Morning Session I: Breakouts
Minnesota's Innovative Employment Support for Returning Soldiers
Aaron Krenz, Chief of Deployment Cycle Support, Minnesota National Guard; James Finley, Director, Veterans Employment Programs Department of Employment and Economic Development; Gina Sobania, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Military Education Director, Veterans Re-Entry Education Program; Marvin Hamilton, Senior Group Director for Distribution, Target; and Dick Daniels, President of Leadership Development Group, member of St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
This presentation will highlight the efforts that the Minnesota National Guard along with local, state and corporate employment partners took to address the high number of Soldiers with unemployment concerns within the 1st Brigade Combat Team, who returned from combat in 2012. Initiated through a group of inter-agency employment partners who came together in 2011 and formed a working group to synchronize efforts, identify employment needs, connect employers to potential Veteran employees and develop an employment skills training program for Service members before and during their reintegration home from combat. This innovative effort helped reduce
the unemployment concern rate of the 1st Brigade Combat Team from 28% in
November 2011 to 1.3% in November 2012.
See the Minnesota National Guard's Powerpoint Presentation here.
Developing a Differentiated, Global Talent Solutions Strategy
Kevin Erickson, Vice President, Human Resources, Climate Solutions North America, Ingersoll Rand
Talent solutions are the intersection of capability gaps and business needs. HR leaders must accurately identify and strategically address these needs, and in doing so, become a strategic business partner to help drive profitable growth. The complexity of these needs is compounded by the economic recession and its impact on employee engagement. Identifying business and talent needs is only the first step. The key is to determine where your organization’s energy and resources should be focused to generate the maximum business impact. The speaker will also discuss how to engage leadership and provide them with tools to ensure the new talent approach succeeds.
Due to proprietary content and/or company policy, this speaker’s presentation will not be available online.
Maximizing Virtual Team Collaboration: Current Perspectives for Global HR
Karin Goettsch, Instructional Design Lead, Global Leadership Portfolio; HR Learning & Development, Cargill
What are your biggest challenges leading or participating on geographically-dispersed global virtual teams (GVTs)? How do you manage communication across multiple time zones, languages, national cultures and organizational cultures? How do you determine which technologies to leverage? Does team-building differ in a global virtual environment? What strategies will help develop talent in this space? In our rapidly-changing workplaces, effective global virtual communication is growing in importance within many organizations and is a core competency needed across many levels of employees. This includes HR practitioners who increasingly find themselves participating on or leading GVTs and can add value for their business partners by modeling and training on best practices. In this session, you’ll first examine myriad challenges and opportunities of GVTs at the intersection of diverse languages and cultures, technological innovations, and member participation and collaboration. Then you’ll consider both high- and low-tech innovative strategies to create more impactful GVTs in your organization. Learn from current research including the speaker’s global study, share successes with your peers, and explore practical ideas you can implement at different stages of building your next high-performing GVT.
See Karin Goettsch's Powerpoint Presentation here.
Blue Zones in the Workplace - Creating Healthier and Happier Workplace Environments
Ann Ruschy, Managing Director, Oberon, part of the Salo family
Bestselling author and explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe studying the habits of the happiest and healthiest people. These regions are known as Blue Zones - areas where people are 10 times more likely to reach the age of 100 than people in the United States. Now Buettner is helping companies apply Blue Zone principles to their workplace to foster a healthier and happier culture. Ann Ruschy will describe how Salo (which includes consulting, staffing and recruiting brands Oberon, NumberWorks and Salo) will become the first Blue Zones certified workplace in the country. Salo has a goal of adding 1,000 years of healthy, active life expectancy without chronic diseases of its employees by the end of the six-month certification process. But this isn't about individual behavior change. Salo focused on optimizing their policies, creating opportunities for more social interaction, and especially focused on changing environments where their employees live, work and play. Hear the specifics on how their employees embraced the initiative beyond the workplace into their homes and communities and the amazing results.
Due to proprietary content and/or company policy, this speaker’s presentation will not be available online. Please contact Ann Ruschy at AnnRuschy@salollc.com for information.