CA Recruiters Lunch & Learn

November 19th, 2019

ServiceNow HQ
Santa Clara, CA
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Date & Time:
Tue, November 19, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
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$25 - $25

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Hear directly from our recruiting conference attendees with feedback on their experiences and the value of attending our recruiting events in Silicon Valley. 

This is your opportunity for professional growth and development, continuing education credits, and to build your network and relationships with top Recruiting, HR, and Talent Management professionals throughout the Bay Area. 

Join California Recruiters for a premier professional development and networking event with 200+ of your Recruiting and HR peers, on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 from 11 am - 1 pm! The event will be held at the ServiceNow HQ in Santa Clara. 

Meet your peers and build your professional network with Talent Acquisition professionals from companies including Facebook, Zillow, MongoDB, Workday, TechSoup, Yelp, FedEx, Yummly, HoneyBook, TellTale Games, Mechanics Bank, Sequoia Consulting Group, Vungle, Twitter, Google and more!

Invest in your professional development in 2019! We know your time is valuable, so we're hosting a meetup featuring a happy hour and networking event with a short panel discussion focused specifically on tips and insights from top Bay Area recruiting leaders on building your skills and career as a Recruiting, HR and Talent Acquisition professional. 

In addition to learning from our panel and your peers, your registration includes:

  • Wifi access
  • The best peer networking with recruiting and HR professionals throughout the Bay Area 
  • Prize Drawings
  • Lunch 
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11:00 am - 11:15 pm:  Check in & Lunch

11:15 pm - 12:00 pm:  Panel Discussion- Employer Branding 

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Break 

12:15-1:00 pm:  Panel Discussion- Diversity & Inclusion 

1:00 pm: Wrap Up 


The Speakers

lynnetta smith.jpgLynnetta Smith  

Lynnetta leads ServiceNow’s Community Engagement efforts within Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. She focuses on engaging and building relationships with communities and allies both internally and externally for ServiceNow.



MJ.jpgMJ Nguyen  

Mary Judy (MJ) Nguyen as Manager, Workplace Services in Santa Clara. MJ is a passionate, life-long learner, with a background in health and wellness, as well as workplace services. She has spent time at Twitter and most recently Imperva in Redwood City.

A self-described Asian-Okie (Born in Oklahoma and raised in California) from a family of nine, MJ is passionate about fitness and traveling with her life partner. Together they travel the world in searching for amazing food, understanding diverse cultures, taking on various adventures on land and water. When not gallivanting around the world, they stay fit by running in half marathons or chasing their two fur babies Daisy and Max down in Carmel on the weekends. MJ will be focusing on our employee experience programs, Food Services, Fitness, Transportation, Amenities & Perks, Events and much more

Robert Bennett.jpgRobert Bennett

Robert is ServiceNow’s Manager of Talent Attraction, where he leads the Early Career Recruiting team and Global Employee Referral Program. He’s spent 15 years scaling recruitment operations and managing teams at small, medium, and large tech companies. In his spare time, he's at the dog park with family or going top-shelf at the local ice hockey rink.


eric marvin.jpegEric Marvin   

Eric is a self-professed workplace geek, who cares deeply about employee experience and corporate environments.  He developed his appreciation for the workplace over more than twenty-five years of broad-based real estate and facilities experience across a multitude of industries, corporate settings, and cultures.  Currently plying his trade at ServiceNow, Eric draws on his experience from career stops at Salesforce, Visa, Nestle, and Novartis to ensure his employee customers are happy and engaged.   When not waxing poetic about workplace or building innovative employee service programs, Eric can often be found at the local heavy metal venue in the middle of the mosh pit or on the basketball court wearing the striped shirt and blowing a whistle.

Christina Hundell.jpgChristina Hudnall   

Leading San Francisco Bay Area Workplace Consulting and Facility Management firm, Impec Group continues to expand with the addition of Christina Hudnall as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Staffing. Christina joined Impec Group effective March 26, 2019 at a time of rapid expansion in the areas of Facility Staffing and Recruitment, Project Management, Construction Mangement, Strategic Portfolio Planning, Space Planning, IWMS, and CAFM services, as well as its historical core business, Facilities Operations. In this newly created position, Christina's expertise will strengthen Impec's HR processes and organization as Impec takes its next great leap forward. 

IMPEC's specialization in facilities management and corporate real estate allows IMPEC to find, qualify, and help you hire the best talent. Whether you need a contract (temporary) position filled or want to hire on a permanent basis, we can help you build your facilities and corporate real estate team in the Bay Area and across the country. 

Christina is a consummate professional having honed her skills at such companies as Bank of America, Merril Lynch, JP Morgan, and Torchmark Corp. Christina is an expert in Recruiting & Selection, Compensations/Benefits, Employee Relations, Training & Development, Policy Design & Administration, Operations Management and ATS/ CSM Administration. Christina also brings significant experience with multi-site businesses, most recently as a Head of HR and Recruiting at Berman Skin Institute. On a personal note, Christina love sto stay active- she's a competitive hiker, enjoys cycling, and tries to catch a few waves surfing when the weather gets warm.

IMPEC Group, with offices in Santa Clara, California and San Ramon, California offers a full range of FM and CRE services including, CAFM, Facility Staffing, Project/Construction/ Move Management, Workplace Design Analytics and Ideation by PLASTARC, Workplace Technology IWMS Solutions, Operations and Site Services. Bundling and integrating these services creates significant value to end users in terms of better performance and cost savings. 


DSC03847.jpgAlbrey Brown   

Albrey is a Bay Area native who broke into tech 5 years ago as a Software Engineer. Since then he's dedicated his time to creating pathways for people of color to break in, level up, and generate wealth. Albrey is currently leading diversity recruiting at DocuSign



Tariq Meyers.jpegTariq Meyers 

As Forbes 30under30, Tariq Meyers is the Global Head of Belonging, Inclusion, & Experience at Coinbase. An advocate who believes that individuals should not be defined by their life circumstances, but empowered to defy them. With experience in community organizing, coalition and relationship building, Tariq strives each day toward a more equitable world.


casey manning 168x168.jpegCasey Manning   

Casey is a Recruiting Manager at Facebook focusing on emerging AR/VR technologies.  He has 16 years of progressive experience in Talent Acquisition and marries his deep passion and love for gaming and technology with guiding people to their dream careers.

A South Carolina native, Casey received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University prior to moving to San Francisco where he resides with his wife and son. When he is engaging in the broader technology community at meetups, hangouts, and gaming conferences, you can find him working on his golf swing at many of San Francisco’s beautiful courses, or watching Golden State Warriors basketball games with friends and family.


Kunal Laroia 186x168.jpegKunal Laroia  

Kunal Laroia serves as the inaugural Executive Director of The Recruiters Network. In his role, Kunal oversees the development and implementation of the strategic objectives for the organization and its regional communities. Passionate about harnessing and leveraging the collective wisdom of Human Resource & Recruitment professionals, Kunal is the connector and convener of The Recruiter's Network nationwide communities.

Prior to The Recruiter's Network, Kunal consulted with talent acquisition teams to support their overall technical hiring needs, most recently at Hired. With deep and diverse experience in engaging startups, Kunal has also served as a lead community organizer for TechStars Startup Week, Membership & Community Manager at Galvanize, and is the Founder of Arizona-based Telescope Ventures which helps seed stage companies connect with and hire local engineering and design graduates.

From time-to-time you can find Kunal on the golf course, experiencing new wines, exploring to new destinations, and taking flying lessons as a pilot-in-training.


lisa crossett.jpgLisa Crossett   

Lisa is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Mechanics Bank, where she spearheads all aspects of Talent Acquisition encompassing strategy and process along with leading a team of experienced recruiters to find the paramount talent in the marketplace.  She is extremely passionate about talent acquisition and ensuring both the candidate and hiring manager have an engaging and positive experience. Prior to joining Mechanics Bank, Lisa’s progressive career spanned 18 years at Nelson Staffing with the last 10 years as the Regional Vice President for the East Region.  She oversaw the recruiting, operations and sales efforts along with building and nurturing client relationships. Lisa has been an active board member for the past 8 years with the Tri-Valley region of NCHRA, holding the co-chair, college relations, and social committee roles.

Lisa is a native Californian who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two Havanese doggies, Marty and Stewart (affectionately named after her idol Martha Stewart). For the last eight years, Lisa has been publishing a successful blog that reflects her passion for food, wine and entertaining.  One of her bucket list items is to travel to all 50 states and she has 19 more to go! 


Panel Discussion 

Employer Branding 

Recruiting organizations are shifting from the traditional recruiting/sourcing model to one that also includes responsibility for marketing the employee brand and value propositions of the company. One goal of this employer branding effort is to build talent pipelines that the recruiters/sourcers can utilize for talent acquisition. 

This session will feature a panel of industry experts from a variety of companies and industries and was designed to provide recruiters with tools and tips for transitioning into talent marketers.


  • Eric Marvin


  • Robert Bennett
  • Christina Hudnall 

Panel Discussion 

Diversity & Inclusion 

Now more than ever the conversation of diversity and inclusion has been at the forefront of workforce and talent planning. As recruiting and talent acquisition professionals how do we effectively implement a diversity and inclusion program into our companies? What are the first steps in creating one, and what does success look like?

Join the California Recruiters and hear the insight from industry leaders. Discover the route they took to successful diversity and inclusion initiatives as they recount their journey.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How personal biases influence hiring processes. 
  • How biases are a critical challenge facing modern Talent Acquisition professionals’ ability to source, cultivate and hire talent.  
  • Tools to help recognize and mitigate personal biases. 
  • How to challenge the traditional notion of organizational fit. 



  • Casey Manning 


  • Lynnetta Smith
  • Albrey Brown  
  • Tariq Meyers
  • MJ Nguyen

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