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Let's talk employer branding!

Part expert, part evangelist, James will get your audience to see the problem of recruiting and hiring in a whole new way.

“His out-of-the box thinking and daring honesty
will change the way you think of recruiting completely.”

Meet the highly-rated speaker you've seen at ERE, RecruitCon, RecFest, SHRM, Transform, Hired Roadshow, Social Recruiting Strategies Conference, ALI, Talent Brand Summit, HR Tech Expo and numerous other industry events.

James has been a featured keynote at in-house conferences for Coca-Cola, Kohler, Concept Bureau, Alstom, Schlumberger, Deutsche Bahn Group, MOL Group, Twitter, Indeed, and many others.

James is committed to helping every business hire better by re-thinking their employer brand and using cutting-edge recruitment marketing strategies.

Hired Workshop 2019: Strategies for Improving Your Employer Brand in Austin
Transform 2019, in Boston live and simulcast online

James Ellis is bringing the future of effective talent acquisition to you

It’s a recipe for talent acquisition success: Take two parts marketing and branding experience, one part recruiting and talent acquisition thought leadership. Add a dash of fearlessness and a willingness to breaking unwritten rules. Shake well and serve in the funniest container you can find.

James Ellis isn’t your average speaker. He brings wit, energy and humor to subjects you might expect to be dry. He combines years of experience helping everyone from Fortune 10 companies to 12-person agencies understand their own employer brands, activate them, and connect them to their investment in recruitment marketing. Then he makes it interesting and funny while still being valuable and actionable.

Topic examples

  • What is employer branding and how can you use it as a recruiting force multiplier?
  • Employer branding secrets for small businesses
  • Creating and activating your employer brand
  • Using an employer brand to create employee engagement and retention
  • Building a complete and activated employer brand for $400 (yes, I've got the receipts)
  • 12 ways to communicate your employer brand
  • Creating employee ambassadors with employee-generated content
speaker testimonial from MOL group
I specialize in opening keynotes to get people excited and the post-lunch speaking slot where everyone seems like they are in a low-blood sugar coma. I combine energy and humor with a powerful message to make sure your event is memorable and useful.
- James Ellis

What audiences have said about past events...

James Ellis is BRILLIANT when it comes to leveraging content to recruit talent. If you want to attract the best talent, this is a must-listen.
Awesome! James cuts through BS.
Engaging, and high-energy, he is a powerful voice and expert in employer brand. From bridging the gap between marketing and human resources, to developing a cohesive and effective employer brand outreach, he understands long-term goals.
James’s energy and straight-talk approach is so appreciated.
Seriously, I’ve never walked away from a conference session with so many action items that I can put to use tomorrow.
You were absolutely wonderful. Really funny and engaging too!
He is an excellent speaker with such a depth and breadth of knowledge.

Let's talk about how I can inspire and educate your audience about the power of employer branding

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Hi. I'm James Ellis.

Having spent the better part of a decade developing employer brands and EVPs for Groupon, Roku, Enova, Recursion, TradeShift, SavATree, Gearset, CreditShop, and others, I focus exclusively on helping companies build and activate their employer brand so that they can compete (and win) against much larger companies. How? By creating and growing the next generation of employer brand leaders, managers, and specialists.

That's why Google calls me the employer brand nerd.

Employer Brand Labs, LLC

EBL is dedicated to bringing the power and value of employer branding to every single company, regardless of size, industry, or region.

You can be an employer not just of "choice," but of desire.

If you're ready to start attracting great talent to you instead of chasing it, reach out.
James Ellis [LinkedIn]
421 W Melrose St
Chicago, IL 60657