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Monday, October 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
How Startups Can Win Top Talent

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Startups may not be able to offer the highest salaries or best 401k packages, but they can beat big companies in spades. From impact and learning opportunities, there are loads of ways startups can have the edge.  With competition for talented candidates fierce, and no shortage of options to choose from, the war is on! Luckily, what big companies offer isn't typically on the list of talented job seekers. The best candidates in today’s market are looking for mission driven companies, transparency, and to be able to make an impact. They want to work with strong peers and leaders, who can help them learn and grow.

Learn how to compete in a candidate driven market, from local recruiting leaders who are helping staff some of Seattle’s top startups.  From employment branding to interviewing process, what you can do make sure you attract and hire top talent.

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Mikaela Kiner

Mikaela is a native Seattleite who’s spent the last fifteen years in HR leadership roles at Seattle based companies including Microsoft, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redfin. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, no nonsense HR for startups. Mikaela enjoys being creative and solving probl... Read More →

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Jennie Ellis

CEO and Founder, Recruiting Bandwidth
Jennie has been recruiting for startups for over 20 years. Along with her team of 17, they manage recruiting and sourcing for 30-40 tech companies at once, working from the inside as an integrated partner.
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Mei Lu

CEO, Founder, coach and consultant, Geekology.biz and Jobfully.com
Mei Lu is the Founder and CEO of Geekology.biz, providing technical recruiting training and consulting, and Jobfully.com, offering career coaching for software engineers and developers. She is also a Alumni Career/Executive coach for Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in so... Read More →
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Steven Matly

CEO and Founder, SM Diversity
Overcoming adversity is nothing new to Steven Matly. A high school dropout turned entrepreneur, he has twice created six figure revenue generating companies with less than $5,000 startup capital. Raised by a single mother in the South Seattle housing projects, Steven entered the workforce at age fifteen and quickly recognized the limited resources, mentors, and role models available to families like his in the area. In the years that followed Steven worked for both small companies and large corporations in a number of different roles. In 2014, Steven launched SM Diversity, a boutique hiring agency committed to helping businesses create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. By connecting them with community-based organizations, subject matter experts, and experienced recruiters, his clients are able to leverage a broader network of diverse talent, ultimately resulting in an expanded marketplace. Steven has become one of the up and coming thought leaders in the area of diversity and inclusion employment practices. He was recently featured in the Seattle Times October 2016 issue around... Read More →
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Shauna Swerland

CEO, Fuel Talent
Shauna Swerland is the founder and CEO of Fuel Talent. Fuel Talent matches marketing, tech, admin and sales candidates with top performing companies. Shauna has been in the Search Industry for over 20 years. She has opened 10 offices, hired, trained and managed over 100 recruiters, and built outstanding relationships with candidates and clients. Shauna loves what she does... Read More →
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Meagan Sylvester

Talent Acquisition, ChefSteps and Meagan Sylvester Consultancy
Meagan has over 10 years of experience in the recruiting world working with a variety of startup organizations in the greater Seattle and San Diego areas. She has a passion for building recruiting programs from scratch and strategizing with leadership teams on finding top talent. Meagan has a reputation as someone who produces a high volume of quality candidates in fast paced, dynamic environments. Clients appreciate her directness, strategic thinking, and ability to handle massive hiring loads with a smile. When... Read More →