• Regional Talent Summit - 2017-05-25

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    Name: Regional Talent Summit - 2017-05-25
    Date: May 25, 2017
    Time: 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
    Registration: Online registration for this event has been closed. Please contact the Chamber to register.
    Event Description:
    Join us for a Regional Talent Summit, which will bring together community partners in Central Wisconsin to engage in a regional discussion, in concert with the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and Centergy.

    7 am - 8 am
    Check-In, Continental Breakfast & Networking

    8 am - 9 am
    Future Workforce & Regional Economic Development

    Competition for talent is fierce.  Regions around the state and country are developing talent collaboratives to build strong talent development ecosystems to win the day.  Without organized and sustained efforts to develop a strong regional labor shed, communities and regions will not compete for highly coveted, knowledgeable talent that supports the growth of business and communities.  Dr. Gordon will present a strategy that regions must employ to remain competitive in today's economic environment.

    Presented By:

    Dr. Edward E. Gordon
    Imperial Consulting Corporation

    Edward E. Gordon has consulted with leaders in business, education, government and non-profits for over 40 years.  Gordon is a big picture thought leader connecting the employment dots between business, education and training.  The culmination of his work as a visionary who applies a multi-disciplinary approach to today's complex workforce needs and economic development issues can be found in his newest book, Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis.

    Gordon has helped hundreds of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, as well as: Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Federal Reserve, Motorola, Metra Rail, the American Institute for Research, the Conference Board (U.S. and Canada), the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, state agencies of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as universities, school systems, non-profit organizations and trade or professional organizations.

    Gordon is the author or co-author of 19 books including: Winning the Global Talent Showdown, The 2010 Meltdown, Skill Wars, FutureWork, Closing the Literacy Gap in American Business, Opportunities in Training and Development Careers, Literacy in America, The Tutoring Revolutions, Peer Tutoring: A Teacher's Resource Guide and Tutor Quest.  He has been quoted in or written over 300 articles for major newspapers such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, the Investor's Business Daily, and popular magazines, business publications and education journals, including The Futurist, M World, Talent Management, Training, HR Magazine and Employment Relations Today, as well as in the documentary film, "Waiting on Superman".  His media experience includes the CBS Network's The Early Show, PBS, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg TV, WGN, NPR, Time-Warner Cable, USA Radio and Yahoo!  As a professional speaker, he has been heard by over 500,000 people and millions on television and radio.

    Gordon has taught courses in business, psychology and history for 20 years at several Chicago-area universities, including: DePaul, Loyola and Northwestern.  He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Chicago Renaissance Manufacturing Council, the Adivsory Board of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (Palm Springs, CA area), the Advisory Board of the Catholic Charities of Chicago and the Editorial Advisory Board of Employment Relations Today.  Gordon previously served on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Moraine Valley Community College, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center and the Youth Policy Committee of the Chicago Workforce Board.

    Gordon holds a Ph.D. in History/Psychology, graduating Magna cum Laude from Loyola University in Chicago, and an M.A. in History, graduating Magna cum Laude from DePaul University in Chicago.

    9 am - 10 am
    Inspiring to Connect & Communicate: A New Digital Portal to Connect to Talent

    In today's economy, effectively connecting students, education, not-for-profits and workforce development organizations to business and industry is imperative.

    Inspire is an online tool that helps connect students and other persons developing career pathways to business and industry.  Inspire will provide a means by which employers can actively participate in a variety of talent engagement activities with participating partners.

    Inspire will be coming to the Central Wisconsin region soon.  This is an opportunity to get a look at an important new tool to attract and develop talent.

    Presented By:

    Steve Yaun
    Senior Educational Consultant
    Anaca Technologies

    Steve Yaun is the Senior Educational Consultant for Anaca Technologies, the Toronto, Ontario based producer and distributors of the Career Cruising online career guidance and education planning system.  Yaun has been involved with educational services for the past 20 years.  Much of his work has included staff development and training in the use of electronic career guidance and education planning systems.  Over the past eight years, Yaun has been heavily involved in the development and implementation of business and education collaborations using the Inspire software platform around the state and nationally.

    During the course of his 40-year career, Yaun has developed a diverse background in marketing and adult education.  He has 20 years of corporate training and development experience, both domestically and internationally.  He has designed and implemented training programs covering professional selling, employee development and motivation, personal development and supervisory management.  He is also experienced in employee recruitment, interviewing, coaching and evaluation processes.

    Yaun holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural Journalism and is a graduate of the Harbridge House Executive Development Program, and the Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) Graduate School of Sales and Marketing Management at Syracuse University.

    10 am - 10:10 am

    10:10 am - 11 am
    Understanding & Accessing Non-Traditional Talent Pipelines

    In a highly competitive talent environment, developing new talent streams is a tactic that all organizations must look at as the chase for talent continues well into the future.

    Professionals from alcohol and drug rehabilitation and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections will share best practices on how they help individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and ex-offenders to get on the pathway to new opportunities.


    Michelle Devine Giese
    STEP Industries Inc

    Michelle Devine Giese is a 1988 graduate of Appleton West High School and a 1993 graduate of UW Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.  She has continued her education in a variety of subjects at the Fox Valley Technical College.  She holds an AODA Certificate of UW Madison and is a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (SACIT) from Fox Valley Technical College.  Devine Giese is a current member of Appleton Downtown Rotary; former board member.  She has been a member of Mooring Programs Board of Directors since 2007, currently as Vice President.  Devine Giese also serves on the Board of Directors of Solutions Recovery Incorporated in Oshkosh and on the advisory board for Wisconsin Voice for Recovery.

    Devine Giese began her recovery in 1995.  She attended inpatient treatment at Theda Clark/United Behavior Health in Neenah.  She entered the program at STEP Industries as a transitional employee in 1996.  In November of 1996, she became a staff member and has since held various positions within the organization.  In November of 2009, she became President of STEP Industries.

    Devine Giese has a passion to promote recovery in the community and bring recovery speak into the main stream.  She has shared her message during many speaking engagements, television, radio and newspaper interviews and was featured on the cover of Women's Magazine.


    Jamie Loehnis
    Executive Director
    The Mooring Programs Inc, Mooring House

    Jamie Loehnis, Executive Director of The Mooring Programs since 2007, was introduced to a sense of service at a very young age.  Growing up as the son of a firefighter offered him countless opportunities to learn about "service to others".  The often quoted phrase, "firefighters rush into danger when everyone else is running out of danger" was something Loehnis saw up front and personal.  This is where the desire to pursue a life of service took root.  Loehnis had four years of seminary education, followed by two years post-seminary work filled with different human services work opportunities.

    Life eventually brought him to Appleton in 1979 where he met his wife, Jeanne and had two sons.  Perhaps it was a combination of a family history and hereditary, along with the demands of the day-to-day life that tipped the scales for him.  Alcohol started to create many difficulties in his life and he found himself sitting in the office at Mooring Programs asking for help.

    Loehnis entered treatment at Mooring House in 1987 and started working at STEP Industries Inc in November of 1987.  The impact that STEP has on the lives of so many is what inspired Loehnis to devote much of his career to STEP.  Loehnis rose in the ranks from a line employee in 1987 to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and Chairman of the Board in 2010.  Loehnis also joined The Mooring Programs Board of Directors in 1992 and served as President from 1996 until 2007.  In 2007, Loehnis left STEP to become the Executive Director of The Mooring Programs.  He still remains on the Board at STEP Industries Inc.

    Loehnis feels honored to be the leader at The Mooring Programs, to now be sitting behind the desk that he sat in front of so many years ago.  Just as he witnessed his father "rushing into danger when everyone else in running out of danger", Loehnis realizes that addiction is just like that.  Loehnis, along with the team at The Mooring Programs is willing to rush in, be there and help people save themselves from a life of addiction by offering residential treatment and education in a supporting, caring atmosphere.

    Loehnis also serves as a Treatment Representative on the Outagamie County Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court since its inception in 2009 and is the Co-chair of the Treatment Pillar of the Fox Valley Substance Abuse Coalition.


      Ray Woodruff

    Employment Programs Manager
    Wisconsin Department of Corrections

    Ray Woodruff manages several local and statewide initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism and improving the employment outcomes of individuals who are returning to the community from incarceration.  He has worked with various special populations, and provides technical assistance and training to counties, workforce agencies and corrections professionals on offender management and program implementation.

    Previously, Woodruff spent 12 years providing program interventions and services to incarcerated adults and juveniles in facilities in Wisconsin and Ohio.  He received his MS in criminal justice and forensic psychology from Tiffin University and his BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati.

    11 am - 11:30 am
    Recruitment & Retention: Best Practices of How Organizations are Attracting & Retaining Talent in a Competitive Marketplace


    Angela Bailey
    Vice President - Human Resources
    Church Mutual Insurance Company

    Angela Bailey joined Church Mutual in 2001 as a benefit specialist.  She was promoted to manager of personnel services in 2003, human resources manager in 2006 and vice president of human resources in 2015.

    Prior to joining Church Mutual, Bailey taught mathematics to at-risk high school and technical college students and served as an administrative assistant and human resources coordinator for a packaging company in northcentral Wisconsin.

    Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  She earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation in 2002 and a master's degree with a human resources concentration in 2012 from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin.  She also earned her SHRM - Senior Certified Professional (SCP) designation in 2015.

    Bailey is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management and also the Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management, where she previously served as president.


    Dr. Lisa Grill Dodson
    Campus Dean
    Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin

    Lisa Grill Dodson, MD, became the first Dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin Campus in July 2014.  Previously, she was the Director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

    Grill Dodson received her MD degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and then completed a Family Medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  After practicing in the frontier community of John Day, Oregon, she rejoined the OHSU faculty in 1999 to focus on developing the rural physician workforce.  Grill Dodson directed all rural programming, including the Rural and Community Health Clerkship, the Oregon Rural Scholars program and Oregon Rural Locum Tenens program.  Grill Dodson is a tireless advocate for student education and for developing the workforce to care for rural and other underserved populations.

    Grill Dodson is married to her husband, Peter, and has two grown sons, David and Jason, who both live in Oregon.  Her interests outside of medicine include soccer, gardening, cooking and reading.  Grill Dodson and her husband are also learning to curl at the Wausau Curling Club.

    Cliff King

    Skyward Inc

    Cliff King joined Skyward in 1981 as a programmer analyst.  During his tenure, King has served in several key management positions through Skyward, including programming, sales, marketing, operations and administration.  He has served as a vice president of several departments, as well as president of the company prior to accepting his current position as chief executive officer in 2008.

    During his 35-plus years of experience, King has maintained and will continue to maintain a company-wide focus on providing Skyward's customers with the quality administrative software products and support they have come to expect.  Today, Skyward has 554 employees who are dedicated to carrying out this effort for more than 1,900 school districts and municipalities worldwide.  King's "Golden Rule" philosophy of treating everyone as you would like to be treated yourself has become a cornerstone of the company's culture.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Skyward, King currently serves on the St. Michael's Foundation Board of Directors, is a member of the UWSP School of Business & Economics Business Advisory Committee, is a member of the Wisconsin Manufacturer's & Commerce (WMC) Board and is the president and board member of the Stevens Point Rotary Club.

    King served in the United States Air Force and earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with minors in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 1983.  King is married and has two adult children and three grandchildren.

    Mark Snyder
    Employee Development Manager
    A & B Process Systems Corp

    11:30 am - 11:50 am
    Talent Development
    & The State Budget

    Presented By:

    Gov. Scott Walker
    State of Wisconsin

    Scott Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism and hard work.  Born in Colorado, he moved to Iowa as a young child.  Eventually, he and his family moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin.

    In high school, Walker worked various jobs to pay for his higher education.  In his senior year, Walker received an offer to work for the American Red Cross and left college early to pursue his career.  Years later, he was elected to the State Assembly.  As a lawmaker, he helped lead the way on welfare reform, public safety and educational opportunities.

    In 2002, Walker was elected to serve as the Milwaukee County Executive and went to work reforming the county government.  In 2008, he won re-election.

    On November 2, 2010, Walker was elected as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin.  He was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, and immediately set the state on a path toward economic revival, fiscal order and government reform.

    In June 2012, Walker became the only governor in American history to survive a recall election.  He was re-elected in 2014 and sworn into a second term on January 5, 2015.  His goals in the second term are simple: tax relief for working families and seniors, transitioning people from government dependence to true independence, improving the workforce through better education and training and ensuring government is more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the people.

    Walker and his wife, Tonette, have two sons who they raised in Wauwatosa.

    11:50 am - 12:30 pm
    Break & Buffet Line

    12:30 pm - 1 pm
    Lunch & Taking Action!

    Dr. Gordon will wrap up the program, bringing together attendees to develop next steps to build stronger regional collaboration in talent development.  So often, programs are offered without solutions.  This program offers solutions and will provide means to "go and do".

    Presented By:

    Dr. Edward E. Gordon
    Imperial Consulting Corporation


    Continental Breakfast
    A continental breakfast is included in the price of admission.  The breakfast includes:
    • Assorted Danish
    • Assorted Jumbo Muffins
    • Fresh Fruit Tray with Dip
    • Coffee & Water
    Lunch Buffet
    A lunch buffet is included in the price of admission.  The lunch includes:
    • Ham & Turkey or Chicken Wraps
    • Veggies & Dip
    • Fresh Fruit Salad
    • Cookies
    • Coffee, Milk & Water
    Special dietary requests must be submitted at the time of registration.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate requests, however, they cannot be guaranteed if they are not submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

    Media Release:  The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to use any photographs or video taken at any program or event sponsored by the Chamber, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photographs or video. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce may use the photographs or video in publications or other marketing materials produced, used or contracted by the Chamber.
    Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
    1100 Imperial Ave
    Rothschild, WI  54474
    Date/Time Information:
    7 am - 8 am - Check-In, Continental Breakfast & Networking
    8 am - 1:30 pm - Program & Lunch

    Contact Information:
    Programs & Events Team - 715.848.5953
    Members (Online) - $35 (Includes Sales Tax)
    Non-Members (Online) - $35 (Includes Sales Tax)

    Pre-registration is required for this event.  Limited space may be available the day of the event, but cannot be guaranteed.

    No Billings, Credits or Refunds.