Gearing Up for the Most Innovative Recruiting Event

By: | December 12, 2018 • 4 min read
Elaine Orler is founder and CEO of Talent Function and program chair of the Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech Conference.

We’re just two months away from Recruiting Trends & Talent Technology LIVE! in Las Vegas, held Feb. 20 through 22. The conference promises to be the most innovative yet.

Having attended dozens of conferences in my 25-year career, there are a few things that always make the best events stand out in my mind: Opportunities to meet new people who are dealing with the same day-to-day challenges as me; speakers, topics and stories I can learn from; the chance to see how the latest technology is solving real business problems; and the parties—because we all need to celebrate what we do once in a while!

The team behind Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech LIVE! is working hard to ensure all of these opportunities will abound, while infusing some additional fun into the program. Here is a list of the new experiences you can expect at this year’s conference:

Dynamic Rooms for Dynamic Content: At the typical recruiting conference, you have your expo floor—where you go for refreshment breaks, meals and to check out the vendors—and then you have to trudge off to a warren of conference rooms (that are often a good hike away) for the breakout sessions. By the end of the day, your feet are hurting and you’re exhausted.

At Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech LIVE!, by comparison, the expo hall will serve as the nexus for learning sessions, networking opportunities and vendor meetings, as well as fun events. We’re mixing it up with different theater types: Collaboration Roundtables, with speakers focused on today’s recruiting challenges, discussion topics and instant networking; Classroom Tables, to facilitate hands-on learning from the amazing speakers who will share how they attract talent while you take on activities to do the same; and Silent Sessions—in the expo hall—where you can access everything happening around you but still focus on the content shared in the sessions with the help of headphones.

From Breakouts to Mega Sessions: The agenda is set, with focused areas to help you easily navigate the content that matters most to you. As you know, a few topics are just too important to try to cram into a one-hour presentation, so we’ve extended those key sessions to 90 minutes. This will ensure more time for deeper learning, conversations and interactions. Review the full agenda on the conference website, and start to plan your session schedule now.

Scout Bar: We’ve invited some of the smartest sourcers (talent scouts) in the market to staff our Scout Bar. We all have that one position we just can’t seem to find the right talent for. This will be your opportunity to bring that job description to the Scout Bar, where sourcers will compete for bragging rights and prizes to identify talent (with their advanced sourcing techniques) and produce a short list of candidates.

Analyst Café: There are dozens of analysts and influencers in our industry whose research you’ve most likely come across but have never actually met. This will be your chance: We’ve created a meet-and-greet analyst café for you to get your tough technology, strategy and process questions answered by those who spend all of their time researching and measuring the industry. Schedules will be published so you can block out time to engage the analysts with your direct business needs.

Power Lounge: Sometimes we just need to refuel our devices and our minds. The Power Lounge, open in the center of the expo hall, will give you a chance to charge a device and charge up on networking conversations with your peers.

Innovation Theater: Back by popular demand, the Innovation Theater will feature 10- to 20-minute presentations tied to product capabilities, challenges in the industry, and leading changes and best practices. Stop by the stage to see what’s next in our industry.

Awards Reception and Banquet: Who doesn’t love a good party? We’re honoring some amazing individuals and companies for their success and impact on the talent-acquisition discipline, and what better way to do that than with a reception and banquet? While not the prom, it will be a celebration of our industry, key contributors and the influential work that that is being done every day.

I hope you’ll join us for the first recruiting-focused conference of 2019. We’re committed to bringing in the smartest people to share their stories and provide you with an unprecedented opportunity to network with your peers.