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The Central to Success Workforce Solutions Summit is a regional collaboration with six local Chambers of Commerce, presented by Centergy.


7:15 AM - 8:00 AM - Check-In & Networking

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM - Opening Remarks - Gordon Crow, CEO, Centergy

8:05 AM - 9:00 AM - Keynote: Dr. Chris Laney, Emsi/Burning Glass

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM - Chamber of Commerce Panel

Featuring: Dave Eckmann, President/CEO, Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce; Scott Larson, President, Marshfield Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Clyde Nelson, Executive Director, Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce; Terra Plaisance, Executive Director, Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce; Angel Whitehead, President, Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and Michael Witte, Executive Director, Portage County Business Council.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - Breakout Sessions A & B

10:55 AM - 11:35 AM - Breakout Sessions C & D

11:35 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch, Speaker: Andrew Kurka, Church Mutual Insurance

12:45 PM - 1:35 PM - Steve Tyink, Fork Farms

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM - Breakout Sessions E & F

2:40 PM - 3:30 PM - Closing Session - Central to Success, Nelson Schmidt

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Closing Reception & Networking


Break Out Sessions:

A: Organizational Strategic Tools to Hire and Retain Talent, presented by Joakim Lundberg and Yanina Koliren of Aon Human Capital

B: The Importance of a Welcoming Region: a focus on Community Vibrancy, Culture, Diversity, and Industry

C: Marketing and Branding Tools for Talent Recruitment, presented by Nelson Schmidt

D: Educational Leadership Panel: Local K-12, Mid-State Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, & UW– Stevens Point

E: Industry 4.0: Advancing Your Technology and Your Team, presented by Mike Dietrich and Ivan Manuel of LAB Midwest

F: Engaging the Unengaged: Looking at Your Talent Pipeline Differently, presented by Dr. Chris Laney of Emsi/Burning Glass

This Summit will address all things Workforce Development, with the purpose of bringing together regional resources to address and take action on the most significant workforce shortage our region has faced in decades. There have been workforce summits before but the focus of this event is to provide solutions, we have gotten to a point where it is no longer a shortage but has become a drought and the time is now to take action.

Collectively we can successfully maneuver this climate with private and public support, by attending this summit you will be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and connections to help you make an impact on your organization's workforce needs.