3-Day Virtual Conference: 
Accelerate 2024! 

Starts Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 10am CST










Co-Hosted by Lighting the Path & Texas Search, Recruiting & Staffing Association (TSRSA)

Join us virtually for an immersive 3-day experience as we bring together industry experts to share their insights and expertise in the ever-evolving world of recruitment.

Mike Lejeune
Sami Jo Small
Tiffany Wallace
Tom Erb
Lisa Guidry
Rich Rosen
Paige Griffin
Benjamin Mena

Are your recruiting processes feeling the strain? Is the search for
A-candidates becoming a challenging task?

Look no further! Our event is designed to address the pressing issues you face daily, offering solutions that will help you pick up speed and exceed your goals. Our amazing lineup features some of the best voices in the recruiting industry, ready to share valuable insights on key issues you need to tackle today.

Learn the art of personal branding

from Benjamin Mena, a seasoned expert in the field. Discover how a strong personal brand can elevate your profile, attract top-tier candidates, and set you apart in the competitive world of recruitment.


Explore the importance of adopting a consultative approach in recruitment

Understand why being a trusted partner, rather than a mere seller, is the key to building lasting client relationships and achieving long-term success in the industry.

Master the art of recruiting and take your skills to the next level

Ask your burning questions in this open Q&A session — every aspect of recruiting is on the table!

Leadership Development Workshop

A dynamic forum where leadership experts, visionaries, and seasoned professionals converge to impart invaluable insights and strategies for personal and professional growth.

Recruiters' Workshop

Learn insights, strategies, and hands-on techniques that will reshape the way you approach recruitment.

Don’t miss the Recruiter Virtual Conference ACCELERATE 2024


American Staffing Association (ASA) and National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) CEU Credits

This conference program has been pre-approved by the American Staffing Association and National Association of Personnel Services for up to 10.0 CE Hours



Sami Jo Small
Winning Lessons Learned From A Three-Time Olympic Medalist
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Benjamin Mena
Building A Personal Brand
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Mike Lejeune
Are You Really Different From Your Competition?
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm


Tom Erb
Winning the Staffing (and Recruiting) Sales Game in 2024 and Beyond – How to Adapt & Optimize your Sales Approach
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lisa Guidry
Being A Partner Not A Seller – Why A Consultative Approach Is Best
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Leaders & Managers' Workshop
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Paige Griffin
How to Guarantee an Optimal Candidate, Client, and Internal Experience with Your Email Automation
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm


Rich Rosen
High-Performance Tips from a Million Dollar Recruiter
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Tiffany Wallace
How To Get Beyond Superficial Conversations With Your Candidate
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Recruiters' Workshop
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Mike Lejeune
Five Key Steps To Stay Ahead Of The Technology Curve
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Our Speakers

Mike Lejeune

Tuesday: Uncover the secrets to setting yourself apart in the competitive world of recruitment. Join us for an insightful session as Mike delves into the essence of differentiation. Discover how to articulate and leverage your unique strengths, creating a distinct identity that resonates with clients and candidates alike.

Thursday: Stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving tech landscape with our exclusive session. Explore the  crucial steps that recruiters, managers, and leaders need to take to lead in the technology-driven era. Don't miss the opportunity to gain insights that will empower your team to harness the latest advancements, ensuring you stay ahead in the competitive recruitment landscape.  

About Mike: Mike is a well-respected speaker, business coach, and workshop leader, known for his successful track record with navigating the pitfalls and wins of building an award winning executive search and staffing firm.

Mike served as President of Steverson & Company, one of the most recognized firms in Texas specializing in accounting finance, corporate administration, and information technology serving Fortune 500 corporations, Big 4 accounting firms, and rapidly emerging privately held companies. Today, Mike is one of the leading voices on high-performance leadership, recruiting, and business development strategies.

Sami Jo Small

A three time Olympian and 2 time Olympic gold medallist on Canada's famous women's hockey team, Sami Jo helps to show the audience that a "team" needs all of its members, regardless of their role, if they are to succeed. Sami Jo Small's message is about incredible success and facing one’s feelings about failure.

The biggest difference between Sami Jo and other Olympians is the whole idea of being placed in situations that were not the way she had envisioned living her Olympic dream. She uses her motto, "In life, you don’t always get to choose the role you play, but you do get to choose how you play it." to talk about team work and being a valuable team member.

About Sami: Sami Jo Small has led teams to success through adversity for 3 decades both as an athlete and in management roles. She is a 3-time Olympian as a goaltender in the sport of Ice Hockey. (2 gold, 1 silver) as well as a 5 time World Champion.

A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and a graduate of Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, Sami Jo has travelled the world as a professional speaker for more than 25 years.

She uses storytelling to exemplify many aspects of developing more successful teams and leave the audience with concrete ways to support the people and the teams around them through her message that, "In life, we don’t always get to choose the role we play, but we always get to choose how we play it."

Sami Jo is a published author of her best-selling memoir, The Role I Played – Canada’s Greatest Olympic Hockey Team (Published 2020), works in television as a sports analyst, owns a hockey school that has run for more that 25 years, and was recently the President of a women’s professional hockey team in Toronto leading them to Championship this past season.

Tiffany Wallace

In the dynamic world of recruitment, transcending surface-level conversations is pivotal to fostering meaningful connections between clients, candidates, and recruiters. "Going Below the Surface" is not just a phrase; it's a strategy that unlocks the full potential of candidate interactions, creating a win-win-win scenario for clients, candidates, and recruiters alike.

About Tiffany: Tiffany Wallace founded Dagen Personnel, LLC in October of 2001. Prior to opening Dagen, she worked for Corestaff Services. She ran two successful on-site clients, Dynegy and American General Life. After Corestaff, she was in staffing sales and downtown was her territory. She believes working downtown every day allowed her to learn the landscape and fall in love with Houston. Tiffany is now responsible for the strategic management and development of the Houston and Dallas locations for Dagen. Tiffany is involved with operations and sales to ensure clients receive customized solutions, quality candidates, and an overall positive buying experience. She works directly with all levels of the Dagen team to position the company for sustained and continued growth. Tiffany is the Vice President for Texas Staffing, Recruiting and Search Association and attends many energy organizations. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University. Spending time with family and enjoying vacations on the beach are important to Tiffany, but faith in God is her foundation.

Tom Erb

The events of the last few years have had a significant impact on selling staffing and recruiting: the pandemic, working from home, and the acceleration of technology adoption are just a few areas that have changed the way our prospects buy. And while some changes have proven to be temporary, other aspects have been permanently altered. In this session, we will discuss how sales has been transformed, what to expect in the months and years to come, and how to adapt your sales strategy and processes to thrive post-pandemic.

About Tom: With a career spanning nearly 20 years, Tom Erb has established himself as one of the staffing and recruiting industry’s top subject matter experts. As an executive for two of the largest staffing and recruiting companies in the world, Tom worked with some of the most recognizable and well-respected companies in the United States to help optimize their workforce strategy. As a consultant, trainer, and speaker to the staffing and recruiting industry, Tom has helped hundreds of firms create and execute sales and recruiting strategies to grow their business.

As one of the top national speakers in the staffing industry, Tom has presented to a variety of organizations including the American Staffing Association, National Association of Personnel Services, TechServe Alliance, New York Staffing Association, Capital Area Staffing Association, Midwest Staffing Conference, New England Association of Personnel Services, and many others.

Lisa Guidry

In the fast-paced world of business, the shift from a transactional seller to a consultative partner has become imperative for sustained success.

Join Lisa as we navigate through insightful discussions on the consultative approach and unveil the secrets to sustainable success.

  • Mitigating Future Risks
  • Assessing Current Strategies
  • Turning Setbacks into Possibilities
  • Incentivizing Desired Client Behavior
  • Positioning as a Leader and Expert
  • Creating Unforgettable Moments
  • Building Needs Analysis for Success
  • The Lifecycle of Success
  • Getting the GOLD!

Discover how embracing a consultative mindset can enhance your client relationships, position you as an industry leader, and open up new possibilities for success.

About Lisa: Intelligent, strategic, and confident executive who learned, at an early stage in life, that thriving through change depends on ‘people equity.’ Lisa is a sought-after talent acquisition expert, executive coach, growth chaperon, and organizational ‘surgeon’ who diagnoses immediate issues and develops solid remediation plans for long-term success. Powered to succeed by strong leadership DNA, fortitude force, and savvy business acumen, Lisa has conquered a myriad of business challenges for more than 25 years working with start-ups, mid-market, and the Fortune 500. She has parlayed the insights gained from the outcome of tried-and-true business strategies to embolden the competitive edge of some of the most sought after high-growth companies in the market today—as their ‘executive-level talent broker.’

Rich Rosen

Rich Rosen, a seasoned professional in the field of recruiting, will be sharing his expertise on a wide range of topics related to building and thriving in the recruiting landscape. From sourcing top talent to creating engaging recruitment strategies, Rich will cover it all. The floor is open for questions, and all topics related to recruiting are fair game!

About Rich:
Rich Rosen, 28 year career in talent acquisition is marked by significant achievements and deep expertise in the recruitment industry.His outstanding performance earned him a place on the Forbes list of Top Recruiters in America for the past four years, ranking in the top 15 in 2022 and 2023, and distinguishing him as the highest-ranked solo recruiter on the list.

He has successfully placed well over 1,000 Enterprise professionals in sales, pre-sales, Customer success and executive roles across emerging software companies in the United States. 

In 2016, Rich was honored with induction into the Pinnacle Society, recognizing the top billing recruiters in America, a testament to his exceptional skills and contributions to the field. His leadership and industry influence were further acknowledged in 2022 when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Pinnacle Society. He can be regularly heard on industry podcast including the Recruiting Animal, The Resilient Recruiter with Mark Whitby, The Elite Recruiter With Ben Mena among others. 

Rich's client-centric approach focuses on saving time, reducing costs, and alleviating frustrations, making him a trusted partner for his clients. He is committed to aligning with his clients' best interests, helping numerous businesses and individuals thrive.

Paige Griffin

Paige Griffin is the Training & Systems Specialist at Burnett Specialists, joining the company in 2015. Specializing in onboarding and fostering the growth of team members, she has been instrumental in implementing innovative system enhancements, contributing to Burnett's trailblazing reputation in staffing technology. Paige is also the Director of Technology on the TSRSA Board of Directors and volunteers for the ASA Technology Task Force, showcasing her commitment to industry advancement. Her career reflects a dedication to excellence, innovation, and the success of both individuals and organizations.

Benjamin Mena

In a world where first impressions matter, your personal brand is your unique professional identity. Join Benjamin as we explore the art and science behind crafting a compelling personal brand that resonates with authenticity, credibility, and impact.

We'll dive into strategies for defining your brand, leveraging social media effectively, and navigating the ever-evolving digital landscape. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, this session promises actionable takeaways to enhance your professional presence and unlock new opportunities.

Get ready to discover the secrets of building a standout personal brand in today's competitive professional arena.

About Benjamin: Benjamin Mena is the dynamic host and driving force behind The Elite Recruiter Podcast, recognized as the premier podcast for recruiting professionals. With an illustrious career spanning almost 15 years in recruiting, Benjamin has left an indelible mark on the industry. After honing his skills with top defense contractors and government agencies, Benjamin ventured into entrepreneurship, founding Select Source Solutions. His expertise extends to supporting contracts exceeding 600 million dollars and leading recruiting efforts for some of the most intricate and demanding government programs.

Benjamin Mena's journey exemplifies not only a wealth of experience but also a commitment to sharing insights and expertise through The Elite Recruiter Podcast, solidifying his status as a respected figure in the recruiting landscape.

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"The recruiting marketplace continues to offer unprecedented opportunities if you are positioned to serve clients and candidates rather than sell."

- Mike Lejeune

Let an amazing group of veterans help you pick up speed to make this your best year ever!