- Brian FinkTalent Acquisition Partner, RentPath
- Carol McDanielDirector, Global Talent Acquisition, Delta Air Lines
- Katie CushingFormer, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, Getty Images
With 10+ years of successfully guiding innovators across North America, Brian Fink focuses on building recruiting functions, candidate engagement, organizational transformation, recruiter training, and executive search. As a Senior Technical Recruiter at RentPath, Brian attracts open-source technologists, delivering excellent software that revolutionizes the online rental search industry. As part of this close-knit and small team which solves complex problems in a collaborative and supportive way., Brian’s partners with hiring managers to navigate growth and thrives on finding unfindable talent. In short, Brian enjoys relationships with visionaries who meet challenges head-on and driving talent towards opportunity.
Prior to joining Delta Air Lines as the Director of Global Talent Acquisition, Carol served as the Director of Talent Acquisition with Johns Hopkins Health System, where she oversaw, directed, and managed a team of 10 in the recruitment process for one of the most progressive organizations in the healthcare industry to meet the needs of a demanding pediatric hospital under the Johns Hopkins Health System.
After serving in the United States Air Force for ten years, McDaniel’s experience in the Talent Acquisition Industry began in Olsten Staffing, Lucent Technologies as a corporate recruiter, and she worked for Bernard Hodes Group for 12 years working with organizations to put Talent acquisition strategies in place. Her background combines extensive Human Resource consulting, recruiting, marketing and advertising expertise. With her strong understanding of the many challenges in today’s competitive labor market environment, she is considered a subject matter expert in the employer marketing and branding process. This expertise has proved to play a crucial role in the development of talent management and acquisition strategies. She has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC Night News for her innovative strategies in “Geo-Fencing” and Re-targeting” in the Talent Acquisition arena. Carol sits on the Talent Acquisition Special Expertise Panel for the Society of Human Resource Management as an advisor and contributor to SHRM’s talent initiatives. Carol is a frequent speaker at HR and SHRM events, national programs, and training seminars to focus on the areas of talent acquisition and talent communications.
Katie Bernhart Cushing has spent the last 15 years helping organizations achieve their goals by attracting, evaluating, and acquiring top talent. She’s created effective strategies and programs in consultation with business leaders and has led global teams through periods of transformation and growth. She has guided leaders through the increasingly complex talent marketplace with a pragmatic, transparent, and results-focused approach.
Katie began her career in talent acquisition at Celent, a financial technology research and consulting firm, now part of Oliver Wyman. A love of journalism led her to Jim Cramer’s TheStreet, a digital provider of financial news, and then to AOL, where she focused on talent acquisition for The Huffington Post , TechCrunch, and other AOL editorial businesses. Katie also led the buildout of the digital and creative teams at Weber Shandwick, a Cannes Lions
award-winning digital consumer engagement agency, and has consulted for several New York-based startups, including Warby Parker and Betterment.
Most recently, she served as the Global Head of Talent Acquisition for Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of award-winning still imagery , video , music and multimedia products. At Getty Images, Katie was responsible for setting talent acquisition strategy in support of business-critical initiatives around the world. She led teams through major technology initiatives, built out digital marketing, demand generation, and data science capabilities, and hired top sales and editorial talent around the world.
Katie holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, an MBA from Mercer University, and an MA from New York University.
- Leigh McCluskeyVP, Talent Acquisition, AdvisorGroup
- Lauren Wolfson LobelDirector of Onboarding, Accenture
- Shally SteckerlPresident, The Sourcing Institute Foundation
Throughout Leigh’s career, she’s had global or national responsibilities related to strategic planning, human capital, technology, branding, supply chain management, and organizational design.
Leigh currently serves as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Advisor Group, Inc. (formerly the wealth management division of AIG) based in Phoenix, AZ. She stood the talent acquisition function up from nothing as part of the private quity purchase from AIG in 2016. She led talent and branding efforts that helped Advisor Group’s Glassdoor rating move from a 2.6 to a high of 4.4 in 2018. She is the 2019 recipient of the HRO Today TA Leader of the Year award, and is most proud of Advisor Group’s move from #18 to #3 on the JD Powers 2019 List of Best Financial Advisors in just two years given her team’s work to staff the organization with a focus on service, technology and innovation talent. She’s proud of the Advisor Group HR Team’s awards in 2019 by OnConferences and American Business Awards including a Silver Medal for TA Team of the Year.
Prior to this role in financial services, she led Talent in the consumer services space for ServiceMaster in Memphis, TN (Terminix, American Home Shield, Merry Maids are a few of the brands). She built a global Talent Acquisition and Diversity team and platform with all related programs for Monsanto earning several “Best Places to Work” awards from Forbes and Diversity Inc. Top 50 honors. Prior to her focus in the talent and human resources space, she worked in biotech and ag chem in engineering positions at Delta and Pine Land Company and Eastman Chemical Company.
She is an accomplished motivational speaker and trainer. She led a private business and project management consulting firm for several years with a focus on healthcare business turnaround, executive conflict management and strategic planning. She and her husband, Ron, founded McCluskey Enterprises, Inc, in 2005 and owned and operated fitness facilities in the Mississippi Delta together in multiple communities branded as The Gym and The Studio.
Leigh is a graduate of the Leadership America program, a national program for women, and Leadership Mississippi. She is a long-standing senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi State University in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her lean certifications came through executive programs in partnership with the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan. Leigh was honored as a state business leader in the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
Leigh summarizes her personal interests as good books, great music, and being on the back of her husband’s Harley Davidson. She and Ron are restoring an old farmhouse with plans for a bed and breakfast in Walls, Mississippi right outside of Memphis.
Lauren Wolfson Lobel
Shally Steckerl is President of The Sourcing Institute (TSI), and one of the originators of the talent sourcing discipline. With twenty-one years of recruiting experience, Mr. Steckerl has served as corporate sourcing leader for many Fortune 500 brands, like Microsoft, Google, Coca-Cola, Cisco, and Motorola, helping them efficiently find unfindable talent. He has advised recruiting leaders at over 300 organizations, like CH2M Hill, GE, Lockheed, and SourceRight, on how to successfully embed key sourcing initiatives into their current efforts, improve the performance of their existing sourcing teams, and establish sourcing functions from the ground up.
Mr. Steckerl is the author of both the industry standard textbook “The Talent Sourcing and Recruitment Handbook” (ISBN 978-1928734796), and his recently published book, “The Sourcing Method” (978-0-9998081-0-8). He has served as Adjunct Faculty at Temple University’s Fox School of Business where he taught the first ever full-credit academic capstone course on recruitment, and also served at Brandman University. He is a regular speaker at HR leadership conferences around the world, and has been featured on NPR and the Wall Street Journal.
- Heather Tinsley-FixSenior Advisor, Financial Resilience, AARP
- Julia LevyTalent Acquisition Director, Fiserv
Heather Tinsley-Fix is a Senior Advisor at AARP, where she helps drive AARP’s focus on providing members and the 50+ with the tools they need to thrive in today’s work environment. She also focuses on employer engagement on a variety of topics affecting the 50+ worker. With a background in marketing, innovation, and digital project management, Heather works with consumers, external partners, and academics to create educational programs & tools that inspire employers and Americans 50+ to capitalize on the value of experience. Ms. Tinsley-Fix has been with AARP since 2006. Prior to joining AARP, she held various marketing, strategy, and program management positions with the American Psychological Association, MicroStrategy, and the Advisory Board. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Literary Theory, both from the University of Exeter.
Julia is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Fiserv, a financial technology company that enables today’s consumer to move and manage money with ease, speed and convenience. She develops and implements recruiting strategies that align with the company’s operating objectives and long-term strategic growth priorities. She started her career as a recruiter and has a passion for innovation in the recruitment space. When she isn’t problem solving at work, Julia loves travel. She recently checked an item off her travel bucket list earlier this year by seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland.