The MKSSA Annual Conference is back!  MKSSA invites you to an in-person educational opportunity for the search, recruiting and staffing industry.  Join attendees at Fiorella's JackStack BBQ in Kansas City for a staffing and recruiting event you don't want to miss!

Each year we create a conference with exceptional speakers to inspire you and breakout sessions to cover hot-topics in our industry.  There will be opportunities for you to make new contacts, collaborate with your industry peers, and interact with Industry Partners to see new tools and services to grow your business! Our nationally recognized speakers this year are Greg Doershing, Bridget Brown, Klyn Elsbury, and Lil Roy Vaugnn.

$199 (when registering 1-3 attendees)
$179 (when registering 4 + attendees)
Non Members:
Non Member Special- MKSSA Annual Membership and Conference Registration:


CLICK HERE to register.  Space is limited; please register early. The registration deadline is November 1st, 2021.


Fiorella's Event Center

9000 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS 66221



7:30-8:00: Opening Remarks/Toby Cook Kick-Off

8:00-9:30: Klyn Elsbury - Wake Up! What Recruiters Need to Remember About Why We Do What We Do in Times Like These

9:30-9:45: Break

9:45-11:15: Greg Doershing - THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: When Old School Headhunting Collides With New School Technologies

11:15-11:45: Break

11:45-1:00: Lunch/Breakout Sessions

1:00-2:30: Bridget Brown - Stories Change Hearts and Minds

2:30-2:45: Break

2:45-3:45: Lil Roy Vaughn - Decision Drivers: the 4 Characteristics that are the Key Elements in Candidate's Decisions for Making a Change in their Career Journey



Greg Doersching

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: When Old School Headhunting Collides With New School Technologies. 

The debate has raged on now for more than 15 years – what is the best way to recruit candidates? It all started with the phone, then we added fax machines, then came the internet and email, and now we are talking about Artificial Intelligence. But which ways are the best ways for us to make more placements? Greg Doersching, President of Next Level Coaching and Industry Expert will be talking about how we blend the best of old school headhunting and new school technology.


Klyn Elsbury

Wake Up! What Recruiters Need to Remember About Why We Do What We Do in Times Like These

Never before have we collectively been tested the way we currently are. Wake UP! Is a performance you do not want to miss, presented by a 2x author and award-winning keynote speaker, Klyn Elsbury. This signature series will remind you of your deepest “why” and empower you to cut through the noise and reignite the spark inside of you.


Bridget Brown

Stories Change Hearts and Minds. 

That’s important when you are working to help clients find staff and to serve those looking for their next career opportunity. How do you tell the story that will sell the client to the candidate? How do you tell the story that will sell the candidate to the client?

This 90-minute workshop covers:

*What’s in it for them? * What makes a story stick? * How do you structure a story – (even really short ones) * How the “why” of what you do helps you to tell better stories


Lil Roy Vaughn

Decision Drivers…

This presentation will focus on the 4 key characteristics that are the key elements in any candidate’s formal decision for making a change in their career journey. It takes on special importance as candidates are in incredible demand and have so many options to choose from in our work world. This will also wrap around the current day’s candidates' commitment to change jobs.

These elements will construct a process map for vetting and understanding all drivers that are the essence of motivation, and what guides candidates to make their choices.

Thursday & Friday November 10th & 11th, 2022

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location & Hotel Details

Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center

8741 Ryckert St, Lenexa, KS 66219

Raelynn Payan 913-276-5413

Member Attendee (When registering 1-3 attendees) – $249.00
Member Attendee (When registering 4+ attendees) – $229.00
Non-Member Attendee – $299.00

Non-Member Special: MKSSA Annual Membership and Conference Registration: – $350.00 (1st attendee) Contact us for additional attendees. 


Click here to Register





Transforming the Recruiting Function: From Talent Hunter to Relationship Builder

The talent shortage we are all facing is not short-term or cyclical, and it won’t be solved by traditional recruiting means. Leading labor market analytics firm EMSI has labeled it as the “sansdemic”, meaning “without people”. We are just at the beginning of a global labor crisis that many economists and labor experts believe will last decades. What does this mean for the staffing industry? Well, the great news is that demand for our services will only increase as employers struggle more and more to attract and retain talent. The not-so-great news is that our own jobs will continue to get harder as well, particularly if we continue to approach our profession in the same way. Now is the time to pivot from always hunting for more talent to building and nurturing long-term relationships.

In this session, Tom Erb will discuss the current and future state of the labor market, what that means for our industry and national economy, and how you can gain a significant competitive advantage by fundamentally changing the way you approach candidate, employee, and client relationships.

Grow Your Business Through Maximizing Client Relationships

Effective sales aren’t just about acquiring new accounts – it’s about maximizing the opportunity within each client. In this session, we will talk about how to position yourself for more or all the business from the very beginning of the sales process, develop stronger relationships with your clients that promote more business, and techniques for opening doors to new departments, lines, and locations within existing clients.

*NEW* Messaging Mistakes YOU Must Fix Today in YOUR Staffing Business

The data doesn't lie: In 2022, over 90% of professionals screen their phone calls and don't pick up an unknown number. Worse, 96% of people now find phone calls disruptive.

Communication has changed, and sales messaging matters more than ever before. Your team's written (and recorded) communications are your most powerful tool to create sales and positive change in your business.

A single, properly-worded message has the power to close a deal, attract a new candidate or client, and increase your visibility.

Good sales messaging is no longer a "nice to have" in the sales process, it's a NON-NEGOTIABLE - the entire recruiting and sales process cannot start without it.

Bad messaging kills your sales. Good messaging makes you big money in your staffing business.

In this session, we'll answer the question: Are you making these deal-killing writing mistakes in your staffing communications?

Changing Recruiting and Sales Psychology in 2022 and Beyond - and How It'll Make YOU Money

In this new era, the new psychology for recruiting, sales, and revenue growth has changed and we need to take a new approach to earn new customers, increase referrals, and maximize opportunities for partnership and repeat business.

The need for change accelerated quickly during the pandemic, but as ambitious performers who are hungry to meet our potential, we need to adapt - and fast. Buyers are looking for us to add a different type of value as sellers and most of us are still going about it the wrong ways.

Join Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, and Performance Expert, Henna Pryor, PCC, and learn the concrete strategies for leveraging the NEW psychology of selling going forward - and how to do it right.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Shift away from problem-solving to a more valuable strategy
  • Understand how being the "expert with information access" is hurting you instead of helping
  • Know how to position offerings from several new angles that increase trust and forward motion
  • Learn the new critical keys that buyers need to hear today in order to say yes

Four Great Truths - How Clients and Candidates Make Decisions

This session starts with exploring 4 very powerful principles of our industry and applying them to our daily practice with clients and candidates. Principles are where what is Smart in our business meets what is Right in our business. Principles are the keys to unlock your ability to better anticipate and understand how your prospects and client think when they are making important decisions. Principles also help you better position your value to the candidate and client relationship. These four Principles give us greater insight, which in turn, gives us greater influence.

If you don’t know where your candidate or client is in their decision process, there is no way that you can know where you are in your sales or closing process!

This dynamic and interactive sales consulting program includes the following:

  • Explore the underlying 4 Great Truths of Our Industry that Drive Client and Candidate Decisions
  • Gain Insight Into How Your Client Thinks During The 8 Stages of The Decision Process
  • Learn that where you enter the decision process determines how your candidate and client perceives you.
  • Make Better Guiding Suggestions which ensures your Value Proposition throughout the Sales Process.

Negotiation in A New Era…What’s Your Real Value?

While each of us may have a slightly different market focus and niche, we all share something in common that is CRITICAL: we are all striving to have more influence in our marketplace, to earn respect and legitimacy from both clients and candidates and be perceived as something much more than just another vendor or recruiter. This negotiation session is about maintaining our value proposition by elevating the client’s and candidate’s perception of us and our services. Selling is negotiating…negotiating is selling…Therefore, we are always negotiating. There is always a cause and effect: So goes the relationship, so goes the negotiation, so goes the sale…..If you fail to differentiate in your approach, you will always be forced to differentiate by your price!

This dynamic and interactive negotiation session includes the following:

  • The Trigon: A tool to analyze how your clients and candidates see you
  • How to better leverage the 7 Sources of Power in every relationship
  • The 24 most common client and candidate tactics
  • 6 Counteractions to keep the relationship in a more even balance
  • The Framework for Negotiation to align all parties’ needs

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