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Announcing Lever’s Second Talent Innovation Summit

It’s official: in San Francisco on September 18th and 19th, Lever’s Talent Innovation Summit will be back by popular demand!

Last year’s inaugural event saw talent leaders and their teams from far and wide coming together to inspire one another, enrich their industry networks, and get an exclusive sneak peek of Lever’s latest product enhancements. This year we promise plenty more inspiration, networking and product innovation… but if we’re going to drop ‘innovation’ into our title, we have to do better than that. So here are four things that we’ll be switching up to make this the most valuable recruiting conference around.  

  1. We’re adding a half day Diversity and Inclusion Forum. One of last year’s most memorable sessions was the main stage panel on D&I featuring speakers from Yelp, Grand Rounds, and Coursera (captured eloquently here by our friends at LinkedIn Talent Solutions). Since then, so much has happened. While Lever has made some progress, achieving 50:50 gender balance and launching an entire blog series on how to build a diverse and inclusive organization, D&I has never been as in the spotlight – often for the wrong reasons – as it is today.

    We remain as committed to facilitating dialogue around this important topic as we are to continuing to build a vibrant organization in which everyone feels empowered to do their best work. With that in mind, we’ll kick off our Summit with an afternoon dedicated to exploring how companies can put D&I in the spotlight – and keep it there.
  1. We’re adding user training sessions to help you maximize the value of Lever.  We’re fortunate to have an extremely passionate customer base at Lever, and last year many attendees expressed the desire to learn more about the latest enhancements within our Talent Acquisition Suite. Based on that feedback, our terrific Customer Success team will offer workshops for different types of user, with the goal of helping you unlock every ounce of value you can from using Lever.

  2. We’ll be mixing up our session formats. While last year’s Summit featured some incredibly thought-provoking panel sessions, I generally agree with Reid Hoffman that conference panels tend to suck. That’s why we’ll be exploring more interactive and, frankly, useful formats at this year’s Talent Innovation Summit. Expect further details in due course, but… don’t expect all the sessions to feature four people lined up on barstools passing the mic and agreeing with one another on every.single.thing.

  3. We’re featuring a speaker from the other country in which we trended on Twitter in 2016. We were quite delighted when during last year’s Summit, our conference hashtag #talentinnovation ended up trending in two countries: the US, and New Zealand. We know the Kiwis to be intellectually curious and rather fond of innovation, so we decided to import one of our favorites especially for the occasion. Adam Binks, senior resource manager for People, Performance and Culture at KPMG New Zealand, will be sharing the impressive results that he and his team have achieved in transforming their talent strategy over the last 18 months. Let’s see what other geographies we can trend in this year, and what speaker possibilities that creates for 2018.

    We’ll be adding many more agenda and speaker details to our Summit website over the coming weeks, as well as tweeting out updates using the hashtag #talentinnovation, so please stay tuned. I encourage you to register by July 31st to get the best possible pricing. We can’t wait to see you there!