Leaders Summit

Leaders Summit

A Curated Virtual Summit for leaders of University and Early Career Talent recruiting teams

Thursday December 2, 2021 | Live & Online

Presnted by

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


All Times Pacific Standard Time


  • Breakfast 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Welcome Remarks 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    Char Delapena, Executive Director - URx

  • Looking To the Future: Navigating the Economic Downturn 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

    Featured Keynote
    After over two years of pivots and innovation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, university and emerging talent recruiting leaders are now facing an economic downturn that is reducing budgets, capacity, and headcount. From choosing the most impactful strategies to investing in their own talented team of recruiters and program managers, the stakes have never been higher to build for long-term success. In this keynote panel, RippleMatch CEO Andrew Myers will sit down with four leaders crafting the future of their programs. Join the conversation as we learn how they're tackling the biggest challenges of the moment and what excites them most about the future of early career hiring.

    Moderator: Andrew Myers (RippleMatch)

  • Building a World Class Team 10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

    Leaders Track
    Moderator: Char Delapena (Robinhood / URx)
    Panelist: Grace Williams (Palo Alto Networks), Jenn Gustin (AppHarvest), Larrishia Stanley (Gilead Sciences), William Chichester (Peloton)

  • Making DEI a Priority on Your Team 11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

    Leads Track
    Moderator: Audra Clem (Zoom)
    Panelist: Michele Militante (PepsiCo), Renee Davis (Duolingo), Kari Hovik (UIPath)

  • UR Vendors: Identifying the neccessary from the luxury 11:25 AM - 12:10 PM

    Leaders Track
    An in depth look at the marketplace of tools available for UR Leaders. On this panel we will explore the options across all aspects of a program and how to identify the needs vs wants of your program

  • Lunch 12:40 PM - 1:25 PM
  • Keynote: Conversations with HBCU Talent Leaders 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

    Moderator: Wahab Owolabi (URx)
    Panelist: Leonelle Thompson (Langston U), Melissa Knight (Howard U), Lavonya Jones (Morehouse)

  • Day 1 Closing Remarks & Reflection 2:15 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Networking 2:20 PM - 2:50 PM
  • Happy Hours


Past Attendees

Larrishia Stanley

Director, Early Talent & University Relations - Gilead Sciences

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Caroline Cunningham

Director, Global University Talent Acquisition, Workday

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers

Founder & CEO, RippleMatch

Kate Beckman

Executive Manager, Community & Insights - RippleMatch

Char Delapena

Head of University Recruiting, Robinhood & Executive Director, URx


Ahva Sadeghi

Founder & CEO, Symba

adidas Show Your Sport

Vicki Ng

Senior Manager Future Talent Acquisition - Adidas


Tigran Sloyan

Founder & CEO, CodeSignal

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Renee Davis

Director of Recruiting - Duolingo

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Nicole Ramirez

Manager, Campus Recruiting - Conagra Brands

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Jeanie Arciaga

Program Manager - Roblox

Jessica Hall

Manager, Early Talent Recruiting and Programs EMEA & JAPAC - Palo Alto Networks

William Chichester

Director, Early Career Talent - Peloton

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Monica Ipong

Director, University Recruiting Talent - Crowdstrike

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Christina Franc

Manager, Early Career - XPO Logistics

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Michele Militante

Senior Director, Global Campus Recruiting Executive - PepsiCo

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Clifton Tay

Global Early in Career Community Lead - Genentech

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Emma Surich

Manager, Talent Acquisition - Ecobee

Jenn Gustin

VP, Global Talent - AppHarvest

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Hannah Sartore

Campus Recruiting Manager - Credera

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AJ Johnson

Talent Acquisition Partner - EW Scripps

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Lauren Houk

University Programs Manager - SmartSheet

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Dan Carr

Director, Global Early Talent - Align Technology

Brittany Milto

University Recruiting Manager - SWE - Duolingo

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Bridget King

Talent Acquisition Manager, Early Career - IBM

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Anastacia Padilla

Program manager, Diversity Recruitment - JetBlue


Wahab Owolabi

Founder OneReq & URx

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Natalie Chwalk

Campus Recruiter - MongoDB

Alyssa Saviage

University Talent Acquisition, Adobe

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Kari Hovik

Sr. Manager, Global University Recruiting - UIPath

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Natalia Le

Team Lead, Campus Recruiting - Datadog

Brittni Lundie

Brittni Lundie

Manager, Global Recruiting Programs, Twitter

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Nuray Molla

Associate Manager, Internship Recruiting - Tesla

Nadia Abouzaid

Head of Diversity Talent Programs- Asana

Lavonya Jones

Lavonya Jones

Entrepreneurship Instructor - Morehouse College

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RippleMatch is an intelligent, comprehensive platform for early-career hiring that makes it easy to build diverse teams and hire the right talent virtually.


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What our past virtual event attendees have to say!


URx Leaders Summit will take place Thursday, December 2nd from 9-1 PM PT (12-4 ET). 

The event will be hosted on Hopin.com. An event link will be shared with all registered attendees in advance of the event.

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or leading a roundtable discussion, submit a topic or proposal here by Friday, October 1st. Speakers will be notified by, November 9th.

Facilitators will be notified on 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.