Learn from experts on how to effectively recruit, train and retain talent.
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Today's workforce is changing rapidly. The State of Talent Conference brings together employers from Manatee and Sarasota counties who want to learn how to better recruit, train and retain talent. Learn from the experts on how to shift your strategies from a reactive to proactive approach so you can hire and retain high-performing employees.
Learn from industry experts on how to optimize your recruiting efforts and get connected to the best talent. We’ll cover topics like job postings, screenings, interviewing, offers and more.
If you recruit right, you will hire the right employees. It’s important to train them with the skills and knowledge required of your business, as well as provide them with opportunities to develop and grow in their career.
You recruited what you thought was the right candidate, trained them and now they are leaving for the next best thing. Experts will walk you through best practices for retaining high-performing employees.
This event is made possible by amazing sponsors like you.
Your investment in the State of Talent Conference supports efforts to make our region one of the most desirable places to live, work and flourish. As a sponsor, you will have access to showcase your product or service to business leaders in Manatee and Sarasota counties looking to build a better workforce for tomorrow. Stay tuned for sponsorship information for the 2018 State of Talent Conference.
The #stateoftalent conference brings together our area's experts in recruitment, training and retention.
May 19, 2017 Program
Registration, Lite Breakfast & Networking
Join us at 8am for coffee and networking before the conference gets started. It will be a great way to make new friends, get reacquainted with old friends, and prepare your mind for the incredible experience your about to have.
Atrium and Lobby
Suncoast State of Talent
Since April of 2015, Ms. Johnston has been Chief of the Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. Before joining DEO, Ms. Johnston served as Manager for Evergreen Solutions where she analyzed local labor markets and developed custom compensation and benefits plans for community colleges and local government organizations. Prior to holding that position, she served as Labor Market Research Director for Brandt Information Services where she expanded the service portfolio of the unit beyond data collection to include data visualization tools, survey design, and analysis. Additionally, her experience includes compensation analysis, agile project management and econometric analysis of employment data, managing job vacancy and labor turnover surveys, and local labor market analysis for workforce boards. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Florida State University.
Adrienne Johnston is Chief of the Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.
Robert Shindell, Ph.D.
Mentoring Interns and New Hires – 6 Keys to Success
Dr. Robert Shindell is the President and CEO of Intern Bridge, the nation’s premier experiential education research and consulting firm. During the past 20 years, Dr. Robert Shindell, has successfully held a variety of professional leadership roles in higher education. He developed career centers at The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering, Midwestern State University and the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. Robert’s innovative approach to career services led The Rawls College of Business Career Management Center to achieve the ranking of 28th in BusinessWeek’s national ranking of College of Business career centers in 2007. Dr. Shindell’s research and opinions are often quoted in the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed and many more. He has worked with thousands of employers and higher education career centers in developing successful transition plans for students through both live and virtual presentations. Dr. Shindell earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in training and development from Midwestern State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo. Robert is a frequent speaker at education and career management conferences, and he resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Christy, his son, Jack and his daughter, Charley.
Robert Shindell, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Shindell is the President and CEO of Intern Bridge, the nation’s premier experiential education research and consulting firm.http://www.internbridge.com
Take a break from learning to grab some coffee and prepare for the second half of the morning.
Dr. Rick Goodman
Transformational Leadership: “Innovative Solutions for Engaging and Managing the Workforce”
C-Suite executives and association professionals in today’s world are faced with a multitude of challenges, which include keeping up with trends in the workplace, prioritizing those trends and developing a strategy to respond in an effective way that benefits the organization. As a leader, you are at the forefront of change in your organization. You know how important it is to come up with solutions to engage, empower, motivate and connect with a dynamic and ever-changing workforce. In this interactive and engaging program, you will learn how to engage and connect with your team by becoming a transformational leader. You will discover innovative tools and techniques and the processes that transformational leaders use to inspire, empower and motivate employees to exceed normal levels of performance. Attendees will learn how to transform their thinking, optimize their assets and accelerate their connectivity with these transformational leadership tools and implement them immediately! The result: improved employee retention, increased employee engagement, accelerated productivity and a happier work environment. Top Three Takeaway’s
- How leaders can utilize transformational leadership processes to empower and motivate employees to exceed normal levels of performance and productivity.
- Learn specific techniques and transformational leadership tools that will help you create innovative solutions in both your organization and your life.
- You will walk away with strategies, tools, techniques and processes that will help them to engage and connect with a dynamic and ever-changing workforce producing amazing results.
Dr. Rick Goodman
Dr. Rick Goodman, CSP, is renowned as one of the most sought-after leadership and engagement experts. His keynote presentations and breakout sessions have produced transformational results leading to happier employees, increased productivity and, most importantly, HIGHER PROFITS. Dr. Rick has the distinction of delivering over 1,000 presentations in all 50 states and six countries. In 2014, he earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaker profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Fewer than one percent of all professional speakers worldwide hold this designation.http://www.rickgoodman.com
Lunch and Learn – Age-Friendly Workplaces
LunchJason's Deli is proud to sponsor this year's lunch. Family-owned and community focused, Jason’s Deli serves guests at 260 delis in 29 states. Around here, a lot of thought goes into what we put in our food, and what we take out of it. Get to know our wholesome ingredients and the trusted partners we get them from. Learn This year we're excited to introduce our Age-Friendly Workplace Panel sponsored by Plymouth Harbor. Opened in 1966, Plymouth Harbor attracts vibrant residents, both nationally and internationally. It has evolved to become one of the premier continuing care retirement communities in the United States and is recognized as an employer of choice in the region. Led by the Patterson Foundation, we will have a conversation about the opportunities and challenges of workplaces becoming a more age-friendly and diverse workplace. Our panel of experts will provide information and feedback on best practices to create a more diverse workplace. Moderator Laurey Stryker, Patterson Foundation Panelists Kathy Black, Gerontologist Harry Hobson, Plymouth Harbor Mike Jeffries, Mader Electric
Creating A High-Performance Culture by Harnessing the Power of Behavioral Gamification
The world’s most elite athletes and executives understand the vital role of communication in building a strong team culture. They also know that keeping a high-performing audience engaged and bought-in takes more than the typical PowerPoint presentations, peer reviews, and motivational posters. The science of Behavioral Gamification is at the cutting edge of communication and culture-building techniques, and bottom line impacts range from retention to revenue growth. When fueled by authentic care for your employees, these positive and uplifting forces not only create healthy forward momentum, they sustain it. Discover the power behind compassionate leadership and authentic connection in this dynamic, interactive session. game on’s MILE™ framework strengthens employee commitment and buy-in by harnessing the motivating power of Game Dynamics including Mystery, Incentive, Laughter, and Empowerment. This results-oriented session delivers a simple, four-step process to help you create a universal language for internal communication, helping you build a truly cohesive organizational culture. As a participant, you will learn strategies to:
- Increase self-awareness
- Develop and retain talent
- Stay inspired, moving beyond one-way communication to mutual understanding
- Add intention and purpose behind your words, thoughts and actions
- Create and maintain a high-performance culture
Steve is the Founder and President of the nationally acclaimed leadership and communication firm game on Nation, LLC. Over the past 17 years, Steve and his staff have developed a unique game-based curriculum called MILE™, powered by the science of Game Dynamics. He is considered one of the industry’s most respected presenters on leadership, team building, communication, and positive culture change. Some of Steve’s recent clients include NASCAR, USO, Hilton, Deloitte, United States Olympic Committee, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Steve has also helped prepare TEN #1 overall NFL, NBA, and NHL Draft Picks and over fifty 1st round NBA, NFL, and NHL draft picks. Steve graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies.http://www.gameonnation.com/
State of Students: Student perception of careers on the Suncoast
Each year, the State of Jobs Conference samples the students in attendance to get a better idea of their perception related to college, careers and the desire to live in Sarasota and surrounding communities. This report is called the State of Students Report. This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to see real data about what high school students are saying about their perception related to our region. In this session, we hope you have an opportunity to receive the following takeaways:
- Students perception on living in Sarasota
- Students perception on college and careers in Sarasota and surrounding communities
- Student's understanding of the overall college and career pathways
- What motives or inspires students to prepare for college and careers
In 2013, Laney had a vision to bring students together to inspire them about their futures. Through this effort and partnership with the Sarasota Young Professionals and Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, created the State of Jobs Conference. Over the last three years, the State of Jobs Conference has inspired over 1200 students and brought together over 150 speakers discussing topics related careers, colleges, and leadership. After three years, the State of Jobs Conference is on the brink of expanding and growing into a regional conference for students to continue to be inspired when it comes to college and careers. Laney is the Director of Education and Community Investment for CareerSource Suncoast where he oversees youth programming including Journey to Success and the State of Jobs Conference, in addition to overseeing the State of Talent Conference. Laney holds a bachelors in Technology Management from State College of Florida and an MBA from Saint Leo University.
Take a break from learning to grab some coffee and a snack before finishing the rest of the day.
Shifting Wellbeing into the Discipline of Professional Development
- FCCI’s story: How we are moving from a traditional wellness model to a professional development model, weaving in wellbeing as a primary focus,
- How to pitch and roll-out this approach to your company; that is, shifting from employee wellness/ health benefits model to a learning and development strategy; and,
- The benefits and sustainability factor using this approach
Kristi has a diverse professional background in health management and corporate wellness program administration, human resources, risk management, recreation management, and sales and marketing. Her professional career began working as cast member for Disney on Ice. A few years into her performing years, she became the Performance Director for Toy Story – one of Disney’s highest grossing touring ice shows to-date. Kristi currently works at FCCI Insurance Group, in Human Resources, as their Wellbeing, Performance and Development Consultant. She leads programs and initiatives that combine professional and personal development for over 800 employees. Kristi is a certified trainer for HeartMath® and teaches workshops on communication, leadership, self-care, and resiliency. Kristi has keynoted at national conferences and spoken to diverse organizations in the human resource, wellbeing, and professional development arena. Kristi was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. Now a U.S. Citizen, Kristi now lives in Sarasota, Florida enjoying the beautiful weather and racing fast on her road bike.
Best Practices in Human Resources
The Expert Industry Q&A will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions regarding some of the greatest challenges or opportunities that exist in human resources. Our panelists will use best practices and their expertise to provide real case studies of success.This panel is moderated by the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association or SHRA. Panelists: Kristi Hoskinson, FCCI Holly Shearer, Design Concepts / Marine Concepts Melissa Miner, PGT Industries
Wrap Up and Evaluations
Registration is not yet open for the 2017 SOTC. Stay tuned.
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As part of the 2017 State of Talent Conference, we were excited to offer continuing education credits from SHRM and HRCI. Participants received four credits from both organizations for their continuing education needs.
I'm always looking for ways to better develop my recruiting processes and the State of Talent Conference will certainly help me do so.
It's essential that I continue to grow professionally and one area of need is how do I better train my employees and build curriculum that keeps them engaged in the workplace. Thank you State of Talent Conference for giving me insight!
I can't wait for this year's State of Talent Conference. The one place where everyone in the room understands the day-to-day challenges I'm faced with. I'm looking forward to networking and learning some best practices.