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October 21–24 in San Diego, CA
October 21-24 * San Diego, CA


Roll call has commenced and we've compiled HR's finest to present!

If you have been selected, view upcoming deadlines. Thank you for joining our list of amazing speakers for DEAM13. It will surely be a success! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lis at lis@directemployers.org.

Keynote Speakers

Mary Lou Retton - American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist
Day 1

Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton catapulted to international fame by winning the All Around Gold Medal in women's gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first American woman ever to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She also won silver medals for Team and Vault, and bronze medals for Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the '84 Olympics. To this day she remains the only American ever to win the Olympic All Around Title.

Other victories include being the only woman to win three American Cups (1983–85), the only American to win Japan's prestigious Chunichi Cup (1983), two U.S. Gymnastics Federation American Classics (1983–84), and the All Around title at both the 1984 National Championships and Olympic Trials. Mary Lou retired from competitive gymnastics in 1986.

Connect with Mary Lou Retton: @marylouretton | Facebook

Carey Lohrenz - First female F-14 fighter pilot
Day 2

Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Fighter Pilot in the U.S.Navy, Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable.

In 1994, when Carey "Vixen" Lohrenz was deployed to the USS Abraham Lincoln, there were fewer than 5 female aviators on a ship of 5000 male crew members. Facing uncharted waters in an intensely male-dominated environment, Lohrenz learned vital lessons in leadership that followed her into the corporate world. The most successful leaders share a common foundation of principles used from the flight deck to the front office. The greatest leaders from all corners of the world know how to inspire, use good judgment, take initiative and make powerful decisions — with integrity.

Connect with Carey Lohrenz: @careylohrenz | LinkedIn | Facebook


Lori Adams

Iowa Workforce Development
Division Administrator/Workforce Services

Steven Apostolidis

DirectEmployers Association
Digital Strategy Support Representative

Renjun Bao

Cnjobs Technology


Nita Beecher


Gerry Borja

Qualcomm, Inc.
Staffing - Program Lead


Tipton Bradford

HR Compliance Manager


Matt Camardella

Jackson Lewis LLP

Candee Chambers

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Compliance & Partnerships

Manny Contomanolis

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Associate Vice President


Maren L. Daley

Job Service North Dakota
Executive Director

Philip Dana

Life Technologies
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition

Katrina Eagle

Katrina Eagle Veteran Law Office

Bonnie Elliott

Recruiting Operations & Programs Supervisor

Tom Embrescia

Employ Media
Chairman & CEO


James Emmett

Poses Family Foundation
Corporate Disability Consultant


Scott Eychner

Texas Workforce Commission
Manager, Workforce & UI Program Policy


Jaime Fall

HR Policy Association
Vice President for Workforce Talent Development Policy


Seth Flater

DirectEmployers Association
Manager – Digital Strategy


Nicole Fritz

Director, National Campus Recruiting Marketing

Pam Gerassimides

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
Assistant Executive Director and National Labor Exchange Director

Michael Goldberg

American Heart Association
Talent Acquisition Director


Kristina Green

Quicken Loans
Social Media Recruiter


Mira Greenland

Director, Sales and Business Development


Harry Griendling

Founder and CEO


Laura Harlos

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air
Manager of Compliance and Diversity Programs

Heather Hoffman

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Digital Strategy


Nancy Holland

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Marketing


Rebel Johnson

Camber Corporation
Recruiting Compliance/Taleo Administrator

Ronda Johnson

DirectEmployers Association
Digital Strategist

Vanessa Jones

Qualcomm, Inc.
Employee Relations

Marilyn Mackes

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Executive Director


Christy Merriman

DirectEmployers Association
NLX Operations Manager


Ozzie Meza

Allstate Insurance
Talent Acquisition Staff Manager, Strategic Service


Rosaly Morsheimer

UnitedHealth Group
Project Manager – Talent Acquisition Service Delivery


Julie O'Hara-Harvey

Wells Fargo
AA EEO Compliance Consultant

Rob Polston

Intel Corporation
Program Manager for Military Staffing


Douglas Rosinski

Law Office of Douglas J. Rosinski

Annette Rosta

Associate Director, Recruiting Diversity & Compliance

Chris Rzeppa

Penske Truck Leasing
Recruiting Supervisor

Tejas Saraiya

Enterprise Sales Engineer

Mike Seidle

DirectEmployers Association
Director of Development

Melissa Seipel

The Nature Conservancy
Global Recruiting Operations


David Scheffler

Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services
Vice President Compliance

Ann Shirra

Georgia Department of Labor


Ouraphone Siri-Outhay

United Health Group
Director of Diversity Recruiting

Jason Sole

DirectEmployers Association
Director of Production

Nicole Stefanski

Janus Capital Group
Senior Corporate Recruiter


Trudy Steinfeld

New York University (NYU)
Assistant Vice President

Charlie Terrell

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
NLX Operations Manager


Kelle Thompson

Fidelity Investments
Director, Recruitment Strategies


Michelle Thompson

Janus Capital Group
Sr. Director, Talent Management


Julie Toskey

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)


Kyle Totten

DirectEmployers Association
Director of Technology

Nicole Wagner

Enterprise Holdings
HR Recruiting Manager – Southern California Group


Bill Warren

DirectEmployers Association
Executive Director


Pam Webster

Enterprise Holdings
Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition


Rick Wehrle

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Product Development

Björn Wigeman

Potentialpark Communications
Understanding Talent

Kristi Zimmerman

Allstate Insurance
Senior Employment Branding Specialist


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