Recruit Illini

Recruiter's Forum 2024The Recruiter’s Forum is meticulously crafted to empower recruiters with innovative strategies and solutions for enhanced student engagement. It serves as a nexus for employers to exchange insights, fostering a collaborative environment that elevates recruiting practices, especially at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Attendees will immerse themselves in a dynamic ecosystem, gaining access to optimized recruiting tools and building meaningful relationships across the University.


Equity is an essential element for employers seeking to build diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams. Upholding equitable practices involves granting equal opportunities to all, regardless of a candidate’s background, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. This not only cultivates fairness but also unlocks the potential of a more extensive talent pool, resulting in enhanced innovation and the introduction of fresh new perspectives.

8:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Jordari Rene, Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Professional Connections, The Career Center
Un Yeong Park, Associate Director, Professional Connections and Assessment, The Career Center; Chair, Career Services Community, UIUC

9:30 a.m. Welcome to UIUC: Campus Insights
-Learn about Illinois student enrollment, demographics, Illini Success, and employer engagement.
 Brian Neighbors,  Associate Director of Student Experience, School of Labor and Employer Relations

10:00 a.m. Morning Keynote Panel: Equity Beyond Outcomes brought to you by the Office of Corporate Relations

10:20 a.m. Career Services Showcase
-Explore the array of employer resources by our career service partners from various colleges and campus units. Tables will be open until 10:40 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Let’s Be Real— Crafting Authentic Recruiting Practices and Insights
 Angel Foster, Director of System Human Resource Services, University of Illinois Systems 

Session 2: Hiring and Preparations for a Virtual Work Environment
 Kyle Carmack, HR Manager, M&A and International Strategy, Zillow 

Session 3: The Destigmatization of International Student Recruitment
Speaker TBA

11:40 a.m. Student-led Career Services Panel
-Gain valuable insights and perspectives on career services and employer engagement from Illinois students representing LAS, Grainger, iSchool, LER, ACES, and Gies.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Session 4: Building a Culture the Drives Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Workforce
Jeanne Kramer, Director of the Autism Program/Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative, Family Resiliency Center at ACES 

Session 5: A.I. Ethics—Emerging Technology for Recruitment Needs
Dr. Haylee Min, Assistant Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations

2:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Katie Gaebel, Ph.D., Director of People and Culture, cfm Distributors Inc. 

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Jordari Rene, Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Professional Connections, The Career Center

Registration information is available at 2024 Recruiter's Forum Registration. For more information, contact Jordari Rene at