Top Recruiting Trends for 2016 and Beyond: A Panel of Experts Provides Its Insights

2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: Hear from a panel of talent management experts about the top trends in recruitment and talent acquisition.

Adopting smart talent acquisition strategies is key to the successful growth of most companies. This session will explore how new recruiting technologies are reshaping the competition for talent. You will learn about new trends in recruiting tactics, as well as hear insights into how companies are building their employer brand. A panel of experts—moderated by Tony Lee, SHRM’s vice president of editorial—will help you prepare for the top recruiting trends of 2016 and beyond by analyzing these important issues and by providing advice on strategies for success. This session will explore:

·         Key advancements in recruiting strategies, with advice on how to implement them.

·         Emerging technologies to allow you to connect with critical talent.

·         Proven techniques that help your company stand out from your competitors.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Thomas M. Darrow, SHRM-SCP

Thomas M.
Darrow, SHRM-SCP

Thomas M. Darrow is the Founder and Principal of Talent Connections, LLC.  Since 1999, the Atlanta based professional services firm has specialized in recruiting—including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive search, HR consulting, and contract recruiting.  

In March, 2009, Tom teamed with nationally recognized recruiting and career transition experts to launch Career Spa, LLC.  The career transition company is revolutionizing the way unemployed and misemployed workers are equipped to assess and proactively manage their career transitions.

Tom has over 27 years’ experience in the Human Resources and Recruitment profession -- including 9 years with the global professional services firms of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).   

He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Atlanta Chapter (SHRM-Atlanta).  In 2015 he received the SHRM-Atlanta Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the HR Leader of the Year by the SHRM Georgia State Council.  At the National level, he is Chair of the SHRM Foundation Board of Directors and served on the SHRM Staffing Management Special Expertise Panel from 2005-2008, and on the Cost per Hire (CPH) Standard Taskforce. He was the 2006/2007 President of SHRM-Atlanta, the largest city Chapter in the country out of 600 Chapters and served on the Board of Directors from 2005-2008.  Under his leadership as President, SHRM-Atlanta’s membership increased 60% to over 2600 members and the Chapter launched two programs that won a 2007 SHRM Pinnacle Award for membership growth and a 2008 SHRM Pinnacle Award for the Mayor’s Youth Program.  He is the Founder and former Chair of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Recruiting Society and has served on the TAG Board of Directors from 2005 through 2009.  From 2005 through 2007, he was the Inaugural President of the TAG Leadership Council and served on the Executive Committee of the TAG Board.  

Nicole Hedrick


Nicole Hedrick is the CHRO for the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the world’s largest Academic Research Organization (ARO), with more than 1,200 faculty and staff.  In this role, Nicole is a member of the Executive Team, Executive Operations Team, Co-commander of the Crisis Management Team, and has responsibility for developing strategy and leading Human Resources, Organizational Learning and Business Continuity/Organizational Resilience. 

Prior to joining the DCRI in 2014, Nicole was the Executive Director of Global Mobility Immigration in IBM’s Global Talent Organization where she led and was responsible for the company’s global immigration strategy, policies, programs and operational execution.  Previous roles included U.S. Recruitment Immigration Operations Manager, Global Talent Partner, U.S. Search Firm/Agency Manager and Recruitment and Staffing Manager for global and U.S. firms. 

Nicole has served on the Board of Directors for Council for Global Immigration, a SHRM affiliate, where she was the Chair of the Nominating Committee as well as the co-chair of the Human Relations Advisory Council. 

Nicole lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina with her husband and family where she passionately pursues opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

Peter Weddle


Peter Weddle has been the CEO of three HR consulting companies, a Partner in the Hay Group and the recipient of a Federal award for leadership-related research.  Described by The Washington Post as "... a man filled with ingenious ideas," he has authored or edited over two dozen books and been a columnist for the interactive edition of The Wall Street Journal, National Business Employment Weekly and

His most recent books include A Prescription for the Soul: A Historical Novel About Boomers & the American Dream, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream, The Career Fitness Workbook: How to Find, Win & Hang Onto the Job of Your Dreams, The Career Activist Republic and Next Practices: How to Be Better Than Best in Online Recruitment

Weddle is also the CEO of TAtech: the Association for Talent Acquisition Solutions.  TAtech is the global trade association for the talent acquisition technology industry.  Collectively, its Members power or operate over 60,000 sites worldwide and provide state-of-the-art products and innovative services for virtually every facet of talent acquisition.

An Airborne Ranger, Weddle is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He has attended Oxford University and holds advanced degrees from Middlebury College and Harvard University.

Danielle Monaghan


Danielle Monaghan leads the talent acquisition team for Amazon’s Consumer Division. She has 20+ years of TA experience living and working on three continents (Asia, Africa and the Americas, specifically North America).  Prior experience includes leading the HR function for Cisco for North Asia (Greater China, Japan and Korea), Cisco Technical Services in San Jose, CA and the HR and TA functions for Microsoft R&D in Greater China and Taiwan, as well as leading various TA functions, including executive recruiting for Microsoft in Redmond, WA.  In her role as Sr. Director of Global Staffing and Diversity for Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division, she also oversaw hiring for the U.S., Canada, UK, China and France.

She holds an MBA from the Jack Welch Management institute and a BA in Information technology.  She also holds a certificate in Strategic Human Resources from the School of ILR at Cornell University.

Danielle enjoys travel, good wine and food, sailing, reading, music and squash.  She hopes to be good at one of her hobbies some day.


Tony Lee


Tony Lee recently retired as vice president of content for the Society for Human Resource Management, where he oversaw all editorial functions and staff and focused on evolving SHRM's content strategy globally. Lee hosts two award-winning podcasts, All Things Work and People + Strategy, and is a recognized authority on recruitment trends.

Lee is a frequent conference speaker in the U.S. and internationally, and has appeared as a career guidance authority on a range of television and radio programs, such as those produced by NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, NPR, CNBC, Huffington Post, WCBS and The Wall Street Journal, including “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”

Lee is co-author of “The Jobs Rated Almanac” (Barricade), and “Career Choice, Change and Challenge” (JIST Pub.), and has published more than 15 books through his career. He also is a columnist for a range of industry web sites, including RecruitingTrends, Jobboarders and Staffing Stream. He has written The Wall Street Journal's “Managing Your Career” column, and his articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines globally. Lee also has served on the board of directors of the International Association of Employment Web Sites for many years.

Prior to joining SHRM, Lee was editor and publisher of, an award-winning site he created for job hunters and the HR community. He also served as chief alliance officer of CareerCast’s parent company, Adicio Inc..Lee also is the founder and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online Vertical Network and all of the sites within that network, including,,,, and “Political Diary,” a paid email newsletter about politics. Under his leadership, those sites won a range of awards and accolades. Combined, the Network sites attracted an average of 2.5 million unique visitors and 20 million page views each month. Lee also was one of two finalists for the Newspaper Association of America’s annual Online Innovator Award. Prior to moving online, Lee was editor in chief of the National Business Employment Weekly and of Managing Your Career, both published by Dow Jones & Co. Lee started his career as Director of Publications for the Chicago Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.


Southern Hemisphere IV/V
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HR Credit
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