Midwest Staffing Conference May 20-21, 2020

2023 Midwest Conference Speakers

George Burns


Vice President of Sales


George Burns is the Vice President of Sales at ClearlyRated, and has 15+ years of experience leading sales teams across a variety of industries, including staffing and recruiting. George has worked with hundreds of firms to help them leverage client and candidate feedback to accelerate growth through loyalty and client experience strategy. The team at ClearlyRated has analyzed more than 6.5 million surveys, and its Best of Staffing program helps service leaders differentiate in a crowded marketplace.


  • Opening Keynote - EXPERIENCES: The Key to Long-Term, Sustainable Growth
  • Peer Perspectives: How to Create a Great CX Strategy

Rich Bradley


Owner/Senior IT Recruiter, Pinnacle Society Member

TeamBradley, Inc

Rich Bradley has been in the recruiting industry for over 41 years as a recruiter, mentor, trainer, & leader. He’s also been a member of the Pinnacle Society for 26 of those years. He was a past board member with ISSA for many years prior to moving to Florida 10 years ago. He specializes in IT recruitment for clients mostly in the Chicagoland area in both the contingency and retained marketplaces. Consistently personally billing over $1 million each year, Rich credits his success to a detailed plan, hard work, and surrounding himself with an awesome team. He believes the key to long-term success is the art of building lasting business relationships. By keeping an eye on the marketplace for changing trends and focusing on making excellent culture matches, he consistently delivers top-quality candidates to his clients.

With deep roots in the Chicago area and an extensive candidate network, Rich works on IT opportunities at all levels from support to executive roles and everything in between. Organically, over the last few years, Rich has moved towards a heavier focus on leadership and executive-level roles. Rich is a sought-after speaker and training facilitator in the recruiting field, and his passion to give back to an industry that has given him so much has him regularly on the road and online sharing his expertise.


  • How Top Echelon Recruiters Achieve Performance: An Open Q&A Discussion
  • Roundtable Discussion


Owner/Senior IT Recruiter, Pinnacle Society Member

TeamBradley, Inc


  • Q&A with Rich
  • Roundtable Discussion

Rich Bradley has been a recruiter for over 39 years and part of Pinnacle for 26+ years. He was a past board member for ISSA for many years but then moved to Florida 9 years ago. He specializes in IT recruiting in the Chicago- land area, and has been recruiting for over 39 years in the contingency marketplace. As a working owner, he stays on top of the market and its changes while hiring and training other recruiters to do the same, consistently billing 750K+ each year.

Areas of specialty within IT include network, web, database, and email administration; help desk support; web and client server development; and all areas of IT management.

Rich has taught and facilitated training in the recruiting field and for Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, and Dale Carnegie Sales Training classes. He entered the recruiting field in 1982, passed the CPC exam in 5/91, and has been a member of both the ISSA and NAPS and has served as the VP on the ISSA board. Rich has been a member of Pinnacle since 1997.

Zenja Glass


President and CEO

Unlocking Greatness Staffing

Zenja “Z.” Glass is the owner of Unlocking Greatness Staffing, Inc. She has been in the staffing industry for nearly 32 years. She is also a board member of the ISSA.

Z. strongly believes in the power of boosting your personal brand as leverage to also boost your business. She has over 800,000 social media and podcast followers all around the world. As an author, podcaster, and business owner, she certainly understands the value in establishing yourself as a thought leader and expert to help others achieve their goals in life.

About her roundtable discussion: If you think Zenja will be sharing traditional marketing tips, you will have to think again! Z. is looking forward to sharing some branding secrets to help you grow your online presence in non-traditional ways with authenticity that creates a loyal following.


  • Boost Your Personal Brand as a Recruiter...and Boost Your Business!
  • Roundtable Discussion

Victoria Hill


Director of Diversity and Social Impact

Advanced Group

Victoria has 15+ years of experience in the human resources marketplace. She is skilled in all aspects of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I), Leadership Development and Human Resources Management. Her focus is the human experience and building inclusive relationships. Victoria is currently working as the Director of Diversity and Social Impact for Advanced Group. Advanced Group offers contingent and permanent staffing solutions, talent acquisition and management, consulting, outsourcing, clinical research and professional services. In 2018 Victoria started and now leads the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee which focuses on awareness, training, recruitment process, and public relations. The DE& I Committee won its first award in 2019 from the American Staffing Association - ASA Care Honorable Mention and its second award in 2022 from the Staffing Industry Analyst – 2022 DEI Influencer. Victoria also facilitates Neurodiversity, Conscious Inclusion, Interview Bias, Bystander Intervention, Building Inclusive Relationships, and many other DE& I trainings for her organization as well as external partners. Victoria and her team develop diversity programs to promote unbiased decision-making while creating a safe space for employees to thrive. Victoria and her husband live in Chicagoland and enjoy hosting karaoke parties for fun and relaxation.


  • Understanding and Valuing Neurodiversity as Staffing Professionals
  • Roundtable Discussion

Lauren Jones


Founder and CEO

Leap Consulting Solutions

Lauren Jones is a powerful voice in the staffing industry, sharing her expertise in recruitment technology, business operations, change management, and women’s issues as a frequent speaker, podcast co-host, author, and entrepreneur. After decades as a technology-obsessed staffing industry innovator and influencer, Lauren founded LEAP Consulting Solutions to advise recruiting companies on how to be more efficient, more successful, and more human. Lauren is fueled by an endless curiosity, deep commitment to helping others, and Peloton rides. Connect with her at lauren@leapconsultingsolutions.com to inquire about speaking engagements and media opportunities.


  • Sales & Recruiting Superpowers: Leveraging Technology to Boost Your Results
  • Turn Technology Tragedy Into Triumph! Digital Transformation Done Right
  • Roundtable Discussion

John Klymshyn



The Klymshyn Method

John Klymshyn (also known as “Coach K”) has advised, coached, and guided Staffing, Search and Recruiting professionals across the US to Exponential Personal and Professionals Growth; within their team, within their specialty, and within their Geographical Area. The sales portion, the leadership portion, the candidate management portion… have all contributed to his works, his stories and his thought process.

John’s impact is found in Executive Communication, Inspirational Language, and practical skills… ranging from a perennial sales mentality to Team Strength thought processes. Beginning his career running a placement desk has stayed with John, as while he often says “It’s all about the language”… his passion  is exploring language, creativity and potential… with people.

The author of multiple books, and the narrator of his own Audio Books, John brings passion, humor, and honesty to every stage.


  • Fireside Chat with John Klymshyn: Leaders. Love. Language.
  • Inspirational Sales Management: Is it a Myth?

Rob Mosley


Managing Partner - Learning and Development

Next Level Exchange

Rob is a Managing Partner for Next Level Exchange, a global learning collaborative dedicated to the Executive Search and Staffing Industry. He comes from MRINetwork™ Corporate where he served as the Chief Learning Officer, responsible for all training and sales development of more than 1,100 offices worldwide.

Rob is a Senior Performance Partner with the Acclivus Corporation, an international performance development company. He has facilitated the Acclivus curriculum on six continents and is part of the Acclivus team responsible for global relationships with companies as diverse as Dell Inc., Accenture, Recruit Holdings Japan, Hitachi Vantara, NASDAQ, Employbridge Staffing, FiServ, Solomon Page, Shell Energy, and Comcast/NBC Universal. Rob is currently a licensed master facilitator for Acclivus Train the Trainer programs worldwide. He is a licensed facilitator for Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Rob holds master certifications in Consultative Selling, Performance Coaching, Advanced Sales Negotiation, Team Effectiveness, and Major Account Planning & Strategy.    


  • Negotiation in a New Era: What's Your Real Value?
  • Four Great Truths - How Clients and Candidates Make Decisions

Jeff Pelliccio


Founder and CEO

Allied Insight

Founder of Allied Insight and Fractional CMO, Jeff Pelliccio has 15 years of experience in business development and 10 years of marketing implementation in staffing to support corporate initiatives, brand optimization, and lead generation. Inspired by brand and driven by data, as a Growth Marketing Expert he helps staffing firms leverage marketing best practices throughout their ecosystem and tech stack to bolster more predictable scalability.

  • Exceeding New Consumer Expectations
  • Over-Tech'd and Underprepared: Organizational Agility
  • New Processes and Immediate Adoption: Evergreen Development & Multi-department Benefit
  • Roundtable Discussion

David Searns



Haley Marketing

David Searns is Co-CEO of Haley Marketing, a web design and recruitment marketing firm that focuses exclusively on the staffing and recruiting industries.

For the past 26 years, David and his team have helped staffing companies to stand out from the competition, improve recruiting response, increase sales productivity, and stay top-of-mind with employers and talent. Haley Marketing and their sister company Recruiters Websites offer website design, blogging and social media, job advertising management, email & direct mail marketing, SEO and PPC, reputation management, strategy development and creative services.

Prior to forming Haley Marketing, David was Director of Marketing for a Western New York temporary staffing and direct placement service. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's in Management Information Systems from Clarkson University.


  • Level Up Your Client Marketing - 10 Strategies to Attract, Convert and Retain More Clients
  • Roundtable Discussion


  • Level Up Your Client Marketing
  • Roundtable Discussion

William Tarnow


Chair of Labor & Employment Group

Neal Gerber Eisenberg

William J. Tarnow II is chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and represents and counsels companies and management in all facets of business and employment law and employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Bill has litigated a variety of disputes, ranging from trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants and breach of contract disputes, to claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under various statutes such as Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA in venues around the country. Bill also has defended a number of employers in both single-plaintiff and class action cases involving wage and hour / overtime pay claims under both state and federal laws.

Bill regularly makes presentations on a variety of employment law issues, both to individual employers directly and to large groups in seminar settings. He serves as a speaker in the PLI Employment Law Program on topics such as whistleblowing and retaliation lawsuits. Bill regularly publishes articles and presents seminars and training on a variety of employment issues, and he has been contributing author to multiple Illinois editions of The Law Guide.


  • Staffing Industry 2023 Legislative Horizon: What You Need to Know

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky



Disaster Avoidance Experts

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky helps tech and insurance executives drive collaboration, innovation, and retention in hybrid work. He serves as the CEO of the boutique future-of-work consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts, which which helps organizations adopt a hybrid-first culture, instead of incrementally improving on the traditional office-centric culture.

A best-selling author of seven books, Dr. Gleb's expertise comes from his research and teaching background as a cognitive scientist studying the behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience of future-proofing, strategic decision making and planning, and cognitive bias risk management strategy in business and other contexts.

Gleb earned his PhD in the History of Behavioral Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, his M.A. at Harvard University in 2004, and his B.A. at New York University in 2002. He spent over 15 years in academia, including 7 years as a professor at the Ohio State University and before that a Fellow and Lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His dozens of peer-reviewed academic publications have appeared in several well-respected scholarly journals. He lives in Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) and in his free time, he makes sure to spend abundant quality time with his wife to avoid his personal life turning into a disaster.


  • The Benefits of Hybrid and Remote Work for Staffing Professionals to Recruit Talent and to Manage Your Internal Teams
  • Defeating the Four Horsemen of the Mandated Return to Office for Staffing Firms: Employee Resistance, Attrition, Quiet Quitting, and Loss of DEI
  • Roundtable Discussion

Mark Winter



WinSource Group


  • Account Management for Staffing
  • Taking Control of Turnover
  • Roundtable Discussion

Midwest Staffing Conference May 22-23, 2019

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Conference!

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