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HR Bootcamp

Building an Empire by Improving your Candidate Experience

Victoria Thornton, Rubicon Global

Talent acquisition is a marathon not a sprint. Interactions with candidates in the present time should be seen as networking and relationship building — not simply an interview. The people you speak with today should always be thought of as individuals that you could place sometime in the future.

In this session, join your peers, share best practices, and discover how to create a candidate experience that you’ll be able to continually build upon to make filling future roles that much easier.

Learning Objectives:

  • Reach and relate to candidates when headhunting
  • Create a simple timeline for candidate follow up
  • Utilize new, innovative, and free tools to search, socialize, and connect with talent to streamline recruiting efforts

SHRM Competencies: HR Expertise, Relationship Management


Victoria Thornton is a former agency recruiter turned internal corporate recruiter with 6 years of recruiting experience. She has spent the last two years assisting rapid growth start-ups with all things talent acquisition and strategy. Ms. Thornton currently serves as the Talent Acquisition Manager at Rubicon Global. Rubicon Global is a cloud-based waste solutions provider with a mission to eradicate waste through cost savings and technology. Ms. Thornton earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from North Georgia College and State University, and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from American InterContinental University.

Practical Guidance on Thorny Topics in Employment Law for 2017

Jim Swartz, Polsinelli

Join us for some Legal-Ease! Jim will provide a legal update and practical advice on several employment law topics that recently have received heightened attention by the courts, government agencies, and the press. The discussion will focus on questions that employment lawyers repeatedly hear from their HR partners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how best to navigate the difficult intersection of FMLA reasonable accommodations under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) considering recent legal developments and court decisions
  2. Identify problem areas for wage and hour compliance and training tips for supervisors to prevent off-the-clock work
  3. Recognize EEOC’s enforcement priorities and learn how to respond to EEOC charges

SHRM Competencies: HR Expertise, Critical Evaluation


Jim Swartz partners with employers to address employment-related problems ranging from the day-to-day questions faced by employers in an increasingly regulated workplace, to high-stakes class and collective lawsuits. He has represented clients in: discrimination cases under state and federal law (age, race/color, gender, pregnancy, national origin, religion, and disability claims); retaliation claims; sexual harassment claims; wage-and-hour disputes under federal and state laws; restrictive covenant and employee raiding cases; and public accommodations cases.

A significant portion of Jim’s practice consists of defending companies in alleged Rule 23 class actions under state wage-and-hour laws as well as collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, he advises clients on a host of day-to-day employment matters such as wage-and-hour compliance, contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, pay and promotion issues, and handbooks. Jim also assists employers with workplace investigations of misconduct and audits of EEO and wage-and-hour practices.

Navigating Employee Relations: The Art of Feedback

Amy Balog, ConnexionPoint Services LLC

Feedback – some call it an art, some call it a science, and some just don’t like giving or receiving it! Effective feedback can be very powerful, but for many organizations, feedback is often one of the most elusive and difficult practices to create and sustain. Yes, the feedback process requires some effort. And it can feel awkward at first. However, the career benefits of delivering specific and meaningful feedback far outweigh the challenges. Whether you are coaching a peer, a teammate, or even a senior executive, having a consistent approach to positive and developmental feedback is critical to your confidence and success.

Get comfortable with feedback in this powerful two-hour interactive workshop where you will engage with peers, practice delivering feedback, and share ideas on how to guide others to more effective feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify specific elements of great (and not-so-great) feedback
  2. Practice delivering great feedback through key preparation, thoughtful dialogue, invested follow on
  3. Review how to be an effective guide for your business partners as their feedback coach

SHRM Competencies: Communication, Leadership & Navigation, HR Expertise


Amy Balog is the founder of ConnexionPoint Services, LLC, a leadership and executive coaching firm with a unique focus to help leaders and teams "lead from center" in the face of constant disruption. Over the last decade, Amy has worked with numerous Fortune 500 and rapid growth technology clients committed to leading edge of leadership and talent growth.

Amy designed a comprehensive coaching approach that allows leaders to define their Center, their deepest place of calm, clarity and conviction. Through advanced feedback practices, the ConnextionPoint approach helps leaders assess what they are in the center of to elevate talent, thinking, and dialogue. Additionally, ConnextionPoint leverages top industry talent assessments, emotional intelligence tools, organizational readiness insights, and healthy teaming methods.

Amy is currently working on her first book, “Lead From your Center: What It Means to Lead with Intention in Disruptive Times.”