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Arkansas SHRM 2023 HR Conference & Expo • October 18-20 • Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Program Details

Tech Talent Transformation: Optimizing Candidate Experience, Building IT Talent, and Maximizing Retention within Budget

Key Objectives

How to improve the candidate experience throughout the recruitment process? Avoiding pitfalls of over zealous job descriptions, degree requirements or potentially gender bias language that might turn away qualified applicants

· Meet job seekers where they are today and development for the right position · Dept of Labor Funds available for training · How developing can improve DEI hiring; How your degree requirement hurts your DEI recruitment. · Growing your own talent, expanding your candidate pool with tailored training · Non-profits that can support · Lower your hiring requirements without lowering your expectations for a new hire with the aptitude & potential · Technical interviews & assessments · Language to avoid in job descriptions

Ashley French

Director of Talent Management & Recruitment at Arkansas Center for Data Sciences

Ashley French. Native Arkansan. U of A Alumni. She spent 5 years in Staffing as a headhunter, Branch Manager of Staffmark Staffing Agency. Moving to corporate Fortune 500 Recruitment within Telecommunications starting off as an Enterprise Sales Recruiter then IT Recruiter and rebuilding the Alltel Software Engineer college recruitment strategy for Windstream Communications. She is an avid volunteer and supporter of non-profits such as Women & Children First. Her passion for giving back to the community & helping others brought her to interview with Bill Yoder at Arkansas Center for Data Sciences (ACDS) 3 years ago. As Director of Talent Management and Recruitment, she now manages a team of 5 Career Coaches that help individuals enter more technical roles and increase the technical skills they have with training resources. ACDS Mission: Implement innovative programs and strengthen educational pathways to bridge the Information Technology skills gap between employers and talent in Arkansas.

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Date: Wed, October 18, 2023 | 8:15-9:15 am| Add to Calendar

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Location: Room A1

Category: Recruitment, Retention, & Engagement

HRCI Credits:

1.00 Business HRCI Recertification credits available.

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HR2023 is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 1.00 HR (Business) credit(s) toards a PHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

SHRM Credits:

1.00 SHRM Recertification credits available.

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HR2023 is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Please Note: Speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.

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