CareerBuilder's Empower 2017

Come experience an event that will change the way you find, hire and manage your employees.


This September, there’s only one place to be if you’re a senior leader in talent acquisition or HR: Empower 2017 in Chicago.

Join us at CareerBuilder’s exclusive, invitation-only event, where you’ll get inspired by world-renowned speakers and thought leaders. Your complimentary registration gives you full access to breakout sessions featuring the latest trends, innovations and best practices in talent acquisition, employment screening, and human capital management in addition to having a first look at our newest products and solutions, all while networking with fellow top practitioners.

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Featured Speakers

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Legendary quarterback Manning is the NFL’s only five-time MVP and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection. He is also known for establishing the PeyBack Foundation to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.

Peyton Manning

Legendary Quarterback

President, PeyBack Foundation

Dr. Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He is an internationally recognized authority in Einstein’s unified field theory, as well as in the predicting of trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science.

Dr. Michio Kaku

Professor of Physics

City University of New York

Goolsbee is a professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he has researched topics including technology and innovation. He served as the chief economist for President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, was a member of his cabinet, and was the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Austan Goolsbee

Professor of Economics

University of Chicago

Moatti is a recognized thought leader in mobile, innovation and leadership. While serving as an executive at digital pioneers like Facebook, Trulia and Nokia, Moatti launched and monetized mobile products that are now used by billions of people and have received awards including an International Digital Emmy Award nomination.

SC Moatti


Products That Count

Ferguson is the Chief Executive Officer of CareerBuilder and co-author of "The Talent Equation." An award-winning leader, Ferguson took CareerBuilder to the No. 1 position in online recruitment within five years. Through bold strategies, he spearheaded CareerBuilder’s transformation from a recruitment giant to a powerhouse in pre-hire and post-hire solutions.

Matt Ferguson



Arena is responsible for enterprise talent management, workforce analytics, talent acquisition, leadership development and global learning and employs an evidence-based approach to driving organizational performance. He launched GM2020, a grass roots initiative designed to enable employees to connect and create across the organization, which was recently highlighted in Fast Company.

Michael Arena

Chief Talent Officer

General Motors Corporation

Tefridj is responsible for managing the company’s growth-focused strategy while accelerating innovation across the company’s products, services and software. His key role in acquisitions has helped CareerBuilder evolve into a cutting-edge SaaS organization. Tefridj regularly speaks at conferences regarding user adaptation and technology applications.

Abdel Tefridj

Chief Innovation Officer


Helmes works with CareerBuilder’s teams to maximize product design and management in the most efficient ways. He has been with CareerBuilder for over 10 years and has led various teams across the business. Helmes is a graduate of the London Business School.

Scott Helmes

SVP, Product Development


Connolly is a stand-up comedian and radio/TV host known for his confident style and unique sense of humor. He is recognized as one of the premiere Corporate Master of Ceremonies in the world, with clients including Fortune 500 and some of the leading corporate communication companies and brand experience agencies.

James P. Connolly

Stand-Up Comedian


Why Should You Attend



Get a first glimpse at our cutting-edge products and solutions that will make your job faster, easier and more effective.



Hear the latest research and insights on such industry trends as candidate experience, the constricted labor market and technology-led automation to help you win in today’s competitive talent marketplace.



Experience speakers, sessions and networking opportunities that will leave you inspired, reinvigorated and with new ideas to implement the very next day.



This program is valid for 10.5 ASA CE hours, 10.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM and 10.5 ASHHRA CHHR hours offered after attending the event.



Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street · Chicago, IL 60611


A block of rooms has been reserved, and special discounted CareerBuilder rates will apply. Rooms limited to Empower 2017 attendees only.


Reserve your room online or call 312-464-1000 and mention the CareerBuilder Empower Conference group rate.


"The lineup of speakers for the general sessions was phenomenal! The breakout session topics were great— I wish I could have attended more of them.
Excellent conference!"

"The event was amazing!
I networked a lot and was treated very well by all the CareerBuilder Reps! Great conference!"

"An excellent conference that gives the users a chance to interact with the CareerBuilder staff who do the thinking, creating and delivery."


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