Help Wanted: Hunting High & Low for Digital Talent
Everyone is looking for digital talent these days, from established tech firms, startups, advertising agencies to the biggest corporations. The ever-broadening makeup of the attendees of SXSW is a huge indicator of this. There’s a bigger crossover of technology and marketing than ever before. In many ways, we are all looking for the same talent. And it’s not just developers. We look for highly conceptual people who can come up with amazing ideas and inventions. As a result, creative technologists, digital strategists, designers and writers are in high demand. In this panel, recruiters from a variety of firms will discuss who they look for and how they find that talent. How can we improve our pipeline and process? Where are there new places to look? How can the talent make themselves easy to find? Are schools keeping up with the demand? This panel will be for companies and jobseekers alike, a look behind the curtain of how the matchmaking of employer and employee happens.
Barbara brings more than seven years of industry experience from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Saatchi and Saatchi, EVB and AKQA with degrees in art direction and copywriting from the Miami Ad School and Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University. While at CP+B, Barbara contributed to the development and expansion of its interactive department from five to over 200 employees. Barbara also helped to build the team that led the agency to secure their first Interactive Agency of the Year award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
Today, Barbara works at Ogilvy where she helps to bring in top creative talent. She also sits on the Interactive Advisory Board of Creative Circus. Barbara currently lives in NYC, spends lots of time in Miami, and has been known to give job hunting advice on Twitter @btejada.
Ben, a New York City-based interaction designer + hacker, co-founded Lean Startup Machine. He has more than a decade of experience working with award-winning companies including Volkswagen, Burger King, Disney, and the innovation design leaders at IDEO. Ben helps companies identify their best ideas and bring them to fruition.
His entrepreneurial work has been featured in Forbes, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, Harvard's Nieman Lab, and on ABC World News.
I'm a passionate problem solver with an entrepreneurial bent.
Jami is a Senior Design Recruiter with Playdom/Disney. Prior to this she worked at Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo! where she focused on hiring Product and UX Designers. Jami has helped companies face their biggest challenges and hurdles in identifying, enticing and hiring design talent.
Lionel is Director of Creative Recruiting at Deutsch Los Angeles, a leading integrated communications agency.
Prior to joining Deutsch, he was Director of Creative Recruiting at AKQA San Francisco. He started his career as an advertising copywriter at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
Lionel is an unabashed cat person and thinks you should be one too.
Winston Binch is Partner and Chief Digital Officer at Deutsch LA, where he’s responsible for agency-wide digital strategy and vision, operations, and business and invention development. Prior to Deutsch, he worked at CP+B as Partner/Managing Director, where he led digital and worked on brands like Burger King, Domino's, Best Buy, and American Express. His work has been recognized with awards, such as Cyber Lions, Andys, and Clios. In 2011, Winston was also named one of media’s top 25 Internet marketing leaders and innovators. Before joining CP+B, he worked at R/GA on the Nike account, and played guitar in a math rock band, Stereobate. Winston is a founder of Boulder Digital Works at the University of Colorado, a digital education initiative focused on developing digital leaders. He enjoys time with his wife and two children, making and listening to music, and rapid mountain descents on alpine skis and mountain bikes.