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Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent by The Baltimore CFO Leadership Council

Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent hosted by: The Baltimore CFO Leadership Council Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

When: Tuesday December 10, 2019
7:30-9:30 AM
Where: The offices of Womble Bond Dickinson
100 Light Street
26th floor
Baltimore, Maryland  21202
United States
Contact: Debbie Lindner
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**Parking: Lanier Parking is across the street at 30 Light Street. There are two entrances – one at 30 Light Street and one on Lombard Street (across from Womble Bond Dickinson’s building - just past the Royal Farms store). Parking is not validated for this meeting.



Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent


Program description


Today’s economic climate provides employees with many career options which makes attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent increasingly challenging. Businesses are finding it difficult to find and keep employees and keep them engaged and productive, especially top performers who have been approached with competitive opportunities.


Join us for “Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent,” where our panel of experts will address these challenges and provide insights into how to successfully recruit, maintain and motivate top talent. Our speakers will share their first-hand experience, their lessons learned, and share practical solutions attendees can utilize within their organizations. 


We’ll focus on compensation and benefits, professional development, recruiting strategies and how to create a work environment that will maximize the performances of a multi-generational workforce.


Learning Objectives


Through this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to recruit, attract and retain top talent
  • How to be a leader that exemplifies a successful company culture
  • How to invest in the workforce and measure the ROI of employee retention programs
  • Employment trends that CFOs should be made aware




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To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button. All CFO Leadership Council members can attend this event for free.


Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $50.


Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Senior Marketing Director, Baltimore Chapter at

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information


 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits:  1.8 CPE credits in
Personnel/Human Resources
 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

About Our Speakers


Kristin Backstrom, Ph.D., Business Psychologist, Leadership Advisor, Smart Performance Strategies, Inc.

Dr. Kristin Backstrom is a business psychologist who works with senior executives to help them achieve the visibility in the C-suite that they want and need to achieve their career goals.  She delivers value in her client engagements by improving communication ability, decision-making and problem-solving, and emotional intelligence.  Her unique approach delivers increased competency for clients tasked with translating strategy into execution.  Kristin works across industries, and has provided leader development for clients in finance, government contracting, IT, healthcare, bioscience/life science, nonprofit, and law, among others.

Kristin’s unique doctoral degree positions her as an expert at the intersection of business and human behavior.   With both a master’s and undergraduate degree in marketing, she accurately applies brand and marketing concepts to behavior in ways that drive real world applications that deliver results.


Drew Cohen, CEO, MasterPeace Solutions

Drew’s background is rooted in software and system delivery. Early in his career he developed systems that were deployed across the Intelligence Community and DoD, including the first operational Navy intelligence system built using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, POST, and the map rendering software for one of the first GIS systems deployed widely across the Intelligence Community, Oilstock. After developing an exclusive relationship with Netscape in the early 1990’s, he left Government contracting to become the CTO and founder of an Internet startup, iFusion LLC. In 1995 he moved to Silicon Valley and joined Intel Corporation as Director of Technical Strategy for Intel’s Content Group. During this time he was also a key member if the original team at what later became Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital arm. In 1997 he left Intel to become a founder and CEO of NeoPlanet Inc., a technology startup that was sold to Compaq in 2001. He returned to his roots, to support the Government after 9/11, working for Booz Allen Hamilton. During this time he was promoted to Partner and Senior Vice President and was responsible for starting Booz Allen’s cloud computing initiative and leading the Booz Allen’s Systems development work across National Security Accounts.


Drew is a strategic and decisive leader who is forward thinking, collegial, innovative, and effective in high-profile executive roles that involve making critical decisions, driving innovation and positive change. He is a dynamic, high-energy and proven strategist, opportunity shaper/capture leader, and technical solution provider who has led the turn-around of troubled programs and divisions, jump started new engagements, led the strategy to capture new client market areas, and provided leadership to start up new businesses.


Drew is also actively engaged in community and philanthropic activities. He founded the ‘Party for a Purpose’ events for the National Cancer Society, has held a board position at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage, and currently serves as a Leadership Council Member for the Washington Redskin’s Charitable Foundation.



Joe Gonzales, Regional Vice President, Robert Half

Joe Gonzales is a Regional Vice President for Robert Half, the world’ first and largest specialized staffing firm, based in Maryland. In his current role, he is responsible for leading Robert Half’s Professional Staffing Services businesses across the state. Joe is also a media spokesperson for the company on hiring and career trends. During his tenure with Robert Half, he’s appeared on Fox Baltimore and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Business Journal. Having earned both a Masters and undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University, Joe started his career in staffing 22 years ago and is proud to have recently celebrated his 17th anniversary with Robert Half, a company FORTUNE® Magazine named as the number one staffing firm for service, quality, and innovation. For two decades, he has been dedicated to ensuring customers in Greater Maryland area are connected with the most highly- skilled professionals who can help grow their organizations. Joe leads a business that provides quality customer service to candidates and clients and he’s a leader and mentor to his team – helping to build a culture that allows for personal and professional career development.


Rajeev Thakur, Chief Knowledge Officer, Newmark Knight Frank

Rajeev Thakur heads the Global Knowledge Center at Newmark Knight Frank. The Global Knowledge Center is a strategic research and advisory unit that produces industry insights, tracks business trends, and develops content for informed solutions in consulting and transactions.

Rajeev is also responsible for developing and managing consulting projects involving location strategy, labor analytics, and portfolio strategy. He also works with clients and brokerage professionals during economic incentives negotiation and lease transactions. He interfaces with C-Level Executives and Business Unit Leaders on consulting engagements, helping them develop consensus internally and answering questions such as:

       Where should the company locate its office, manufacturing, or industrial operations?

       Where and how can the company access and retain talent while managing cost?

       How should the company design its workplace of the future?

       What is the optimal real estate strategy to maximize leverage in prevailing market conditions? 

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