Melissa Thompson

Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Melissa Thompson is an executive with 25+ years' experience in Global Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. With an MBA from UT, Austin, Melissa has had a varied career in organizations from retail to technology to banking.  Currently, Melissa serves as Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Ford.

Prior to joining Ford, she was SVP, Talent Acquisition for media organization Neilsen, where she transformed the TA team to meet business needs for fast paced, innovative talent acquisition.

Prior to Nielsen, Melissa held the VP, Talent Acquisition role at McGraw-Hill Education.  During her tenure, she built the Global TA team from the ground up, including an improved user experience through implementing Lever ATS onboard and introducing Passport to Recruit, a manager training program.  In her career she has held recruiting leadership roles at Dell, Citrix, Siebel, and Lenovo. Melissa is an engaging, results-oriented, strategic leader who has a passion for how Talent Acquisition can drive business results.

Melissa is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex where she spends time with family and reconnects with friends from both college and high school.  Melissa is a farm-to-table restaurant aficionado and enjoys beach vacations.


Melissa Thompson’s Session(s):

9:00 a.m.–9:35 a.m. PST —

Optimizing Your Talent Strategy: Using Data Wisely to Measure and Advance Talent Acquisition

Data matters, but results matter more. Join Melissa Thompson, Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Ford for this eye-opening session to help you use data wisely throughout the TA process to meet your goals.

Melissa will discuss how to:

  • Identify what really matters when it comes to understanding if you're moving the needle on DEI
  • Utilize data points that have more importance at every step of the talent life cycle
  • How to get out of your own way when it comes to making progress

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