In part one of our 2021 recap, we shared some really exciting things – 20th anniversary celebrations, our first-ever virtual conference, and some really impressive awards. Fortunately, we’ve got even more accomplishments to share as we look back on the second half of the year. Dive in below to see what else we’ve been up to this year!

DE Goes to Music City for NILG 2021 National Conference

In July, our crew packed up and headed south to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the NILG 2021 National Conference – our first in-person event since before the pandemic! This conference was extra special for us because not only was our Taapestry brand a platinum sponsor, but our very own marketing team volunteered their time and expertise to create conference communications on behalf of the NILG.

Only fitting for a conference in Music City, our beautifully branded booth featured an opportunity for attendees to take the spotlight and become a country music star ­– on Nintendo Wii, that is! It was wonderful getting to see our industry friends once again, and we can’t wait to see everyone at next year’s conference in Boston!

RocketBuild Named Top Software Development Company in Indiana

Another accolade for the DE Family of Brands ­– this time for RocketBuild! In August, our custom software and app development brand ranked #1 on Clutch’s 2021 list of Top Software Development Companies in Indiana. Each year, the review platform honors Indiana’s highest-performing B2B companies based on a series of strict criteria and we were thrilled when RocketBuild topped the list for their category. Nice work!

National Labor Exchange Hits 3 Million Jobs

In August, the National Labor Exchange (NLx) – the only nonprofit national online labor exchange system in the United States, established by DirectEmployers and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies – reached an impressive milestone when it hit three million job postings. Just three months later, the NLx would add another million for a total of four million, wow! In today’s unique employment landscape, having a trusted source for authentic job openings will prove invaluable for job seekers and we’re honored to be a part of it.

Neurodiversity Expert Haley Moss Becomes a DE Consultant

As if August wasn’t exciting enough, we also had the privilege of announcing a partnership with neurodiversity expert, attorney, author, and disability advocate Haley Moss. First coming to the Association as a presenter at our 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference, we’re thrilled that Haley will be sharing more of her knowledge and first-hand experiences as an individual with a disability through webinars and blog posts in the coming year. Read this press release for full details – and check out her latest blog post on creating inclusive holiday celebrations!

Neurodiversity Expert Haley Moss Joins the Team as a DE&I Consultant

Member Appreciation – 20 Days of Thanks

Each year we host a Member Appreciation Week in which we give thanks to our Members through a variety of giveaways, freebies, and prizes. This year, we switched things up in honor of our 20th Anniversary and instead of one week of festivities, we decided to do 20 Days of Thanks. To participate, Members completed a simple form and, between October 25th and November 19th, one or more daily winners were drawn at random for a variety of prizes ranging from gift cards to Apple AirPods Pro. In addition, all participants were sent a special gift which included a ‘You Rock’ coffee mug and Dunkin’ gift card. Take a look at the 2021 Member Appreciation stats below!

Recruit Rooster Introduces Military Crosswalk 2.0

Just in time for Veterans Day, our recruitment marketing pros announced the release of their updated military tools. The Military Crosswalk 2.0 offers not only military skills translation tools but also a military base locator, veteran-focused talent community, and additional veteran resources that aid in job search efforts. Learn more about the benefits of hiring veterans in your organization and reach out to Recruit Rooster to put them in action for your organization!

RocketBuild Named Best Tech Company in Four Categories by Powderkeg

Our RocketBuild crew sure knows how to end the year with a bang! This month they were honored in not one but four categories during the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards, including:

Congratulations to this crew for adding more accolades to their brand and for proving that great tech companies do exist outside Silicon Valley!

Recruit Rooster Wins 2021 Davey Award for DE&I Recruitment Marketing Video

RocketBuild wasn’t the only DirectEmployers brand doing big things in December. Recruit Rooster recently announced that, alongside client American Heart Association, they have won a 2021 Davey Award for their DE&I recruitment marketing video ‘You Matter Here’. Despite being among over 2,000 entries worldwide, the brands were honored in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion category of Online Film & Video. Get the full details in this press release and check out the winning submission below!

That’s a wrap on 2021! We could not have achieved all of these amazing accomplishments without the continued support of our Members and partners, and the dedication of our staff. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to each and every one of you. Now let’s see what we can accomplish next year to make 2022 even bigger and better!
Kacie Clark
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