Join us next year, May 4-6, 2015 | Charleston, SC


Our can’t-miss annual meetup of the biggest industry leaders, brands and ideas

The best of Collaborate '14

From new feature and product annoucements to breakout sessions covering all the hottest topics in the service industry, we packed a lot into three days!

Watch the Best of Collaborate '14 highlights video 

One of the best conferences I've been to – small and intimate, enough staff to help make introductions to allow access to current clients and prospective clients, and great content regarding the state of the industry and product showcase. The PeopleMatter team members were accessible, dynamic and knowledgeable.
Tina Root, Director of HR, wagamama

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Perfection. Inspiration. Motivation. Inclusion. I loved seeing the office environment and meeting all the team that we did. It seems to be a very consistent trait of genuine passion for your products, your company and your customers. Loved it.
Susan Powell, Director of HR, Del Taco

Why come to Collaborate?

It’s a whole new world out there. Obamacare, big data, mobile and more are changing everything you know about effective business and workforce management. Find out what you need to conquer it at Collaborate.

We’re putting you in the room with top industry experts, brands and thought leaders to talk candidly about the biggest issues you’re facing and how to make the most of them.


Thought leaders

Talk directly to today’s top HR, tech, workforce and service-industry experts.

Best practices

Learn how to capitalize on trends like recruiting, big data and mobile.

New products

See new products, plans and exciting surprises from PeopleMatter.


Network with leading brands and brand leaders in the No. 1 city in the world.

Pushing the envelope, always. Loved your genuine hospitality and great enthusiasm from every employee for everything they do to serve customers – whether product people, marketing people and, of course, Nate.
Lexy Martin, VP, Research & Analytics, CedarCrestone

2014 Speakers

Steve Boese, Co-Chair, Blogger, Editor & More, HR Technology Conference
Steve Boese
Co-Chair, Blogger, Editor, HR Technology Conference
John Sumser, Founder, Author & Editor-in-Chief, HRExaminer
John Sumser
Founder, Author & Editor-in-Chief, HRExaminer
Nate DaPore, President & CEO, PeopleMatter
Nate DaPore
President & CEO, PeopleMatter
Mark Guckian, SVP of Human Resources, Heartland Automotive
Mark Guckian
SVP of Human Resources, Heartland Automotive
Harris Bornstein, Director of Strategic Alliances, Sterling Infosystems
Harris Bornstein
Director of Strategic Alliances, Sterling Infosystems
Shannon Scott, CEO, TaxBreak
Shannon Scott
CEO, TaxBreak
Todd Rushing, Partner, Concentrics Restaurants
Todd Rushing
Partner, Concentrics Restaurants
John Pate, President and Chief Executive Officer, LS Screening
John Pate
President and Chief Executive Officer, LS Screening
Dave Lehn, VP of Information Technology, Noodles & Company
Dave Lehn
VP of Information Technology, Noodles & Company
Louis Basile, Founder & CEO, Wildflower Bread Company
Louis Basile
Founder & CEO, Wildflower Bread Company
John Pepper, Co-Founder, Boloco
John Pepper
Co-Founder, Boloco
Craig Fisher, CEO TalentNet
Craig Fisher
CEO, TalentNet
Jenny Bullard, Chief Information Officer, Flash Foods
Jenny Bullard
Chief Information Officer, Flash Foods
Claire Xidis Torres, Immigration Attorney, Torres Law Firm
Claire Xidis Torres
Immigration Attorney, Torres Law Firm
Steve Seymour, Director of Human Resources, Country Fair
Steve Seymour
Director of Human Resources, Country Fair
Isabel Porzecanski, Vice President of People & Culture, 50 Eggs, Inc.
Isabel Porzecanski
Vice President of People & Culture, 50 Eggs, Inc.
Yvonne Frame, CEBS, Marsh & McLennan Agency
Yvonne Frame
CEBS, GBA, Marsh & McLennan Agency
Nancy Sansom, Chief Marketing Officer, PeopleMatter
Nancy Sansom
Chief Marketing Officer, PeopleMatter
Ginny Drinker, Director of Strategic Alliances, PeopleMatter
Ginny Drinker
Director of Strategic Marketing and Events, PeopleMatter
Andrew Evans, Contact Center Manager, PeopleMatter
Andrew Evans
Contact Center Manager, PeopleMatter
Ryan Glushkoff, Director of Product Marketing, PeopleMatter
Ryan Glushkoff
Director of Product Marketing, PeopleMatter
Jay Nathan, VP of Professional Services, PeopleMatter
Jay Nathan
VP of Professional Services, PeopleMatter
Kay Lucas, VP of Product Management, PeopleMatter
Kay Lucas
VP of Product Management, PeopleMatter
Julie Moreland, SVP PeopleClues Division
Julie Moreland
SVP PeopleClues Division
Angela Carrato, Director, Client Services, PeopleMatter
Angela Carrato
Director, Client Services, PeopleMatter
Michael VanDervort, Executive Director, CUE Inc.
Michael VanDervort
Executive Director, CUE Inc.
Becky Marks, Channel Manager, Indeed
Becky Marks
Channel Manager, Indeed
Mike Ganino, Restaurant Consultant, Speaker, Trainer
Mike Ganino
Restaurant Consultant, Speaker, Trainer
Carrie Goff, Franchisee/Owner/Talent CEO, Patrice and Associates Franchising Inc.
Carrie Goff – SHRM, SHRM-SCP
Franchisee/Owner/Talent CEO
Pablo Fuentes, CEO, Proven
Pablo Fuentes
CEO, Proven
Chad Norman, Chief Marketing Officer, Catch Talent
Chad Norman
Chief Marketing Officer, Catch Talent
Sam Mallikarjunan, Head of Growth, HubSpot
Sam Mallikarjunan
Head of Growth, HubSpot
Christina Lock, CEO/Talent Recruiter, Catch Talent
Christina Lock
CEO/Talent Recruiter, Catch Talent
Stephanie Lewis, Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis - Greenville
Stephanie Lewis
Office Managing Principal, Jackson Lewis - Greenville
Colin Smoak, Principal, McLaughlin Smoak Benefits
Colin Smoak
Principal, McLaughlin Smoak Benefits
Trey McLaughlin, Principal, McLaughlin Smoak Benefits
Trey McLaughlin
Principal, McLaughlin Smoak Benefits
Shannon Scott, CEO, TaxBreak
Shannon Scott
CEO, neon
George Mackie, President & CEO, PeopleMatter
George Mackie
President & CEO, PeopleMatter
Valetta Wright
Valetta Wright
Mark Kisicki
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Ira Wolfe, President, Success Performance Solutions
Ira Wolfe
President, Success Performance Solutions
Chase Samples, Jackson Lewis
Chase Samples
Jackson Lewis
Brian Hayes
Former NLRB Member, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins
Jeff Rogers, Globa Client Director, Armor Defense
Jeff Rogers
Global Client Director, Armor Defense
Scott Stratten, Social Media Expert & Bestselling Author
Scott Stratten (Keynote)
Social Media Expert & Bestselling Author
Joe Hanna, CEO, Job Market Maker
Joe Hanna
CEO, Job Market Maker
Dave Ridley, Former Southwest Airlines Executive
Dave Ridley (Keynote)
Former Southwest Airlines Executive
Kristen Baylis, Associate, Jackson Lewis
Kristen Baylis
Associate, Jackson Lewis
I would love to come and work with PeopleMatter. I would even move across the country to be a part of your team. I was very impressed with the leadership displayed by Nate, and I truly believe in the product that you have.
Evett Van Beek, HR Director, Pet Pros

2014 Schedule

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4:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
PeopleMatter Offices & Rooftop
466 King Street
  • Cocktails and appetizers on the PeopleMatter rooftop patio
  • Tours of PeopleMatter Corporate Headquarters
7:30 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
8:15 a.m. Take seats for Keynote Address  
8:30 a.m. Welcome & PeopleMatter Keynote Address
Nate DaPore
  9:45 a.m. Break  
10:00 a.m. Guest Keynote Address
Work and the Modern Employee
Steve Boese
  11:00 a.m. Break  
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions #1
  • Be a Hiring Hero:
    The Top 10 Tips to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck with HIRE
  • Peoplelytics™:
    The New PeopleMatter Product to Connect and Analyze Your People, Processes, and Systems
  • Better Schedule = Happier Employees:
    The New Tools to Create and Fill Accurate Schedules, Faster
12:00 p.m. Lunch  
1:00 p.m. General Session 
The PeopleMatter Roadmap: The Features You Can Expect on the Road Ahead
Kay Lucas
  1:45 p.m. Break  
2:00 p.m. General Session 
Obamacare & Your Bottom Line: How to Prepare Before It’s Too Late
Yvonne Frame
  2:45 p.m. Break  
3:00 p.m. General Session
Cool Tools You Can Use for Mobile Recruitment
Craig Fisher
  3:45 p.m. Break  
4:00 p.m. Panel of Experts
Pick the Right Fit: How Screening Helps You Build a Better Business
  • Shannon Scott, TaxBreak
  • John Pate, LS Screening
  • Harris Bornstein, SterlingBackcheck
  • Julie Moreland, PeopleClues
  • Matt Kelm, HireVue
  4:45 p.m. Break  
6:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Evening Event
The Charleston Distilling Company
501 King Street
  • Cocktails and heavy hors-d'oevres
  • Distillery tours, vodka tastings
  • Live music
7:30 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
Breakfast and Opening Remarks   
8:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions #2
  • Keeping Up with the Millennials:
    The Future of the Mobile Job Application
  • What’s Hot & What’s Not:
    The Latest Industry Trends and How to Use Them to Your Advantage
  • Building a Dream Team:
    Laying the Groundwork with Great Training
  9:15 a.m. Break  
9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions #3
  • Organic Growth & Scaling Your Business:
    The Noodles & Company Story
  • Right-Sizing Workforce Management:
    Equipping Managers to Hire Right, Optimize Coverage and Decrease Labor Costs
  • The Culture Club: 
    Creating and Nurturing Your Company Culture
  10:15 a.m. Break  
10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions #4
  • Expanding Your Business:
    How to Stand Out and Rock Out
  • Going Mobile with LEARN & SCHEDULE:
    Viewing Your World through Smartphones & Tablets
  • Hook the Right Fit:
    Catching the Best Candidates in a Sea of Applications
  11:15 a.m. Break  
11:30 a.m. Closing General Session
  • Awards
  • Lunch
  • Closing remarks
12:00 p.m. Depart  


Collaborate '14 Sponsors

Sterling Infosystems

Sterling Infosystems is the global leader in background checks and employment screening.

LS Screening

LS Screening is a national provider of pre-employment screening services, including drug testing.

Ready Training Online

RTO is a fast, easy, cost-effective way to deliver, document and track employee training online.


TaxBreak is an industry leader in tax credit processing, focusing solely on tax credit recovery for its clients.


HireVue is a talent interaction platform that brings the job interview process into the digital age with on-demand style video and phone interviews.


Collaborate ‘14 was held at the Francis Marion Hotel, right in the heart of downtown Charleston and steps away from hundreds of the best shops, restaurants and bars.
Beautiful city, great people, very good information.
Steve Seymour, Director of HR, Country Fair

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Got a burning question?
Browse our Collaborate '14 FAQs

The conference is being held at The Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC.
The cost to attend is $199 and includes all sessions, meals and events during the conference.
You will be billed after the conference has been held.
  • Conference sessions on Thursday and Friday, May 8-9
  • A cocktail reception on Wednesday, May 7
  • An evening event that includes food and drinks on Thursday, May 8
  • Breakfast, lunch and break refreshments throughout the conference
Call 843.722.0600 or 877.756.2121 (Toll Free) to book your reservation. When you call, let them know you are attending the PeopleMatter Collaborate conference for the special $179 rate.
Yes, $179 per night, plus state and hotel taxes. When you call to book your reservation, mention you are attending the PeopleMatter Collaborate conference to secure this rate.
Yes, you can. We recommend you reach out to the hotel to do this soon, however; this is Charleston’s busy season and rooms will fill up quickly.
We like to call it Charleston Casual. It falls somewhere between Business Casual and Casual Friday and is always comfortable. If you like to put jeans with a sports coat, please do.
There will be a block of free time on Thursday afternoon, between the sessions and the evening event.
Typically, May highs are in the mid-70s and the lows are in the mid-60s.
  • Cabs from the airport to downtown run about $30 one-way.
  • The shuttle rate for downtown Charleston is $14 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes. It is a shared ride and may make several stops, which is dependent upon the passengers on board.
Ginny Drinker
Director of Strategic Marketing and Events
o. 843.300.3460
c. 843.518.1447