Talent Summit - Employer Information


Breakout Sessions:

Embracing Employer Engagement in our High Schools – playing a positive role in our education of our students

Tom Hoff - Career and Technical Project Coordinator, Southwest and West Central Service Cooperative (SWWC)

Miles R. Seppelt - Economic Development Director, City of Hutchinson

Mark Lee - Work Based Learning Coordinator, Wright Technical Center (High School)

Luke Greiner - Regional Analyst, Central & Southwest Minnesota, Department of Employment and Economic Development

Adam O'Doherty - Executive Director, Partner For Student Success

As we look for increased employer access and engagement with our high school students, we will hear from other communities about what they are doing to stimulate ideas, increase private investment in local education and encourage partnerships between employers and educators; showcasing to our students the wide array of excellent career opportunities in the region.

Address the Training Gap – Partnering to Access Grants Available to You

Tammy Biery - Executive Director, Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council

Tammy Anhalt-Warner - Assistant Director of Training/Welcome Center Director, St. Cloud State University

Do you want to provide customized training to your employees, but can’t afford training costs?   Do you want to fill the skills gaps in your company workforce to increase efficiency and productivity?  This session may spark ideas on how to ramp up the skills of your workforce without a heavy financial burden.  Learn options to train new and existing workers using state or federal sponsored grant programs in collaboration with workforce development and/or educational partnerships in the community.   Discover how to tap into these resources including contacts in our local community. 


Inspiring Employees to Participate in Online Recruiting

Andrew Leintz - Head of Business Development, DAYTA Marketing

Danielle Barthelemy - Head of Strategy, DAYTA Marketing

Ellie Backes - Head of Marketing, DAYTA Marketing

Did you know that on average, 47% of employees hired through referrals remain on board after three years? Give your team all the necessary tools to be advocates for you brand, and watch your referrals soar. In this breakout session, you’ll learn how to create shareable content that your employee base can use to promote culture, as well as tactics to get your employees engaged.


Creative Thinking Builds a Talent Pipeline

Sarah Lampert - HR Generalist, Park Industries

Kelly Hansen - Director of Human Resources, Park Industries

Jaci Dukowitz - Director of HR & Development, UMC, Inc.

Unemployment is at an all-time low and more than ever it is a job seeker’s market.  This shift is driving the need for employers to get creative in their recruitment and retention strategies.  In this breakout session, learn from local experts how to implement new ideas to recruit top talent and ensure successful retention of employees.


Keeping Talent Local - Leveraging University Partnerships to Develop Tomorrow's Workforce

Kristy Modrow - Experiential Learning and Outreach Director, School of Public Affairs, St. Cloud State University

Dan Huwe - Experiential Learning and Outreach Director, College of Liberal Arts, School of the Art, St. Cloud State University

Leah Meredith - Experiential Learning and Outreach Director, School of Health and Human Services, St. Cloud State University

Stephen Janasie - Experiential Learning and Outreach Director, College of Science and Engineering, St. Cloud State University

Scott Johnson -Internship Director, Herberger Business School, St. Cloud State University

Many of us have wondered how Central Minnesota can keep its best and brightest from leaving the area for other career opportunities. By leveraging university partnerships, local companies can provide emerging talent with firsthand experience of the many, high-quality career opportunities available in our communities.

Please join us for a discussion on the best practices for identifying, developing and maintaining university partnerships. Learn about resources available at St. Cloud State University that can help you retain local talent and develop our future leaders.

Marco Connection Corner

The Marco Connection Corner is an interactive space for both job seekers and employers to build relationships and explore local, talent-focused resources! Participants should expect to find talent or showcase their own talent through resume coaching, practice interviews, and individualized advising that will direct employers and job-seekers in attendance around possible connections. Situated closely to the job fair, we expect participants to engage in informational interviews at the Marco Connection Corner, so that a deeper dialogue regarding open positions will take place at the job fair.





7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  Registration, Networking, and Career Fair Setup
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Engaging Discussions - Recruiting and Retention Ideas that Work
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Job Seeker Registration and Job Fair
10:00 AM -10:15 AM  Welcome with Judy Zimmer
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM  1st Round Workshop Sessions
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM  2nd Round Workshop Sessions
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  Lunch and Keynote Speaker Jasna Burza
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM  3rd Round Workshops Sessions
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  Event Wrap-Up with Judy Zimmer
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Job Fair and Networking
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  College Alumni Events

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