SOURCE: The Talent Board

The Talent Board

June 29, 2011 10:00 ET

The Talent Board Announces Stellar Lineup of Judges for The Candidate Experience Awards and Extends Submission Deadline to July 15, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2011) - The Talent Board, a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience, today announced the panel of independent judges who will select the winners of the First Annual North American Candidate Experience Awards (C&E Awards). The judges include: Tom Becker, vice president of recruiting for Experis; China Gorman, human capital management expert; Libby Sartain, former chief human resources officer at Yahoo! Inc. and Southwest Airlines; Mark Stelzner, founder of Inflexion Advisors; and Sarah White, human resources and talent management technology strategist.

Due to overwhelming response, the Talent Board is extending the submission deadline for the first phase of the award process to July 15, 2011. Designed for North American companies, the Candidate Experience Awards competition consists of three survey rounds that are designed to evaluate and recognize organizations that produce outstanding candidate experiences. Round one comprises a 40-question survey that is designed to capture and evaluate the nominated company's recruitment processes and practices driving the candidate experience. Each applicant will receive specific survey feedback on how their candidate experience compares to the other applicants. There is no fee to participate in the survey. All Candidate Experience winners will be celebrated at a banquet ceremony held during the 2011 HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas.

"We are thrilled to welcome this panel of credible, distinguished judges who were selected based on their experience and their ability to represent different generations. With the number of surveys and positive responses we have received already, the benchmark data that participants will receive as a by-product of the survey will be extremely useful for companies looking to improve their candidate experience. Now, it will be up to our esteemed judges to determine who will receive 'C&E with Distinction' honors," stated Gerry Crispin, Principal and Chief Navigator at CareerXroads and Board Member of the Talent Board.

"After working with tens of thousands of the underemployed and unemployed over the past few years, one of the most common questions posed is, 'Why has my application fallen into a black hole?'. The Candidate Experience Awards provide an opportunity to reward those who ensure that candidates are treated with the respect and transparency they rightfully deserve. I am honored to be part of a program that heralds those organizations who recognize that there is value to be gained by true engagement with both passive and active candidates," commented Mark Stelzner, founder of Inflexion Advisors and JobAngels.

About China Gorman
A global business leader experienced in managing high performing for-profit and non-profit organizations in the competitive human capital management marketplace, China Gorman has served most recently as Chief Global Member Engagement Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Gorman has earned a strong reputation for recruiting, developing and retaining diverse, world-class talent. She has served as president of North America at DBM, Inc., president of Lee Hecht Harrison, LLC, and executive vice president of Drake Beam Morin. Gorman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and drama from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

About Libby Sartain
After a distinguished 30-year career in human resources, Libby Sartain is now an active business advisor and board member for several leading companies and start-ups. As chief human resources officer of both Yahoo! Inc. and Southwest Airlines, Sartain led significant business transformation initiatives and guided global human resources efforts focusing on attracting, retaining and developing employees. Both Yahoo! and Southwest were listed on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and the Fortune 500 during her tenure. Sartain currently serves on the Board of Directors of Peet's Coffee and Tea, Inc., as well as Manpower Inc. Sartain holds an MBA from the University of North Texas and a BBA from Southern Methodist University.

About Mark Stelzner
Mark Stelzner is the founder of Inflexion Advisors, applying more than 16 years of experience in the implementation of internal and external HR transformational initiatives for public and private sector clientele worldwide. Over his career, Stelzner has brought more than $3.0 billion worth of value to his clients and employers. A highly sought after voice in the industry, Stelzner founded JobAngels, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to helping people get back to work one person at a time. In early 2011, JobAngels merged with Hiring for Hope, a nationally recognized 501(c)3 dedicated to providing free services to job seekers. Stelzner is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

About Sarah White
With more than 10 years in the human resources and talent management technology space, Sarah White, principal analyst, Talent Acquisition, Bersin & Associates, focuses her time on collaborating with clients to drive innovative technology and next media strategies for HR (Talent Management) SaaS vendors & corporate HR departments. White's career has been dedicated to developing and guiding realistic strategies for corporate clients and HCM vendors looking to be true revolutionaries in the marketplace. Well-known in the online human resource and social media circles as the online personality @ImSoSarah, White is a recognized influencer, industry connector and web entrepreneur who has been named #2 on's Top 11 People to Watch for 2011. She holds a bachelor of arts in speech communications.

About Tom Becker
Tom Becker is vice president of recruiting for Experis' North American operations. Experis is part of ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions. In his role, Becker is responsible for recruiting strategy and execution to build a world-class recruiting organization. Prior to Experis, he served as senior vice president of recruiting at COMSYS, leading the company's recruiting, employment branding and the consultant experience organizations. Becker also has held recruiting and staffing leadership positions at Bank of America and Keane, Inc. He has extensive experience leading large recruiting and change management organizations. Becker received his bachelor's degree in social science from Northeastern University in Boston.

More About The Talent Board
The Talent Board is a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. The organization, awards program and its sponsors are dedicated to recognizing the candidate experience offered by companies through the entire recruitment cycle, and to forever changing the manner in which job candidates are treated. More information can be accessed at