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Why Go to ERE’s Chicago Conference? Part 2

Posted By Todd Raphael On August 14, 2013 @ 10:15 am In Advice and How-Tos | No Comments

Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 10.06.05 AM [1]In the last post I talked about one reason to go to Chicago [2] – the fact that ERE is geared specifically for in-house recruiting leaders. I want to get into something else here in post 2: and that is how we handle the choosing of conference speakers [3]. It is another reason that ERE is unlike any other event in our space. This process is something we’re very proud of, and is something that makes for a better conference.

We want the majority of the speakers to be in-house recruiting or human resources leaders, many who haven’t before publicly shared their perspectives and best practices.

We get ideas for speakers from:

  • Those of you who’ve sent us pitches/ideas
  • Reading news stories and blogs and tweets all day and night
  • ERE Recruiting Excellence Award winners
  • Suppliers who tell us about their customers
  • Other speakers who give us recommendations
  • Ere.net authors and commenters
  • LinkedIn groups and local events
  • And more.

Anyhow, the majority of speakers are in-house recruiting/HR leaders. After that, I’m happy to have a few people on the docket who are consultants, suppliers, or who otherwise aren’t in-house recruiting leaders. But if you’ve spent money to exhibit and sponsor a lunch or whatever, that doesn’t help you or hurt you as far as trying to get on the agenda as a conference speaker (we do have one session where each conference sponsor gets up and gives one very quick, non-self-promoting tip to attendees).

Admittedly, there’ve been times someone gets mad. “I paid for a booth … doesn’t that mean I get to speak?” (No.)

We believe the content comes first, and ultimately that benefits both you the attendee — as well as the sponsors. They know that the recruiting leaders who show are there to hear from their peers and others who’ve been selected — the best we can — on their merit.

I hope to see you in Chicago, and don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions about the event.

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[2] one reason to go to Chicago: http://www.ere.net/2013/08/06/why-go-to-eres-chicago-conference-part-1/

[3] conference speakers: http://www.ererecruitingconference.com/2013fall/agenda/speakers-2/

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