Hook Talent EDU Employer Summit

May 19, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin

Join us for The University of Texas at Austin’s inaugural Hook Talent EDU Employer Summit. Learn from industry experts, academics and UT students about Gen Z preferences and hiring trends; connect with UT administrators and fellow employers; and experience the burnt orange spirit on the Forty Acres.

Keynote Speakers:
Matt Berndt, Head of Indeed Job Search Academy and Senior Manager of Job Seeker Experience
Art Markman, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, UT Austin

This in-person event will take place at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Tickets to this year’s event are complimentary and are limited to one person per company/organization. Seating is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP early to reserve your spot.

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Please contact Alex Kraus for any questions.


Check-In and Light Breakfast

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Understanding Gen Z’s approach to job search and career planning

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Speaker: Matt Berndt

Matt has been helping people get jobs for nearly 30 years. Presently, he is a Senior Manager of Job Seeker Experience and Career Strategist leading Indeed’s Job Search Academy – a job search readiness and education program for job seekers to help them get jobs and manage their careers. Prior to his current role, Matt built and scaled Indeed’s executive briefing center program – the Indeed Idea Center – executing executive briefings with talent acquisition leaders from more than 800 enterprise employers in 29 countries. Prior to joining Indeed, Matt worked in the staffing Industry with Randstad and in college and university career services at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern California and St. Edward’s University, and served on the boards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers.

Future Skills Roundtable Discussion

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Participants are invited to join roundtables on the following critical skills for the future of work to discuss their importance to the workplace and for potential candidates. Skills topics:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Curiosity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Adaptability

Lunch and Recruiting at UT Student Panel

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Current UT Austin graduate and undergraduate students will provide insight and perspective on how they are pursuing and evaluating work opportunities and what this means for future recruitment practices.

Closing Keynote: Companies Can Teach Students How to be Happy at Work –That Starts with Recruiters

1:40-2:50 p.m.

Speaker: Art Markman

Art Markman, PhD is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology, Human Dimensions of Organizations, and Marketing and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written over 150 research papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation. Art brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today and Fast Company as well as his radio show/podcast Two Guys on Your Head. He is the author of several books including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, Brain Briefs, and Bring Your Brain to Work.

Most companies have realized that new employees—particularly those new to the workforce—have a lot of knowledge and skills to learn both about the industry they will now be working in as well as about the world of work itself. What is less obvious is that these employees (and probably workers in general) also need to learn how to be happy at work and satisfied with their accomplishments. In this talk, I will explore the factors that drive happiness and satisfaction with work, ways that companies can promote those positive emotions, and the role that recruiters can play in this teaching from the moment that prospective employees start engaging with the organization.

Closing Remarks

2:50-3:00 p.m.