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it’s your business, get connected: Business Newsletter September 2016

Service Spotlight -Workforce Symposium Breakout Highlights Employee Retention

Workforce Symposium Breakout Highlights Employee Retention  

Public/private partnerships can deliver amazing results … when they’re executed well.

Doreen Kemp and Katy Piotrowski are recognized human resources leaders who ensure amazing results. They’ll share their execution secrets on September 30 at the 31st Annual Workforce Symposium at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.

Kemp, Director of Human Resources at the City of Fort Collins, and Piotrowski, CEO of Career Solutions Group, will facilitate a breakout session, “Make Your Best Better: A Systematized Approach To Employee Career Development.” They’ll describe the “stay interviews” that are used to retain top talent.

Kemp and Piotrowski are among the thought leaders who will share best practices at “ELEVATE Your Workforce.”

The event’s breakout and speakers lineup will feature presentations by workforce experts who lend their training expertise to the Workforce Center’s ELEVATE Leadership and Workforce Development Training program.

The cost for a day of professional development, with breakfast and lunch provided, is just $39!

Register  for Symposium today!

Business Insights -Internship Blossoms as New Position with Fort Collins Nonprofit

Internship Blossoms as New Position with Fort Collins Nonprofit

“More cowbell!” Sound familiar?

Yes, Will Farrell comes to mind, but among the Internship Coordinators at the Workforce Center, clanging cowbells also signal a celebration of a new intern placement.

But placing an intern with a host employer is only half the battle. The real success comes when the employer and intern are well matched and the result is permanent employment.

Internship Coordinator Andréa Hoffman understands that the “get acquainted” period has benefit and risk. “Permanent employment is the goal of every placement, but we’re never really sure what the outcome will be,” said Hoffman. “But we always make sure our participants and their hosts have the best chance of success.”

One of those hosts, the Elderhaus in Fort Collins, enjoyed success with a recent internship. According to Sandie Cogswell,  Volunteer Coordinator at Elderhaus, their intern showed such excellent skills that she has been added to the full-time program staff.

Perhaps best of all, the Workforce Center provides full funding of the intern’s wages and Workers’ Compensation, making the training period easy on the host’s budget.

If you or an organization you know would like to explore hosting an intern, call the Internship Services team at (970) 498-6665 or email them at business@larimer.org with Internship in the subject line.

Strengthening the Workforce -Training Experts Highlight Rapid-Fire Elevate Bytes

Training Experts Highlight Rapid-Fire Elevate Bytes

Training Experts Highlight Rapid-Fire Elevate Bytes
Many of the region’s HR thought leaders will gather at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on September 30 for “ELEVATE Your Workforce,” the 31st Annual Workforce Symposium. Everyone will be looking for tips and takeaways to apply in their own organizations.

The Symposium has speakers who can deliver on that promise.

The event’s breakout and speaker lineup will feature presentations by experts who lend their training expertise to the Workforce Center’s ELEVATE Leadership and Workforce Development Training program.

Speakers and Topics include:

  • Colleen Broersma of 3:1 Solutions: The One-Minute Well Manager
  • Eric Cooley of The Breakaway Business: Harnessing Millennial Ambitions
  • Paulette Hansen of The Neenan Company: Managing Up through Fear-free Feedback
  • Bert Robinson of The Corporate Core:  Strengths-Based Leadership
  • Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting: Conversational Intelligence

These are just a few of the program highlights for this year’s Workforce Symposium. The cost for a day of professional development, with breakfast and lunch provided, is just $39!

Register for Symposium today!

The Big Picture -Why Do We Host a Workforce Symposium?

Adam Crowe (1)

Why Do We Host a Workforce Symposium?

Today’s complex marketplace offers more workforce management challenges than ever before. To start with, it’s the first time we’ve contended with a 5-generation workforce, and we’re on the brink of introducing a 6th to the mix. 

Each work day at the Workforce Center, we work both sides of the employment fence in trying to link Larimer County employers with the best qualified job candidates in the market.

That’s why it makes sense to convene the smartest workforce minds in northern Colorado at our annual Workforce Symposium for lively discussions of today’s most important workforce challenges. We’ll gather on September 30 for “Elevate Your Workforce” from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.

We’ve found that sometimes the networking value alone is worth hosting this major event. Over the years – now more than 30! – it’s been gratifying to see the alliances that take shape through our Workforce Symposium.

At this year’s event, we’ll collaborate on an array of topics: 

  • Recruiting from “overlooked populations
  • Diversity in the workforce
  • Millennials as employees and leaders
  • Don’t forget – this event takes place on one of those rare 5th Fridays, and we’ll adjourn in time for great socializing in the renowned Old Town district of Fort Collins.

This year we are returning to a classic symposium format featuring keynotes, breakouts and ELEVATE Bytes, high-energy 10-minute talks. Every session will offer interactivity, so we urge every attendee to share questions and their best ideas.

See you at the Lincoln Center on September 30!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events!

  • September 20 WY-CO Job Fair   Loveland
  • September 30 Annual Workforce Symposium  Fort Collins
  • October 14, 21 & 28 Successful Manager Training  Fort Collins

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