Event details

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: WeWork, Tysons

1775 Tyson's Blvd

Tysons, VA 22102

Ticket price: $40

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About the event

The HR and talent community in the D.C. metro area plays a vital role in the growth and success of organizations across all industries, especially today as we are experiencing significant changes in the landscape of the traditional workplace. We believe these professionals should to be recognized for what they do and the positive changes they have made within their organizations. Please join us for the first annual awards event, Top HR & Talent Professionals.

Come enjoy an open bar, great food and the opportunity to network with and celebrate a highly- accomplished group of HR and talent professionals and their teams.

2019 Honorees:


Amanda Zarlenga - Director, Human Resources, Accelera Solutions

Victoria Geis - Senior HR Business Partner, AIR

Pete Radloff - Senior Sourcing Recruiter, Amazon

Dawn Mitchell - VP, Human Resources, Appian

Samuel Sams - Director, Strategic Talent Acquisition, Aveshka, Inc.

MiMi Jennings - Senior Manager, Compensation, Capital One

Suzie Araujo - Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Capital One

Elissa Barnes - Leader of Talent, ComScore

Bill Castillejo - Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, Deltek

Saima Malik - Director, Human Resources, E3 Federal Solutions, LLC

Karen Penn - VP, People Operations, Endgame, Inc.

Gabriella Bedor - HR Consultant

Kimberly Schulze - President, Kimberly Schulze Consulting

Matthew Mead - Director of Talent Acquisition, ManTech International Corporation

Susie Bonvouloir - VP, People and Culture, MetroStar Systems

Danielle Kem McCoy - Director of HR and Talent, mHelpDesk

Beatriz Coningham - Head of Human Resources, NCQA

Lauren Swetnam - Director of People, Nexus

Michelle Kane - People and Culture Senior Business Partner, Nuix

Lynnette Spence - Talent Acquisition Lead, Rosetta Stone

Sarita Chauhan - Director of Human Resources, Sallyport Global

Jay Jackson - Chief Talent Officer, SecureIT

Melissa Boone - VP, Human Resources, Social & Scientific Systems

Melissa Hennigan - VP, People, Symplicity Corporation

Ryan Armstrong - Director, Talent Acquisition, The Seminar Network


Recognition Criteria:

HR and Talent professionals are known by many titles – be it a Chief HR Officer, VP of Talent Acquisition, or Business Partner, we are excited to recognize these leaders in their field for the outstanding work they have contributed to the business community.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following:

Professional performance

The ability to create and deliver effective HR strategies

The ability to employ and retain top talent

The ability to create a positive culture for his/her organization


Integrity, dedication and commitment to their team and their task


The ability to lead and grow teams while leveraging technology to overcome challenges and achieve organizational goals.

Nominee Submission: We are no longer accepting nominations for our 2019 HR & Talent Professional Honors at this time.

Candidate selection: Award winners will be determined by our selection committee.

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