Be a talent trailblazer and prepare your organization for the future of Talent Acquisition.

Discover the Talent Rising Summit, an exclusive event for talent acquisition leaders who are looking for the strategies and tools to optimize their talent function today, while leaning forward and preparing to transform for tomorrow.

Learn from peers who have charted the course for recruiting success and learn leadership lessons for navigating teams through change.

Register now to join like-minded peers in Milwaukee this May for two days of exploration, learning and networking.



    Aptitude Research Partners


    Founder & CEO, Cielo


    Vice President Global
    Sourcing, Cielo


    Leadership Expert, Author,
    Veteran, The Grit Project

  • R "RAY" WANG

    Principal Analyst &
    Founder, Constellation


Monday, May 14
6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
8:30 p.m.
After Party
Tuesday, May 15
7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens - Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m.
The Next Frontier of Talent Acquisition
Sue Marks, Chief Executive Officer, Cielo
Tara Cassady, Senior Vice President, Cielo
9:00 a.m.
Leading from Any Seat: Stories from the Cockpit
Shannon Huffman Polson, Author, "The Grit Project"
10:00 a.m.
Break & Networking
10:30 a.m.
Charting the Course: 2018 Talent Rising Summit
Kristen Wright, Chief Marketing Officer, Cielo
10:45 a.m.
Talent Acquisition Leader Panel – Recruitment Partnerships
Liz Bickley, Senior Vice President, Cielo (panel moderator)
Charlotte Cantu, Director, Talent Acquisition, Waste Management
Mark Farrell, Executive Director, Talent Delivery, Froedtert Health
Kimberly Nguyen, Director Talent Acquisition, Boehringer Ingelheim
11:45 a.m.
Lunch & Networking
1:00 p.m.
Digital Disruption & The Future of Work
R “Ray” Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman, Constellation Research, Inc.
2:00 p.m.
Break & Networking
2:30 p.m.
Talent Acquisition Leader Panel – World of Work
Marissa Geist, Managing Director, Americas, Cielo (panel moderator)
Mike Bazinet, Associate Director, Plasma Recruitment, Grifols
Rob Brinkerhoff, System Vice President, SC Health Company
Sal Venegas, Vice President, Global Leadership Effectiveness, Walgreens Boots Alliance
3:30 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Recruitment
Andy Curlewis, Senior Vice President, Brand, Digital & Communications, Cielo
Adam Godson, Vice President, Global Technology Solutions, Cielo
Balazs Paroczay, Vice President, Global Sourcing, Cielo
4:30 p.m.
Summit Day One Wrap-up
Kristen Wright, Chief Marketing Officer, Cielo
6:00 p.m.
Customer Appreciation Party - A Trip to Discovery World
Wednesday, May 16
8:00 a.m.
Industry-Focused Breakfast Roundtables *Industry Segments TBD
8:45 a.m.
Summit Day Two Welcome & Breakout Overview
Kristen Wright, Chief Marketing Officer, Cielo
8:50 a.m.
Break & Transition
9:00 a.m.
Choose Your Own Adventure Breakouts
Candidate Experience
Anne Bucher, Senior Vice President, Cielo & Cassie Pike, Senior Vice President, Cielo
Business Impact Through Metrics & Measurement
Marissa Geist, Managing Director, Americas, Cielo & Tara Cassady, Senior Vice President, Cielo
Employer Branding: Buzzword Bingo and Meaningful Measurement
Andy Curlewis, Senior Vice President, Cielo
HR Technologies: Now & Next
Adam Godson, Vice President, Global Technology, Cielo & James Colino, HR Technology Leader, Cielo
Total Talent & Tomorrow’s Workforce
Liz Bickley, Senior Vice President, Cielo & Ali Citti, Senior Vice President, Cielo
Global Recruitment Models
Greg Summers, Senior Vice President, Cielo, Andrew Manning, Senior Vice President, Cielo & Eric Dunlap, Vice President, Cielo
10:30 a.m.
NEW Talent Acquisition Benchmark Research
Madeline Laurano, Chief Research Officer, Aptitude Research Partners
11:45 a.m.
Close & Farewell Lunch


Take the content beyond formal presentation to discussion and conversation with your peers.

  • Extended meals and breaks to give you ample time to connect with your peers
  • Topic-focused roundtables and breakout sessions for open discussion and sharing
  • Casual evening events for networking and fun!

Dining at Discovery World - Milwaukee’s Premier Science and Technology Center

After a full day of learning, journey from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean as you enjoy drinks and appetizers at the Reiman Aquarium. End the night with dinner overlooking panoramic views of Lake Michigan from the Pilot House.


The InterContinental Milwaukee offers a sophisticated ambiance with an unexpected twist of fun and comfort. Located along the Milwaukee Riverwalk the InterContinental offers parks, sculptures, restaurants and nightlife in the center of the downtown business and theatre districts.

Cielo thanks you for attending by covering the cost of your hotel room, corporate policy allowing. A credit card without a deposit is required to hold your reservation. Hotel reservations must be completed by April 6, 2018.

Book your accommodations in the Summit room block by calling the InterContinental at 414.935.5943, mention the Cielo Summit. You may also book online here.