David Bass DAVID BASS has over 28 years of experience in Human Resources with particular emphasis in talent management, organization effectiveness and employee relations.  He is a results-oriented and engaging coach working extensively in the executive suite across all functions. He’s created comprehensive talent management programs to address changing organizational needs for the sourcing, selection, assessment, development and retention of human capital throughout all levels of management.  Over the last 10 years, David has placed a particular professional emphasis on creating internal coaching and mentoring programs designed to nurture and retain emerging leaders.

David Gaspin DAVID GASPIN has recruited for positions at every level and has coached, counseled, mentored, and advised professionals at every stage of their careers on how to successfully navigate the job search process and grow to the next stage in their professional lives.  David is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition at Condé Nast.  In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the staffing strategy and operations for the company including editorial, advertising, corporate and digital groups, and for such iconic brands as Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and the entire stable of Condé Nast media properties.  Prior to returning to Condé Nast in his current role, David was the Director of Human Resources for 5W Public Relations, where he was the strategic and tactical lead on all HR functions for the agency.  Before 5W, David was the head of Human Resources for Playboy Enterprises, Inc’s New York office, where he oversaw the Publishing and Global Licensing divisions.  Prior to Playboy, David began his HR career at Condé Nast.  He holds an MBA from Baruch College/CUNY and a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music.
Allison Hemming ALLISON HEMMING is an established career authority and the driving force behind the world famous Pink Slip Party, a networking event that benefits the recently downsized. Her commentary about career and workplace issues has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Fast Company and other media venues including CNN, CNBC, ABC Good Morning America, Fox 5 Good Day New York, and CBS Marketwatch. She began her career on Wall Street and then moved into magazine publishing where she served as the Marketing Director of the career-oriented P.O.V. Magazine. In addition to being a renowned author, Hemming is also the president and "Top Gun" of The Hired Guns, a leading interim workforce agency based in Manhattan. Her firm creates flexible workforces by tapping into the more than twenty-five million "free agents" or independent professionals working in the United States.

Sharon Jautz SHARON JAUTZ has spent over 25 years in Human Resources within the media industry.  Starting with Fairchild Publications, Sharon grew to become the Vice President and Director of HR, overseeing all global HR functions for this major fashion publisher.  She staffed the original Jane magazine with founding Editor, Jane Pratt and worked with Editor, Clay Felker to launch M magazine.  When W magazine opened an office in Paris, Sharon was there to guide the Company through the labyrinth of HR intricacies that go with international employment and establishment of a business.  Moving to Reed Business Information in 2000, Sharon handled HR in New York for 26 media titles including Interior Design, Publisher's Weekly and Variety magazines.  Sharon's next move was to Playboy Enterprises where she oversaw the global HR function for Playboy magazine and the licensing division.  In 2006, Sharon was recruited by CEO Jim Spanfeller to help grow the Forbes.com brand and oversee all global HR functions for the rapidly expanding Digital Division of Forbes Media.  Sharon Jautz is now currently the HR Director at Asset International, Inc. – a global financial media and financial services company in New York City.

Michelle Madhok MICHELLE MADHOK currently founder and CEO of SheFinds Media an online media company that publishes content based sites for women. With no outside funding, Madhok launched SheFind’s first property, SheFinds.com, in 2004 soon followed by MomFinds.com. The fundamental SheFinds business model has proven to be highly scalable as the company continues to expand. Madhok’s media career began in 1995 at CBS as director of entertainment. There Michelle took the lead in building CBS.com into a major portal. In 1998 Madhok moved on to AOL as group director where she led a team in creating what became the world’s largest online women’s channel. In 2004 Michelle left AOL to start SheFinds Media. Madhok recently won the American Express sponsored “Make Mine a Million $ Business” award. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, Fox News, and ABC, NBC, CBS. Additionally, Michelle has been featured in Inc. Magazine, New York Times, and NY Daily News. A highly regarded expert in online shopping, Michelle is also a regular on Better.tv and is a contributing editor for MSN, Real Simple, and Yahoo!. Michelle earned a BS from UC Berkeley and MS from Northwestern.

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PamelaMitchell PAMELA MITCHELL Former entertainment exec turned coach Pamela Mitchell is founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute, a dynamic organization devoted to individual transformation. She is a popular and in-demand speaker who gives talks around the country to individuals, corporations and industry groups who are interested in learning fresh strategies for navigating change. As the nation’s premier career reinvention expert, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC and the Today Show and been profiled and quoted in top media publications including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, More, Men’s Health, Kiplinger’s, Good Housekeeping and Black Enterprise. She was a columnist on women and business for Inc.com, the website for INC. magazine, and is the author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy (Dutton, January 2010), a Harvard Business Review Top Shelf Recommended Pick.

Lindsey Pollak LINDSEY POLLAK is a bestselling author and nationally recognized expert on career and workplace issues. She is the author of Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World (HarperCollins) and a Global Spokesperson for LinkedIn. A frequent speaker and seminar leader across the country, Lindsey’s audiences have included Citigroup, MTV Networks, Time Inc., Yale, Harvard, Duke, MIT and many additional corporations, universities and conferences. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and Mashable named her one of the top nonfiction authors to follow on Twitter. Lindsey is a graduate of Yale University.

Carley Roney CARLEY RONEY Motivated by the excruciating process of planning her own wedding, Carley Roney made it her mission to find a fun, hip, user-generated resource for couples planning their weddings. The wedding world was in dire need for a new voice, and the web was the perfect place to break ground. In 1996, Roney founded TheKnot.com with her husband (CEO of The Knot Inc., David Liu) and two other business partners. The Knot has since transformed the wedding landscape as the leading wedding resource and most-trafficked online wedding destination with over 3.4 million unique visitors a month and more than 125 million monthly page views.

Rebcca Watson REBECCA WATSON With nine years of experience launching digital media startups and monetizing online content, Rebecca Watson is one of the leading young visionaries in Silicon Valley. She leads business development for gWallet , a network that helps publishers, social networks, and game developers monetize their user base through new advertising formats. Previously, Rebecca was the director of business development at Real Girls Media where she helped launch the company's site, DivineCaroline.com , and led all syndication, licensing, content sourcing and partnership development. Additionally, she founded the Real Girls Network, a premium advertising network that provided Fortune 500 advertiser revenue to women's sites and blogs. Rebecca regularly speaks at conferences including CES, Mediabistro, Ad-Tech, We Media, BlogWorldExpo, and Digital Hollywood. Separately, she consults online dating companies and holds a U.S. Patent for scientific matchmaking.

Host and Moderator

Bill Conneely BILL CONNEELY is the Director of Job Market, Strategy and Business Development at mediabistro.com. Bill started his career in media 30 years ago when he and his brothers monopolized their neighborhood paper routes. He has been strategizing ever since. His experience includes 10 years in strategic planning, consumer marketing and business development at The New York Times. Prior to working at The Times, Bill spent four years developing and implementing alternative dispute resolution services as director of community mediation programs for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center in San Mateo, CA. Bill is a graduate of Grinnell College, a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Joe Ciarallo JOE CIARALLO is the Manager of PR Initiatives and Editor of PRNewser for mediabistro.com, where he oversees PR related events, classes and Webcasts for the site. In his career as a communications professional, Ciarallo has worked with consumer, tech, nonprofit and entertainment clients from Fortune 500 companies to startups. Prior to joining WebMediaBrands, Joe worked at the Horn Group, a digital communications agency in downtown Manhattan. His writing and photography has appeared in PRWeek, PR News, Folio, DVDFanatic.com, LiveMusicBlog.com and JamBands.com. Ciarallo is often called upon to speak at industry events such as the PRSA T3 Conference and PR News Digital PR Next Practices conference. He is a graduate from the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University.

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Bill Conneely LAUREL TOUBY is the Founder and Cyberhostess for mediabistro.com. The original idea for mediabistro.com was cooked up in 1994, when Laurel—then a freelance business writer and Glamour magazine contributor—and a friend decided to host a mixer for media people. About 20 editors, writers, and other content creators came to that original cocktail party at Jules Bistro in the East Village. Attendees bought their own drinks and enjoyed casual after-work bonding in the company of like-minded people. The parties quickly grew, and soon Laurel had 4,000 of New York's top media talent on her email list. After creating a website in 1996 and adding features such as job listings, bulletin boards, classes, e-classes, media and a freelance marketplace, Touby's business began to take off. Today, the site also includes news, events and "learn" emails, as well as media industry blogs. More than 850,000 media professionals have registered for various mediabistro.com services around the world. Laurel started her career at Young & Rubicam/NY in the media planning department. She left Y&R to become an editorial assistant at Working Woman, moved on to Business Week as a staff editor, and in 1993 began editing and writing a column on workplace issues for Glamour. She has covered everything from travel to business to breast cancer for a variety of publications, including New York, Travel + Leisure, Self, Redbook, McCall's, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Working Mother, and the New York Daily News. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Laurel grew up in Miami (before South Beach existed) and graduated from Smith College with a degree in economics. twitter: @laureltouby

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