John Vlastelica

Chief Instructor, Recruiting Leadership Labs

John Vlastelica draws from over 20 years of recruiting experience, including 10 years as a corporate recruiting leader. He was the Head of Global Recruiting for Expedia and the Head of Tech Recruiting at For over a dozen years, he’s been leading Recruiting Toolbox, helping clients define what good looks like, raise the bar on talent, elevate recruiters to Talent Advisors and improve Hiring Manager capabilities.

John has provided training and management consulting services to companies of all shapes and sizes, including leading organizations in high-tech, bio-tech, healthcare, media, financial services, and retail. He and his team have been hired by heads of talent at world class companies like Disney, PepsiCo, Amazon, Nike, Adidas, Google, Salesforce, Nestle, Starbucks, SAP, Bloomberg, Ferrero, Slack, and Booking.  He’s trained recruiting and hiring teams all over the world – from Moscow to Minneapolis, Beijing to Boston, Amsterdam to Atlanta, Sydney to Sao Paulo, and Dubai to Denver.

John has shared his expertise with colleagues as an entertaining and credible repeat presenter at regional, national, and international recruiting conferences, including keynotes at ERE, SourceCon, Australasian Talent, Recfest UK, and iRecruit Europe.  He’s regularly rated a top 5 speaker at LinkedIn Talent Connect – in 2018 and 2019 he was ranked #1 by attendees.

He’s not a thought leader or guru.  Instead, he’s a lifelong student of recruiting and business, who regularly attends tech and marketing conferences to find inspiration.  He doesn’t take himself too seriously, and enjoys dropping some sarcasm and inappropriate language to keep people engaged, laughing, and learning.

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