Bulls, etc.) and barely survived to tell the tale. This year, he’ll visit all 7 continents (no big deal).
CNN Commentator and Best-Selling Author
Mel Robbins is a powerful motivational speaker who inspires change, challenges thinking and accelerates personal and business growth (trust us, she’ll knock your socks off!) Her TEDx Talk, "How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over," has over 3 million views, and her book Stop Saying You’re Fine is a business bestseller. She started as a criminal defense attorney and went on to launch and sell a retail and internet technology company (Renaissance woman!).
Mel has led multi-year coaching programs at Johnson & Johnson, AG Edwards, Bear Stearns and Partners Healthcare, and is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers. She’s been featured as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News. In 2014, she was named America's Outstanding News Talkshow Host. She and her husband of 18 years have three young kids. She lives in the Boston, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.
Recruitment Technology and User Experience Strategist, CH2M
As the resident Recruitment Technologist at CH2M, John helps lay the foundation for human progress by creating world-class candidate experiences to attract the best engineering professionals. Using data-driven insights, he combines cutting-edge technologies and employment branding into talent acquisition processes to improve efficiency, maximize ROI and connect people with opportunities around the globe. John has been at the forefront of executing game-changing recruitment marketing, and is often challenged with integrating disparate recruiting technologies to deliver talent, while providing seamless user experiences that hide the technical complexities. He is passionate about the candidate journey and providing leading user experiences that revolutionize talent acquisition.
Talent Experience Architecture Manager, Intel Global Talent Acquisition
Allyn Bailey is part of the Global Talent Acquisition organization at Intel. As part of a specialized team, she designs, delivers and measures strategic programs focused on making talent experience a key differentiator for Intel. Allyn combines her expertise in UX research, organizational development and solutions design to generate standout experiences because she firmly believes that these experiences create behaviors, impact outcomes and make Intel an employer of choice.
Quote: Creating amazing experiences is not something that happens by accident. They are architected with a clear vision of what your intended outcome is. Architecting candidate experiences is pivotal in attracting and engaging top talent.
Last celebrity I saw: Wayne Newton at a Drive Through Starbucks in Kalispell Montana
Funniest situation I’ve been in: While teaching my husband to ski I pushed him off of the chair lift (I was trying to help…) sending him straight down the mountain at breakneck speed. He hasn’t been skiing since.
National Recruitment Marketing Leader, PwC
As the National Recruitment Marketing Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC, one of the world’s largest professional services firms, Sondra oversees all of the external branding initiatives targeted toward PwC’s employer value proposition (EVP). With more than 20 years of experience in communications and marketing, Sondra is responsible for articulating PwC's EVP to potential candidates through a variety of channels, including advertising, social media, web and other online mediums. She is passionate about mentoring individuals both inside and outside of PwC and helping people launch and advance their careers.
I’m most passionate about: Everything - If I had to pick one - it would be traveling. I've hit all 7 continents and 70+ countries so far, but my 3 kids have sidetracked my ultimate goal for a bit!
Last celebrity I saw: I took an acting class with Matthew McConaughey in college - he's cuter now
Most afraid of: Small spaces - and telling people I'm afraid of small spaces for fear of retribution
Global Recruiting Branding Manager, The Boston Consulting Group
Adam oversees the expression of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) brand to the global candidate audience across 85 offices & 48 countries (talk about big shoes!). He is a true recruitment marketing leader, collaborating between recruiting and global marketing to promote BCG online and offline as a best place to work with recruiting teams and via the global website, social media and advertising. In his former life, he was the Director of Employment Branding & Marketing at McGraw Hill Financial and The McGraw-Hill Companies. Fun fact: he has directed plays and produced a film once.
In 3 words, my friends describe me as: “A righteous dude.”
On-stage intro song: There Goes the Neighborhood by Ice T with Body Count
Recruitment Marketing tip: Focus on your people and their stories. Never forget to address what your audience wants rather than push messages you want them to hear.