SixDegrees In The Land Down Under: AustralAsian Talent Conference April 14th

REGISTER HERE to ATTEND the AustralAsian Talent Conference

SixDegrees Hits Sydney Australia

  • Pre-Conference Day - Monday, 14 April 2008
  • Conference Day 1 - Tuesday, 15 April 2008
  • Conference Day 2 - Wednesday, 16 April 2009
  • Where: Sydney Hilton, 488 George Street, Sydney 2000
    The Australasian Talent Conference program in Sydney is packed with cutting edge thinkers like Kevin Wheeler, who have already started making recruitment technology work for them.

    The Conference will also provide you with a unique opportunity to meet the recruitment industry’s best technology vendors. See how you can put the theory - learned in each of the sessions - into practice.

    To register for the Conference, please visit the Australasia Talent Conference website. Alternatively, call Conference Coordinator, Trevor Vas, on 03 9347 1164.

    Recruitment technology exhibitors at the Conference will include companies such as: Pageup People, Taleo, HRsmart, Vurv, Kenexa, Onetest, Talent Technologies,, HRX, and CVmail e-recruitment solutions.

    Other exhibitors present include the likes of:, Alexander Mann Solutions, Adcorp, Arbita, Advertising Energy Group, Hudson Managed Services, HCMS, InsideJob, People Pulse, LinkRecruitment, SHL, Specialist News, Six Figures, Recruitment Super, Pearson, Psychological Assessment Australia and Workforce Planning Systems.

    Click to view the program of three jam-packed days to look forward to. Note: there is a generous bulk discount for multiple registrations from the same organisation.

Speakers Include:

Speakers Include:
Carol Mahoney

Carol Mahoney is VP of Yahoo! Talent Acquisition and Mobility; she joined in late 2003 to help advance the talent agenda for the Internet giant in anticipation of hyper growth. She has leveraged her 20+ years of staffing experience to build a formidable talent acquisition machine for Yahoo! that has produced over 10,000 high profile hires over the past three years. Carol has held a variety of HR leadership positions as well as provided subject matter consulting for companies like Intuit Inc., Pro-Quest Inc., Synopsys Inc., Digital Equipment Corporation, and Advanced Micro Devices. In the late 90's, Carol combined efforts with Gardner Consulting to create and deliver "Guerilla Recruiting", a hands-on workshop geared at helping high-growth companies compete in the war for talent. Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University.
Rob McIntosh

Rob is a Senior Recruiting Leader and Strategist with 12+ years of Global Recruitment experience primarily focused on building world class Sourcing Organizations. His expertise covers Aggressive and Creative Sourcing Strategies; Talent Relationship Management (TRM/CRM) programs and Solutions; Full 'Cradle to Grave' Sourcing/Recruiting metrics and benchmarking; International Sourcing (off shoring, in-sourcing & outsourcing). He is constantly looked to by leaders both in the US and internationally for new, creative and ground breaking ideas to help identify and pipeline talent to meet current and future business demand. Rob started his recruiting career in Sydney Australia as a third party recruiter before relocating to Canada in 1999 and ultimately ended up running National Recruitment for Microsoft Canada. He relocated to Microsoft HQ in Seattle where he was responsible for designing and architecting the Technical Central Sourcing organization where he hired and led a team of sourcing luminaries such as Shally Steckerl, Jim Stroud and Glenn Gutmacher. Rob currently leads the Deloitte Sourcing Organization supporting all the lines of business across the US to help identify passive talent against current and future demand.
Prior to finding his passion in recruiting and sourcing, he spent many years in software/hardware sales and originally started his career as a COBOL/PRG Computer Programmer/Operator, where even today you can still find him using his technical skills to assess and evaluate the latest sourcing and research technology. In his spare time between raising three lovely children and spending time with his wife landscaping and gardening, you will find him applying his deep Boolean Syntax knowledge to uncover had to find talent in the deep corners of the web for fun.
John Younger

For over 20 years, John's passion to dramatically improve how people and jobs find each other has drawn upon his deep understanding of technology, the recruitment process and a core belief that everyone deserves courtesy and respect. This idea is central to Accolo's vision, methods, and communications which John founded in 2000. Accolo, Inc. ( is an innovator in networking-based Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). Accolo was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States (2007 Inc 500), the fastest growing private company in the San Francisco Bay Area (2006), won the 2005 Recruitment Process Outsourcer of the Year Award and is a founding member of the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association ( John was Resumix user #2 in 1988 and established the first Vendor on Premises for both Bank of America and Olsten Corporation in 1992. He was an early adopter of Internet recruiting with the On-Line Career Center (to later become Monster) in 1993, and was user #4 while running his Venture Talent recruitment Agency in 1998. John's vision for a completely outsourced staffing solution led him to found y/net in January 1996. After a successful launch of y/net, TriNet acquired John and his company in November 1996 where he remained until December 1999. TriNet was one of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest growing companies in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. From 1987 to 1994, John was the Vice President of Human Resources for Bank of America where he led technical recruitment for an organization of 16,000 people. John earned a degree from Notre Dame in Mathematics and Computer Science and is a former member of the Unites States National (Olympic) Rowing Team.
Kevin Wheeler

Kevin is one of the initiators of this event, a globally known speaker, author, teacher and consultant in human capital acquisition and development, as well as in corporate education. Kevin started his own company Global Learning Resources in 1998 out of his passionate belief that organizations need a more powerful and thoughtful architecture for talent than they have. At Global Learning Resources Kevin has worked with clients such as Sun Microsystems, Eli Lilly and PricewaterhouseCoopers to develop comprehensive talent acquisition processes and procedures. After a 25 year career in corporate America serving as the Senior Vice President for Staffing and Workforce Development at the Charles Schwab Corporation, the Vice President of Human Resources for Alphatec Electronics, Inc. in Thailand, and in a variety of human resources roles at National Semiconductor Corporation, Kevin had firsthand knowledge of the need for better strategies and approaches to finding, developing and retaining people. Kevin is also the author of numerous articles on human resource development, career development, recruiting, and on establishing corporate universities. He is a frequent speaker at conferences. He writes a weekly Internet column on recruiting and staffing, which can be found at, and pens a monthly column for Corporate University News magazine. He serves as adjunct faculty at San Jose State University, the University of San Francisco and on the business faculty at San Francisco State University.
Trevor Vas

Trevor has worked in the Recruitment, Information Technology and the Finance industries in various professional consulting roles. He is a recognised leader in human capital management for large organisations and is an active speaker at industry conferences in Australia and New Zealand. In his previous role, Trevor was the Managing Director of an Australasian consultancy business that consulted and operated Managing Vendors at many of Australia's and New Zealand's largest organisations. Since the establishment of HCMS, Trevor has consulted to BHP, Coles Myer, Crown Casino, ASB Bank and Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards in relation their enterprise recruitment models including Recruitment Technology, Recruitment Processes, Preferred Recruitment Supplier Agreements and implementing and optimising Recruitment Centres. Trevor is a subject matter expert in Recruitment Technology and Resource Management and has assisted many organisations to improve their effectiveness in these areas.
Heather Hamilton

Heather Hamilton manages Microsoft Staffing's central team responsible for marketing candidate generation, research and community. In this role, she leads Microsoft's efforts to build a pipeline of qualified marketing talent and creates strategies aimed at delivering the industry's best talent to Microsoft's hiring teams via prospect research and community building programs. Aside from managing a talented team of staffing professionals, Heather is probably best known as a blogger. She is a requested speaker on topics related to candidate outreach and community building and her blog, One Louder, has resulted in significant press interest including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Fast Company. Heather has worked in the staffing industry since 1994 and has been with Microsoft since 1999 in a variety of staffing roles. Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked in finance and technical recruiting. Heather graduated With a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California as a member of one of the nation's top-rated entrepreneur programs. Heather is an enthusiastic college football fan (Go Trojans!) and spends her free time reading, gardening or at the gym. Heather lives outside Seattle with her dog.
Dr Simon Moss

Dr Simon Moss is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychological Medicine at Monash University. His primary research interest concerns how characteristics of organizations and societies, such as leadership, influence the psychological processes of individuals, such as their mood, creativity, intuition, engagement, honesty, and altruism. To investigate these issues, he has published a broad range of articles in the fields of leadership, personality, motivation, integrity, perception, attention, and stress. He is an author of "The Science of Management: Fighting fads and fallacies with evidence-based practices. Dr Moss is also a cofounder of Zenith Professional Development, a company that has collated every scientific discovery that contradicts prevailing management beliefs and practices. Using this database, he has developed a tool that identifies misconceptions in management. In addition, he has presented training programs to all levels of management-across a broad range of industries-that are designed to redress these misconceptions.
Shally Steckerl

Shally Steckerl is a talent acquisition consultant, strategist, and speaker originally from Colombia, South America, now residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Shally is the Founder and Chief CyberSleuth of JobMachine, Inc. the premier provider of Sourcing Consulting Services and Workforce Development. Shally has diverse international experience building centralized recruitment models for Fortune 500 companies. During his time with Microsoft he managed the research arm of their global centralized sourcing and research team. Prior to that he has consulted in the development of teams at leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Dell, Disney, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Cisco Systems, and Motorola and many others. With his passion for the Internet as a recruitment tool and his continually innovative methods, Shally has developed a reputation as an authority in Internet search, and a pioneer in recruitment research. An accomplished author and celebrated speaker, Shally is a frequent contributor to many industry publications and is consistently invited to present at leading domestic and international recruiting conferences. He consults with organizations interested in building global passive candidate pipeline generation teams and developing their advanced sourcing skills. He is the author of the award winning blog, CyberSleuthing!.
Dave Mendoza

Dave Mendoza, Author of the distinguished recruitment blog is a Principle at Dave Mendoza & Associates, Inc., a Master CyberSleuth, and an Affiliate Partner of Shally Steckerl's JobMachine Inc. He is one of the top 50 networkers worldwide on Linkedin with over 12,000+ connections, and a reach of over 8.5 Million by 3rd degree.

Dave's recruitment blog spotlights HR industry leaders, sourcing gurus, global staffing practices and social networking. It was recently honored with 3 awards:'s "Best Overall Recruitment Blog of 2007" & "Best Recruitment Industry Blog of 2007, and HireAbility's "Best Recruitment Blog of 2007." In addition, it was listed #3 out of 25 of the best blogs of 2007 by His site also received most votes for Best Recruitment blog of 2006 at

Dave has been active in the staffing conference circuit. He served as a Moderator for a Three Part webinar series and oversaw a panel on behalf of Kennedy Information/ Expo on the topic of Blogging for Talent, Branding and Web 2.0 Relationships, in addition to having Co-Presented at both an Kennedy Expo workshop ("A Sourcing Guru's Guide To Hacking Linkedin") in Las Vegas and ERE in San Diego as a workshop Co-Presenter, "Master's Session, Advanced Sourcing." He also contributed training on Advanced Sourcing workshops as an Affiliate Partner with Shally Steckerl's JobMachine Inc., the industry's foremost provider of Passive Talent research methods. Few in the recruiting business take "networking" more seriously or pursue it more passionately. Dave is a leading advocate for building aggressive talent pipelines and research capabilities while maintaining substantive social networking relationships.
Keith Dugdale

Keith joined the global professional services firm KPMG in 1999. Keith was initially KPMG's UK Director of Graduate Recruitment and in 2003 became their overall Director of Recruitment and Resourcing. In 2007 Keith became Director of Global Recruitment with responsibility for developing and delivering KPMG's global recruitment strategy. The global network of KPMG member firms currently recruits more than 30,000 new hires per year. Prior to joining KPMG, Keith spent 20 years in the University sector in the UK as Director of the Careers Services at Manchester and Strathclyde. Keith is a former President of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and Board Director of the Association of Graduate Recruiters. He is therefore uniquely well positioned to talk about the interface between employment and education. and his publications include ‘What do Graduates Do?' and ‘Beyond First Degree'. Keith is a regular international speaker on recruitment strategy and best practice and has consistently championed innovative recruitment solutions as a source of competitive advantage.
Marlene Strawson

Marlene Strawson joined Yellow Pages Group as HR Director from the Bank of New Zealand in July 2007 with 15 years' experience in human resources and general management. At BNZ Marlene played a key role in reducing employee turnover to an industry leading 13%, as well as significantly reducing costs through establishing an in-house recruitment model. Marlene also developed the bank's employer brand and a workforce planning strategy, and introduced customised psychometric testing tools. In 2006 she was named BNZ's senior manager of the year for outstanding leadership and delivery of exceptional business results. Marlene has worked in HR roles in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand and overseas, including local authorities, health and disability providers telecommunications and finance. She has held a number of training roles including lecturing positions at the Auckland College of Education and Auckland University of Technology.
Dr Carlos A Raimundo

>Dr Raimundo's extensive experience in the fields of business, philosophy, medicine, theology, psychiatry and education enables him to integrate his knowledge and skills into all levels of society. He is as much at home coaching the General Secretary of the OEA in strategic management as he is with counselling indigenous people on the South Pacific Island of Kiribati. Carlos is currently researching the topic of Behavioural Modification in Leadership and Neurophysiology as part of his PhD. Dr Raimundo's vision is to assist as many people as he can to gain insight, understanding and the means to enhance their relationships in all areas of their personal and working lives. He does this by integrating his relational model into all avenues of their work, including his private practice, giving individuals the means to achieve personal satisfaction and lasting fulfilment. He sees his role as one of facilitator and guide. He is well respected for his skills in effectively improving communication and relationships by using easy, practical steps that can bypass language barriers, beliefs, age and cultural constructs. His success and ability with both intra and inter-personal communications is reflected in his wide client base which include: AMP; Westpac; BHP; IBM; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Merck, Sharp and Dohme; Qantas, and Telstra. Dr Raimundo is visiting lecturer at universities throughout the world and is renowned for his charismatic style and ability to inspire others. He attends international conferences giving keynote speeches, seminars and training sessions. These educational activities are based on his extensive research and recently published book; "Relationship Capital". His education in Argentina, USA, Australia and Europe gives him a sound understanding of how to deal with critical issues. Dr. Raimundo's work and training is very much aligned with the needs of today's ever changing society and as much as such has been awarded the Innovative Award by the American Society of Psychodrama New York 2004. His Play of Life model and Strategic Relationship Management techniques offer effective and achievable methods of obtainng and sustaining meaningful relationships and fulfilling lives.
Lisa Sibbald

Lisa had 14 years Global Human Resources experience working for BHP Billiton in Australia, New Zealand, Houston, Chile, Singapore and London. Initially trained in Business, Lisa moved into HR with BHP after 3 years post graduate experience. She worked in the Transport and Logistics, Petroleum and Corporate Groups of BHP which later became BHP Billiton. During this time Lisa held generalist HR Consulting through to Leadership roles managing the full range of HR activities and in particular developed a deep working knowledge of remuneration, workforce planning and resource management practices. In Lisa's last role with BHPB she managed a global Resource Planning Project which involved a review of all BHPB major projects, to identify the critical resourcing risk areas and the subsequent mitigating action program. Lisa left BHPB in June 2006 to take up a role as National Manager Resourcing with Origin Energy based in Melbourne. This was a newly created position for Origin which was instigated to focus on identifying and managing the critical resourcing risks facing the organisation. Since July 2006, Lisa has implemented a Resource Planning and Recruitment function, including the associated people, models, policies, processes and systems. In addition Lisa has established key attraction, retention and skills development initiatives across the Origin business.
Faye Luxton

Faye is the Manager Group Recruitment at the ASB Bank. Prior to taking up this role she specialised in business process re-engineering and implemented a number of HR processes and systems that have improved business performance for the bank. Faye has brought this experience into the Recruitment Centre and achieved great results. Since taking over the recruitment centre 2 years ago she has, increased productivity by 50%, reduced time to hire by 29%, reduced cost per hire by 47%, and importantly, increased customer satisfaction and employee engagement. Now that the efficiency gains have been realised, Faye is moving the centre into the next stage of the evolution by joining with Learning & Development and HR consulting to ensure processes and systems across all these areas work together to provide proactive talent management rather than isolated reactive transactional employee activity.
Brett Minchington

Brett Minchington MBA, is the Managing Director of Collective Learning Australia and co-founding partner of the Employer Brand Institute. Specializing in employer brand auditing, research, strategy and publishing, Brett has most recently consulted to and shared best practice with firms in Australia, NZ, Singapore, Italy and London. Brett's thought leadership in employer branding led him to author "Your Employer Brand attract-engage-retain," the first book on the topic by an Australian author and second in the world. Brett has also written for a number of HR and Management publications on employer branding including ERE Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership (USA), HR Professional (Canada), Human Resource Magazine (Aust), Human Capital Magazine (Aust), Human Resources Magazine (NZ), Personnel Today (UK) and Executive Grapevine (UK). He is also an adjunct teacher at University of South Australia in Marketing and has a keen interest in exploring how organisations are strengthening their employer brand within Universities by collaborating to maximise employment outcomes for graduates and business. This is the focus of Brett's forthcoming book, "University means Business."
Colin Beames

Colin Beames, Director of the WRDI Institute, is a corporate psychologist, with an engineering degree and an MBA. In his first career life, Colin worked as an engineer in senior management and consulting roles, in the construction and resources sectors. In the early 90's, he made a mid-life career change to organisational psychology. He has developed and commercialised the Workplace Relationship Development Indicator (WRDI®) -a diagnostic employee engagement and retention survey tool. TheWRDI®, which is based on a model of the psychological contract (or employer / employee relationship), provides a basis for structuring, measuring, diagnosing and aligning differentiated employment propositions (or "deals") and relationships, for various workforce segments throughout an organisation. The Institute provides services in the areas of human capital condition and risk reporting, employment strategies, workforce segmentation, workforce engagement / alignment, retention (including key talent), and career development. It has a national network accredited consultants.
Stan Relihan

Stan Relihan is a Headhunter & Recruiter based in Sydney, Australia, with over 10 years experience in Executive Search & Recruitment for the ICT, Sales & Marketing and Management Consulting industries. With a background in Advertising & Media, he was involved in the genesis of Internet & Broadband in Australia. Asia Pacific's most-connected LinkedIn user (and in the Top 50 worldwide), Stan also is the host of The Connections Show, one of the world's most popular business podcasts - and an acknowledged expert in Web 2.0 & Social Networking.
Kristle Wedrat

Kristle Wedrat has been working in the attraction, branding & recruitment sector for 8 years. She joined Alcan in 2004 to work on Alcan's Third Stage Expansion project, sourcing talent for one of Australia's largest resources projects, employing over 5000 people across Australia and South-East Asia. Kristle then transitioned into developing and managing Alcan Careers, an in-house, centralised resourcing and mobilisation function for Alcan's businesses in the Pacific region. Establishing an effective brand, "The Distinctive Nature of Alcan - the Alcan DNA", Alcan's profile as a recognised employer has significantly grown in the Australian market over the past 3 years. In developing and launching planA, Alcan's pacific student and graduate program, Kristle has brought Alcan to the next generation of employees. The program has innovatively employed online technology to engage students and provide them with a deeper insight into the corporate world. Prior to joining Alcan, Kristle worked for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was involved in growing the organisations in-house capabilities which included stronger branding for BMA as an ‘Employer of Choice' and the selection & implementation of BHP Billiton's Global eRecruitment tool. Kristle began her career in the recruitment sector in the United Kingdom, later relocating back to Australia where she joined Hudson Resources (formally TMP Worldwide) working in external sourcing on key accounts.

Jane Davis and Emma Kelly

Jane Davis and Emma Kelly have found their dream jobs in the Talent Team at The Warehouse. They are responsible for everything to do with Talent: attraction and employer branding, sourcing, recruitment, talent identification, talent development, engagement and retention. They are exceptionally lucky to have huge scope to try innovative new ideas, a tremendously supportive CEO and GM of HR, and the opportunity to have a significant impact on the business.

Jane has been the Talent Manager at The Warehouse for the past two years. She started her career as a psychologist in the Royal New Zealand Airforce and moved on to consulting when she realised that she wasn't very good at marching, saluting or firing sub-machine guns. She has spent most of the past 15 years as a consulting psychologist to many of New Zealand's largest corporates, while also raising two little boys. She is passionate about everything to do with talent management and loves growing others in her team to be the best they can be.

Emma job shares the Talent Advisor role, while looking after her daughter 2 days a week. She works on projects which focus on helping The Warehouse to attract, recruit, develop and retain the best possible people. Emma has previously held senior HR management positions in some of NZ's largest organisations, including Fletcher Building, Carter Holt Harvey, Sky City and Air New Zealand. Prior to working in HR, Emma worked in recruitment in New Zealand and the UK.

Danielle Murdolo

Danielle is a Senior Account Executive at Buchan Consulting, a leading corporate communication firm in Australia. She consults to a number of national and global companies across the HR, recruitment and financial services space, devising and implementing their corporate communication and media relations strategies. Some of her current clients include the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA), Mercer, Right Management and AFIC (Australian Foundation Listed Investment Company). Danielle is currently developing Buchan's ‘new media' strategy and has recently completed her thesis exploring the degree to which corporate Australia is embracing ‘interactive' communication platforms such as online forums and blogs. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (PR) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Relations at RMIT University, and has previously worked for a range of consumer and commercial companies, including Family Business Australia, Pedestrian Council of Australia, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Mattel.
Sylvia Vorhauser

Sylvia Vorhauser operates as the General Manager, Consulting of PageUp People, the experienced leaders in talent management solutions. As the General Manager, Consulting, Sylvia is responsible for overseeing all of PageUp People's consulting operations globally.
With over 18 years experience in Finance and Human Resources, Sylvia has held senior corporate roles at both Citibank and Westpac. Sylvia was also previously the Director of talent management consultancy, Talent Edge. Sylvia's HR skills have been leveraged on projects ranging from business restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, strategic integration and the design and implementation of psychometric and behaviourally based assessment methods. Sylvia has supplemented her Bachelor of Business qualifications with accreditation in project management, assessment centre design and assessment training & facilitation.
Martin Cerullo and Bridgette Di Ferdinando

Martin Cerullo is the Director of Resourcing Communications at AMS. Martin has spent the last six years working for Euro RSCG Worldwide, one of the world's largest global advertising groups. As a board director of the Riley division, Martin was responsible for two advertising agencies as well as the development of strategic services such as employer branding, diversity and digital recruitment. Martin is an expert on employer brand thinking and has worked internationally with clients including Airbus, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, T-Mobile, BP and BA. Martin joined AMS in December 2006, with responsibility for AMS's employer branding, advertising and communication services.

Bridgette Di Ferdinando is the Director for Asia Pacific, supporting AMS's strategy and growth agenda in the region. Bridgette has spent the last six years working for IBM Business Consulting Services where she worked in the HR Business Transformation and Outsourcing group . As a Managing Consultant, Bridgette was responsible for developing and commercialising solutions for clients in Europe and Asia Pacific across the full breadth of HR Services. Bridgette is an expert on Human Capital Management, complex HR transformation and outsourcing and has worked internationally with clients including Kodak, Lenovo, Colgate-Palmolive, Dana Corp, P&G, Unilever and Volvo. Bridgette has authored white papers addressing Talent Management issues in Business Continuity and Alternative concepts in designing Employee Self Service for HR. Bridgette joined AMS in January 2007.

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Comment by Rob McIntosh on March 19, 2008 at 2:03pm
Dave - Love to catch up and buy you a Redback, XXXX or Tooheys New in some of my old stomping grounds when I am in town


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