In mid-January, we hosted the fourth annual Blue Signal Summit 2023. About 60 Blue Signalers from across the country came to Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate the momentous year that was 2022. To kick off the event, some Blue Signalers met for activities Monday morning, including golf and a spin class. Later, the team met at Revolu Taqueria for a welcome dinner reception. For many of our team members, it was the first time being face to face with their remote colleagues! New connections were made, laughs were shared, and a ton of Mexican food was eaten.
The next day, Blue Signalers joined together at The Newton to commence a day’s worth of learning, connecting, and networking. The day included curated sessions covering topics from motivation and leadership to failure and compassion. The speaker lineup was stacked with industry professionals, Blue Signal leadership, and some of our very own recruiting team members. Ultimately, the sessions stirred up a lot of new ideas on client management, navigating your own desk, and personal growth.
Speakers Featured at the Blue Signal Summit 2023
Sumona de Graff – Summit 2023 Keynote
As an organizational psychologist specializing in motivation and what drives people, Sumona de Graff spoke about unleashing the potential of leaders to achieve their goals. Sumona’s knowledge as a prior Fortune 300 Chief Human Resources Officer and expertise in social science provided helpful insights to apply to our recruiting practice techniques. Our team was grateful to hear from her at the Summit 2023 and received valuable takeaways from her session.
Learn more about Sumona and her advisory firm, Idealis, by visiting her website.
Brent Stokes – “Distance Running: A Talk on Achievement, Learning, & Compassion”
Next, Blue Signalers listened to a session led by Sr. Recruiting Manager, Brent Stokes. In “Distance Running: A Talk on Achievement, Learning, & Compassion,” Brent spoke about his journey with running, and how adopting habits can impact your life both professionally and personally. Brent’s session was motivating and provided tangible steps to avoid burnout and set yourself up for success in recruiting.
Alex Bolan – “Leadership & Overcoming the Fear of Failure”
After Brent’s session, Sr. Executive Recruiter Alex Bolan presented on “Leadership & Overcoming the Fear of Failure.” Alex captivated the audience with engaging stories about his time as a teenager, EMT, and military personnel, and the lessons he learned from overcoming the fear of failure. Alex highlighted what makes a great and not-so-good leader, and how to recognize those attributes. He inspired the audience to not fear failure, whether that occurs at home or in the office, but to rather to focus on the growth that comes from failing.
Claudia Barraza – Laughter Yoga
In the afternoon, Blue Signalers had the chance to participate in laughter yoga, led by Claudia Barraza. Laughter yoga is a modern exercise involving a series of movement and breathing exercises to promote prolonged voluntary laughter. The practice of laughing yoga is intended to help lift your mood, reduce stress, increase energy levels, improve your quality of life, and help you better manage hardship. Earlier in 2022, members of Blue Signal Women of the Workplace participated in a virtual laughing yoga session. The positive feedback received from this session inspired incorporating laughter yoga into the Blue Signal Summit 2023.
Claudia did a fantastic job encouraging vulnerability and authenticity with colleagues throughout the activity. While it took Blue Signalers out of their comfort zone, many had incredible results afterwards. A few of the team members claimed they had more energy, felt less stressed, and had a better mood than when they started. We appreciate Claudia coming to lead this activity – it will be a memory our team never forgets!
Claudia is a certified yoga instructor with over 500 teaching hours, and owner of Corazon Prem Yoga & Wellness in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bo Scott – “Reflections on Ramping”
Following laughter yoga, the recruiting team listened to Sr. Executive Recruiter, Bo Scott, speak on his “Reflections on Ramping.” Bo shared his insights on the “ramp up” period of recruiting, AKA the first couple months in the role. In addition to sharing his experience, he emphasized the importance of adopting a “yes,” “next,” and “detached” mentality to be successful. His session provided immense value to the recruiting team.
Jonathan Lee – “The Missing Piece of the Puzzle”
While the recruiting team was hearing from Bo, the Blue Signal Specialists (Marketing, Operations, Finance, People & Culture) joined a session led by Jonathan Lee, Director of Operations. In “The Missing Piece of the Puzzle,” Jonathan shared personal stories of weakness and how it has led to his success at Blue Signal. Equal parts insightful and vulnerable, his session left the Specialists motivated and inspired.
Later in the afternoon, the 2022 Pacesetters held an open forum for questions from their recruiting colleagues. At Blue Signal, Pacesetters are equivalent to what other companies use as their President’s Club. Typically, the Blue Signal Pacesetters are the top performing recruiters of the company. Different from years past, this panel was made up of first-time Pacesetters. The panelists answered questions on their journey to achieving Pacesetter and what it took to get there. At the end, recruiters left with the insight and steps to achieve Pacesetter for 2023.
Summit 2023 State of the Signal Recap
The Blue Signal Summit 2023 was concluded by the 2023 State of the Signal, led by Blue Signal CEO Matt Walsh. The State of the Signal presentation serves to showcase the company’s growth, achievements, and outlook for the following year. In addition, we try to measure against our core values of helping others, doing the right thing, and being excellent.
2022 was an enormous year of growth for Blue Signal, as both a recruiting firm and an employer. We took our expertise to all corners of the nation, by more than doubling our workforce. We now have recruiters in 20+ states nationwide and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, we surpassed 2,000 total placements, translating to 2,000 stronger teams. As we look forward to 2023, we hope to match this growth and impact even more lives.
Launch of Resume and Career Services
Last year, Blue Signal launched our sister company, Resume and Career Services. This candidate-driven service helps job seekers gain the empowerment needed to secure their next great role. By bringing this new partnership to our arsenal of candidate support, we hope to forge a path ahead that turns qualified professionals into exceptional prospective hires.
2022 was an amazing year for the Blue Signal team. At the Summit 2023, Blue Signal recognized 35 team members for going above and beyond – that's an outstanding 50% of our team! 13 recruiters were named as Pacesetters, and 22 individuals were awarded based on metrics, milestones, and upholding Blue Signal’s core values. We are so proud of everyone who was recognized, as their efforts do not go unnoticed.
Blue Signal Gives Back
The winner of our 5th annual philanthropy initiative, Blue Signal Gives Back, was also announced during the awards ceremony at the Summit 2023. Each year, Blue Signal donates to a nonprofit charitable organization on behalf of the winner of a metrics-based, company-wide contest. The winner of Blue Signal Gives Back 2023 was unveiled as Kevin Smith, Sr. Executive Recruiter. As a result, $2,280 will be donated to the International Justice Mission on behalf of Kevin. The International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects people in poverty from human trafficking, modern-day slavery, violence, and police abuse of power. Blue Signal is proud to support this cause with our donation.
Goals for 2023
The State of the Signal wrapped up with an outlook of the upcoming year and what the team can expect. In 2023, we are aspiring for more growth by expanding our national footprint while growing an international team. We are striving to optimize processes, including remote training and onboarding. Matt shared exciting opportunities for professional development, skills development, and leadership training. After another successful year at Blue Signal, we are ready to accomplish these mighty goals in 2023!
Summit 2023 Conclusion
After the State of the Signal, Blue Signalers enjoyed dinner at Lylo Swim Club and toasted to 2023 on the rooftop of Don Woods’ Say When. Upon reflecting, the Blue Signal Summit 2023 was an incredible time to connect with colleagues, dive into topics like leadership, failure, and growth, and review our 2022 performance. The Summit left Blue Signalers inspired for what’s ahead in 2023. We appreciate all that made the journey to Phoenix to celebrate with us, and hope to see you back again next year!
Not a Blue Signaler? Not a problem! We’re always looking to expand our team. If you’re interested in joining a company well on its way to becoming the best recruiting firm on the planet, contact us today to discover an exciting new path.