Connect: Summer 2016 Employer Summit - Establishing Effective University Recruiting Strategies

Connect Summit on Recruiting Trends

Join us to learn about current research and best practices on effectively recruiting talent for your organization. 

This event offers: 

  • Keynote on recruiting trends from a researcher
  • Breakout sessions facilitated by University staff and recruiting experts
  • Overview of recruiting talent from St. Edward’s University
  • Networking with Central Texas recruiting colleagues

Employer Summits are offered to invited employers and are free of charge. 



Information Details

Wednesday, July 20 | 8:30 a.m. - noon

St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Mabee Ballrooms - 3rd Floor of the Ragsdale Center, Austin, Texas 78704

Deadline to register has been extended until Monday, July 18, 2016!

Event is offered at no cost to employers. Breakfast is included with registration.

For more information, please call Andrew D. Harper, Manager of Employer Relations at 512.448.8530 or email andrewh [at]

Keynote Speaker

Job Seekers Taking The Driver's Seat

Daniel Culbertson, Economist, Indeed

Powered by data from the number one job search site in the world, Indeed economist Daniel Culbertson will discuss the landscape for job seekers and employers since the economy has recovered. Culberston will provide analysis of research from Indeed on how job seekers execute online job searches, their geographic and occupation preferences and the associated challenges this has created for employers to fill high in-demand positions.  Specific research will be provided about the Austin recruiting market and how the newest generation in the workplace, millennials, conduct job searches.  This presentation will provide Central Texas recruiters with up-to-date research to create and improve their recruiting strategies.


Daniel Culbertson is an economist with Indeed, the world's number one job site, where he focuses on labor market research based on Indeed’s proprietary data and publicly available information. Daniel previously specialized in regional analysis and forecasting as an economist with Moody’s Analytics and holds a Master's in Economics from the University of Delaware. His research interests include labor, urban and international economics.

Opening Session

Hire from the Top: Connecting with Top Talent from St. Edward’s University 

Andrew D. Harper, Manager of Employer Relations

As the chief liaison for the employer community and St. Edward’s University, Andrew Harper will provide an overview of the talent available from students and alumni, avenues for connecting with them and a preview of on-campus recruiting opportunities at St. Edward’s for the 2016-17 school year. 

Breakout Sessions

Identify the Right Candidate: Investing Your Energy through Four Proven Strategies

Jamie Gaertner, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Elizabeth Nichols, The Boon Group

This interactive presentation will be led by two recruiters with experience working in large and medium sized organizations to review and brainstorm four proven methods (direct sourcing, employer referrals, university recruiting, and internship programs) that create effective channels for recruiting top talent.


Jamie Gaertner currently works as a Group Talent Acquisitions Manager for Enterprise Holdings in Austin, Texas.  Jamie is 2001 a graduate of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a degree in Communication. Jamie has worked in the Talent Acquisitions department for 10 years and has managed accounts including Texas State University, University of Texas, UMHB, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and St. Edward's University.  In June of 2006, she earned her Professional of Human Resources (PHR) Certification and completed the Human Resource Management Certificate Program from the University of Texas. In November 2007, Jamie was promoted to Group Talent Acquisitions Manager for Enterprise and oversees that Austin/Central/West Texas Recruiting Divisions and currently hires for 80 Enterprise Holdings locations. In September 2015, Jamie celebrated her 14th anniversary with Enterprise. This past spring Jamie was elected to serve on the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Garcia Nichols has spent most of her professional career in talent acquisition for various industries. She currently heads up recruiting for The Boon Group, a company that designs exclusive employee benefit products to meet the unique needs of government contractors. Prior to this role, Elizabeth was the Director of Recruiting at World Class Capital, a real estate development company. Elizabeth has been fortunate to find her passion in recruiting and all things career related. Her favorite recruiting and networking tool is LinkedIn. She is a certified LinkedIn Recruiter and spends many hours of her day creating candidate searches and building her employer brand. Elizabeth is a proud alum of St. Edward’s University with an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Finance and an MBA in Business Management. 

Building an Internship Program to Attract Top Student Talent

Get an inside perspective on how to create an outcomes driven internship program from the university faculty and staff responsible for managing and supervising interns. Get an overview of best strategies to recruit top students for internships and create an internship program that will keep them engaged, motivated and energized to contribute their talents to your organization. This session will also provide insight into how universities determine which internships are approved and posted for academic credit.

Dr. Amy Clements, Associate Professor, English Writing & Rhetoric, School of Humanities, St. Edward's University

Dr. Amy Clements serves in the English Writing and Rhetoric program and has taught undergraduate writing courses since 2001. She has also worked for a variety of book publishers as an advertising manager and freelance copyeditor. Whether she’s teaching a grammar course or a class in multimedia writing, Dr. Clements strives to provide navigational tools for the Information Age while inspiring reverence for the power of language. She currently serves as the Internship Coordinator for the English Writing and Rhetoric Program. She regularly teaches Rhetoric and Composition II; American Grammar; Revising and Editing; and Writing for Advertising and Public Relations. 

Adrian D. Ramirez, Associate Director, Career and Professional Development, St. Edward's University

Adrian D. Ramirez is Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at St. Edward’s University, where he oversees internship resources and career counseling services for students and alumni. In his former role as senior career services advisor at the University of Dallas, Adrian advised students on the pursuit of professional development opportunities and competitive fellowships and scholarships. In addition, Adrian cultivated employer relationships for on-campus recruiting events and internship sites. He is the recipient of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2015 Research Fellowship that examines the connection between internships and student success. Adrian is also an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, participating in its Management Leadership Institute and Mentor Program. Adrian earned his MBA from the University of Dallas. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History from the University of Dallas, as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from CNM Connect.