Where some of the brightest and most innovative minds in HR and technology will be together to discuss the future of business as we know it.



Jalen Mills

Jalen Mills

Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Mills was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft as the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback. In 2017, his second season on the team, he defended 22 passes, totaled 86 tackles, and 3 interceptions leading to the team's Super Bowl LII victory. He was the first Eagle since 2007 to earn the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award after the win over the San Francisco 49ers. Mills attended Louisiana State University where he began his honorable football career where he was named 2015 College Football All-America Team by CBS Sports for defensive back.

Leona McCharles

Leona McCharles

Vice President Global Recruitment, RBC

As head of talent acquisition for RBC, Leona is focused on building a future-ready workforce in support of RBC’s vision of becoming a digitally enabled relationship Bank. Leona is actively engaged in providing opportunities for early talent that provide skills and experience for the future of work both internally at RBC as well as in the community.

Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha

New York Times Bestselling Author

Neil is the New York Times bestselling author of five books including The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. After receiving his MBA from Harvard, Neil spent a decade as Director of Leadership inside Walmart, the world’s largest company. He is one of the most popular TED speakers of all time and his work has been featured by CNN, BBC, and The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Rudy Karsan

Rudy Karsan

Former CEO & Co-founder of Kenexa, TEDx Speaker

Rudy is passionate about creating jobs that matter. He revolutionized the global human resource space over 25 years through the KENEXA organization. He grew it to become one of the world’s most significant HR firms valued at over a billion dollars, and IBM recently acquired KENEXA in a record deal. He has gone on to found Karlani Capital, an operating fund that aims to “enable the growth and success of ideas that are original, interesting and potentially useful to people.” Actuary, NYTimes bestselling author, family man, uber entrepreneur.

Colleen Truitt

Colleen Truitt

Head of Talent Acquisition, The Hershey Company

Colleen Truitt is the Head of Talent Acquisition for North America and has been in Talent Acquisition with The Hershey Company for 9 years.  She currently leads executive recruitment and strategy for the North America business and oversees all salaried and college recruitment for the region.  She has a lead role in the transformation of Hershey’s enterprise recruiting and onboarding platforms and is also driving digital and mobile recruitment strategies.  Prior to The Hershey Company, Colleen worked as an HR Consultant at Nationwide Insurance, providing HR business support to leaders.  She transitioned into recruitment for the Mid-Atlantic region’s independent agents, followed by executive recruitment during her 8 years there.  Colleen also worked for The Bank of New York’s credit card division as an HR Generalist earlier in her career.

Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger

Bestselling Author of Contagious

Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On and Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior.

Dr. Berger has spent over 15 years studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on. He’s taught Wharton’s top ranked online course, published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like the New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work.

Shelia Gray

Shelia Gray

Global Talent Acquisition Leader, GE Appliances

Shelia Gray currently serves as the Director of Global Talent Acquisition for GE Appliances (Louisville, KY) and is working to architect a global recruitment function.. She has over 20 years of progressive Human Resource experience in the areas of recruitment, contingent labor, affirmative action, diversity and change management. Shelia also has a varied industry background having worked at such organizations as Citrix, ABB, International Paper, Hanesbrands, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and Honeywell. She holds a MBA from Northeastern University and a BS in Industrial Labor Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a charter member of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professions.

Michael Fischman

Michael Fischman

Author, Stumbling Into Infinity

Michael Fischman, former President, US Art of Living Foundation, is a leader in the field of personal development. A former advertising executive with Ogilvy & Mather, he is a founding member of the Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization whose programs have impacted more than 25 million people in more than 140 countries. Nearly every week, Michael leads seminars, retreats, or training programs, and gives talks on behalf of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values. In the last three years, he has given programs for more than 15,000 people. He is also the former CEO of APEX (Achieving Personal Excellence), the corporate training division of the International Association for Human Values, an NGO founded by spiritual leader and humanitarian His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Fischman travels the U.S. and the world leading personal-development seminars that aim to bring greater peace, awareness, and fulfillment to daily life. He is also the author of a spiritual memoir, “Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment,” and has won several awards for the U.S. edition. He has recently been in India for the release of the India edition.

Nancy Gray-Starkebaum

Nancy Gray-Starkebaum

Former VP of Talent Acquisition, Canadian Tire

Nancy Gray-Starkebaum, VP of Customer Experience at Phenom People, is a highly respected thought leader in the HR and talent acquisition discipline. She has held various positions at corporations including SAP, Electronic Arts, Blackberry, and most recently at Canadian Tire where she served as AVP Leader of Talent Acquisition.

Since she began her career at Nortel Networks in Human Resources, she’s accumulated 25 years’ experience sourcing and hiring talent and consulting in strategic business decisions.

Brad Cook

Brad Cook

VP Global Talent Acquisition, Teradata

Having a diverse background of technical, sales and business operations for large global corporations, Brad turned to Talent Acquisition in 2005 for something new to tackle. With his continued focus on innovation and early adoption of next generation TA technologies and practices, Brad continues to push outside the comfort zone to make the industry better.

Under his leadership, Informatica has received 5 industry recognition awards during 2011-12 and was personally awarded 2012 HR Symposium Award of Excellence in HR and more recently the 2013 HR Rising star award from HR Executive magazine. Brad has become a requested speaker at HR related events due to his deep understanding of the recruiting landscape and willingness to impart his knowledge and views in a thought provoking manner.

Greg Muccio

Greg Muccio

Senior Manager Talent Acquisition, Southwest Airlines

Greg serves Southwest Airlines as a Senior Manager in the People Department.  In his role, Greg is responsible for leading Southwest's Talent Acquisition Teams and hiring strategy. This includes 13 Teams consisting of 100+ Leaders, Recruiters, Specialists, and Coordinators. This encompasses hiring for all Operations, Corporate positions, Pilots, Maintenance and Engineering, Contingent Workforce, Sourcing, and our Campus Team. Greg is in his 17th year with Southwest Airlines and has served the entire time in the People Department.  Previous roles have included Manager, Team Leader and SR Recruiter.  Previous to SWA, Greg was in the staffing industry for 3 ½ years with Pro Staff serving as an onsite Manager, Direct Hire Specialist, and Account Rep.  Greg is a graduate of UTA with a degree in Marketing and is married with one daughter.

Ed Newman

Ed Newman

Chief Evangelist, Phenom People

Ed Newman, Chief Evangelist at Phenom People, is a well-known thought leader in the HR field. With more than 25 years of experience in the talent acquisition and management industry, Newman has worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the design, development and implementation of highly effective talent strategies, processes, operating models and technology infrastructure. Newman previously founded The Newman Group, a consulting firm specializing in the delivery of talent management solutions, where he led the development of several unique and proprietary consulting methodologies and established implementation service delivery partnerships with several major talent management technology vendors.

Alexis Trigo

Alexis Trigo

Sr. Director, Organizational Capability, Foot Locker

Alexis is focused on promoting and driving initiatives that align with for the company’s global human capital strategy. Organizational Capability partners with the global functional areas to develop and implement talent management and organization development strategies to accelerate the growth of the Foot Locker’s long range plans. Aimed at aligning processes, practices and technology across it’s diverse footprint to enable scale while providing flexibility to account for geography and populations uniqueness.

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson

Co-Author, Play Bigger

Dave Peterson is a category designer who loves to spend time helping companies define, develop and dominate categories. Dave believes that category design and violent execution accelerates the market cap for companies big and small. Dave has spent 20 years helping billion dollar public software companies, tech start-ups, turn-arounds, and fast growth pre-IPO companies produce a mountain of results, growth and market cap.

Aviva Kraizel

Aviva Kraizel

Director, Talent Management, Intact

Aviva Kraizel serves as the Director of Talent Management at Intact Insurance. Aviva has over 19 years of internal and external leadership experience in the recruitment industry including Fortune 500 companies and industry leading search firms. She spent six years in the national recruiting department of a Big 4 consulting firm developing and executing recruitment best practices.

Mahe Bayireddi

Mahe Bayireddi

CEO & Co-Founder, Phenom People

Mahe Bayireddi is the CEO and co-founder of Phenom People, the leader in Talent Relationship Marketing. Phenom People was built with a the mission of helping companies offer unique and engaging experiences, and build phenomenal teams. A passionate entrepreneur, Mahe has co-founded several successful technology companies leading up to the launch of Phenom People, including SnipSnap, BijaHealth, and BHSP Nexus Software. Mahe leverages anextensive background in computer science, previously serving as a software consultant and web developer early on in his career. He holds expertise in predictive intelligence and machine learning. Mahe was born in India, and holds his B.E. and M.S. in Computer Science.


  • DoubleTree Center City
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • May 2nd - May 3rd, 2018
    8:00am - 5:00pm

  • 200 Seats Available
    Don't miss out, get your tickets now!

8:00am - 10:00am OVERTURE ROOM


10:00am - 10:20am SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Mahe Bayireddi
10:20am - 11:10am SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Neil Pasricha
11:10am - 11:40am SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Rudy Karsan
11:40am - 12:00pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Jalen Mills and Joe DeCamara
12:00pm - 1:00pm BALCONY


1:00pm - 1:30pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Marquis Maines & Hari Bayireddy
1:30pm - 2:00pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Brad Goldoor & Keca Ward
2:00pm - 2:30pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Greg Muccio
2:30pm - 3:00pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Colleen Truitt
3:00pm - 3:15pm OVERTURE ROOM


3:15pm - 3:45pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Leona McCharles
3:45pm - 4:15pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Moderated By: Dave Peterson
4:15pm - 4:45pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Shelia Gray
4:45pm - 5:00pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Mahe Bayireddi
6:00pm - 10:00pm CONCOURSE


Join us at Concourse for a few hours of fun and casual networking.
8:00am - 9:30am OVERTURE ROOM


9:30am - 10:10am SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Michael Fischman
10:10 - 11:10am SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Jonah Berger
11:10am - 12:00pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Mahe Bayireddi
12:00pm - 1:00pm BALCONY


1:00pm - 1:45pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Moderated By: Ed Newman with Aviva Kraizel, Denise Thompson & Fanie Lauzonn
1:45pm - 2:30pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Nancy Gray-Starkebaum, Brad Cook, Susan Slater, Katherine Dahlke and Alexis Trigo
2:30pm - 3:15pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Mahe Bayireddi
3:15pm - 3:30pm OVERTURE ROOM


3:30pm - 4:00pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Michael Platt
4:00pm - 4:15pm SYMPHONY BALLROOM


Presented By: Mahe Bayireddi
7:00pm - 10:00pm LUCKY STRIKE


Close out the conference with us at Lucky Strike Lanes!



Full-access 2-day Ticket

Registration fee includes entry to the entire conference, meals and networking functions.



May 2nd, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

1635 Market St.
Philadelphia PA, 19103
Join us on Wednesday night for a few hours of fun and casual networking. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience some of Philadelphia’s finest food from some of the best eateries in the city!


May 3rd, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

1336 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Close out the conference with us at Lucky Strike Lanes and enjoy some friendly competition on the bowling lanes, in the arcade or at the pool tables. There’ll be plenty of food, fun and entertainment!


Here's a list of common questions we've received. If you still have any questions, please feel free to email IAMPHENOM@phenompeople.com


IAMPHENOM is a two day event focused on bringing the sharpest minds in HR and TA together under one roof. Conversations will surround a variety of topics impacting today's recruiting such as candidate experience, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in talent acquisition, employee retention, building a referral network, attracting talent and much more. Our goal is to bring innovative talent acquisition leaders and industry influencers in one room to discuss the current and future of TA as well as to learn, network and get inspired from one another.

Who should attend the event?

This event will be beneficial for those guiding TA or HR strategy for their organization.

How do I register?

Fill out the form located on this website. Additional information will be emailed to you within the next two business days once the form has been received.

How much does the IAMPHENOM Conference cost?

The cost to register is $699 which includes entry to each session, all networking events and meals. An early bird registration of $499 is being offered until March 31st. Following the completion of the form on this website, individuals will be contacted by Phenom People to provide next steps as well as a promotional code, if applicable, to use during the payment process.

Can I register for just one day of the Conference?

To maximize the value of this event, we are not offering one day passes. We do not want to prevent anyone from attending due to prior commitments, so please email IAMPHENOM@phenompeople.com with any special circumstances.

What time does the event start and conclude?

IAMPHENOM will begin with registration and breakfast at 8am EST on Wednesday, May 2nd, and will conclude with a closing party ending at 10pm EST on Thursday, May 3rd.

Do I need to bring anything for registration?

No, there is no need for paper tickets or to print confirmation. Your name will be on an attendee list at the entrance upon check-in.

Can I recommend a speaker?

Absolutely! Phenom is always looking for speaker suggestions. Please email them directly to IAMPHENOM@phenompeople.com.

What is the address of the venue?

The address is 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5686, USA.

What is the cancellation policy?

Attendees can receive a full refund up to 30 days prior to the event. After 30 days, no refunds will be issued. If you are interested in transferring your ticket, please contact IAMPHENOM@phenompeople.com. Lastly, if you do not show up to the event, you are still responsible for the cost of your registration.

How do I book a hotel room?

A hotel room block has been reserved at the DoubleTree at a group rate of $209 per night plus tax. Room blocks are available until Sunday, April 1st or until they are sold out. Don't delay, book your stay now!



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—   DoubleTree by Hilton Center City
—   237 South Broad Street
—   Philadelphia, PA 19107

**A hotel room block has been reserved at the DoubleTree at a group rate of $209 per night plus tax. Room blocks are available until Sunday, April 1st or until they are sold out. Don't delay, book your stay now!


—   Phenom People is the leader in Talent Relationship Marketing, and helps companies attract phenomenal talent through personalized digital experience. The Phenom People Talent Relationship Marketing (TRM) platform automates the complex process of driving awareness, interest, engagement, and acquisition for qualified talent. We hope that you'll be able to join us in Philadelphia this May!

—   Contact IAMPHENOM@phenompeople.com if you have any questions!


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