Spring Recruiting Conference

May 23rd, 2019

Venue SIX10
Chicago, IL
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Date & Time:
Thu, May 23, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
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$109 - $159

Event Details

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the Chicago Recruiters community and providing professional development and networking opportunities to Recruiting and HR professionals throughout the region.

Registration and ticket pricing:

  • Team registration $129 / person (for teams of 6+ attendees)
  • Individual registration $159 / person (for 1-5 attendees)
  • For Recruiting teams of 10+, please contact us.

Is this your first Chicago Recruiters conference? Hear directly from our recruiting conference attendees with feedback on their experiences and the value of attending. 

This is your opportunity for professional growth and development, continuing education credits, and to build your network and relationships with top Recruiting, HR and Talent Management professionals throughout the Greater-Chicago area. 

Join Chicago Recruiters for a premier professional development conference with 200+ of your Recruiting and HR peers, on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019! The event will be held at the Venue SIX10 in Chicago.

Invest in your professional development in 2019! We know your time is valuable, so we've put together 1/2 day of action-filled content with new ideas you can implement when you get back to your office. 

In addition to learning from highly sought-after speakers who will be focused on delivering content relevant to your career development as a recruiting and HR professional, your registration includes:

  • SHRM re-certification credits
  • Wifi access
  • The best peer networking with recruiting and HR professionals throughout the Greater Chicago area
  • Prize Drawings
  • Continental breakfast and beverages in the morning and snacks and beverages during the breaks
  • Exclusive Chicago Recruiters swag
Spring Recruiting Conference


8:30 - 9:00: Check-in and networking

9:00 - 9:10:  Kickoff with Jason Buss, Founder, Recruiters Network

9:10 - 10:10:  Stacy Zapar - Stacy's Slip-ups: Sourcing Lessons Learned the Hard Way

10:10 - 10:30: Rachel Bitte - Market Update

10:30 - 10:55 Break

10:55 - 11:00: Prize Drawings & Announcements

11:00 - 12:00: Ben Eubanks - 5 Ways AI Will Enable Recruiting to be More Human, Not Less

12:00:  Wrap up


Stacy Zapar.jpgStacy Zapar 

Stacy Donovan Zapar is a 20-year recruiting veteran for Fortune 500 tech companies. She launched Tenfold in 2012 (recruiting consultancy / training) and The Talent Agency in 2017 (recruiting for recruiting search firm). She serves on multiple recruiting technology advisory boards and has consulted on multiple global employer branding, social recruiting, sourcing and search initiatives for top employers including Zappos, TripAdvisor, Amazon, Netflix and Facebook.

She was named Trendsetter of the Year for Talent Acquisition by SHRM's HR Magazine and has been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur and many other publications. Stacy has more than 400,000 followers on LinkedIn and Twitter and served as Technical Editor / Contributor for Wiley's LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day. She is #6 on Huffington Post's 100 Most Social HR Experts and is #5 on LinkedIn's 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers. 

Stacy graduated from Washington & Lee University, studied abroad in Paris, France and has a California teaching credential. She is a self-proclaimed geekette who enjoys travel, tennis, classic films, online gaming and logic puzzles. Stacy lives near the beach in San Diego with her husband and two children.


ben-headshot.jpg 168 x 168.jpgBen Eubanks

Ben Eubanks is the Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory and the author of Artificial Intelligence for HR: Use AI to Build a Successful Workforce (Kogan Page, December 2018). 

He Has authored dozens of reports, eBooks, and other resources, maintains a blog that has touched the lives of more than one million business leaders since its inception, and hosts "We're Only Human," a podcast that examines the intersection of talent and technology in the workplace. 

Previously an HR executive for an Inc. 500-ranked global technology startup, he currently operates Lighthouse Research & Advisory, a human capital research and advisory services firm. He works with HR, talent, and learning leaders across the globe to solve their most pressing business challenges with a research-based perspective tempered by practical, hands-on experience. 

He is the co-organizer of DisruptHRHSV, an innovative event geared toward helping HR leader drive more value for their business by sharing disruptive ideas about how to hire, manage, and engage great talent. 

Most importantly, he has four children, a wonderful wife of ten-plus years, and a preference for running in a variety of outlandish races for fun. 



Rachel Bitte Headshot.jpgRachel Bitte

Rachel has over 20 years of human resources leadership and process excellence experience; she joins Jobvite with a proven track record of working closely with executives to lead highly engaged, high-performing workforces.

As Jobvite’s Chief People Officer, Rachel brings with her a wealth of HR experience—specifically in the tech industry—with a focus on change leadership and talent management. Prior to joining Jobvite, Rachel was Global HR VP for Mindjet, a global SaaS company in the innovation & collaboration space.  Previously, she spent 12 years at Intuit in numerous roles including talent acquisition, HR management, and process excellence.  Before Intuit, she spent three years in HR at Apple & started her career as a Recruiter.

Rachel was raised in Humboldt County and moved to the bay area after earning her bachelors’ degree in international relations & economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles.  She lives in Mountain View with her husband, Greg, whom she met with they were 18/19 years old.  In her free time, she is all about anything outdoors that burns calories including road riding, mountain biking, snowboarding and backpacking and anything that replaces calories including good food, great drinks & international cuisine.




Jason_Buss_Minnesota_Recruiters.jpgJason Buss

With 23 years of human resources and talent acquisition leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. He is currently the vice president of talent acquisition for MongoDB.

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 nation’s largest and most active regional recruiting communities. You can connect with Jason on LinkedIn or Twitter @jjbuss.

Session Descriptions

Stacy Zapar 

Creative Sourcing Techniques for Recruiters

As recruiters, direct sourcing is a big part of our job. Targeting passive candidates is a tricky process and we’re always experimenting with creative ways to find the right talent and reach out in a way that gets them to respond. Sometimes that trial and error process works and other times, well, it blows up in our faces! Along the way, we’ve all made those missteps.

What are some of the biggest and most common mistakes we make as sourcers and what lessons can we learn from those snafus?

In this session (which was the #1 rated session at LinkedIn Talent Connect this year!), attendees will learn:

  • How to avoid common sourcing slip-ups we’ve all made and how to turn them into important learning moments
  • What should we be doing instead to drive engagement from direct-sourced candidates
  • Knowledge of the tips, tricks, tools, and strategies that work best
  • Effective sourcing practices that ensure you get the most out of your sourcing efforts while building your recruiter / employer brand along the way.

Ben Eubanks 

5 Ways AI Will Enable Recruiting to be More Human, Not Less

Are you ready for an automated world? When we hear about artificial intelligence technologies, we inevitably get into fear-based conversations about job replacement due to automation. But the truth is, AI can actually enable us to be even more human in the workplace, not less. In this webinar presented by Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research and author of the book Artificial Intelligence for HR (Kogan Page), attendees will learn about the basic elements of AI and how they work, the practical uses for solving recruiting challenges like candidate sourcing and matching, and the critical skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly automated workplace. 

Research from a variety of experiments shows that the best approach isn't purely human or purely machine, but a blend of the two. Leveraging more than a year's worth of research into how companies are utilizing automation technology to reduce administrative burden and improve productivity, attendees will learn about the adoption of bots, machine learning-powered algorithms, and other tools to support business needs. It's time to go beyond theory and explore the practical side of what AI has to offer. 

Attendees will learn: 

  • A broad understanding of the AI-enabled technology landscape for screening, hiring, and onboarding today's workforce
  • Key skills necessary to survive and excel in an automated workplace
  • Examples of research demonstrating the right blend of human and machine decision-making

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