Carmen Hudson

Carmen Hudson draws from over 15 years of recruiting experience, with a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent. Carmen’s expertise is in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies, and then implementing them in the real world of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive recruiting environments. She consults and trains companies to help them leverage high ROI solutions for big sourcing, social media, and technology implementation initiatives.

Carmen is a self-described “recruiting geek” who has spent years learning, creating, and sharing best practices around sourcing. She gets that technology – for all of its hype – is still a means to an end, not an end in itself. 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, where she developed sourcing strategies and recommended resources and tactics to support U.S. retail management hiring. 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, Talent42, Recruiting Trends and iRecruit. She and John Vlastelica co-founded  Talent42., a conference for tech recruiters. Carmen earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.


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



» Meet Carmen in person


  • 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


  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Disney
  • ExtraHop Networks
  • Autodesk
  • Pokemon
  • StubHub