Avature User Conference
March 2-4 Mandarin Oriental Miami


US Avature Conference

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If you are looking to move beyond big trends and turn them into powerful actionable plans to attract, engage & retain top talent, then this is a must attend event. Hear from leading organizations first hand, discover their secrets and get fully inspired by thought-provoking speakers, who will show you how they make the most of the Avature platform.

During these three days, you will have the opportunity to sit down face to face and really get to know some of the finest HR leaders across the globe. You will also be able to meet, network, and exchange ideas with Avature´s CEO Dimitri Boylan and the Avature team.

1.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Golf Outing - Registration Required

6.30 am – 7.30 am

Morning Run - Registration Required

7.00 am – 8.30 am


8.30 am – 9.00 am

Opening Remarks

Dimitri Boylan, CEO & Founder, Avature

9.00 am – 10.00 am

What It Really Means to Be Agile in the Recruiting Space

Jeremy Wilson, Lead Talent Operations Analyst, REI

Learn how REI implemented Avature’s recruiting and onboarding technology to simplify and automate retail hiring in a record time. In this presentation, you’ll see how REI configured their application process and how they are leveraging mobile tools to enable hiring managers to review talent on the go. Jeremy will also share their completely automated onboarding process – one that could be used in any quick, high volume and/or regionally dispersed hiring initiative.

10.00 am -11.00 am

Transforming HR: Leveraging Avature CRM for Strategic Talent Acquisition

Mike Brown, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Siemens

Join Mike to explore how SaaS technology is influencing strategy and processes around talent acquisition. He will take us through the importance of leveraging Avature’s flexibility and configurability to boost recruiting agility. You will leave the session with actionable insights into how Siemens is using Avature CRM to set new user experience standards, enhance process efficiency and improve recruiting productivity.

11.00 am – 11.30 am

Coffee Break

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

What’s New on Avature CRM & ATS

Gonzalo Sainz-Trápaga, Product Management Director, and Agustin Donati, Product Marketing Director, Avature

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm


1.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Boosting GS Recruiting: Leveraging Avature for Collaborative Sourcing and Events Management

Tim Cook, Vice President - Recruiting Technology, and Rob Wininger, Vice President - HCM Technology Solutions, Goldman Sachs

Learn first hand from Goldman Sachs on how they leveraged Avature to improve sourcing for Experienced Hire and Campus candidates. During the session, Tim and Rob will take us through how GS moved from tracking critical data in isolated spreadsheets and e-mails, to a shared central repository of information where they not only source and qualify candidates, but also track competitor intelligence and document agency relationships. They will also show us how Avature portals were used to provide an engaging experience for Campus candidates, to register and track attendance at events, while also reducing the amount of manual work performed by recruiters. You will leave the session with not only an overview of the approach taken, but also a demonstration of the solutions, and key lessons learned.

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Main Room

Recruiting Diverse Talent

Lesli Bond, Supervisor, Talent Acquisition, and Jennifer Krsul, Recruiter - Talent Acquisition, Ameren

Diversity and inclusion is not a choice, it's a strategic necessity. Discover how Ameren uses Avature to build and facilitate pipelines that feed into career paths for non-traditional positions. During this presentation Lesli will take us through how Ameren has partnered with hiring leaders, unions, internal departments, community members and Avature to develop a sustainable pipeline for their skilled craft positions. They will also share insights on how to gain buy-in from key stakeholders, provide valuable data to measure success and recognize the positive impact on the organization.

Breakout Room

The Avature CRM Frontier - A Three Year Journey

Heather Thomas, Recruitment Manager - Strategic Sourcing Sodexo

Join Heather to explore how Sodexo has evolved its use of Avature CRM over the years, how they’ve optimized their configurations and the way they engage users. During this session you will take away ample suggestions to inspire new or improved Avature CRM implementations. Heather will share insights on how they've tackled defining and auditing a tags library, as well as creating custom fields for maximized candidate engagement. She will also unveil how Sodexo designed and optimized workflows to improve their Sourcing Team's productivity and how they are reporting actionable analytics to the business. This is also a session made for collaboration – the last 15 minutes will be reserved for sharing what other innovations have been implemented within the audience.

3.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Coffee Break

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Main Room

High Volume Sourcing, Recruiting and Automation with Avature CRM - Insider Knowledge from Bankers Life

Jacob Dahlquist, Recruiting Business Analyst, Field Recruiting Operations, Bankers Life

Breakout Room

The Importance of Bringing Recruiters and Hiring Managers Closer Together – Genesys Success Story Using Avature ATS

Rick Roberts, Founder & President, Genesys Talent

6.00 pm - 11.00 pm

6.30 am - 7.30 am

Oceanfront Yoga Session - Registration Required

7.00 am - 8.30 am


8.30 am - 9.30 am

Swipe Right on HVTs!

Alan Blevins, Director, Talent Acquisition, and Amie Cafferty, Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing, Philips

9.30 am – 10.30 am

Switching to Avature – Combining CRM and ATS for Strategic Recruiting

Mark McNamara, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Marcus Thorpe, Head of Talent Acquisition, and Gabriela Monsanto, Recruiter, Two Sigma

10.30 am - 11.00 am

Coffee Break

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Main Room

Thinking Outside the Box: Using Avature Beyond Recruitment Marketing

Jeff Weidner, Global Sourcing Science Executive - RPO, Kenexa

It’s a fact: recruiters need a lot of support throughout the talent acquisition journey. Managing large scale recruiting processes can be a daunting task without the right tools to track and automate request and approval processes. During this session, Jeff will share how IBM RPO leveraged Avature to develop a "Request Portal”, from where they administrate the entire process of job posting, request sourcing assistance on hard-to-fill requisitions, get managerial approval to use job board inventory, and develop and request assets for recruitment marketing campaigns. Jeff will also take us through a real life example on how to set up form completion requests, email templates, step updates, triggers to automate and optimize the recruitment process.

Breakout Room (45 min)

What’s Required to Be OFCCP Compliant and How to Do It with Avature

John Fox, President at Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. & Florencia Maurizi, VP Consulting, Avature.

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm


1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Innovating with Avature ATS

Richard Monastersky, VP Talent Acquisition, CBS

2.00 pm – 2.45 pm

Main Room

5 Steps to a Successful Onboarding

Lina Hoelker, Product Marketing Analyst, and Agustin Donati, Product Marketing Director, Avature.

Breakout Room

The Avature Talent Management Journey to Boost Employee Engagement

Riges Younan, VP APAC, and Carolina Lewitan, Sr Product Marketing Specialist, Avature

2.45 pm – 3.15 pm

Coffee Break

3.15 pm – 4.15 pm

Championing Employee Referrals to Gain Competitive Advantage

Maria Warnken, Managing Director & Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Fortress

4.15 pm – 5.15 pm

Main Room

Taking Recruiting to the Next Level: Implementing & Adopting Avature as a Talent Acquisition Platform

Paul Flavin, Recruiting Director, Situs

Breakout Room

Measuring success – Is all as it appears?

Brandy Tower, Technology Implementation Consultant, and Mike Webster, Head of Technology and Operations Consulting, Alexander Mann Solutions

When was the last time you stood back, opened the hood and made improvements to your Avature platform? Tens of thousands of candidates, thousands of tags, hundreds of jobs and dozens of fields, is a busy Avature a productive one? With new features and an ever changing landscape, your system must evolve and grow with your business. The first step of the continuous improvement journey is to understand where you’ve come from to know which route will work for you. No two journeys will ever be the same. Join Brandy and Mike to find out more about how AMS approaches continuous improvement, how they identified areas of focus for optimization and ensured increased return on investment.

6.00 pm – 11.00 pm

7.00 am - 8.30 am


8.30 am – 9.30 am

“Sourcing All Star“ Tips, Tricks, and Rapid Fire Techniques

Jim Schnyder, Senior Manager & Sourcing Lead, Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo

Whether you are a senior executive seeking new recruiting strategies or an Avature user looking for new tips and tricks, this is one session to not miss. Jim Schnyder from PepsiCo, recognized as one of the recruiting industry’s top sourcing experts, will be leading a highly interactive, power-packed and rapid fire session on various ways customers are using Avature. You will leave this session with new techniques and strategies for candidate engagement and ways to maximize your Avature solutions.

9.30 am – 10.30 am

Shifting the Needle

Lauren Noonan, HR Director, Operations Asia Pacific, CBRE

10.30 am – 11.00 am

Coffee Break

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Innovating in Sourcing - Leveraging Avature in the Wild Wild West!

Mia Ferolito, NA Gender Diversity Talent Acquisition Lead - Below MD, and Jeff Laurita, Sourcing Lead/Recruiter - Accenture Talent Acquisition Operations, Accenture

Join this session to discover how Accenture has deployed Avature solutions to support its diversity and military program as well as its sourcing initiatives - including employee referrals, alumni and market intelligence. Jeff and Mia will reveal how the North America sourcing teams are leveraging technology to maximize their recruiting efforts and will share the lessons learned during the deployment and use of Avature.

12.00 pm – 12.45 pm

Main Room

Panel Discussion – Engaging Talent with a Memorable Candidate Experience

Panelists: Deane Osner, Sr. Talent Acquisition Operations Manager, Shaw Industries, Eileen Raymond, Executive Director, Experienced Hire Recruiting, KPMG, and Mary Smallwood, Director, RPO Technology, ManpowerGroup

Moderated by Elaine Orler, Founder and Chairman, The Talent Board

Breakout Room

Building Candidate Relationships: Best Practices for Engaging Talent with Avature

Avature Consulting Team

12.45 pm – 1.15 pm

Closing Remarks

Dimitri Boylan, CEO & Founder, Avature

1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Avature Specialist Certification - Registration Required
(lunch included)

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"I'm so glad that I came. The relationships I've built are so valuable to me. Being able to talk face to face with people who are as passionate as you, to share your challenges, ideas and some of the things that you want to change... you cannot get that without being at this conference."

Emily Faulkner

Sourcing Team Lead, Fifth Third Bank


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Mandarin Oriental Miami

The 2016 US Avature User Conference will be held at the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. Combine three days of intense learning with relaxing nights at the amazing hotel facilities, including its very own private beach with spectacular waterfront views.

500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, Florida 33131
+1 (305) 913 8288

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Avature Exclusive Room Rate

Take advantage of a special discounted room rate at the Mandarin Oriental by making your reservation before Monday, February 8. Don’t forget to identify yourself as a participant of the 2016 US Avature User Conference!

You can either book online or contact the Hotel’s reservations department at +1 305 913 8383 (Mon - Fri 9 am - 6 pm; Sat 9 am - 5 pm EST).

Room type: Superior & Deluxe Skyline View
Rate per night: USD 285 plus taxes
Cut-off date: February 8, 2016

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"The conversations that you have at the networking events in the evenings, they take my thinking to another level!"

James Colino

Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, The Hershey Company

Evening Events

Cocktails at La Mar

March 2, 6 pm - 11 pm

Attire: Smart casual

Let's kick off the 2016 US Avature User Conference with delicious Peruvian food and specialty cocktails at La Mar restaurant. Join your peers and the Avature team for an evening of relaxed music and amazing flavors overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.

Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, Florida 33131

Beach Party Reception

March 3, 6 pm - 11 pm

Attire: Smart casual. Comfy shoes (or no shoes at all).

Take off your shoes, put your sandals on, and join the group for a fabulous night! Let's celebrate the end of day two with dinner, cocktails, and live music at the stunning private white sand beach alongside the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay.

Oasis Beach Club, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, Florida 33131

In case of wet weather, the event will be relocated to an indoor venue.

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