It’s hard to believe that this time next month, DEAM13 will be over and we’ll be in preparation mode for DEAM14. However, right now we’re still fast at work in wrapping up the planning of our Annual Meeting & Conference, taking place Oct 21-24 in San Diego, California. Whether you’re still on the fence about attending or have already booked your flight, there are plenty of reasons to attend. Aside from the beautiful, waterfront location at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, we’ve got an agenda packed with sessions for human resource professionals of all levels—from recruiters to CHROs. In fact, we have an entire track dedicated to leadership…

Employers & Veterans Disability Law: Preparing for the Future
Presenters: Attorneys, Douglas Rosinski & Katrina Eagle
Many employers are aware of the benefits offered to disabled veterans by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), but are unsure of how to assist in the negotiation process to ensure that their affected employees are earning the compensation that they deserve. In this session, attendees will learn how they can help—without the fear of losing good employees after their compensation is obtained.

Cultivating a ‘Homegrown’ Branding Strategy
Presenters: Ozzie Meza & Kristi Zimmerman, Allstate Insurance
Having a strong employer branding strategy is vital for attracting qualified candidates. Aside from the creative aspect of strategic development, optimizing your budget can prove difficult. Join two HR team members from Allstate Insurance as they offer tips and advice on developing and implementing a creative branding strategy with the resources you have at your disposal.

Distinguishing Truly Great from Merely Good Talent
Presenters: Harry Griendling, DoubleStar, Inc.
A truly unique presentation, Founder and CEO of DoubleStar, Harry Griendling will use a live piano demonstration as a translation for the ‘Top Talent Formula’ and show how recruiters can integrate it into making better selection, promotion and deployment decisions throughout the recruiting process.

Combatting Underutilization: Building Geo-Specific Strategic Sourcing Plans
Presenters: Ouraphone Siri-Outhay, UnitedHealth Group
Employers with Affirmative Action Plans (AAP) are continually working to avoid underutilization of special classes in their sourcing and recruiting strategies. Unfortunately, the implementation of your plan can fall short of your expectations. In this session you will explore the importance of documenting and tracking sourcing activity as a part of your compliance efforts.

Finding REI’s Elusive Employer Brand—Are We There Yet?
Presenters: Bonnie Elliott, REI
When job seeker behaviors change, are your branding strategies changing with them? In this educational session attendees will learn how outdoor retail cooperative, REI, used .JOBS to transform their nearly invisible online presence to build brand awareness and drive traffic to their career site, as well as how others can implement similar strategies within their organization.

To provide an all-encompassing conference that is tailored to the needs of every HR professional, we’ve incorporated sessions for every interest and position. This year we’ve even added a technology track, so stay tuned for a special feature on these exciting sessions and speakers. Haven’t registered yet? Reserve your spot on the DEAM13 website, and also be sure to register for our Pre-Conference Online Networking Event to meet other attendees prior to heading to California!

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