Regional Talent Summit 2017

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Name: Regional Talent Summit 2017
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM CDT
Registration: Sorry, online registration for this event has been closed. Call 715-344-1940 for availability.
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.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to speak at the Regional Talent Summit planned for Thursday, May 25 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild.

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 TimesWashington PostBoston Globe, the Investor's Business Daily, and popular magazines, business publications and education journals, including The FuturistM World, Talent ManagementTrainingHR 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 ofEmployment 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

11 am - 11:50 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


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


Mark Snyder
Employee Development Manager
A & B Process Systems Corp

11:50 am - Noon

Noon - 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:
  • 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.

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:
Todd Kuckkahn
Members (Online) - $35 (Includes Sales Tax)
Non-Members (Online) - $35 (Includes Sales Tax)

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