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  Core Competencies – Core Score – Assess –  Hire – Train – Advance

Jamai Blivin, CEO, Innovate+Educate

9:45 – 10:15 Career and Technical Education and Middle Skills Training – Addressing the Skills of Tomorrow With Education Alternatives

Mary Toner, Advisory Coordinator, CTE Business Career Pathways Academy
Karin McCabe, Outreach Director, McGough Construction

Break   10:15 – 10:30

Educator & Employer Panel Discussions

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

Moderator: Angela Lurie, Sr. Regional Vice PresidentRobert Half

Craig Yolitz, Vice President Operations – Thomson Reuters
Kevin Tharp, Program Dir. for the B.S. in Digital Marketing Technology – Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout
Dena Lerra, Incumbent Program Manager and
 Katherine Decelles, Academic and Career Coach – Partners Healthcare
Melissa Goldberg, Senior Workforce Strategist – College for America at Southern New Hampshire University

11:15 – 12:00  Community College Partnerships

Moderator: Josh Copus, VP & COO, National Association of Workforce Boards

Lori Tapani, Co-President/Owner – Wyoming Machine
Heidi Braun, Director of Workforce Development – Pine Technical College
Stephanie Royal, Exec. Dir. of Workforce Partnerships – LaGuardia Comm. College
Tom Ogletree, Director of Social Impact – General Assembly

Lunch   12:00 – 12:45

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

Moderator: Moderator: Michelle Ufford, Executive Director, NE Minnesota Office of Job Training

Melanie Augustin, ZipCode Wilmington
Brian Hancock, Executive Director, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – N.J.
Martha Laboissiere, Program Director McKinsey – Generation Initiative

1:30 – 2:00  Panel: Employer-led Social Responsibility: Candidate Pipeline and Retention Improvement

Janette Smrca, Information Technology Director, Mall of America
Nicolle Mills, Executive Director, Oasis Worklab Innovations –
Sustainable Workforce
 Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director – The SOURCE

2:00 – 2:30  The Value in Apprenticeships

Daniel Villao – Department of Labor

Break   2:30 – 2:45

2:45 – 4:30 Workshop: How to Build Collaborative Plans Between Employers and Educators

Employer Plan:

  • how to approach an educator
  • how to articulate workforce needs both internally and externally
  • willingness to invest time and dollars
  • willingness to calculate investment ROI

Educator Plan:

  • how to approach an employer
  • how to navigate compliance regulations
  • willingness to consider federal and state funding options


Networking   4:30 – 5:30



Wells Fargo
US Bank


Rockefeller Foundation