Get to Know the 40 Extraordinary Speakers of Engage 2017

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This year’s conference is about so much more than staffing tips and trends, it’s an event where the leading staffing, recruiting, and technology experts share their incredible expertise and forward-looking ideas.

The 40 extraordinary speakers of Engage 2017 will cover everything from how to truly work with millennials to the future of Artificial Intelligence in staffing. They are experts, best-selling authors, industry leaders, and innovative thinkers. We still have a few surprises up our sleeves (including one of Time Magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” and a brilliant, dedicated Commander of the US Army), so stay tuned for more major announcements.

Welcome to our team of Engage 2017 speakers, we are thrilled to share them with you.

Engage Candidates

Get cutting-edge strategies to attract and retain top talent from these powerhouses of the staffing industry. Leave their sessions with practical tips to maximize your recruiting effectiveness, overcome talent shortages, and discover new ways to improve your own sourcing strategies. Just see for yourself:

  • Glen Cathey, Principal Consultant at The Cathey Advisory Group – Social Engineering: The Art and Science of Engaging Passive Candidates
  • Andrew Graff, CEO of Allen & Gerritsen – Rebuilding the Plane in the Middle of the Flight: How to Attract the Best Talent to Any Organization – A Non-Staffing Perspective
  • Eddie Lou, CEO and Co-Founder of Shiftgig – On-Demand: The Newest Workforce Model in the Staffing Industry
  • Robin Mee, Founder of Mee Derby, and Kim Whiteley, Director at Mee Derby – Your Candidates Are Underpaid – A Look at the Latest Compensation Data

Engage the Future

These forward-looking speakers will expose how recruiting technology is transforming traditional relationship- based businesses in the Engage the Future track. Navigate the impact of digital disruption trends, artificial intelligence, and machine learning and learn how leaders and organizations can keep up from incredible experts like:

  • Susan Yule, President of Career Collaborative – Building a 21st Century Workforce: Looking Beyond the Ivory Tower
  • Eyal Grayevsky, CEO of FirstJob, Jay Brunetti, CEO of HireAlliance, and Adrianne Nelson,  Senior Director Global Membership Products, CCWP at SIA – Panel, The Future of AI in Staffing: Finding the Balance Between Bots and Humans
  • Brent Leary, Founder of CRM Essentials, and Vinda Souza, VP of Marketing Communications at Bullhorn – Fireside Chat: Radical Transparency through Relationship Intelligence Automation
  • Robin Mee, Founder of Mee Derby, and Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance–The New Normal: Running a Virtual Workforce that Thrives
  • Wes Gay, Founder of Millennial Pipeline – Millennials Will Lead You: How to Deal

Engage Leadership

In the Engage Leadership track, our speakers will share examples of strong leadership, and learn how to engage internal employees with a differentiated company culture. You will learn from leaders with a track record of success building winning teams guided by a core mission like:

  • Paul Blanchard, Managing Director of Right Angles – Leadership in an Age of Full Exposure
  • Jeff Bowling, CEO and Chairman of The Delta Companies – Becoming an “Intrapreneur”
  • Mark Nussbaum, COO of Signature Consultants – Perception and Reality: A Study in How Leadership Beliefs Impact Decision-Making and Enterprise Performance
  • Loretta Penn, Former President of Spherion Staffing and current President of PECC – The Power of Failing Forward: What Makes Us Fail as Leaders and What We Learn
  • Joyce Russell, President of Adecco Staffing US, and Andrea Wagner, VP of Enterprise Sales at Bullhorn – Fireside Chat: Strong Female Leadership

Engage Customers

The Engage Customers track speakers will give you the blueprint to take current customers and transform them into raving fans, generating a steady stream of new business built on a foundation of strong relationships. Just take a look:

  • Patrick Beharelle, the President and CEO of TrueBlue – Not a Charity Case: Why Hiring Veterans Makes Business Sense, and How to Actually Do It
  • Charles Bernard, CEO of Criteria for Success, and Lindsay Wolff, Sales Advisor & Trainer, Criteria for Success–Break the Silence: Addressing the Biggest Source of Sales Suffering
  • Alan Stukalsky, CIO of Randstad – Using Technology to Build Long-Term Customer Relationships
  • Mary B Lucas, Author and Chief Talent Officer at Supplemental Health Care – Remember the Comeback Sauce: Life Lessons on Customer Engagement from the Butcher Shop
  • Tom Kosnik, President of Visus Group – Disintermediate or Die: How to Overcome Assumptions and Become More than a Commodity in the Eyes of the Client

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Engage Bullhorn

Get answers to your toughest questions, explore the latest features, and learn how to get the most out of your current, or future, Bullhorn investment. This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with Bullhorn product experts from the Support, Customer Success, and Professional Services teams:

  • Mitesh Ashar, Director of Product at Bullhorn – Candidate Experience Matters: Turning Passives into Advocates
  • Jeff Neumann, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Bullhorn – You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure: Metrics that Matter
  • Jonathan Novich, VP of Platform and Staffing Technologies at Bullhorn – Back Office, Front of Mind: Achieving Operational Efficiency
  • Jason Smith, Sr. Director of Enterprise Engagement at Bullhorn, and Greg LaGarde, Regional Sales Director at Bullhorn – The New Relationship Economy: Building Profitable Client Relationships
  • Josh Godi, Senior UI Developer at Bullhorn, Brian Kimball, Enterprise Architect at Bullhorn, and Alec Sibilia, UX Designer at Bullhorn – Enhance your Bullhorn Experience with Product Extension                    


  • Tim Sanders, NYT Best-Selling Author of “Love is the Killer App: How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “Dealstorming: The Secret Weapon That Can Solve Your Toughest Business Challenges” – Love is the Killer App: How To Win Business & Influence People
  • Matt Fischer, CTO of Bullhorn, and Bryan Roy, Director of Product Design and Innovation at Bullhorn – Vision for Innovation
  • Art Papas, CEO and Founder of Bullhorn – Thursday Keynote
  • Steven Levitt, Economist and Freakonomics co-author — Think Like a Freak
  • Ann Dunwoody, First Female Four-Star Feneral


Engage workshops provide a full day of professional training, specifically designed for those looking to boost ROI, gain a competitive advantage, and stay ahead of the curve. This incredible team of trainers will provide in-the-moment, hands-on guidance to address your specific questions.

  • Melissa Rosen, Principal of Enterprise at Bullhorn – Leadership Workshops
  • Colleen O’Malley, Senior Manager of Bullhorn Academy at Bullhorn – Recruiter Workshops
  • John Sacerdote, Senior Application Training Consultant at Bullhorn – Customer Workshops

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Engage is the ideal event for exploring the opportunities and challenges associated with accelerating your business growth in the new relationship economy. You’ll learn to build better business relationships and more effectively engage customers, candidates, and employees. We’ll explore the impact of emerging technologies on relationship-based businesses. Now celebrating our 10th year, Engage brings together practitioners and innovative business leaders in B2B services industries including Staffing and Recruiting, SaaS, and Consulting, but is still intimate enough that you’ll see some of your favorite staffing friends. 

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