Meet the 2018 Speakers


Barbara BrunoBarbara Bruno

President of Good As Gold Training and HR Search

Barbara Bruno is an internationally recognized top expert in the staffing and recruiting profession.

She is the president of Good As Gold Training and HR Search and addresses 20+ events annually, conducts webinars, and provides in-house training and consulting. Her ideas are comprehensive, logical, easy to implement, and help guarantee that participants realize a strong return on their time and money. In addition, she offers several web-based training options like her Top Producer Tutor, which helps jump-start new hires and elevate the success of the most tenured recruiters or account executives.

Realizing the importance of the candidate experience, Barb created a customized career portal for the 95 percent of candidates not placed. The staffing and recruiting firms who have set up a career portal are now helping a hundred percent of the candidates they attract while they enjoy the benefit of increased referrals, positive social media posts, and passive income.

Most recently Barb developed the Sales Performance Indicator, which is a simple-to-use metric tool that takes the guesswork out of consistent production.

Barb writes for numerous publications and authors one of the most widely read online publications is her biweekly No BS Newsletter. She is the author of several books, the creator of a mobile application for job seekers, and is often quoted as an industry expert.

Her enthusiasm and passion for this profession are contagious!

William R. Pokorny

Partner in the Labor & Employment, K-12 Education, and Higher Education Practice Groups at Franczek Radelet P.C

William R. Pokorny is a partner in the Labor & Employment, K-12 Education, and Higher Education Practice Groups at Franczek Radelet P.C.

Bill helps employers and educational institutions achieve their goals in legal disputes with their current and former employees, students, and others in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Bill has a wide range of litigation experience, particularly in the areas of wage and hour litigation, discrimination and civil rights, employee benefits, and leave, benefits and accommodations claims.

Bill also helps employers identify, understand and solve a wide range of legal problems relating to their employees. As co-chair of the firm’s wage and hour practice team, Bill is particularly versed in all aspects of state and federal law relating to minimum wages, overtime, exemptions, and wage payment issues. Bill also regularly counsels employers on issues relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), disability and accommodations. Bill provides management and employee training on workplace legal issues, and also conducts workplace investigations and legal audits.

Bill serves as co-author of the firm’s Wage & Hour Insights blog, where he writes about the practical side of wage and hour law from a management perspective. Bill was recognized as a “Top Author” in the 2017 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards.

In 2014, Bill was named to the annual “40 Under 40” published by Law Bulletin Publishing which recognizes 40 attorneys under the age of 40 based on nominations by their clients, peers and the legal community. In 2017, Bill was named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.

Bill joined the firm in February 2006. Previously, he worked at the law firms of Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP (2003–2006) and McDermott Will & Emery LLP (2001–2003). He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations.

When he is not practicing law, Bill studies karate with his wife and three boys, serves as a high school youth advisor at his church, and aspires to someday be a competent gardener and woodworker.