Podcast Library

The DE Talk monthly podcast features honest and open dialogue between powerhouse industry experts on a variety of HR topics ranging from OFCCP compliance advice to emerging recruitment marketing trends, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and insightful solutions that help infuse new life into your HR strategies.

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DE Talk: The Weight of Honor: The Story of Military Caregivers

Season 2 • Episode 3

For many, the story of America’s wounded servicemembers is a reminder of the perils of war and uncertainty that exists for those individuals serving. What about the story of the resilient men and women who take on the role of nurse, caregiver, and medical advocate after their wounded loved ones return home? Tune in as Stephanie Howard, the executive producer, director, and writer of the documentary film, The Weight of Honor, discusses this one-of-a-kind documentary and sheds light on the underserved community of 1.1 million post-9/11 military caregivers.

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DE Talk: Disability Education & Accessibility: Overcoming the Digital Divide

Season 2 • Episode 2

When hitting a roadblock, Janet Fiore’s motto is always, “We can figure this out,” and that’s precisely what she did in the realm of disability education. Having a fear of getting it wrong or trying to figure out where to start was a challenge, and the results often lead to overcompensating or overreaching. Janet has cultivated a safe space for learners in The Sierra Group’s DisabilityEtiquette© course and DisabilityRecruiter© Certification. During this podcast, Janet discusses her initial draw to assistive technology, the work of The Sierra Group and its foundation and role in the disability space, and how employers can remove the obstacles to have a fully inclusive workforce.

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DE Talk: Is the Future of Talent Acquisition Human or AI-Driven?

Season 2 • Episode 1

Talent acquisition is rapidly changing at an unprecedented rate. The use of advanced technology and artificial intelligence is quickly becoming the industry standard. But how do we keep humans in the loop to ensure that the human factor remains in human resources, while also embracing AI? Tune in to see what Peter Weddle, CEO at TAtech, predicts for the future of talent acquisition, how you can address change now by embracing technology and automation, and what, in his opinion, is the greatest danger that exists for the field. (Hint, it’s not what you think it is!)

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DE Talk: Recruit Rooster + RocketBuild: Together, We’ll Achieve New Heights

QuaranDEAM Edition ​• Episode 2

As many of you know, the work of Recruit Roosters by DirectEmployers would not be possible without stellar technology and development taking place behind the scenes, and in April, they announced the acquisition of RocketBuild. Today, Recruit Rooster COO, Heather Hoffman, is sitting down with Jason Ward of RocketBuild to discuss their work and position as Indy’s premier software and application development house–and most importantly, what this means for DirectEmployers and Recruit Rooster’s future tech and development.

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DE Talk: Preparing for a Reduction in Force

QuaranDEAM Edition ​• Episode 1

While no one looks forward to a reduction in force (RIF), it is a fact of life for many organizations today in order to meet strategic goals and business needs. Taking time to carefully plan and prepare can make the difference between a successful transition and a disaster. Tune in to this conversation as Dana Deason of ArcBest and I discuss the nuts and bolts to help ensure your organization implements a RIF successfully and in a manner that is compliant and respectful of the individuals involved.

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DE Talk: Empowering Women in Leadership Roles

Season 1 • Episode 6

Women represent nearly 50% of the US workforce, yet only occupy 10% of the top management positions in S&P 500 companies. To discuss how female executives can empower one another in the workplace, I sat down with Elizabeth Jennings, Acting Executive Director of the National Disability Institute, and Heather Hoffman, COO of Recruit Rooster, to talk about closing the gender gap that exists in leadership and how mentorship shaped their careers.

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DE Talk: The ROI of D&I Is Greater Humanity

Season 1 • Episode 5

Diversity and inclusion is not just a function of talent acquisition, it’s a company-wide effort that needs to take place in all areas of business to be successful. Our team sat down with leading diversity strategist, Torin Ellis, to discuss the importance of D&I and the foundational steps companies need to take to show real commitment to diversity.

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DE Talk: Ask the OFCCP Experts: What’s to Come in 2020

Season 1 • Episode 4

For government contractors, the regulatory landscape is always changing, and navigating these changes takes a careful understanding of the current requirements and a forward-looking view. I sat down with employment law expert John C. Fox of Fox, Wang, & Morgan to identify what you should be doing to prepare yourself for the coming year and how to position your company for successful compliance in 2020!

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DE Talk: Understanding Accessibility for Compliance & Recruitment

Season 1 • Episode 3

Many organizations are working hard to create an inviting culture for individuals with disabilities, but sometimes fall short when it comes to the application process. In this episode, Jennifer Polcer and Ruth Toombs share tips and takeaways for creating an attractive career site that is OFCCP compliant and accessible to all.

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DE Talk: Veteran Underemployment with David Muir

Season 1 • Episode 2

The veteran unemployment rate is now at an all-time low, but studies reveal that nearly ⅓ of veterans are underemployed. To better understand how employers can connect with veteran job seekers, our team sat down with David Muir from Easterseals Veteran Staffing Network to discuss all-things veteran hiring.

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DE Talk: Invisible Disabilities with Haley Moss

Season 1 • Episode 1

With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we really wanted to hit home with invisible disabilities in the workplace. I sat down with Haley Moss to start a conversation about workplace obstacles, triumphs, and the neurodiverse community.

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