Now More Than Ever. Leveraging Untapped Talent for Your DEI and HR Goals

2021 Talent Conference & Expo

HR professionals and people managers are feeling the pressure to hire and retain talent to meet ambitious DEI goals at the same time they are facing record turnover and labor shortages. There has never been a better time to understand the business case for untapped talent to be the answer to your recruitment, hiring and retention needs. Participants will also learn strategies and tips for success from industry experts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the research that is the foundation for the business case for hiring untapped talent populations.
  • Be able to provide a cogent argument how untapped talent populations can be a solution for DEI and HR goals.
  • Gain experiential tips from experts for specific strategies for success for different populations.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Trent Burner, SHRM-SCP

Burner, SHRM-SCP

Trent serves as the VP of Research at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),  the world’s largest HR professional society, representing more than 300,000 members in more than 165 countries.  In this position, Trent leads a comprehensive research program that identifies workplace needs, conducts research, and develops research-based solutions and products to allow HR and business leaders to further the goals of their organization.  Trent also served as a SHRM Certification Commissioner.  In this position, Trent served as a chief technical advisor for the development of the SHRM competency model and certification exams.  Prior to SHRM, Trent spent 15 years at Walmart Stores, Inc. leading global HR Centers of Expertise and has led large, multinational HR projects in China, India, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, the UK, and the US.  Trent holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron.   He is also holds the SHRM-SCP certification. 


Dr. Genevieve Rimer

Dr. Genevieve

With nearly two decades of professional and lived experience in the reentry field, Dr. Genevieve Rimer leads the Center for Employment Opportunities’ Inclusive Hiring team.  As a keynote speaker and reentry workforce expert, she has trained over 30,000 workforce professionals and human resource experts. Dr. Rimer's customized curriculum, featured on platforms like LinkedIn Learning, reflects her commitment to advancing inclusive and fair employment practices. Holding a doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California, she integrates academic rigor with personal experience to drive positive change and empower professionals in the workforce ecosystem.

Kate Migliaro


Ms. Migliaro is a US Army Veteran with 5 years active duty experience in the Military Police Corps. During her service, Ms. Migliaro deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan supporting and building local national law enforcement capabilities. She was awarded the FYo8 FORSCOM J.P Holland Award for best Military Police Company in the Army, the combat action badge and bronze star. Ms. Migliaro earned her degree in American Politics and Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy. She is currently the Vice Chairwoman of America’s Warrior Partnership’s Board and is an advocate for veteran integration. Prior to joining the Apollo Team in 2017, Ms. Migliaro worked in various human resource and operation management roles. In her previous role at UBS, Ms. Migliaro led the Veterans Initiative where she was responsible for the strategic planning and business opportunity operations. In her current role, Ms. Migliaro is focused on value creation in the recruitment, development and sustainment of diverse talent at Apollo and at the companies in which its funds invest.


Wendi Safstrom


Wendi Safstrom is a senior non-profit leader committed to serving the public through philanthropic program management, cultivating strategic partnerships and managing and developing high performing teams. She has both association and nonprofit management experience including; national program development and administration, membership strategy, marketing and product development, grant management, development and donor stewardship, and leading cross functional teams. Safstrom currently serves as President for the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation (SHRM Foundation), where she leads the development and implementation of SHRM Foundation's programmatic, development, and marketing and communication strategies in support of SHRM Foundation's new mission and vision, creating growth plans and ensuring alignment with SHRM goals.  

Prior to assuming the role at SHRM Foundation, Safstrom served as Vice President at the National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where she led the development and implementation of their Foundation's most recent five-year strategic plan, and was responsible for all Foundation programming, including workforce development initiatives, scholarship and event management, community relations and engagement initiatives. The NRAEF's philanthropic programming supported a number of audiences including high school youth, veterans transitioning from service to civilian work and life, opportunity youth and incumbent workers. Of particular note, she led the implementation of the restaurant industry's premier high school career and technical education program, growing the program to over 2,000 public high schools, engaging over 150,000 students annually, nationwide. In 2016, she served as lead project director for the development of a $10 million contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to develop the hospitality industry's first apprenticeship program, and was instrumental in the Foundation's reorganization and relocation of operations from Chicago, Illinois to Washington, D.C., transforming the staff and culture.  

Safstrom has also held human resource management roles with the Leo Burnett Company and Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. She has a BS in Business Administration from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University and was recognized as a member of the 2014 "Power 20" by Restaurant Business Magazine as a leader in philanthropy within the restaurant industry.  


Summit 212
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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