Recruiting Trends Announces Conference Keynote Speakers

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Recruiting Trends Conference 2013 takes place in Las Vegas, Oct. 22-25.

Recruiting Trends, a leading resource for the employee recruitment industry, has announced Lars Schmidt, Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition & Innovation, NPR, and Kim Rutledge, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Human Resources, SunPower Corporation, as keynote speakers for Recruiting Trends Conference 2013. The event, which offers a wide range of learning opportunities for recruiters, sourcers, talent acquisition managers, and other HR and recruiting professionals, takes place at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Oct. 22-25.

After pre-conference offerings that include a Sourcing Summit, a Big Data Summit, and specialized workshops, the main conference kicks off the afternoon of Oct. 23 with TrendSetters, an engaging and entertaining presentation where attendees learn about new technologies to enhance their recruiting performance.

On Oct. 24, the first full day of the main conference, Lars Schmidt, a thought leader known for innovative recruiting, addresses the audience.

At NPR, Lars provides leadership and advocacy for talent acquisition strategies that align with NPR’s strategic mission and core values. Prior to NPR, Lars was VP, Human Resources for Ticketmaster where he spent more than seven years leading global talent initiatives. He previously held recruiting roles with a technical recruiting firm and several technology startups in Los Angeles.

Lars has more than 14 years of recruiting and human resources experience across a broad range of industries including technology, web, media, non-profit, eCommerce, and consulting. He is a fierce HR advocate with a strong track record of leveraging innovative talent strategies to fuel proactive recruiting efforts in building, developing, and leading progressive teams across a variety of HR disciplines.

On Oct. 25, Kim Rutledge, a talent acquisition leader accustomed to navigating dynamic environments, addresses the audience.

At SunPower, Kim leads the company’s Talent Acquisition & HR Business Partner teams. As SunPower navigates a rapidly-changing market, Kim and her teams regularly face new challenges. At the same time, they must remain focused on delivering the best talent possible to drive the company’s success in a very dynamic industry.

No stranger to growth and change and the challenges they present, Kim previously led talent acquisition functions at Dell, The Home Depot, and

Kim has extensive experience designing and implementing solutions to deliver high-quality and fast hiring and talent management results under intense pressure from the business and functions. Her passions are TA strategy and planning, process improvement, and building and leveraging cohesive teams across multiple countries and locations.

“We are thrilled to have Lars and Kim as Recruiting Trends Conference 2013 keynote speakers,” says Anna Brekka, Director of Recruiting Trends. “Their presentations are sure to be informative and inspiring.”

About Recruiting Trends

Since 1970, Recruiting Trends has been dedicated to serving the recruiting industry. and its companion biweekly newsletter, Recruiting Trends Bulletin, reach senior-level recruiters and human resource and talent management leaders within small, medium, and global enterprises and are the industry sources for key decision makers and influencers in the profession to read about what’s going on in their world. Recruiting Trends features articles and research that explore current and future trends, share leading-edge best practices, identify tactical recruiting expertise, and offer industry insight.

Recruiting Trends also hosts Recruiting Trends Best Practice Webinars featuring recruiting experts who discuss relevant and timely sourcing, recruiting, and on-boarding topics. In addition, Recruiting Trends holds the Recruiting Trends Conference and other live events.

In April 2013, Recruiting Trends was acquired by Diversified Business Communications, a global organization operating on four continents, and a major independent producer of events and media worldwide.

About Recruiting Trends Conference

The Recruiting Trends Conference, also known as The Recruiting Conference, offers recruiters, sourcers, talent acquisition managers, and other HR and recruiting professionals an opportunity to explore the latest recruiting trends and sourcing techniques in a highly engaging learning environment.

Recruiting Trends Conference 2013, featuring dynamic speakers and a presentation format designed for audience participation, as well as workshops to acquire practical skills, takes place at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Oct. 22-25. Additional information is available at the conference website and on social media, including Twitter @recruitingtrend #rtrends. Recruiting Trends can also be reached at 603.925.1160.

For conference sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Beverly Poirier, Director of Sales, Recruiting Trends, 603.925.1162 (o), 207.842.5625 (m) or bpoirier(at)divcom(dot)com.

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