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Leaders Summit

December 8-9, 2020 | Live & Online

Presenting Sponsor

A curated virtual


A curated virtual summit for University Recruiting Leaders across the globe. We are bringing together leaders in the Early Career Talent Recruiting Industry to reflect on a Fall Recruiting season like no other. 

Focus Areas

Diversity & Inclusion

Investment, strategic communities, vetting partners and tools, creating buy-in


Capacity planning, developing your people, and measuring success

Cross-Functional Partnership

Working with key stakeholders, getting buy-in from recruiting & executive leadership

Strategy, Scale, & Growth

Budget, headcount planning, non-tech roles support, going global, remote work, interviewer capacity planning, Strategic programs

Featured Speakers

Nicky Garcea

Nicky Garcea is the co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at Cappfinity. She is an IO Psychologist who has been designing and delivering strengths and essential skills products for the last two decades. She has led on several industry award-winning solutions that have been recognized for innovation, diversity and the promotion of social mobility.

Lindsey Pollak​

Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times best selling author, keynote speaker and the leading authority on today's multigenerational workplace. She was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, which honors 30 global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led.

Discussion Leaders


Cindy Loggins

Head of Global University Recruiting Programs, eBay

Char Delapena

Head of University Recruiting, Robinhood & Executive Director, URx


Wahab Owolabi

Founder OneReq & URx

Jada Green

Founder OneReq & URxCandidate Experience Lead, Accenture


Leo Cortez

Head of University Recruiting & Diversity Talent, AirBnB


Monica Ipong

Director Global University Recruiting, CrowdStrike

doreen dockwiler

Doreen Dockweiler

Director University Relations, USAA,

Brittni Lundie

Brittni Lundie

Sr. Manager University Recruiting, Twitter

becky gavin

Becky Gavin

Campus Recruiting Manager, Bose Corporation


Renee Davis

University Recruiting Manager at Duolingo

michele tse

Michele Tse

Recruiting Manager, Early Career & Events at Oscar Health


Ahva Sadeghi

Co-Founder & CEO at Symba


Carolynn Choi

Early Talent at Square


Gina Greenwalt

University Programs Manager at Twitch


Matt Stephenson

Head of Engineering, Design, and University Recruiting at Plaid


Katie Carrothers

Campus Recruiting Manager at CBIZ

micah nelnet

Micah Lindblad

Campus Recruiting Team Lead at Nelnet

Kenida Lewis

Directory of Recruiting - College Programs at MGM Resorts International


Renee Davis

University Recruiting Manager at Duolingo


Kristen Dauler

University Recruiting Manager at Figma

Stephanie Tyler

National Director of Campus Recruiting, BDO USA, LLP


Sue Harnett

Founder & President at Rewriting the Code


Stephanie Carroll

Manager, University Relations & Diversity Programs at ViacomCBS


Emily Cardner

Manager, Campus Recruiting at MongoDB


Layne Austin

MBA Recruiter at Salesforce


Clifton Tay

Head of University Talent Acquisition at Genetech


Sam Lee

University Recruiter at Robinhood


Grace Williams

Sr. Manager, University Recruiting at Palo Alto Networks


Nikita Gupta

Co-Founder & CTO at Symba


Carly Irlbeck

Early Career Talent Acquisition Manager at Paylocity


Jehron Petty

Founder & CEO at ColorStack


Tom Tessier

University Programs Manager at Twitch


Jamie Lewis

Senior Manager, University Recruiting at Alteryx

Larry Kamguia

Senior Program Manager, University Recruiting at Salesforce

Elina Feldman

TA Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Dave Wilkin

CEO & Founder at Ten Thousand Coffees

Sarah Iglesias

Director, University Relations and Recruiting at Viasat

Vern Howard

CEO & Co-Founder at Hallo

Brien Convery

National Director, Early Talent Communities and Inclusive Recruitment, Canada, Royal Bank of Canada

Michele Militante

Senior Director, Global Campus Recruiting Executive, PepsiCo

Sarah Turcotte

Regional Campus Recruiting Lead at BDO USA, LLP

Benjamin Chen

Manager, University Talent Program, Juniper Networks

Cassie Rose

University Recruiter, IMC Trading

Katie Fallon

University Recruiter, Plaid

Faith Wilkins El

Software Engineering Instructor, Code Differently LLC

Rebecca Schwenk

Global Head of Investments Intern and Analyst Program, AIG

Schedule (All Times PST)

December 8

  • Networking 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Opening Remarks 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    Char Delapena & Wahab Owolabi

  • Accelerating Change - Lessons learned from the first wave of virtual recruitment 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

    Cappfinity Co-founder, Nicky Garcea and Author, Lindsey Pollak will be joined by Jada Green of Accenture for a keynote presentation reflecting on the digital transformation that has taken place over the last six months, how businesses are innovating and the changes we’re likely to see in graduate hiring for 2021. When the pandemic took hold, companies were forced to move to a fully virtual hiring model at breakneck speed leaving little time for planning or to consider best practices. Now with the benefit of feedback from the first wave of candidates to experience the new platforms and processes, talent leaders across the globe are evaluating what’s worked and what they need to change as they plan for 2021.

  • Virtual Programming: Designing a Winning Remote Internship Experience: Lessons & Stories from the Experts 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Presenters / Moderators - Ahva Sadeghi (Symba), Nikita Gupta (Symba) Panelists - Char Delapena (Robinhood), Stephanie Carroll (CBS Interactive), Clifton Tay (Genentech), Kenida Lewis (MGM International Resorts)

  • Leading Effective Teams 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Moderator - Carolynn Choi (Square) Panelists - Leo Cortez (Airbnb), Katie Carrothers (CBIZ)

  • Enabling Change - How do talent leaders overcome the barriers to reaching and engaging more diverse talent? 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Nicky Garcea (Cappfinity) & Author Lindsey Pollack

  • Student Panel 11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

    Moderator - Sue Harnett (Rewriting the Code)

  • Student Panel 11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

    Moderator - Jehron Petty (Colorstack)

  • Crafting a Blueprint for the Future 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Moderator - Sam Lee (Robinhood) Panelists - Renee Davis (Duolingo), Becky Gavin (Bose), Sarah Iglesias (Viasat)

  • Building Relationships and Creating Cross-Functional Partnerships 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Moderator - Layne Austin (Salesforce) Panelists - Emily Cardner (MongoDB), Micah Lindblad (Nelnet)

  • Exploring Diversity & Inclusion Strategies 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Moderator - Larry Kamguia (Salesforce) Panelists - Jamie Lewis (Alteryx), Kristen Dauler (Figma), Benjamin Chen (Juniper Networks)

  • Day 1 Closing Remarks & Reflection 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM
  • Networking 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

December 9

  • Networking 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Day 2 Opening Remarks 9:30 AM- 9:45 AM
  • Opening Student Panel 9:45 AM - 10:30AM

    Moderator: Vern Howard (Hallo)

  • There’s no ‘I’ in team: Building and Scaling with a Team of One 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Presenter: Katie Fallon (Plaid) Building and scaling a University Program is an exciting, yet challenging process. Whether it’s starting from scratch or piloting new initiatives, often it’s a small team with limited resources responsible for critical decisions to get a program off the ground. In this discussion, we will share best practices about maximizing time and impact for a 1-person team to build the foundation for University Programs or new program initiatives.

  • Building Relationships and Creating Cross-Functional Partnerships with UR Leaders 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Moderator - Carolynn Choi (Square) Panelists - Corey Twitty (Netflix), Carly Irlbeck (Paylocity), Gina Greenwalt (Twitch)

  • Exploring Diversity & Inclusion Strategies 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Moderator - Layne Austin (Salesforce) Panelists - Elina Feldman (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), Cindy Loggins (eBay), Brittni Lundie (Uber)

  • Early ID Programs for Sophomores 11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

    Stephanie Tyler (BDO USA, LLP), Sarah Turcotte (BDO USA, LLP) Session Description: Early ID is more than a program, it’s a mindset. The accounting industry has a long track record of early talent initiatives to build their pipeline. Join this session to hear about leveraging early ID programs to attract and secure talent as early as sophomore year.

  • Leading Effective Teams 11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

    Moderator - Layne Austin (Salesforce) Panelists - Matt Stephenson (Plaid), Doreen Dockweiler (USAA), Tom Tessier (Twitch)

  • Crafting a Blueprint for the Future with UR Leaders 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Moderator - Layne Austin (Salesforce) Panelists - Monica Ipong (CrowdStrike), Grace Williams (Palo Alto Networks)

  • The Big Virtual Experiment 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Moderator - Jada Green (Accenture) & Nicky Garcea (Cappfinity)
    What have we learned from the move to virtual hiring and what will the future hold?

  • Roundtable

    Speakers - Dave Wilkin (Ten Thousand Coffees), Michelle Militante (PepsiCo), Brien Convery (RBC)

  • Day 1 Closing Remarks & Reflection 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM
  • Networking 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Presenting Sponsor

Cappfinity is the world leader in strengths-based assessment, providing award-winning recruitment and development solutions for organisations across the globe. Founded in 2005 by Dr Alex Linley, a leading expert in positive psychology, and Nicky Garcea, occupational psychologist, we bring together strengths expertise, data, innovation and human experience to assess and develop capability, fit and potential. Our teams in the UK, US, Australia and Ireland are proud to be working with more than 150 organizations and over 5 million individuals in service of our shared purpose –strengthening the world.

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URx Global Leaders Summit will take place Tuesday, December 8th – Wednesday, December 9th from 9-1 PM PT (12-4 ET). 

The event will be hosted on Hopin.to. An event link will be shared with all registered attendees by December 4, 2020.

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or leading a roundtable discussion, submit a topic or proposal here by Thursday, November 5th. Speakers will be notified on Monday, November 9th.

Facilitators will be notified on Monday, November 2nd.

Please see below for eligibility to attend the summit:

  • Those who manage a UR team
  • Those who oversee a UR program
  • Those who are final decision makers for UR 
  • Those who are nominated by a UR Leader to represent the team

Register as the leader of your UR/Early Talent function and in the registration form indicate the name, email and title of who will be attending as your proxy.