TA/SMA: 2019 Annual Spring Conference
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When: 5/10/2019
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility
25777 Detroit Rd.
Westlake, Ohio  44145
United States
Contact: Pam Smith

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2019 Talent Acquisition Annual Spring Conference
(formerly known as SMA Spring Conference)

Get Ahead of the Curve: Creative Ways to Advance Your Talent Strategies &
Build Diverse and Inclusive Hiring Practices

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Inclusive Interviewing Best Practices

The difference between companies that change the world around them and those that don’t comes down to one word: people. In our increasingly diverse and adapting businesses, bringing in diversity through equitable and inclusive practices is the key to breeding the innovation, belonging, and trust to build lasting legacies. Only by learning how to bring in the most skilled, culturally additive, and diverse groups of candidates can we achieve this goal. 

Learning Objectives:

·        Active listening techniques geared towards achieving mutual understanding and connection

·        How to construct and ask better questions that eliminate interviewing bias

·        Best practices for designing and delivering interviews across candidate types 

·        Tools for diversity, equity, and inclusion-optimized interviewing

Inclusive Storytelling | Capturing Authenticity through Employee Driven Content

Our company isn’t just made up of one story. But rather a collective of multiple stories and truths. We’re in a time where employees and candidates alike crave transparency and authenticity. They want to bring their whole selves to work, not just one piece. In this session, we will dive into what it takes to develop a compelling and inclusive content strategy driven by those that matter most- your employees. We will cover what topics candidates and employees care about, share best in class company approaches, and tangible tips to activate your employee ambassadors.

Learning Objectives:

·        Identify content that resonates with (all) employees and beyond

·        Engage (all) employees in authentic and easy content creation that they drive

·        Foster a culture of belonging through the power of sharing stories

·        See how organizations like yours are doing it well

Interactive Panel | Creative Ways to Advance Your Talent Strategies

A panel of Talent Acquisition leaders will share tactics to recruit and retain talent within their organization and how to advance Cleveland’s talent ecosystem. Some of the topics will include diversity recruiting, talent management, skills gap valuations, elevating employer brand, driving employee referral program and sourcing talent to Cleveland.

Speaker Information

Alida Miranda Wolff Alida is the co-founder and CEO of Ethos, a culture consultancy with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a strategist, communicator, and people-person, she’s committed to refining healthy cultures through a dogged commitment to continuous learning and a disciplined pursuit of more. Before Ethos, she headed up investors, partners, brand, and portfolio company growth at Hyde Park Angels. While at Hyde Park Angels, she helped grow the organization into the most active early-stage investor in the Midwest by developing a people-first approach to investing, one that focuses on leveraging human capital as well as financial capital to drive positive outcomes.

Elena Valentine Workplace Filmmaker and Design Researcher, Elena spends her days leading the team at Skill Scout to bring jobs and company culture to life on video. As CEO, Elena wears many hats, but really geeks out on: new media (360, VR, POV videos, silent storytelling), building Skill Scout’s diverse workforce and launching Skill Scout’s Humans@Work documentary series! She was recently named “HR Superhero of the Year” by the DisruptHR Chicago community. She’s also the founder of Mezcla Media Collective, an organization that provides opportunities for female filmmakers of color to connect, partner, and build their skill sets as leaders and storytellers.

This program has been approved for 3.75 credits through HRCI and SHRM.

Talent Acquisition Annual Spring Conference Agenda

7:30AM-8:30AM Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast

8:30AM-8:45AM Announcements

8:50AM-10:00AM Keynote Speaker:  Alida Miranda Wolff

10:00 AM-10:15AM Break

10:20AM-11:50AM Workshop Presentation:  Elena Valentine

11:50AM-1:00PM Lunch

1:05PM-2:05PM Interactive Panel

2:10PM-2:30PM Sponsor Raffle & Closing Comments



7:30 AM - 2:30 PM


LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility

25777 Detroit Rd, Westlake, OH 44145

***Complimentary networking Happy Hour immediately following the conference ***

Please join us right down the road for a networking event at Sibling Revelry Brewing, 29305 Clemens Rd. Westlake.


$120 to register after April 26th (member & nonmember)

Student pricing $75.00

Companies who have 2 to 4 employees attending the conference will receive a discounted rate of $75 per attendee. Companies who send 5 or more employees, will receive a discounted rate of $60 per attendee. If you are interested in taking advantage of our group rate discount, please contact us at admin@ClevelandSHRM.com or by calling Pam Smith at 216.533.3661


Cleveland SHRM is committed to the full inclusion of all its members. As part of this commitment starting January 2017, CSHRM will make every attempt to ensure that all members with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate to the highest degree possible in all CSHRM activities. Accommodations will be provided to CSHRM members through collaborative efforts with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, local non-profits, and other community organizations to acquire accommodations that are being provided to CSHRM members.

To request an accommodation for a workshop or CSHRM activity, please contact the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator below.

Katti Sorboro
Email: ksorboro@me.com
Text: 330.990.3046

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