Not Just Another Talent Conference

Sam Smith looks forward to sunshine and a #DitchTheScript mindset at RecFest 2019.

By Sam Smith, Global Vice President, Life Sciences & Healthcare 

I spend a lot of my time travelling to talent events around the world. It’s a real privilege to connect with people across the industry, but it’s always refreshing when organisers take a unique approach. And RecFest certainly offers something different! This is not just another talent conference – it’s a festival, a celebration, and a chance to get outside in the sunshine and meet people from every specialism. From consultants on the ground to industry thought leaders, I love the diversity and breadth of experience that RecFest brings together. It has a great energy and relaxed vibe that is unusual in the best possible way. I can’t wait to be part of the festival for 2019.  

A #DitchTheScript Mindset

This year, Kelly is taking over the Unplugged stage and I’m lucky enough to be hosting an awesomely talented panel on #DitchTheScript: Becoming a Force For Change in Talent Management. It’s an issue that’s close to my heart. Lots of people talk about innovation, but how many are actually leading the charge? I believe we have to change the way we think about how people access jobs. There has to be a career path to meaningful work that doesn’t involve a mandatory (often unrelated) degree with a side of massive debt. We need to start applauding people who take different routes to the same destinations. We will be hitting the Unplugged stage at 14:30. Drop by after lunch, it promises to be a lot of fun!

Superstar Panellists

I want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on some of the of truly excellent people who I will be sharing the stage with as part of our #DitchTheScript panel at RecFest. Their stories of leading change are inspirational, and I would encourage everyone who can to come and listen to them. The first is Gemma Lines, who is a brilliant example of a talent acquisition leader – somebody who is at the heart of engaging people with opportunities. The second is Simon Rutter, who is a true expert on how brand impacts on talent. Finally, Neal Krisko, who is global talent leader with a passion for candidate experience. I am massive fans of all three and I know it will be an engaging and thought-provoking discussion.

Festival Highlights

I’m hoping to explore the festival and catch some of the fantastic speakers on the RecFest agenda. The exceptional Bill Boorman and Hung Lee are both on my must-see list. I’m also excited to be in the audience for Richard Bradley’s panel on #WhatsNext: The future of talent is potential. The future of talent isn’t some abstract concept, it’s here now and we all have a hand in creating it. I am looking forward to hearing the panel’s thoughts on how we can influence and lead the future of work in a rapidly changing world.

For me, part of the joy of an event like this is the chance to connect with people. To meet new faces and catch up with old ones. So, please, stop by the Unplugged stage to say hello, grab me if you see me wandering around or reach out to me on social media. I’d love to hear your take on the day. Here’s hoping the British weather is kind and we all have a fantastic RecFest 2019!