Candidate Experience Awards 2014 Judges Announced

Talent Board Selects Renowned HR and Talent Acquisition Thought Leaders to Evaluate Companies That Exemplify Excellence in Candidate Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2014) - Talent Board, a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience, today announced the members of the panel of independent judges who will review the winners of the 2014 North American Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards and determine those stories worthy of the program's "With Distinction" honor. The judges include: Jeanne Achille, founder and CEO of The Devon Group; Anna Brekka, director of Operations and marketing manager,; Lance Haun, editor at The Starr Conspiracy; Jennifer McClure, president, Unbridled Talent LLC; and John Vlastelica, managing director, Recruiting Toolbox, Inc.

Through its annual CandE Awards, Talent Board benchmarks and recognizes organizations that produce outstanding candidate experiences. This program consists of two survey rounds that first capture and evaluate employers' recruitment process and practices throughout the entire life cycle, and then analyze their candidates' responses about their experience. Organizations that complete at least the first round submission will receive access to complimentary candidate experience Employer Benchmarking data. Companies that meet the criteria for rounds one and two, exceeding the standard set for a positive experience, will be designated a "2014 CandE Award Winner." A third round of the program asks employers to describe their practices, challenges and business relevance to treating candidates well. The judges' panel will evaluate these employer responses for areas of innovation, interest and learning and select this year's "With Distinction" CandE Award winners.

Winners of the 2014 CandE Awards will be announced and celebrated at the Fourth Annual Candidate Experience Awards Reception, which will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to the reception, Talent Board will host its inaugural Candidate Experience Symposium, uniting the foremost industry experts in candidate experience to gather and discuss best practices to improve the recruiting function and candidate experience. The Symposium will be held Friday, September 19, 2014, also at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

"This year's panel of judges includes individuals in touch with all aspects of the recruiting process, who understand the importance and relevance of an outstanding candidate experience as well as what that looks like," said Gerry Crispin, Talent Board co-founder and principal and co-founder of CareerXroads." Each of these distinguished individuals contributes directly to the growth and development of the recruiting community in addition to promoting success within their respective organizations. Their insight will be invaluable in evaluating the 'With Distinction' winners of the Candidate Experience Awards." 

About Jeanne Achille
CEO of The Devon Group, Jeanne Achille founded the award-winning public relations agency in 1994 to validate that when properly executed, great PR is a predictable process versus serendipity. To date, her PR savvy and industry insight has helped the launch and marketing of hundreds of new HR tech products and companies and resulted in thousands of high profile media placements including Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Time and more. She is also co-founder of the Master Class in Human Capital Management.

About Anna Brekka
As director of Operations and marketing manager for, Anna Brekka is responsible for brand marketing, corporate strategy and company operations in addition to assisting with editorial content, event coverage and industry relations for and Notably, Anna built the Recruiting Trends community from a few thousand members to more than 23,000 over a few short years.

About Lance Haun
Lance Haun is an editor at The Starr Conspiracy, a marketing agency focused on the enterprise HCM market. Prior to joining the agency, he spent three years as an editor at ERE Media and seven years in the recruiting and HR trenches. He is a regular contributor to, and and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review blog, Wall Street Journal,, HR Magazine, Workforce Magazine and FastCompany.

About Jennifer McClure
Jennifer McClure is president of Unbridled Talent LLC, a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of leadership, executive communication skills and talent strategy. She is also a popular speaker who has spoken at over 175 industry-related conferences and events and provided workshops and training for leadership, human resources and talent acquisition teams at a variety of organizations -- including Fortune 100 clients.

About John Vlastelica
Founder and managing director of Recruiting Toolbox, Inc., John Vlastelica has over 20 years of recruiting experience, including 10 years as a corporate recruiting leader with companies like and Expedia, and almost 10 years as a recruitment management consultant and trainer, helping companies improve their recruiting strategies and processes, as well as building custom recruiting and interviewing training for recruiters and hiring managers. He is also a top-rated keynote speaker, founder of Talent42 and instructor for Recruiting Leadership Labs.

About Talent Board
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 throughout the entire recruitment cycle and to forever changing the manner in which job candidates are treated. More information can be accessed at