Carmen Hudson

Principal Consultant & Trainer

Carmen Hudson brings a wealth of talent acquisition experience to Recruiting Toolbox. Carmen’s expertise is in helping clients build the right recruiting strategies and implementing them in the real-world environment of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive talent markets. She consults and trains hiring manager and recruiting teams globally.

Carmen is a well-known industry insider who has spent years curating, creating, and sharing best practices around sourcing, interviewing, and recruiting technology. Her corporate experience includes Yahoo!, where she was Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition. At Yahoo! she led the strategic sourcing team, revitalizing the employee referral program and Yahoo’s employer brand. The team was awarded a coveted Yahoo! Superstar Award, an ERE Excellence award, and various recruiting and advertising industry awards. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she was manager, Global Strategic Sourcing for Starbucks Coffee Corporation.  She has also held senior talent acquisition roles at Microsoft,, and Capital One, and founded a social recruiting technology company.

Carmen is a frequent speaker at global recruiting events, including SourceCon, HRTX and iRecruit. She and John Vlastelica co-founded  Talent42, a conference for tech recruiters.  Carmen earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Her passions include RecruiterHunt, a curation site and Chrome Extension she built for recruiters and sourcers, Twitter, and YouthCare, a Seattle-area non-profit that works to end youth homelessness.

Areas of Expertise

  • Recruiting Strategy and Process
  • Recruiting Management
  • Recruiting Technology
  • Strategic Sourcing and Sourcing Strategy Development
  • Advanced Sourcing Skills Training
  • Employer Branding
  • Social Media for Recruiting
  • Candidate Experience
  • Advanced Sourcing Skills Training

Connect with Carmen

“Carmen was engaging and extremely knowledgeable about recruitment. Her passion for the area was evident.”

Google X

“Great way of explaining concepts and connecting them to day to day practice. Always keeping a light conversation and able to facilitate technical talks when necessary. Just awesome.”


“Carmen clearly knows this business and had a ton of personal insights and strategies to share.”


Speaking Engagements

  • Talent42, Seattle
  • SourceCon, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta
  • Recruiting Trends and Talent Tech, Las Vegas
  • Recruiter Nation Live, San Francisco
  • HR Tech Fest, Johannesburg
  • iRecruit, Amsterdam
  • ATC, Australia, New Zealand

Sample Projects

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Disney

  • ExtraHop Networks
  • Autodesk

  • Pokemon

  • Stubhub