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Workforce Strategies Summit

Struggling with workforce shortages?  Wondering what resources and solutions exist?

Employers know they must focus on workforce strategies to ensure growth. However, workforce development is often an afterthought and the biggest challenge. Join us on January 10, 2019 to learn about the resources and solutions available to you at the Workforce Strategies Summit – a full day of education with guest speakers and breakout sessions to help you close the skills gap and build the talent pipeline.

When:

January 10, 2019   |   8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where:

Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

Fee:

$125

Welcome (7:30 AM – 8:00 AM)

Registration and Breakfast

Keynote Panel (8:00 AM – 8:55 AM)

Advancing AI Wisconsin

Oliver Buechse

Oliver Buechse

Founder of My Strategy Source, Co-Founder of Advancing AI Wisconsin, Strategy Innovator and Digital Disruption Navigator

Kathy Henrich

Kathy Henrich

Long time IBM Executive, leader of the AAIW Talent team, recently completed her Masters in Workforce Management

Breakout Session I (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

Robby Komljenovic

Robotic Automation: Your path to your survival

Robby Komljenovic, Chairman & CEO, Acieta

Maintaining the status quo is not an option for manufacturers who struggle to secure quality labor. Join us to learn how robotic systems enable manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts and maximize throughput, all while keeping their workforce numbers consistent and employees safe.

Robby Komljenovic, Chairman & CEO, Acieta

Originally born and educated in Germany, Robby has 25 years of experience in the machine tool systems industry. His proven team leadership skills and business development expertise in manufacturing will continue to lead Acieta’s relentless drive to deliver cutting-edge automation systems that make manufacturing businesses more competitive in both local and global markets.

Cindy Van Asten

An Introduction to Population Health: What is it?

Cindy Van Asten, GBDS, Partner, Senior Account Executive, M3 Insurance

Join us for a thirty-thousand foot look at the concept of Population Health and discover how implementing a health innovation plan will positively impact your efforts with talent attraction, retention and overall profitability and productivity. Explore what may be driving the health of your organization and learn about strategies that may be implemented to help you keep your well employees healthy and improve the health of those with the highest risk.

Key Take-Aways:

  • What is a Population Health Management Analysis?
  • What does absence cost your organization?
  • Should you in-source, out-source or co-source leave administration?
  • How to create a scorecard for your vendor partners.
  • Where is the ROI?

Cindy Van Asten, GBDS, Partner, Senior Account Executive, M3 Insurance

Cindy Van Asten is a Partner and Senior Account Executive at M3 Insurance. She serves as clients’ go-to resource for employee benefit programs, providing consultation and advisement around plan design, administration, and strategy. In addition to managing and growing her book of business, Cindy serves as the Director of Employee Benefits – Green Bay Market. As such, she works closely with other members of the M3 Green Bay team to identify and acquire new business, implement go-to-market strategies, and build strong partnerships with key business leaders, insurance companies and community organizations. Cindy also holds the role of Director of M3’s Healthcare Practice. As such, she serves as a subject matter expert, strategist, and thought leader in this area, responsible for sharing information on trends and issues that specifically impact this practice.

William Martin

How Wisconsin Can Help Your Business Recruit & Retain While Improving Your Bottom Line

William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initatives, DWD

The State of Wisconsin’s economy is booming, the unemployment rate has been at or below 3% for months, and more people are working here than ever before.  Construction firms and manufacturers are finding it increasingly challenging to compete in a tight labor market.  Learn how the State of Wisconsin can partner with your company to help you overcome those challenges to:

  • identify, train, and attract new entrants to the industry,
  • retain and enhance the skills of your existing staff,
  • earn employment-related tax credits that can reduce corporate federal tax liability by as much as $9,600 per hire

William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives, DWD

William Martin was appointed to serve in the newly created position of Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives in the Office of the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). In this role, Mr. Martin coordinates with colleagues across the Department as well as with other state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, unions, and corporations to:

  • grow Wisconsin’s workforce;
  • increase the skills of both new workforce entrants and existing workers in key industries;
  • create strategies for attracting talent needed for major economic developments and business expansions, such as Foxconn; and
  • build capacity among small and disadvantaged businesses, including those owned by women, people of color, and veterans.

Mr. Martin was appointed after having served as a senior executive for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and WHEDA Foundation.  Prior to joining WHEDA, he founded a human services and workforce development consulting firm that assisted over 100 public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States; and succeeded in gaining over $600 million in funding for worthy initiatives.

Oliver Buechse

Leveraging AI & Disruptive Technologies – A Leadership Perspective

Oliver Buechse, Founder, My Strategy Source

This interactive session will be geared towards helping Business Leaders take initial and subsequent steps to understand emerging technologies, identify and prioritize specific opportunities and shape the talent/workforce role throughout the transition. There will be a discussion of tangible  frameworks to take the journey from idea to concept to implementation illustrated with real life client experiences as well as select case studies. Considerations based on industry, role in the supply chain, maturity of the organization, and technology capability will help determine whether is it better to start small and build value or to invest heavily and go on the offensive.

Oliver Buechse, Founder, My Strategy Source

In my new venture, My Strategy Source, I aim to combine the lessons from 20 years in Strategy and the insights from three distinct perspectives, to help organizations and individuals improve their strategy performance without overinvesting in time and resources.

My three perspectives on strategy:

(1) As a young consultant with McKinsey&Co. I believed that better tools, better ideas, better analytics, and better strategic plans would empower organizations to have a better strategy. So my focus was on creating and delivering those tools and plans.

(2) As SVP of Strategy for Union Bank I learned to fully appreciate the implementation and support requirements as well as the creation of Board and Executive buy-in that are needed to translate a strategic plan into actual results. So my focus was on building bridges between planning and implementation.

(3) As Chief Strategy Officer for Associated Bank I had the opportunity to fully understand the role of strategy in the context of organizational capabilities and priorities.  Strategic success is inseparable from the formation of culture, the building of capacity, and the harmonization of resources. So my focus was on optimizing the alignment of strategy processes with the needs and abilities of the organization.

Many strategists are highly capable in supporting planning or implementation efforts.  Few have had the opportunity and privilege to experience all three perspectives.

Breakout Session II (10:30 AM – 11:25 AM)

Gene Dalhoff

Building Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Panelists:

Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., PhD, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Chief Diversity Officer, UW Health

Vanessa McDowell, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Madison

Moderator: Gene Dalhoff, Vice President – Talent & Education, Madison Region Economic Partnership

It is clear that Diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices are important in today’s workplace in light of changing demographics, globalization, consumer expectations, and the war for talent.  Less clear for many organizations is how to go about building a culture of D&I in the workplace.  We have assembled a panel of local experts who will offer their insight and experience on how D&I has evolved within their own organizations as well as organizations with which they work to advance D&I.   They will discuss challenges encountered along the way, established best practices, and the future of D&I. Panelists will leave you with practical ideas and strategies that you can implement in your own workplace.

Gene Dalhoff, Vice President of Talent and Education with the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)

In his role with MadREP, Gene oversees strategic-related activities in the arenas of education, workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and fostering communication among the private sector, education and workforce development communities. He is also responsible for driving MadREP’s business retention and expansion efforts in partnership with economic development partners, ensuring that the region’s database for people, place and prosperity information is maintained, and serving as the primary MadREP liaison with local chambers of commerce, educational institutions and workforce development boards. Selected activities led by Gene include managing the Inspire Madison Region workforce development initiative, coordinating MadREP’s planning and participation in the annual Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit, and managing the annual Madison Region Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey.

Steve Grundahl
Sarah Straka
Dena Gullickson
Ron Roehl

Businesses and School Districts Join Forces to Build Our Workforce

Steve Grundahl, Founder/President, Midwest Prototyping

Sarah Straka, Director of Instruction, Mount Horeb Area School District

Dena Gullickson, Human Resources Manager, Stevens Construction Corp.

Ron Roehl, CEO, CNC Solutions

Business Leaders from all across the state are building partnerships with School Districts to help create awareness of Manufacturing and Construction careers. From fab labs to youth apprenticeship programs, these partnerships  expose students, teachers, and counselors to manufacturing and construction industries, equip them with the necessary skillsets, and teach them about job opportunities in their own backyard.  Join us for this informative session and hear directly from the panel members on how they have successfully implemented these programs in various school districts, how businesses can get involved, and what you can do to get a program like this started in your area.  Hear the success stories firsthand and how these programs are getting our students into the workforce sooner.

Steve Grundahl, Founder & President, Midwest Prototyping

Steve founded Midwest Prototyping in 2001 with a technology known as stereolithography which today is just one of several technologies more widely referred to as 3D Printing. Today Midwest Prototyping is one of the largest privately held providers of additive manufacturing (3D Printing) services in the US with locations in Wisconsin and Colorado. The ISO certified company produces both prototype and production components for companies around the globe utilizing a fleet of over 30 industrial printers spread across 7 different technologies. Steve sits on the boards of directors for the State Bank of Cross Plains, the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, the Grainger Institute of Engineering at UW-Madison and the Mt. Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation. He also serves on advisory boards at Madison College and Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his MBA from Edgewood College.

Sarah Straka, Director of Instruction, Mount Horeb Area School District

Sarah Straka has is currently in her fourth year as the Director of Instruction for Mount Horeb Area School District.  Prior to this position, Sarah worked as the Director of Early Learning to initiate the district’s community-based 4K program.  In addition, Mrs. Straka was a high school English teacher for six years and elementary principal for four years at Pecatonica Area Schools.  Community and business engagement has always been a priority for Mrs. Straka whether it occurred in her teaching or administrative work.  She is a strong believer that students, families, and the greater community need to partner in order to growth and succeed.

Dena Gullickson, Human Resources Manager, Stevens Construction Corp.

What better way to build your workforce than allowing students an exclusive inside look at a career within your company – before they graduate! For the third year in a row, Stevens Construction has partnered with local high schools, offering the Youth Apprenticeship opportunity.  This year employing 6 students from 5 local high schools.

Ron Roehl, CEO, CNC Solutions

CNC Solutions is an automation engineering company located in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. CNC Solutions’ core business is robotic engineered systems, electrical and mechanical systems integration, and automation for a variety of OEMs and end users. CNC Solutions is an authorized systems integrator for Fanuc Robotics, ABB Robotics, Yaskawa Robotics, and Universal Robotics.

Stuart Kuzik

Financing the Future: How the State of Wisconsin Can Help

Stuart Kuzik, Director of Business & Community Engagement, WHEDA

As the economy continues to grow, access to capital is essential for Wisconsin’s construction and manufacturing companies to be able to remain competitive and continue expanding to meet opportunities.  Did you know the State of Wisconsin offers a number of programs and products designed to help your company grow; convert construction contracts and manufacturing purchase orders into access to operating capital; and support facilities/equipment expansions in partnership with your lender?  Come and learn how your company can benefit.

Stuart Kuzik, Director of Business & Community Engagement, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Program Officer, WHEDA Foundation

Mr. Kuzik serves as a member of the $2.2 billion authority’s senior management team; works closely with the gubernatorially appointed Executive Director as well as fellow senior staff; oversees a statewide team of officers; creates strategic alliances between WHEDA and WHEDA Foundation, government bodies, associations, corporations, philanthropic entities, lending institutions, and faith- and community-based organizations.

Prior to joining WHEDA, Mr. Kuzik held a number of progressively responsible roles in commercial lending, including helping finance over $45 million for businesses across Wisconsin and the United States.  In addition, he is a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience in real estate development and business development.

Mr. Kuzik is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Franklin, Wisconsin with his wife and son.

Wade Goodsell

The Future Wisconsin Project: Workforce through a 20 year Lens

Wade Goodsell, Executive Director of the WMC Foundation, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

If the business community does not own the economic future for the State of Wisconsin, then who will? It was this question asked in 2013 that launched the Future Wisconsin Project. Future Wisconsin is a program of WMC Foundation and was created at the direction of then-Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Chairman Dan Ariens, Chairman & CEO of Ariens Company. When assessing Wisconsin’s long term economic health, numerous questions emerged. What will Wisconsin look like in 20 years? What will our workforce look like? What employment opportunities will be available? What new industries will emerge and which ones will fade? These are the questions WMC Foundation is answering through a 20-year lens rather than a two-year legislative cycle. Thanks to the Future Wisconsin Project’s founding partners, we have made great progress, but there is more to do.

Wade Goodsell, Executive Director of the WMC Foundation, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

WMC Foundation houses the Future Wisconsin Project, Wisconsin Business World and Wisconsin Safety Council. In his role, Wade leads WMC Foundation’s strategy and fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining WMC Foundation, Wade worked at Baker Tilly in a national consulting and business development role, as well as for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation where he served as Business Attraction Director. While at WEDC, he was recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultants Connect in 2016. Wade started his career at WMC working in membership and government relations. Wade serves on the board of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing Productivity and has previously been involved in the Industrial Asset Management Council, the National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association. Wade is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of Bethel University.

Keynote Luncheon (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Mark Tyler

Workforce Challenges, Are You Ready?

S. Mark Tyler, Founder and President of OEM Fabricators, Inc.

Understanding workforce challenges today is one thing; but navigating those challenges effectively to keep your organization on top of its’ game may be a whole different question. Mark will share some of the demographic realities, provide some perspective, and finally some strategies to help overcome the challenges.

S. Mark Tyler, Founder and President of OEM Fabricators, Inc.

OEM’s Team earned Wisconsin’s Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2006, and repeated in 2012 earning the Award for Workforce Development, the first company to receive this honor. Mark holds a technical diploma from St. Paul TVI in Minnesota. In 2011, he received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. In recognition of his efforts to connect education and employers, Mark has received recognition from ACTE, WASDA, DPI, WACTE, WTCDBA, FRCSCV. He speaks frequently on issues involving workforce development, and its’ connections with early childhood and education.

Breakout Session III (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

Todd Kuckkahn

How Your Corporate Culture Impacts Talent Attraction and Retention – Are You Looking Inside Out?

Todd Kuckkahn, Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC)

With the population demographics across the country (and even the world), the challenges of attracting and retaining talent is exacerbated with leadership challenges on the inside and the appropriate corporate culture to attract and retain talent. It is a process through pre-boarding, on-boarding, in-boarding and re-board. Recruiting talent begins before the job description and continues through the interview process. Exposure to a growth-oriented culture is key to success. And it doesn’t end when someone departs the organization. An organization, and the individuals within the organization, need to look inside themselves to solve the talent attraction and retention puzzle. How your organization and the people inside it communicate, grow, lead, and prioritize engages people to come to your organization and determines how long they stay. You will leave the session with actionable adjustments you and your organization can make immediately and ways to continue to build after the Summit.

Todd Kuckkahn, Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC)

Todd Kuckkahn currently serves as Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC). PCBC is the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Organization and Young Professional organization for the Stevens Point/Plover area. The organization focuses on talent attraction and retention, as well as business attraction and retention, working closely with business, education, government and the community in general. His passion for leadership and growth earned him an independent coach, teacher, trainer and speaker certification with The John Maxwell Team. Throughout his career, Todd has done numerous presentations, workshops, seminars and speaking engagements. With his recent certification, that has increased and now includes youth opportunities. He is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge in leadership, growth and development. Todd recently completed another level of training with Maxwell and continues to grow and share his skills.

Elizabeth Roddy
Amy Phillips

AGC and ABC of Wisconsin Share Workforce Development Solutions for Contractors

Elizabeth Roddy, Recruitment and Training Director, Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin

Jim Falbo & Jeff Roach, Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin

Amy Phillips, WI Department of Workforce Development – Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards 

The workforce shortage remains a significant problem in the construction industry.  Employers are looking for solutions and assistance to fill positions.  Join us for this informative session to learn how Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin are addressing the issue and offering ways to rebuild the aging infrastructure and place more young adults into careers.  Hear about the programs they have put in place, the success stories, and how the employers and members are benefiting.

Elizabeth Roddy, Recruitment and Training Director, Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin

Elizabeth Roddy has been working for Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin for nearly 16 years. She started with the association as an Education Coordinator for their apprenticeship program. Currently, as the Director of Recruitment & Training, her goal is to help the find, recruit, and inspire the next generation of craft professionals through her work with schools and community-based organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin. Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors for the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and sits on many other committees throughout the state as a conduit between the workforce and her members in the construction industry.

Amy Phillips, WI Department of Workforce Development – Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards 

For the past 7 years, Amy has been with the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program. Her primary duties include coordinating the program curriculum development and review, co-leading the annual YA grants review, providing continuous program support services for the statewide YA consortiums, and offering and providing outreach and customer service for Wisconsin businesses, school districts, students and parents. Amy has been with the Department of Workforce Development since 1994. She has over 30 years of experience in analyzing, interpreting, and monitoring workforce programs for productive outcomes and compliance with state and federal legislation, and agency and program administrative rules and regulations. While at DWD, Amy has staffed a number of key state and department councils, including the Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment, Wisconsin Labor-Management Council, Wisconsin Occupational Information Coordinating Council, and DWD Diversity Council. She also co-chaired the Wisconsin Manufacturing Skill Standards Certification (MSSC) state team.

Ruth Schmidt
Jen Dittrich
Catherine Kendall

Family Friendly Policies

Ruth Schmidt, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

Jen Dittrich, Parent Resource Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Office of Child Care and Family Resources

Catherine Kendall, Senior Director of Client Services, Bright Horizons 

You’ve heard about why family-friendly policies are important, now our panel will provide you with practical ideas on how to actually create that family-friendly workplace. A wide range of strategies will be presented–from simply acknowledging and validating workers as parents to sponsoring on-site childcare—insuring that there is an enhancement for every employer to act on. Bring your questions and leave with resources, contacts, and plans for action.

Ruth Schmidt, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

Ruth Schmidt leads Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  WECA supports early education professionals through scholarships, wage supplements, nutrition, and professional development services.  WECA is implementing the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network. She’s is a founding member of the Wisconsin Early Learning Coalition and Wisconsin Partners and serves on the UW Prenatal to Five Initiative Planning Committee. Ruth is a member of Congressman Mark Pocan’s K-12 and Early Childhood Education Advisory Group and advocates for strong investments in early education and better compensation for its workforce

Jen Dittrich, Parent Resource Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Office of Child Care and Family Resources

Jen Dittrich is on a mission to ensure that UW-Madison parents (faculty, staff, and student parents) have access to quality early care and education for their children and to the resources that will help their families thrive. These resources include finding child care, financial assistance programs for student parents using child care, parent education programming, and monthly parent listserv emails to the UW community. After completing her BS in Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Stout, Jen began her career as a teacher and administrator in a child care center on campus. She has been in her current role in the Office of Child Care and Family Resources for ten years.

Catherine Kendall, Senior Director of Client Services, Bright Horizons  

Catherine Kendall is Senior Director of Client Strategic partnerships for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. In this role, she draws upon her vast experience in business development, sales, and operational leadership to develop effective dependent care solutions for clients. Catherine also brings to customers her prior experience from SAS Software, Inc. (1989-2007), where she held a variety of leadership positions, including regional sales manager, director of business development, alliance director – IBM/SAS partnership, consulting sales director, and enterprise services project manager.

William Martin

Foxconn in Wisconsin: How Can Your Company Make the Most of Opportunity?

William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives, DWD

Foxconn—the fourth largest technology company—has committed to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin to construct and equip its advanced manufacturing campus in the Village of Mount Pleasant as well as purchase $1.4 billion in goods and services annually through Wisconsin-based businesses.  Attend this session to:

  • receive an overview of the project,
  • understand timelines for construction and other investments being made,
  • learn about the impact the company is already having on communities, and
  • gain guidance on how local businesses and residents can get involved and make the most of this unprecedented multi-billion-dollar economic opportunity

William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives, DWD

William Martin was appointed to serve in the newly created position of Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives in the Office of the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). In this role, Mr. Martin coordinates with colleagues across the Department as well as with other state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, unions, and corporations to:

  • grow Wisconsin’s workforce;
  • increase the skills of both new workforce entrants and existing workers in key industries;
  • create strategies for attracting talent needed for major economic developments and business expansions, such as Foxconn; and
  • build capacity among small and disadvantaged businesses, including those owned by women, people of color, and veterans.

Mr. Martin was appointed after having served as a senior executive for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and WHEDA Foundation.  Prior to joining WHEDA, he founded a human services and workforce development consulting firm that assisted over 100 public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States; and succeeded in gaining over $600 million in funding for worthy initiatives.

Whole Room Speaker (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

Ian Abston

Creating a vibrant community where employees want to live

Ian Abston, Millennian LLC

Communities and companies all across the midwest share a similar problem…talent.

In today’s economy the future workforce is choosing a vibrant community they want to live in before choosing which company they want to work for.

Quality of life and vibrancy of place are what attracts the next generation of workforce. These aren’t problems solved by state or local government, yet tackled by corporations who have vested interest in seeing their communities thrive.

This presentation will take you through 10 strategies to create a community where your future employees want to live, and how businesses can lead the way.

Ian Abston, Millennian LLC

Ian Abston is an expert in Millennial talent attraction and retention. Abston founded NEWaukee, the largest Millennial group in the Midwest helping to connect and engage the next generation with today’s cities.

Speaking nationally on the emerging trends of this young audience, Abston has worked with both large corporations, and municipalities on and civic leaders on talent strategies.

Abston is a proud Eagle Scout, sits on the board for the Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee, is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and In 2014 Abston was appointed to the Governor’s Talent Development Workforce Committee. Go Packers.

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