October 26-27, 2022
The Lodge at Ironwoods
147001 Mission Rd.
Leawood, KS 66224
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Wednesday, October 26th
9:00 am – 10:30 am
SETTING THE STAGE … SHARING THE DATA
Understand the current state of the U.S., state and local labor markets in general and with respect to specific hard-to-fill occupations in Parks and Recreation. Debunk common labor market myths, and shift into a new way of thinking about attracting and maintaining a workforce.
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:15 am
WHAT IS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT?
Understand the difference between hiring people to fill a “job” and actual development of your workforce. Review the various players and organizations that are typically involved in the public workforce development system.
11:15 am – Noon
DIVERSIFY YOUR TALENT POOL
Speaker: Andy Traub- SHRM-CSP, SPHR, President and Founder of Traub & Associates Consulting LLC
Using our labor market data, explore the need for “net new” workers in the labor market and where you might find those workers. Understand the need to build relationships with community partners to create a referral network and the importance of setting up your organization to receive and nurture a diverse talent pool.
Noon – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
ANTIQUE RECRUITING VS NEW WORLD TECHNIQUES
Learn which recruitment strategies are no longer effective in today’s market and those that garner better results. Understand recruitment as a process to be customized for your varied candidate audience.
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
RETENTION PITFALLS AND BEST PRACTICES
Speaker: Melissa Bennett, Sr. Director of Workforce Strategy at Netsmart
“Walk outs and check outs” … Learn how poor retention impacts your diversity goals and the importance of creating internal career pathways and “total compensation” packages within your organization.
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TOOLBOX
Learn about available workforce development tools, situations for optimal use and how partnerships can ease some of the challenges in implementing them.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 27th
9:00 am – 9:30 am
BUILDING THE TALENT PIPELINE THROUGH YOUTH
Understand how your organization can use existing programming to develop a pipeline of potential candidates. Expand your existing connections with schools to include work-based learning opportunities for youth, which could lead to career path options within your organization.
9:30 am - 10:15 am
FUNDING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Explore cost-saving and funding options for your workforce development strategies, including superb “no-cost” options. Understand the cost of replacement vs development.
10:15 – 10:30Email/Restroom Break
10:30 am – Noon
WORKSHOP #1: NEW ATTRACTION STRATEGIES
Brainstorm new attraction strategies in small groups to generate realistic options for your organization both short- and long- term. Each group will include a facilitator to help prompt discussion and guide conversation and will report ideas back to the larger group.
NOON – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:25 pm
WORKSHOP #2: NEW RETENTION & PIPELINE STRATEGIES
Brainstorm new retention and pipeline strategies in small groups to generate realistic options for your organization both short- and long-term. Each group will include a facilitator to help prompt discussion and guide conversation and will report ideas back to the larger group.
2:25 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Close Out – Final Thoughts/Questions