ESIX Chicago 05-07-19
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ESIX Chicago 05-07-19

Our regular Midwest ESIX Member Roundtable Meeting.

When: May 7, 2019
Coffee at 9:30am, meeting starts at 10am; meeting adjourns at 3:30pm
Where: Stryker Chicago Office
350 N Orleans St.
Suite 650S
Chicago, Illinois  60654
United States
Presenter: Simon Mullins
Contact: Simon Mullins

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Host: Rick Zalewski, Stryker, 350 N Orleans St., Suite 650S, Chicago, IL 60654


9:30 am          Continental Breakfast

10:00 am        Meeting begins/Member Roundtable

                        Executive Recruiting at Stryker

Not only is Stryker an organization which has an amazing mission-driven story, but it is also on multiple ‘Great Place to Work’ and ‘Top Company’ lists around the world on a regular basis. In addition, Stryker is a double-digit growth, results-driven organization with a strong culture of corporate responsibility and a history of giving back to society. With this as a backdrop, the company’s Director of Executive Talent Acquisition, Rick Zalewski, will share with us his journey building the function from the ground up, and his plans as it grows into a strategic, global operation worthy of the company’s impressive brand.

11:30 am        Break

11:45 am        TalentProfile: A Hybrid Talent Discovery Model

We are joined by Paul Warner of member Henry Ford Health Systems, who, along with David Kochanek of, will share with us a case study on what could potentially be a model for executive search industry disruption. Their ‘hybrid’ model, based on targeted marketing and a proprietary network, purports to bring qualified candidates to the table for a fraction of the cost of traditional search firms.                     

12:45 pm        Lunch

1.30 pm          Roundtable Discussion: Participant-chosen topic

                        News Roundup

2:15 pm          Break

2:30 pm          Big Data in Executive Recruiting – an Oxymoron?

Most organizations’ corporate executive recruiting functions do not have enough data to make real use of the possibilities of Big Data, let alone AI or Machine Learning. Only some can do this, and only then by using their high-volume staffing data. However, there is one organization that has enough scale in the leadership recruiting space to be able to study patterns and discern usable insights: Korn Ferry. A few years ago, Raghav Singh joined the company as their Director of Reporting and Analytics to build this function, and has agreed to share with us where data science is intersecting with our world of leadership recruiting, and where he thinks it might lead.

3:30 pm          Adjourn