December 7-8, 2023 | San Francisco Bay Area

Leaders Summit

A Curated Event for University & Emerging Talent Recruiting Leaders

December 7-8, 2023 | San Francisco Bay Area

Unique Focus. New Perspectives. Fresh Ideas.

Bringing our community together in person and virtually is a core part of how we add value for our members. URx Leaders Summit is an exclusive event for members of the emerging talent recruiting ecosystem who lead University & Emerging Talent Recruiting teams or Partner Organizations. The program also features thought leadership from Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Universities, Career Development, & Talent Development.

Past Speakers


Leo Cortez

Global Head of University Recruiting

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Corey Twitty

Director, Global Emerging Talent

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers

Founder & CEO

Char Delapena

Char Delapena

Executive Director, URx
Head of Emerging Talent

Jackie Frye

Jackie Frye

Senior Manager, University Recruiting

Felice Ajlouny

Felice Ajlouny

VP, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion

richard cho

Richard Cho

Former Head of Recruiting Dropbox, Machine Zone, CZI, Robinhood

Ed Palmer

Ed Palmer

Global Head of University Recruiting
Unity Technologies


Wahab Owolabi

OneReq & URx


Ahva Sadeghi

Co-Founder & CEO

farouk dey

Farouk Dey

Founding Vice Provost, Integrative Learning & Life Design
Johns Hopkins University

Lucille Tasker

Lucille Tasker

Director of Data and Technology
Rewriting the Code

Chris Motley

Chris Motley

Founder & CEO
Mentor Spaces

Debora Pavon

Debora Pabon

University Recruiting Lead

Travis Guelig

Travis Guelig

Senior Manager, Early Talent Acquisition

Anndee Francisco

Andee Francisco

Senior Manager, University Programs
Applied Materials

Ashley Marks

Ashley Marks

Next-Gen Talent Experience Program Manager
Electronic Arts (EA)

Anoushka Gupta

Anoushka Gupta

Data Intern
Rewriting the Code


Ahmad Wright

Director, Diversity, Equity & Learning
The David And Lucille Packard Foundation

Gabrielle Santa Donato

Gabrielle Santa-Donato

Workshop Leader

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

Leadership Labs

Have a unique perspective or fresh idea? Submit a proposal to speak, or express interest in facilitating a discussion.

2022 Schedule

All Times Pacific Standard Time

*The summit with kickoff with a welcome reception. 7-8 PM PT Wednesday, December 7 at Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel Palo Alto. 

  • Check In & Breakfast 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Welcome Remarks 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Char Delapena, Executive Director - URx

  • Owning your Influence as a Recruiting Leader 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

    An in-depth conversation with two phenomenal Heads of Talent, Felice Ajlouny & Richard Cho on how you as a UR leader can position yourself within your companies recruiting team to drive maximum results and advance your career.

  • Workshop: Identifying Opportunities & Advocating for Resources 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    In this workshop we will identify our greatest pain points and highest leverage opportunities for advancing our goals as UR leaders, and practice pitching our ideas and advocating for resources through hands-on, interactive exercises. As colleagues, we will build confidence advocating for resources even in uncertain environments with variable resourcing.

  • Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Securing Appropriate Resources for DEI Goals 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Case Study: Leveraging candidate data to recruit from diverse communities 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    Featuring Community Partner: Rewriting the Code

  • Leading Through Change 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

    This time last year, the competition for talent was heating up across industries – even for the most inexperienced hires. Many companies were facing reneges and salary bidding wars for entry-level candidates, requiring teams to figure out in real time how to keep candidates engaged and attract their attention. This year, the market uncertainties have presented a different set of challenges – but employers still need to navigate adjusting strategies and programs based on how their goals and budgets are changing internally. In this interactive session, RippleMatch will share their top best practices to continue to stay competitive in a changing market, and you’ll hear firsthand from Emily Sampson and Blake Jackson from Amplitude on how they are leading their team and evolving their strategy in the light of the market slowdown.

    Featuring Community Partner: RippleMatch

  • Cocktail Hour 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Dinner 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Breakfast 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Day 1 Reflection & Highlights 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    Char Delapena, Executive Director - URx

  • Creating a Data Driven Narrative 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Discussion Groups 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Navigating Life as an Emerging Talent Leader 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

    Leading UR & Emerging Talent teams is hard. UR is the one recruiting function that requires expertise across all facets of talent acquisition, developing a brand for your program, creating efficient processes and operations, educating the business, capacity management of your team, sourcing strategies, xfn partnership with HR, Legal & Marketing to name a few. Coupled with the fact that you are the only one on the senior recruiting team that focuses on this, this is a job that has its share of hardships and can be isolating within your company. People in our profession are drawn to the meaningful impact we can have on our companies and society at large. Oftentimes being the engine that drives DEI at our companies. That said, this impact comes with sacrifices — constantly shifting headcount, inadequate budgets & staffing, choosing between exciting vs. stable opportunities, and everything in between. This panel of leaders will discuss their unique experienced any how they have navigated their journeys. Come join us for a candid, open conversation about life as a UR Leader.

  • Lunch 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Products & Tools: Identifying the necessary from the luxury 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

    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

  • Workshop: Rescind, Renege, Repurpose: Resetting Your Early Talent Program for 2023 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

    Join Symba for an interactive session during which we’ll break out into 3 groups and discuss some of the biggest challenges early talent leaders are facing in this economic climate and job market. We’ll brainstorm how to deal with rescinding offers, combat reneges, and repurpose teams in the event of layoffs and hiring freezes. 2023 is around the corner; let’s take a step back and reset!

    Featuring Community Partner: Symba

  • Wine Tour & Tasting 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Enjoy a private tour of the winery w/ tasting.

  • Closing Remarks 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Simply put. We Produce Special Events. 

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to experience an enriching offsite with your executive peers in University & Emerging Talent recruiting Leadership this is the event for you. 

We have secured the perfect space for  our exclusive group of 100 curated attendees to connect, learn, and grow together. This is an experience you do not want to miss.  


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Thursday December 8

8:45 AM: Departs Crowne Plaza Palo Alto for Winery

5:45 PM: Departs Winery for Crowne Plaza Palo Alto


Friday December 9

8:15 AM: Departs Crowne Plaza Palo Alto for Winery

4:30 PM  Departs Winery for Crowne Plaza Palo Alto


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Distance From Venue: 32.8  Miles

San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Distance From Venue: 34  Miles

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Distance From Venue: 52  Miles


Preferred Hotel

Daily transportation to and from the venue will be provided from the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel Palo Alto

Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306

Take advantage of our group rate of $169

  • Book online using group code: URx
  • Contact the hotel directly at (888) 565-6158 and give the group code: URx

Book your room

*We will never contact you directly to book your room.

URx Leaders Summit will take place December 8- 9, 2023 in person at Thomas Fogarty Wine & Vineyard.


Thomas Fogarty Wine & Vineyards


Perched 2,000 feet above Silicon Valley with awe inspiring views spanning the bay, surrounded by vineyards that seem to stretch for miles; Thomas Fogarty Winery is an intimate, elegant and relaxed setting for memorable events.

Attendees staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 

Daily transportation to and from the venue from the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel Palo Alto
will be provided.


Attendees not staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 

Uber and Lyft will drop off at the winery but WILL NOT pick up from the winery 

If you are not staying at the hotel, you can still travel to Crowne Plaza to board the shuttle for the venue. 


Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel Palo Alto
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306

Book your room

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or leading a roundtable discussion submit a topic or proposal. The deadline for submissions to be considered is October 15th. Speakers will be notified by, November 15th.

Accepted sessions and facilitators will be notified by November 15.

ttendees must be experienced and in a senior university, emerging talent recruiting, workforce development or talent development role

Please see below for eligibility to attend the URx Leaders Summit:

  • Those who lead the entire University or Emerging Talent Recruiting Function
  • Those who lead a University & Emerging Talent Recruiting Program at large private or public companies. Ex: Head of Intern Recruiting
  • Those who are the final decision makers for UR or the most senior member of a recruiting team focused on UR.
  • Those how are senior leaders at Universities, Talent Development or Workforce Development Organizations
  • Those who are nominated by a UR Leader to represent their 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.

You must be fully-vaccinated for entry. Boosters are strongly recommended as well. Local regulations could change to require this in the future. Vaccination check will happen before you are allowed to enter the event. Masks are not required. We will communicate any changes to this policy or specific local/venue specific requirements as we get closer to the event to ensure everyone understands the health requirements for attendance.


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