Top Recruiting Trends for 2017 and Beyond: A Panel of Experts Provides Its Insights

2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Hear from a panel of talent management experts about the top trends in recruitment and talent acquisition.

Adopting smart talent acquisition strategies is the key to successful growth. 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 2017 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 24, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Sharlyn Lauby, SHRM-SCP


Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She has been named a Top HR Digital Influencer and is best-known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. HR Bartender has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Blogs read by HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and best business blog by the Stevie Awards.

Publications such as Reuters, The New York Times, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Mashable have sought out her expertise on topics related to human resources and the workplace. Sharlyn is the author of “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers,” and ”Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success,” which are available in the SHRM Store.

Her personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet.

Rodney Smoczyk, SHRM-CP


For over two decades, Rodney has focused his career on the one asset that no company can survive without, TALENT. Through multiple operations and human resources positions he has honed his skills on identifying how to sell the company’s EVP to the people it means the most to, the teammate, while at the same time garnering the support of the C-Suite by speaking their language of end results and ROI.  He is known for his innovative talent acquisition and numbers driven approach and his willingness to pull his company as well as his team out of the box when it comes to selling differentiation.

Rodney’s a strong proponent of building an internal recruiting culture focused on workforce optimization throughout the organization. His experience ranges over multiple geographical areas and varied industries such as Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Manufacturing, Logistics and Distribution.  He is currently the Director of Recruitment for McLane Company, Inc. a 122 year old Distribution and Logistics company dedicated to serving the grocery and foodservice industries by delivering more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 90,000 locations across the US.  You name it – we bring it. 

Gil "GW" Williams

Gil "GW"

Gil “GW” Williams is the Senior and Lead Talent Manager/Career Matchmaker for Intel’s Sales & Marketing Group here in Chandler, Arizona.  He has been with Intel for 11 years however he has 27 years of experience in Technology Talent Acquisition, Staff Augmentation, Human Resources and Organizational Development.  He has worked for such companies as: Motorola, CapGemini, CDI Aerospace (formerly CDI Engineering Services) and various technology consulting firms here in the Phoenix metro area.  He has worked as a Director of Talent Acquisition, Talent Acquisition Manager and Sr./Lead Recruiter.  GW holds a Masters in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a BA in Mass Communications from New Mexico State University.  

Carol McDaniel


Carol is an executive talent leader and is considered an expert in the Talent acquisition space with an impressive track record of over 20 years in the industry. Her career is characterized by numerous accomplishments in the transformational talent acquisition/management landscape. Throughout her journey, Carol has spearheaded pivotal initiatives, such as implementing enterprise-wide applicant tracking systems, RPOs, and CRMs, building and nurturing high-performing TA teams, and strategically planning the workforce for organizations.

Carol is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Providence which supports 51 hospitals, 1,000 clinics, and a comprehensive range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. With over 122K employees, she has oversight for all 63 Providence employees and an outsource RPO parner with over 500 recruiters.

As an experienced TA leader, Carol has successfully motivated and guided TA teams large and small, displaying remarkable leadership skills and a talent for bringing out the best in her colleagues. With her exceptional communication abilities, she has also earned a reputation as a sought-after keynote speaker.

Carol has worked and supported many prestigious organizations, including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Delta Air Lines, Randstad USA, Kinetix LLC, and Bernard Hodes Group. Most recently, she held the role of Senior Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at Wonder, a food technology startup in NYC. In this role, she was responsible for developing and executing the overarching Talent Acquisition vision and strategy roadmap while leading and empowering a 48-person TA team. She is credited with achieving noteworthy milestones, such as launching the Wonder career site and implementing key performance indicators (KPIs) and talent dashboards for each business line. These metrics facilitated the measurement of crucial aspects like diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), recruiter enablement, and overall position control.

Carol is a United States Air Force veteran and has recently relocated from the Northeast to Atlanta, GA.


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.


Columbus I-L, East Tower, Ballroom Level
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