Facing Our Future

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Name: Facing Our Future
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:


The Chamber of Manitowoc County will soon be host to “Facing Our Future” Symposium, an action packed day of great speakers to inspire and move us on the path to enhancing the community we live in.  Click here for sponsorship opportunities.
Title Sponsors:  

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor:
Allstates Rigging, Inc.
Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County
​Prevea Health



11:00 AM


11:10 AM

Wisconsin's Economy - Best in 15 Years
John Koskinen, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Revenue

According to the state’s Chief Economist, Wisconsin’s economic performance is the best it has been in 15 years. John Koskinen says the unemployment rate is approaching an all-time low, the labor force participation rate is one of the top in the country and the state’s economic growth rate ranks 13th in the nation. 

11:40 AM


12:00 PM 

Keynote Presentation:  Filling the Talent Pipeline
Jim Morgan, Vice President, Member Experience, MRA

We have long passed the debate about a talent, or more accurately, body shortage.  The question now is, “How do I become a preferred employer?”  If you have not updated your recruiting practices, onboarding process, benefits package, and corporate culture, you are probably missing out on quality talent.  Jim will lay-out the demographic challenge facing Wisconsin employers and offer best practices from leading companies.

12:50 PM


1:00 PM

Business & Education Partnerships: Youth Apprenticeship & Internships

Learn about Youth Apprenticeship, from all sides of the spectrum: Education, Employers -- and hear from YA and Internships students (past and present) about their personal experiences.

Panel Discussion Featuring:
John Lukas, LDI Industries
Tania Kilpatrick, Director Career & Technical Education, CESA 6
Jonathan Brendemuehl, Jagemann Stamping Company
Jared Meyer, Access Investment

Whitney Sonnenberg, Holy Family Memorial

1:45 PM

A Collaborative Approach to Talent Recruitment: “The Build It Bus Tour-Construction Trades”

This a new program done collaboratively between the Manitowoc County Home Builder Association, The Chamber, and the schools across Manitowoc County. It is a hands on approach to showcasing careers in the trades including, Carpentry, Electric, Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Masonry. Learn how putting 60 students through a day of bus tours can enhance awareness of your available careers.  

Panel Discussion Featuring:
Paul Braun, Braun Building Center
Mike Check, Mike Check Builders
Luke Valitchka, Manitowoc Public School District

2:10 PM


2:20 PM

Talent Recruitment:  Q&A with a Professional Recruiter
Kelly Zahn, Professional Recruiter, Markent Personnel

Kelly Zahn will discuss changes in the industry the past several years; Advantages to using an outside recruiter; and share what  'pains' companies are feeling in hiring top talent.  Then, you have the opportunity to ask the professional!  Kelly will open it up to questions from the audience to discuss recruiting. 

3:00 PM

Vision 2022: Who. What. Why?
Dean Halverson, Leede Research & Mary Maurer, Holy Family Memorial

3:30 PM        #thinkloveplay


Holiday Inn
4601 Calumet Ave.
Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Registration:  10:30 AM
Program & Speakers 11AM-4:00 PM
Contact Information:
The Chamber of Manitowoc County (920) 684-5575

$25 per person.  Includes presentations and lunch. 
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