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The Northeast Minnesota and Duluth Workforce Development Boards, in collaboration with other regional partners, kicked off a Regional Workforce Solutions Series on February 13, 2018 at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. The purpose of the Workforce Solutions Series is to help businesses adapt to changes in labor force and declining availability of workers by providing tangible and proven practices related to recruitment and retention. The upcoming sessions are planned for April 18 focusing on recruitment strategies and May 16 on retention.
Both sessions will help businesses adapt to changes in labor force and declining availability of workers by providing tangible solutions to employee recruitment and retention challenges. Each session will feature key insights from a workforce development experts and a panel of business leaders representing companies from across the state and country who will share their best practices for recruiting and retaining employees. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the presenters and panel members through facilitated Q&A and take away ideas that can be utilized within their own organizations.
Please share your feedback about the May 16 session and any other NE MN Workforce Solutions sessions you attended by using this web link,
MAY 16, 2018: RETENTION STRATEGIES
The 3rd Northeast Minnesota Workforce Solutions Series will be held Wednesday May 16, 2018 in Grand Rapids (7:30 AM session) and Duluth (12:30 PM session).
Studies show that employees today move on to a new opportunity about every five years. Now more than ever it’s imperative employers give their employees a reason to stay. In session three of the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Solutions Series you will hear from Nancy Lyons and employer experts who are trying new and innovative ways to keep their employees engaged.
We are excited to bring in Nancy Lyons, CEO, entrepreneur, and all around good human who speaks about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurialism, technology, and people. Through her candid writing and speaking, she explores the many facets of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business. Seeing work and the culture of work as the next economic frontier, she pushes the progressive boundaries of how we think about professional and personal lives.
Nancy has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She is co-author of “Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process” (New Riders, 2012) and author of the upcoming book, “How to Win at Business by Being Nice to Humans.”
Nancy Lyons, CEO of Clockwork (Keynote speaker)
Marco Vincent, Marvin Windows
Elizabeth Chapman, Art Unlimited
The series is sponsored by: a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, City of Duluth Workforce Development Board, Northeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board, University of Minnesota Center for Economic Development, Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, the NORTHSPAN Group, APEX, NORTHFORCE, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth LISC, and the Head of the Lakes United Way.
APRIL 18, 2018: Recruitment Strategies
The Northeast Workforce Solutions Series kicked off in February with about 160 participants from Grand Rapids, Grand Marais, Hibbing and Duluth to engage in a workforce gap conversation. The State Demographer reported on the stagnant population dynamics and the need to look at new migration to move the needle of population growth and workforce diversification. Most recently, the State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported that since January 2017, the northeast region had gained 6,200 jobs which employers are now challenged to fill at a time when job seekers hold the cards.
As a follow up to that conversation, organizers with the City of Duluth, Duluth Workforce Development Board, the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Board, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation along with several public and private partners are hosting the second series aimed at introducing innovative talent recruitment strategies planned for April 18 in Duluth and Chisholm, both sessions will feature the same speakers.
Morning Session in Duluth: 7:30-10:30 AM, program at 8 AM
Greysolon Ballroom, 231 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802 (parking ramp located at 301 E 1st St. with skywalk connection)
Afternoon Session: 12:30-3:30 PM, program at 1 PM
Minnesota Discovery Center, 1005 Discovery Drive, (Taconite Room) Chisholm, MN 55719
The event is recommended for business owners, people in the human resource management field, or managers/supervisors seeking solutions and opportunities to network.
Featured keynote speaker is:
Janice Urbanik is Senior Director for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She leverages her past experience as the Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnati to help other National Fund sites achieve their full potential. Janice also facilitates the Employer Roundtable of the Cincinnati Child Poverty Collaborative where employers learn from other employers about the policies and practices they can implement to improve recruiting, retention and advancement while also building competitive advantage in their industry. Janice and her work teams have been recognized nationally for their work in assisting under-represented populations attain and retain employment in growing industry sectors in the region.
Janice also serves on the Boards or Leadership Councils for the National Skills Coalition, Womens Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and Jostin Construction. She is a proud member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 40. Janice is also heavily involved in efforts to increase the number of women and girls in non-traditional careers, such as starting the Rosie’s Girls program in Cincinnati in 2007. Janice began her career at Procter & Gamble.
The series is sponsored by: a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, City of Duluth Workforce Development Board, Northeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board, University of Minnesota Center for Economic Development, Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, the NORTHSPAN Group, APEX, NORTHFORCE, Northland Foundation, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, and Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth LISC, and the Head of the Lakes United Way.
Janice Urbanik, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Jared Cuoco, Essentia Health
Lori Tapani, Wyoming Machine
Paula Sahin, Valley Natural Foods
Scott Ferraro, Carlson Management Company biography (no presentation material)
Let us know what you thought about the speakers and panelists from April 18. Fill out the survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GH6YH3R
FEBURARY 13, 2018 KICK OFF EVENT
At the Kick-off event, more than 150 attendees learned from industry experts and gained insight on workforce trends, challenges and solutions. Featured speakers included Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer, and Gerry Hoeffner, President of Personnel Dynamics Consulting Group, who specializes in change management, corporate culture enhancement and employee development.
PRESENTATIONS from February 13 are available for download:
Susan Brower and Gerry Hoeffner
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