5 Can’t-Miss Engage Boston Sessions

From June 12th through the 14th, Bullhorn will harness the power of people at its annual global staffing and recruiting conference. Engage Boston is the perfect place to discover how to more effectively engage talent, leadership, and the future of staffing.

As the recruitment industry constantly evolves with advancements in technology, agencies must keep in mind that their most powerful assets are, and always will be humans. Here are the five sessions you can’t afford to miss this year!


Wednesday, June 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Back Bay A & B

Joanie Courtney, EmployBridge; Teresa Carroll, Kelly Services; Bob Baer, BelFlex Staffing Network; Diana Poss, TransForce Group; Vinda Souza, Bullhorn

In an unprecedented talent shortage, with historically low unemployment, the need for the creative generation of new labor pools has never been higher. The answer is reskilling – but how can agencies get started with these initiatives, should they be internal or external, and what constitutes success from a metrics perspective? This panel will focus on a frank and open discussion of the challenges and opportunities inherent in creating reskilling programs and techniques that staffing companies are leveraging to make reskilling work for them and their talent pools, including but not limited to: investing in their own training academies and in-house universities; catering to specific demographics of traditionally marginalized talent pools for reskilling such as neurodiverse candidates and veterans; and acquiring or partnering with learning institutions. This is a cannot-miss panel of visionary industry leaders.


Wednesday, June 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Back Bay C & D

Alicia Barker and Brendan Flood, Staffing 360 Solutions; Leah McKelvey, Bullhorn

With the huge influx of private equity interest and investment in the staffing industry, as well as the increased growth and consolidation of enterprise staffing firms looking to expand and diversify their operations, the staffing M&A landscape has never been more interesting, or, arguably, more profitable. Brendan Flood and Alicia Barker of Staffing 360 Solutions have embarked on ambitious and successful M&A activity and have lived through integrations and learned important lessons on culture and best practices that they will share with attendees in this moderated fireside chat featuring Bullhorn’s Leah McKelvey.


Thursday, June 13th, 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Back Bay D

Kyle Power, CHG Healthcare Services;  Rick DeRose, Acertitude; Virginia Watson, Watson Workforce Solutions; Lukáš Neumann and Gordon Burnes, Bullhorn

Automation is ubiquitous, and for the first time, we’re beginning to see it serve as the foundation for enterprise-level artificial intelligence use cases that could fundamentally change the staffing industry as we know it. The more practical use case? Engaging with hard-to-find and hard-to-entice talent. How can staffing firms leverage automation and potentially AI to better connect with passive or underutilized talent? Moderated by Bullhorn’s Gordon Burnes, this session will focus on recruiting firm branding and digital marketing strategies to engage with untapped talent pools.


Thursday, June 13th, 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Back Bay C

Audra Jenkins, Randstad USA

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a topic many companies are working to better understand, effectively implement, better measure and continuously improve. Find out how we make it our business to create impactful and insightful diversity and inclusion programs and strategies to share with our clients, candidates and team members at Randstad. A comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy helps businesses extend their reach and impact in the talent market, fuel innovation and drive better business outcomes.


Thursday, June 13th, 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Back Bay D

Bill Peppler, Kavaliro; Carla McKelvey, Staffmark; Seth Harris, OnPartners; Catherine Carangelo, Bullhorn

It can be tempting to rely on what makes the staffing industry great – trust and human relationships – but ultimately, as any great staffing leader will admit, an organization must operate with a high degree of efficiency, focus, and creativity for competitive advantage. That starts with an acknowledgment of the need for – and a concerted investment in – innovation. Catherine Carangelo of Bullhorn will moderate a panel of staffing visionaries who have all invested in innovation to take their organizations to the next level, with huge degrees of success.