One for the History Books: IAMPHENOM’s Success | Phenom

Derek Herman

May 7, 2018

What an event it was at IAMPHENOM last week!


If you didn’t get the chance to go, it was filled with industry’s best practices, insights into the future, meditation, announcements, a Jalen Mills appearance, networking, dancing, free books, sweatshirts, gift bags, and even a ball pit. It was Phenom People’s event of the year.


Talent acquisition professionals took a lot away from the conference and were eager to see what next year’s event will bring.

IAMPHENOM networking breakfast

“There’s a lot of great technologies out there, so after hearing about IAMPHENOM, I knew it was going to be a great networking opportunity,” said Alison Brody, Director of Executive Talent Acquisition & Interim Roles at Amtrak. She loved all the speakers and the chances afforded to meet such admired experts in the industry. For her, it was the meditation exercises and learning about Phenom People’s ethos that stood out most, “those were intriguing.”


Day one opened up with Mahe’s remarks around the history of recruitment; from building the Great Pyramids to today’s companies, gathering the best talent for a project larger than life is no easy task. Yet, this is what recruiters do day-in and day-out.


Neil Pasricha, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Happiness Equation, followed Mahe’s opening remarks, discussing how to find joy in everything you do. He mentioned that the most important way to make progress is by doing. Planning and thinking you want to do something are fine, but nothing trumps action.

IAMPHENOM panel discussion

Colleen Truitt, Head of Talent Acquisition at The Hershey Company, discussed some of the best practices they implement when sourcing, hiring, onboarding, and even declining candidates. Through “career pathing” and establishing mentors for new hires, they help their employees forge the career path they want at Hershey. And of course, she gave out some chocolate!


By day two, Michael Fischman, former President of the Art of Living Foundation, started the morning with a deep meditation and reflection exercise, emphasizing that the key to meditating is effortlessness.


Throughout the second day, Jonah Berger talked about how ideas spread from his findings in his book Contagious: Why Things Catch On. He discussed how employees should use word of mouth to become advocates for their employer and help in the recruiting process with referrals. There were two panels moderated by Ed Newman with Intact’s recruitment team and Nancy Gray-Starkebaum and a suite of highly trusted talent acquisition professionals. And what HR and technology conference would be complete without a demonstration of Phenom People’s platform?


By the end of the week, after the sessions concluded, the networking parties closed, and all the gifts were given out, attendees had a stronger identity to their passion for talent acquisition and a glimpse into the future of HR technology.

Mahe closes out IAMPHENOM

It was our pleasure to host you for those exciting two days and we hope to see you and many more back next year!

Derek Herman

Derek leads the Marketing Communications initiatives at Phenom People. He engages with Phenom customers to spotlight their stories in the media.