Indianapolis-based nonprofit DirectEmployers Association announced that its 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM17) is accepting speaker proposals through July 31, 2016. Interested industry experts and HR practitioners interested in speaking at DEAM17 can submit their proposal by visiting

The conference is scheduled to take place May 9 through May 11, 2017 at the Historic Crowne Plaza at Union Station in Indianapolis, IN. Dubbed “The Year of the Candidate,” DEAM17 will feature tracks focused on OFCCP compliance, recruitment marketing and sourcing strategies.

DirectEmployers’ annual conference is recognized as one of the most educational HR conferences by its attendees and focuses on providing advice and guidance from prominent industry experts and practitioners. To ensure that its 2017 conference maintains this high level of education, DirectEmployers is currently accepting speaker proposals from industry thought leaders willing to share actionable takeaways, best practices and innovative programs with over 350 HR practitioners.

Topics to be considered for this year’s agenda include, but are not limited to the following:

  • OFCCP compliance strategy
  • Hiring regulations focusing on veteran and diversity–specifically pertaining to VEVRAA and Section 503 regulations
  • Executive Order 13672 Final Rule
  • HR Data and Metrics
  • Guidance for undergoing an OFCCP audit
  • Disposition codes
  • Writing effective job descriptions
  • Recruiting marketing strategy
  • Source coding jobs
  • Social recruiting strategy and practices
  • Diversity Sourcing
  • Employee referral programs
  • Candidate experience
  • Candidate engagement
  • Diversity referral programs
  • Diversity sourcing
  • Sourcing strategies for hard-to-fill positions
  • Fundamentals of career websites

Interested parties can submit to present at DEAM17 by filling out a short speaker proposal form no later than July 31, 2016. For questions regarding the speaking proposal or process, please contact Lis Dennis at

To enhance the experience for conference attendees, DirectEmployers is also actively seeking underwriters interested in sponsoring the event. For more information on underwriting opportunities, visit or email with questions.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit member-owned and managed association formed in 2001 by 14 leading Fortune 500 companies searching for a way to reduce recruiting costs, while regaining ownership of their recruitment brand. Through collaboration with these individuals, DirectEmployers developed proprietary technology that has since led to the creation of our flagship product—a federal contractor compliance solution that assists with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) VEVRAA mandatory listing requirements and Section 503 regulations. Now with over 800 employers varying in industry and size, we’ve expanded our Member benefits to include a Partner Relationship Manager (PRM), networking and educational opportunities and fully customizable Recruitment Marketing Solutions.

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