2015 February Chapter Meeting
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Can the Candidate Experience Drive Organizational Performance? Speaker: Deborah Wilson Thomas, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Assurant

When: 02/3/2015
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia  30339
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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Can the Candidate Experience Drive Organizational Performance? 

The Candidate Experience during the recruiting process communicates a great deal.  A candidate - in the digital environment - and their social networks can gain and share insights about a company's culture, job functions, leadership acumen and potentially organizational performance. 

In 2014, Assurant was recognized with the CandE Award for delivering an exceptional candidate experience.  Assurant was selected based on survey feedback from selected and non-selected candidates.  The CandE Award provided Assurant, and other participating companies, with the opportunity to benchmark our candidate experience against other employers. 

Participants will walk away with an increased awareness of the power of the candidate experience and how it informs your employment brand.  The candidate experience can attract or impede your ability to secure the top quartile talent required to drive top quartile performance. 

Speaker: Deborah Wilson Thomas, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Assurant

Deborah Wilson Thomas currently serves as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition (TA) for Assurant since 2011. In her role, she leads the TA function for the Fortune 500 Company which serves as a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North American and select worldwide markets. As the VP of TA, she and her team lead the talent acquisition strategy and execution of all aspects of talent acquisition activities including vendor management, contingent and permanent hires to proactively meet the dynamic demands of the business. Deborah’s specialties include talent acquisition and management, executive coaching, career counseling, strategic planning, change management, leadership development, organizational development and team building.
Previously, Deborah served as a Vice President and Director of Human Resources for Cox Communications. She was responsible for the development and execution of Cox’s human resources strategies and culture change initiatives, including leadership development, talent and performance management, organizational development, employee relations, diversity, recruitment and retention, and compensation. 

Deborah is a graduate of Hampton University where she earned a B.S. in Finance and earned a M.B.A. at the Darden Graduate School of Business – University of Virginia, where she was a PepsiCo fellow.




Bring your Gently Worn Professional or Work Shoes to the February Chapter Meeting:
One of our community partners, the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, (www.atlantacss.org) is in need of your gently worn men’s and women’s shoes. So, we are kicking off a shoe drive that promises to yield (we hope) gently worn men’s and women’s shoes, which are the hardest/scarcest items in their clothes closet. Our dream is that the shelves in the clothes closet will be bursting with interview type shoes and work shoes. We never will turn away new work boots or restaurant quality non-slip shoes either! Every pair of work shoes/boots = a job!

What is ACSS? They are a great group that provides comprehensive job readiness skills and training to the homeless.  Every month a group of  individuals called VIP’s (Visionary Innovative Partners) will graduate from a three week program called CareerWorks. CareerWorks provides all the resources a homeless person needs to plan and carry out a successful job search. 70% of their VIPs find employment and 75% retain that employment after 180 days. We have partnered with them this year by asking our members to bring men’s and women’s business clothing to our chapter meetings to be donated to their clothing closet. Now we are asking for volunteers to help in our shoe drive! Your donation could help change lives. 

Thanks to Our Sponsor:  

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM: New Member Orientation (Room 110)
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM: Registration &  Networking  (Ballroom G)

5:45 PM - 6:10 PM: Dinner (Ballroom F)

6:10 PM - 7:30 PM: Welcome, Announcements & Speaker

Advance Registration Deadline: February 2, 2015
Cancellation Deadline: January 27, 2015

 Registration Rates:
   Advanced  On-Site
 Member  $35  $45
 Non-Member  $55  $65
 Student Member  $20  $25
 Student Non-Member  $35  $35

If paying via check, please note that your registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received. Please mail your check, along with the invoice to:

3525 Piedmont Road
Building Five, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305

Cancellation Policy:  Refunds will not be granted if cancellation is not received by the specified deadline. Send all cancellation notices via e-mail to info@shrmatlanta.org. Substitutions are allowed, however the non-member rate may apply. If we do not receive a cancellation notice you will be required to pay for this event, even if you are unable to attend.