September 14, 2021 – Premier Virtual Steve Edwards and Gen Z Planet Hana Ben-Shabat

September 14, 2021 – Premier Virtual Steve Edwards and Gen Z Planet Hana Ben-Shabat

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Steve Edwards – Founder of Premier Virtual

I took a jobs fair and a jobs board and I put them together
and injected some steroids. 

Steve Edwards is the founder and CEO of Premier Virtual which specializes in virtual career fairs. With their extremely easy user interface, hosts can have their event set up within minutes and ready to go live within 24 hours of selecting the date and time. Premier Virtual has perfected the virtual career fair by providing employers with completely customizable “booths” with employer “Interactive Hiring Room” that allows the employer to text chat and use the internal video chat to invite the candidate to a live “real time” interview. Jobseeker chat function allows them to send/receive messages from any booth in the event. So if you miss them initially, they can still respond even if they have already left your booth. Employers can respond to jobseeker’s questions, or initiate the chat themselves from the Employer Hiring Room. Back-end functionality allows the ability to follow up with jobseekers after the event. “After 9 years managing in person hiring events, I saw the need for a virtual option. When I started building Premier Virtual, everyone thought I was crazy. COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption curve and now everyone needs a solution like this. Even after COVID-19, hybrid events with in-person and virtual options will offer the best opportunity to succeed.” Their platform has helped nearly 20,000 employers connect with over 200,000 registered job seekers.

Hana Ben-Shabat – Founder of Gen Z Planet and Author of Gen Z 360: Preparing for the Inevitable Change in Culture, Work, and Commerce

We associate generations with 1 or 2 events that shape their
lives. When you think about Gen Z, they have grown up with
so many difficult events. 

Hana Ben-Shabat is the founder of Gen Z Planet, a research and advisory firm that helps leaders across sectors and industries to prepare for the next generation of culture creators, employees, and consumers. In this role, Hana combines her passion for turning insights into a growth engine with her commitment to support the integration of the next generation into business and into society in general. Known for her creativity, expertise, and insights, Hana is an award-winning management consultant who was named as one of the “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting Magazine for her thought leadership in retail. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator on consumer behaviors and trends, and over the years she has been quoted in leading media publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Economist, Forbes and Fortune as well as Women’s Wear Daily and the Business of Fashion. Before founding Gen Z Planet, Hana was a partner and board member of the global management consulting firm Kearney where she co-led the firm’s Global Consumer Institute and advised clients around the world on issues of corporate strategy and organizational effectiveness. Before that she held marketing positions at several Israeli tech companies.