By collaborating, employers and educators can address the growing skills gap due to boome­rs retiring, millennials’ career choices, and employee retention.

Join us for our second leadership event to learn how some companies are working directly with training institutions to build an up-skilled workforce from the often overlooked ready to work talent pool.

June 21, 2017

Hosted by U.S. Bank, U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN

Welcome   8:30 – 8:45 

Beverly Riddick, Executive Director, Ready To Work Business Collaborative

Keynote   8:45 – 9:15 

Guy Finne, Manager Human Resources, Mayo Clinic


9:15 – 9:45  What is the Skills Gap?

Jamai Blivin, Innovate+Educate

9:45 – 10:15 VoTech Education and Middle Skills Training

Mary Toner, CTE Business Career Pathways Academy
Karin McCabe, McGough Construction

Break   10:15 – 10:30

Educator & Employer Panel Discussions

10:30 – 11:15  4-Year College Programs

Angela Lurie, Moderator, Robert Half

Thomson Reuters and University of Wisconsin: BS Digital Marketing Technology – (Craig Yolitz & Kevin Tharp)
Partners Healthcare and College for America at Southern New Hampshire University  (Dena Lerra & Katherine Decelles & Melissa Goldberg)

11:15 – 12:00  Community College Partnerships

Moderator: Josh Copus, NAWB

Wyoming Machine and Pine Technical & Community College: Telepresence Solution (Lori Tapani & Heidi Braun)
LaGuardia Community College and General Assembly (Stephanie Royal &Tom Ogletree)

Lunch   12:00 – 12:45

12:45 – 1:30  Bootcamp Panel: Employers Who See the Value

Moderator: Todd Gustuvson, Kennexis

ZipCode Wilmington (Melanie Augustin)
McKinsey’s Generation Initiative (Jennifer Sikes)

1:30 – 2:00  Panel: Social Responsibility Improves Candidate Pipeline and Retention

Mall of America with Oasis (Dan Jasper)
Worklab Innovations – Sustainable Workforce

2:00 – 2:30  Apprenticeships — The Value

Break   2:30 – 2:45

2:45 – 4:30 Workshop: Developing a Program with an Educational Institution

Leader:  Greg Hicks, Unlablel Innovation

Networking   4:30 – 5:30

Free admission. Space is limited. Registration required.

List of Nearby Minneapolis Hotels



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