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Carol Mahoney, Yahoo!’s VP Talent Acquisition, Kennedy Expo 2007

Posted on May 14, 2007
Filed Under Building Talent Organizations, Carol Mahoney, Kennedy Info, People, Sourcing Technologies, WebVideo | 1 Comment

By Dave Mendoza, Master Cybersleuth, JobMachine Inc.

“Developing a High Performance Talent Acquisition Organization”

Key Note Speaker: Carol Mahoney, VP of Yahoo! Talent Acquisition, May 10th, Thursday, Kennedy Conference & Expo, Las Vegas Hilton

I have had the pleasure of meeting Carol twice for substantive discussions and on each occasion, she embodied the consummate big thinker with a genuine, larger than life personae which easily provokes ideas, friendship and memorable reflection. Great things are afoot at Yahoo!’s Talent Acquisition as she continues to enhance a world class talent organization which reflects her hands-on, passionate embrace of strategies and tactics.

At Kennedy Conference & Expo, Carol presented hands-on tools and techniques to jump-start your talent acquisition organization with organized principles that work best – a centralized, de-centralized, hybrid, and how to set up a sourcing organization. She explored the different roles of the sourcer from that of the recruiter, while taking due note of the pitfalls to avoid.

It’s not just about sourcing. It’s not just about hiring good recruiters. Creating a high performing talent acquisition machine requires a winning strategy, priorities that bring the strategy to life, simple operating mechanisms to ensure the machine is well-oiled, and the best recruiting talent available. In her role as VP of Talent Acquisition and Mobility at Yahoo!, Carol Mahoney has had to dig deep into the strategies and tactics that identify and deliver top talent in a highly challenging field. Along the way, she’s also had to develop some new tricks, all of which she’ll share with you and help you apply to your own talent acquisition program:

About Carol Mahoney, Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Yahoo!

Carol Mahoney is VP of Yahoo! Talent Acquisition. She joined in late 2003 to help advance the talent agenda for the Internet giant in anticipation of hyper growth. She has leveraged her 20+ years of staffing experience to build a formidable talent acquisition machine for Yahoo! that has produced over 10,000 high profile hires over the past three years. Carol has held a variety of HR leadership positions as well as provided subject matter consulting for companies like Intuit Inc., Pro-Quest Inc., Synopsys Inc., Digital Equipment Corporation, and Advanced Micro Devices. In the late 90’s, Carol combined efforts with Gardner Consulting to create and deliver “Guerilla Recruiting”, a hands-on workshop geared at helping high-growth companies compete in the war for talent. Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University.

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One Response to “Carol Mahoney, Yahoo!’s VP Talent Acquisition, Kennedy Expo 2007”

  1. Ben on May 21st, 2007 12:19 pm


    I had the pleasure of spending time with Carol about a year ago at a CareerXroads Consortium. I found Carol to be smart, funny and a joy to be around. I provided Carol, her colleague and Gerry Crispin a twilight tour of the monuments in DC that week, which we all had alot of fun with.

    BTW, how do you think she would feel having a video of her hosted on a Google-owned product? 🙂 Just curious…