A Talent Acquisition Conference Where You Belong

Ever feel like you don’t belong at recruiting conferences? You feel like a third wheel, because you don’t own any requisitions. You don’t speak directly to candidates.  Instead, you’re the one behind the scenes who tries to make recruiters’ jobs easier.

I know how you feel, because I’ve been through that, and there are a lot of other folks like us.  Those who manage critical talent acquisition programs, operations and projects – like employee referrals, recruiter training, college and intern, military and veteran recruiting, tools and technology and contingent labor.  Sure, it’s great to network with recruiters and talk about their challenges because it makes me better at my job, but when was someone going to design a conference for people like me?

Instead of waiting, my business partner, Kara Yarnot, and I went ahead and created TalentBlend in August of 2015, a conference designed for people who build, optimize and innovate talent acquisition programs, systems, tools, and practices.

And we are pleased to announce TalentBlend 2016 April 27th & 28th 2016 at the Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington, D.C.

We are designing the agenda to be a collaborative learning environment. If you attend (and I hope you will), you’ll take an active part in the program.

Would you like to speak at TalentBlend?

Think you would be the perfect speaker? It’s time to let us know! Submit your proposal here by Thursday, January 15, 2016.  You will hear from me personally by February 20, 2016.  Our audience appreciates lessons learned from personal experience, case studies, compelling stories, data-backed findings, and the wow factor.

Session Format

Keynote:  Introduce an idea or concept in  60 minutes to include time for Q&A and interaction

Learning Lab:   Teach a technique or tool in 60 minutes.   Must be very interactive and include a takeaway or handout.

Breakout Session:   Present a case study, lessons learned from personal experience in 60 minutes to Q&A.


  • User Adoption
  • Change Management
  • Candidate Experience
  • Research & Analysis
  • Recruiter & Hiring Manager Training
  • System Optimization
  • Project Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employer Brand & Marketing
  • Personal Career Development of our Attendees
  • Strategy Development & Execution
  • Employee Referral
  • College & Intern Program
  • Veteran & Military Recruiting Program
  • Contingent Workforce Management
  • Redeployment/Internal Mobility
  • Surprise us 

Terms of suggesting a proposal

Our agenda is determined by an Advisory Board, comprised of industry practitioners, specialists, and experts. We build the program based on the speakers’ competence, and talks’ relevance to our program.  TalentBlend does not cover the costs of travel or accommodation for speakers.  Speakers get a free conference pass.

Have questions contact me at moe@meritagetalent.com.

About Moe Hutt

Moe helps talent acquisition teams solve complex problems by customizing best practices to fit the unique needs of your company. She has designed and implemented enterprise intern, employee referral, contingent workforce and recruiter training programs. From drafting recruiter service level agreements to managing the launch of a new employer brand, she specializes in striking a balance between creativity and efficiency.

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