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Clearance Job

Connect 2021

Oct 20 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner,McLean, VA


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What is ClearanceJobs Connect?

ClearanceJobs Connect is a full day of in-person strategic and innovative sessions by leaders in the national security community and defense industry. Expand your cleared recruiting skills, create meaningful connections, learn from experts, and have fun!

Who Should Attend?

Talent acquisition professionals who focus on hiring for the national security community with a focus on recruiting cleared professionals.

Why Should You Attend?

ClearanceJobs Connect is the ONLY event focused on security cleared recruiting, and features government speakers from ODNI and DSCA. You will learn the latest security clearance policies, the most innovative cleared recruiting ideas, and an opportunity to network with fellow secret squirrel recruiters – need we say more?



Sherry Van Sloun

Assistant Director for National Intelligence, ODNI

ADNI Van Sloun leads the design, development, and execution of human resources strategies, plans and policies in support of the men and women who serve in our nation's intelligence agencies.


Amy Butchko

Director of Talent Acquisition Solutions, SAIC

Amy is a fifteen-year government contracting veteran and recruiting leader who leads SAIC's critical sourcing and recruitment marketing solutions center developing solutions to overcome candidate scarcity problems and build talent pipelines.


Evan Lesser

President & Founder, ClearanceJobs

Evan founded ClearanceJobs in 2002 as a direct response to 9/11. He knew from prior roles in the defense industry that finding and hiring cleared professionals was a huge challenge and potential roadblock to national security.


Heather Green

Director of the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC), DCSA

Director Green manages a diverse office of over 300 personnel security specialists in the oversight of the National Industrial Personnel Security Program (NISP), Department of Defense (DoD) Continuous Evaluation (CE Program) and the Expedited Screening Center (ESC).


Tommy Weinert

Founder, Mount Indie

Tommy is a DOD/Intel Talent Acquisition advisor and Founder of Mount Indie, a firm based in San Diego focused on helping small to large DOD contractors reinvent their TA strategy to compete in today’s market.


JD Williams

Director of Talent Acquisition, GDIT

JD has served in the talent acquisition space for over 15 years. JD focuses on developing cohesive teams and building operating strategies that align with and deliver for the business.


Lindy Kyzer

Director of Content, ClearanceJobs

Lindy oversees ClearanceJobs news site, social media, and events. Prior to working for ClearanceJobs, Lindy was a Department of Army employee at the Pentagon and the U.S. Army’s first social media manager.


8:30 - 9:00

Registration + Coffee + Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Overview - Evan Lesser, Founder and President & Lindy Kyzer, Director of Content, ClearanceJobs

9:15 - 10:00

How to Recruit the Rarest Talent on the Planet - The Great Resignation Meets Recruitment Marketing - Amy Butchko, Director, Talent Acquisition Solutions for SAIC

10:00 - 10:45

How to Improve Your Candidate Response Rate - Tommy Weinert, Founder, Mount Indie

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

New Insights on Effective Employer Branding - Evan Lesser, Founder and President, ClearanceJobs

12:00 - 1:00

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 1:45

Trusted Workforce 2.0 Takes Personnel Security to the Next Level - Heather Green, Director of the Vetting Risk Operations Center, DCSA

1:45 - 2:30

Keynote SpeakerTaking National Security Hiring to the Next Level - Sherry Van Sloun, Assistant Director for National Intelligence, ODNI

2:30 - 3:00

How Recruiters Can Succeed in a Talent Crisis – JD Williams, Director of Talent Acquisition, GDIT

3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 4:00

Panel Discussion: Your Top Recruiting and Security Clearance Nightmares

4:00 - 5:00

ClearanceJobs + Cocktails



Registration is currently limited to the first 150 responses and priority will be given to current ClearanceJobs customers and invited guests.

Want to become a customer? Request a Demo

Nothing! We’re launching our first ClearanceJobs Connect conference as a FREE opportunity. If demand increases for 2022, we may charge a nominal fee to cover the cost of attendance.


Uh, of course – and cocktails! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all included with your registration. And a special networking happy hour from 4-5 you won’t want to miss!

Due to limited registration, we’re asking those who RSVP to commit to the full day where possible. Life happens, but this is a day of networking you won’t want to miss.

We will not be offering a virtual option, in order to maximize participation and engagement on site. But highlights of sessions will be made available on-demand after the event, so if you can't attend in-person, stay tuned to see select sessions.

If you find you are unable to attend, please email editor@clearancejobs.com. Cancellations closer than 48 hours to the event that aren't due to illness may bar the attendee from future ClearanceJobs Connect events.

There are two parking garages that we suggest using. 

1) Park directly at the Hyatt Regency

2) Park at the nearby Reston Town Center

Casual/Business Casual - wear what you feel comfortable in for a day of learning and networking. Pants required; Zoom shirt optional. :)

Following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, face masks or coverings may be required in hotel indoor public areas and when moving around in outdoor areas at the Hyatt Regency. You must agree to abide by all ClearanceJobs and Hyatt safety protocols, follow applicable safety precautions.

Public areas may include hotel lobbies, elevators, meetings and events spaces when guests are not seated. Some guests may be exempt from this mandate, including but not limited to guests with medical conditions, guests consuming food or beverages, guests who are seated outdoors and socially distant, meetings and events guests who are seated and socially distant.

In addition to Hyatt health and safety measure, ClearanceJobs Connect will be held in an oversized ballroom where attendees will have ample opportunity to social distance. 

For local guidance please see Fairfax County Guide to Face Coverings. 

Help keep each other healthy.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the first ever in-person ClearanceJobs Connect 2021. We are taking steps to make certain this year’s event is safe and healthy. Full vaccination will be required to attend the in-person event at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA. Proof of vaccination may be required. If you're unvaccinated, we invite you to enjoy the sessions on-demand after the event.


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