Previous Events

2019 Event - Reimagine Your Talent Strategy 

Collaborate and draw from other Human Resource professionals to refresh and conceptualize an innovative talent strategy. AOEP brings to you a fresh, creative, engaging space for you to explore the many ways to enhance your talent strategy. You will leave this event with:

1. A visual story board to showcase your vision for your future talent strategy.

2. Practical information to identify and tell a story by diving into your past talent moments of success and impact as well as the moments you will cultivate for the future.

3. Tools and strategies to influence your talent initiatives and change through an effective communication plan.

4. Stronger HR connections and relationships by participating in a non-conventional event.

Meghan Steinberg, President of Steinberg HR, Human Resources Consultant, People and Culture Strategist
Trisha Griffin-Carty, Founder, Griffin-Carty Communications, Storyfinder, Speaker, Presentations Coach
Megan Marini, Marini West Training, Corporate Leadership Trainer

4:30-5:00 pm    Registration/Networking
5:00-7:15 pm    Vision Board | Story | Quantum Leap  
7:15-7:30 pm    Networking 


2017 Annual Recruiting Summit took place at UMass Lowell
Friday, November 3, 2017 7:30 am - 12:00 noon

Our theme was Storytelling:  Branding and Corporate Vision. Returning as a speaker was Ed Nathanson, along with with two new

speakers - Trisha Griffin-Carty and Annette Carroll. 

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Bay Colony "The Learning Center"
1000 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
Following up to our first summer event in 2014, we enjoyed networking, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a great view of the patio overlooking the Cambridge Reservoir. while Rita Allen guided us on how to:


Accelerate Your Career through Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself

How does a strong personal brand contribute to our success? Personal branding and marketing yourself empowers us to 'own our career', and seize opportunities we aspire to achieve. Personal branding and the ability to market ourselves is an essential ingredient to successfully manage our careers. Learn how to create a framework to embrace and develop this core competency as you take charge of your career as well as to help others manage theirs.
Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a national career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development. She is a lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous articles, blogs and the book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself: The Three Ps Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment". She is a regular Huffington Post blogger and writes a career management column for Leadership & Management Books. Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal and has worked with leaders across all industries and professions.

April 12th, 2017

7:45 am-10:00 am at Babson College
We had a lively group of attendees at our first event of 2017 in a new location.  1.5 HRCI Credits were Approved for this Event.

College Recruitment Today: Important and Relevant Issues of College Recruiting in today’s employment landscape

Moderated by Lou Gaglini, Executive Director, Center for Career Development at Boston University, our panel included these University Executives specializing in career services:

Boston College
Joe Du Pont, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Career Services

Babson College
Margaret Jones, Associate Director, Graduate Center for Career Development

Bentley University
Len Morrison, Director of Undergraduate Career Services

College of the Holy Cross
Amy Murphy, Director, Center for Career Development

Northeastern University
Maria Stein, Associate Vice President, Cooperative Education and Career Development
We'd like to thank our Sponsors and Allied Members for this event: Talent Works International, King & Bishop/Finish Line Staffing, and Henry Glickel, BAO Staffing, who donated copies of his book, The Power of Proactive Recruiting.


2016 Annual Recruiting Summit
Friday, October 21:  7:30-12:00
Regis College, Weston, MA

We had a great turnout for the 2016 Recruiting Summit held in a new location at Regis College ( in the Student Union Center. Also new this year was the ability to offer 2.75 HRCI credits for those who attended!  Our presenters this year were:

Glenn Gutmacher, Diversity Sourcing Consultant, State Street Corporation:  Diversity and Inclusion:  how State Street Leverages Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Sourcing and Consulting for their client groups

Ellen Keiley, President of EMK Consulting Group and Carol Salloway, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant:  Driving Your Career Forward – Mentors, Sponsors, Coaches

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, Associate Director, Boston College Center for Work & Family:  What Millennials Want: Views on Work, Life and Success

We'd like to thank our Sponsors for their great donations to the event:  King & Bishop (Bruins tickets), Talent Works International ($50 Starbucks gift card), and Barclay Personnel Systems (coffee mugs). 


Friday, April 15, 2016:  Employment Law Update
Location:  MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA

The Association of Employment Professionals was excited to host our spring workshop on Friday, April 15th from 7:30 - 10:30am with an Employment Law update.

Karen Whitley, Esq., an Employment Law Attorney with Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA, presented the latest employment updates and hot topics that we all need to know.  Using a game show format (get ready to volunteer!), she brought us up to speed on legal changes in 2015 and those expected in 2016.  Topics included the proposed FLSA regulations, transgender issues, reasonable accommodation, and other cutting edge developments.
Karen has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Law since 2011.  Her full bio can be found
The event was held at The MITRE Corporation, 202 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1420.  The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). (



2015 Best Practices Recruiting Summit
Friday, October 16 (7:30-12:30)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Quincy, MA

65 recruiting professionals joined us for the 2015 Recruiting Summit at a new location at BCBSMA in Quincy. 

Joining us were Ed Nathanson, founder of Red Pill Talent and employer branding expert extraordinaire, and Glenn Gutmacher, one of our favorite presenters, who shared his favorite top sourcing techniques learned at last month's SourceCon conference in Dallas. We also brought back the “Hot Topics” panel where attendees heard about trending topics in the recruiting field and had an opportunity to ask the experts questions.

Ed Nathanson, founder of Red Pill Talent:  “The Quest to Quantify:  Measuring the Impact of Your Talent Brand”

Glenn Gutmacher, Vice President, Diversity Sourcing Team, State Street & founder,  “Top Sourcing Tips from SourceCon 2015 Dallas” “Hot Topics” Panel

Henry Glickel, Manager, Talent Acquisition & Employee Retention, BAO, Inc., who will talk about Employee Engagement and Employee Referral programs

Malu Siskind, Talent Acquisition Manager, BCBSMA:  “How Mature Companies, Like BCBSMA, Can Attract and Retain Millennials”

Kate Morgan, Founder / CEO of  Boston Human Capital Partners :  “How Science Can Be Used To Hire Top Talent” (for a preview, here is her blog on the subject)

Ed and Glenn stayed around to contribute to the discussion and answer additional questions.  We ended the day  with a raffle for two Bruins’ tickets, graciously provided once again by King & Bishop, and a $50 Starbucks gift card, donated by Talent Works International, both Allied Members.


Recruit Like a Start-Up
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
7:30-10:00 am

Bay Colony, "The Learning Center," 1000 Winter Street, Waltham

40 guests joined us for a panel discussion of professionals from local start-ups.
Our panelists:

Vasilios Alexiou, the co-founder of, a site that takes people behind the scenes at companies using photos and videos so they can find a job they love

Paul Crowley has been recruiting for many years, working for such companies as Microsoft, Sybase, Juniper, BEA Systems, Cisco, PegaSystems, and Intuit.  Paul is also one of the founders and moderator of the Boston Recruiters Group (BRG)

Mitchell Schneir, Director of Talent Acquisition, Actifio, formerly of RSA, the security division of EMC, and a veteran of several start-ups

Topics of discussion to include:

How to recruit without a significant budget
What are the primary tools
The fast hiring pace
Potential lack of internal process
Lack of resources
How they utilize social media (different than a larger company)


2014 Annual Recruiting Summit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
UMass Lowell Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell, MA

We mixed things up a bit this year with a new format and location!

Eighty attendees joined us on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Conference Center, 50 Warren Street in Lowell, MA.  This was a great opportunity to hear Glenn Gutmacher and Conni LaDouceur, two of our favorite presenters, speak about the latest sourcing techniques.  There was also a “Hot Topics” panel where attendees heard about trending topics in the recruiting field and had an opportunity to ask questions of experts in their fields.

Talent Sourcing Turbocharging via Free and Low-Cost Automation and Productivity Tools and Methods
Glenn Gutmacher, North America Sourcing Group Manager, Avanade Inc. & founder,

Does your talent sourcing need to support multiple recruiters, or do you manage a recruiting team that needs to figure out how to scale its sourcing efforts more efficiently?  Whether your leads go into an ATS or a recruiting CRM, then you first need to look at the front end of the funnel.  What can save you time so you can fill it faster?
This session is a part 2 to complement the methods and tools that Glenn showed in his session last year (if you don't have that slide deck, get it so you'll be ready for more!) with totally different ones that aren't just whiz-bang, but also proven to save time for recruiters and sourcers, with a particular focus on free browser-based add-ons, apps compatible with both computers and mobile devices, productivity boosters within the ubiquitous Microsoft Office suite, and (of course) tools and tricks to improve search results.

Impossible Search?  NOT!  Hire the most qualified talent, not the most available
Conni LaDouceur, Chief Sourcing Strategist and Trainer, ExecuQuest Corporation

You’ve analyzed your ATS, browsed your Boolean, rifled through the resumes, searched the social sites, tweaked the technology…but still can’t locate talent for that hard-to-fill role!  Learn critical sourcing survival skills and see how one of the world’s leading sourcing experts employs names found online to strategically and efficiently identify key talent by phone for all industries, all functions, and all levels, worldwide. This highly-rated program will take a traditional approach to recruiting and turn it on its head by offering several innovative techniques to make you the “go-to” expert at your firm. Whether you are a new or a seasoned search professional, you'll want to reduce your sourcing time while increasing your efficiency and effectiveness – and the quality of your results – as you build your personal brand as the Deliverer of Results!

"Hot Topics" Panel Discussion

John Tocci, Partner at Tocci & Lee
Employment Law

Suzanne Kearns, Lead HR Generalist at MITRE
Social Media / Sourcing Tools

Henry Glickel, Talent Manager at BAO
Candidate Management

We discussed the latest updates in employment law, recruiting and social media tools, and the candidate experience and how to manage it - all topics that your organizations are facing today.


Proactively Manage Your Career - Discussion and Networking - June 12, 2014
Bay Colony, "The Learning Center," Waltham, MA

Please join us on Thursday, June 12th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bay Colony Corporate Center, 1000 Winter Street North, Waltham, for a night of valuable discussion and great opportunity to network!

This event will present a panel discussion on "Proactively Managing your Career".  Panel presenters include Jay Blackington, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources at Avid Technology, and Rachel Davidson, Vice President, Gatti & Associates, with moderator John Bogosian, President, King & Bishop.

Come for a drink (beer and wine will be served) and some apps, stay for lively conversations and meet new people.  Sign up today, space is limited!  The cost is $5.00 which includes one drink ticket for the beverage of your choice.


The Times Are A'Changing:  Impact of Changing Federal Regulations on Companies in Hiring and Reporting of Veterans & Persons with Disabilities - March 26, 2014
Bay Colony, "The Learning Center," Waltham, MA

On March 24, 2014 new regulations will be enforced that pertain to hiring and reporting of veterans and persons with disabilities.  In this AOEP Seminar, the new requirements were described in detail with discussion on actions you can take to improve your ability to comply and face audit. Rathin Sinha, President of America’s Job Exchange, outlined the changes and describe the impacts on employers.  Gayle Sommer and Brian Andrews, of the Career Place, a Massachusetts Department of Employment Training Facility, described services that are available to Massachusetts employer who are working to comply with these new requirements.  David Beccia, Project Coordinator, Riverside Community Care, Central Mass Employment Collaborative, discussed the people with disabilities perspective.


Recruiters Best Practices Summit and Excellence in Employment Awards - September 17, 2013
Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Our keynote speaker this year was Dave Mendoza,, a multi-award-winning talent acquisition thought leader and global speaker. He provided talent strategy roadmaps and customized innovations which promoted the convergence of Big Data, Social Data API and CRM technologies on behalf of leading Fortune 500 companies.  Most recently he was a Finalist for the  HROA's Trustee Award "North American Thought Leader, 2013" as a reflection of his Innovations on behalf of Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning. 

Other Workshops included:

Employee Referral Programs - Tips, Tidbits and Traps by Henry Glickel, BAO, Inc. (our 2012 Excellence in Employment award recipient)
Supercharge Your Front-End Online Sourcing Efforts for Free (or Nearly) by Glenn Gutmacher, Avanade
Employment Law Updates:  Employment Based Immigration:  Advanced Topics for Corp HR & Third Party Firms by Mathew Lee, Managing Partner, Tocci, Goss & Lee PC

We finished out the day with - Crack the Code:  Top Talent Not on the Web which addressed recruitment strategy at the highest level, along with phone sourcing techniques for effective search/research and sourcing.  Presented by Conni LaDouceur, Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corp., novice and tenured recruiters and sourcers alike benefited from this results-driven, interactive telephone training session, and the opportunity to raise questions and comments, problem-solve on current search engagements/challenging open positions.  


Recruiting on the Run, Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Bentley University

With increasing capability and availability of smartphones and tablets, more and more people are migrating away from desktop computers.  This, combined with a shift away from traditional big boards as a job search tool has created the need to insure that your on-line recruiting presence is accessible and optimized for mobile devices.  AOEP was pleased to present insights from Joel Glick, Vice President at Buyer Advertising who presented key considerations to address in preparing for this change and some options to consider for implementation.


One key consideration is that candidates using mobile devices are often on the go and may see your posting as they are involved in activities in addition to job search.  Does your posting content read more like a court summons than an inviting description of an attractive career choice?  Are you struggling as you try to make your posting look good while including all of the disclaimers and compliance concerns that may cause problems?  Following our key note speaker, a panel of recruitment professionals (Chris McMahon, Director of Talent Acquisition, Vistaprint and Henry Glickel, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Employee Retention, By Appointment Only, (BAO), discussed their concerns and approaches to this challenge.  This presentation was an opportunity to hear what other practitioners are doing to address this challenge and offered attendees the opportunity to engage in discussion with peers. This was a desirable session to attend for those who needed to effectively engage candidates fast and first.


Recruiters Best Practices Summit and Excellence in Employment Awards - September 19, 2012

Our keynote speaker this year was Gerry Crispin, who, along with Mark Mehler, is one of the creators of CareerXroads® and the CareerXroads® Colloquium.  He writes an award-winning blog and has served as SHRM’s national employment committee chair, as a member of Staffing Management’s and SHRM’s board of directors.  The line-up included:

The Candidate as Customer: Myth or Trend? Inevitable or Impossible? Gerry Crispin; Boolean / Sourcing 101 by Doug Cohen; Advanced Online and Phone Sourcing by Glenn Gutmacher, Avenade; Employment Law Updates with Megan Taylor of West Hill Technology Counsel; Using Today’s Tools to Maximize the Recruitment Process by Jill Curley, JCSI; Mastering Client Relations for the Recruiter (aka: “The Proper Care & Feeding of Your Hiring Managers!) by Dan Kilgore, Riviera Advisors and a case study on an award-winning strategic use of technology by TMP's Mike Vangel.  Our sponsors were SIMPLY HIRED and JCSI.


Current Insights on Hiring Transitioning Military Personnel and Veterans - May 10, 2012

With the ongoing withdrawal of forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, the issues surrounding employment for transitioning military and veterans have become a visible topic.  Many employers have employees who have been called for deployment and are now returning.  Many service men and women are facing an often difficult transition from the military to civilian life due to ongoing reductions.  There is a lot of publicity and calls to action to proactively hire veterans, most notably the President’s VOW to Hire Heroes Act that was signed in November.  Our speakers addressed the legislative mandates that may apply to government contractors, taking advantage of available tax credits for hiring veterans and a good approach to documented outreach efforts to this population.

Our Presenters:  Beth Foley, Veteran Employment & Training Manager for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development: Department of Career Services (EOLWD/DCS); Bob Boley, Raytheon's Wounded Warrior Program Manager, working in Global Talent Acquisition; and David Hirsch, Managing Partner of Transition Assistance Online (


Trends in Employment Screening – What Every Recruiting Team Should Know - March 1, 2012

Kellie O’Shea of Creative Services, Inc. presented a one-hour webinar on exposing the most common mistakes and misconceptions of background checks. She highlighted pitfalls to watch for and delivered practical steps to overcome real-world everyday challenges. She outlined and defined key components of a screening program, identified complex search components, and properly executed the steps in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance. She also highlighted recent litigation and compliance issues in employment screening and explored emerging trends in the screening industry.

Our Presenter:  Kellie O’Shea graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BA in English and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at the University of Massachusetts School Of Law at Dartmouth where she sits as an Associate Member of the University of Massachusetts Roundtable Symposium Law Journal. Kellie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), which complements her project and account management experience. Kellie joined Creative Services, Inc. (CSI) in 2003 where she now manages account education and implementation for high profile accounts, successfully implementing over 900 client programs including multi-location, national and global accounts.

Reviews:  "Great success, speaker was very well-received, offered a wealth of information"

On March 24, 2014 new regulations will be enforced that pertain to hiring and reporting of veterans and persons with disabilities.  In this AOEP Seminar, the new requirements were described in detail with discussion on actions you can take to improve your ability to comply and face audit.  Rathin Sinha, President of America’s Job Exchange, outlined the changes and describe the impacts on employers.  Gayle Sommer and Brian Andrews, of the Career Place, a Massachusetts Department of Employment Training Facility, described services that are available to Massachusetts employer who are working to comply with these new requirements.  David Beccia, Project Coordinator, Riverside Community Care, Central Mass Employment Collaborative, discussed the people with disabilities perspective.

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