Chamber Summits

talent-summit

Wednesday, April 12
Talent Summit
1:00 — 4:30 p.m.
Beers and Careers Reception
4:30 — 6:00 p.m.
DeVos Place, Grand Gallery Meeting Rooms – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Before you register, please view the breakout session topics below.

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Talent is the top issue impacting growth and success for the West Michigan business community. That’s why we’ve made talent the concentration at the first in the Chamber Summits series.

Through this Summit, the Chamber will bring together businesses and community leaders to provide insight on developing, attracting and retaining talent. From the keynote speaker and breakout panel discussions, you will:

  • Learn best practices from innovative talent experts
  • Network with peers who are facing the same concerns as you
  • Leave with practical and strategic takeaways

Finish the day at the Beers and Careers reception, giving you a first look at the MiCareerQuest expo.


Agenda

1:00 p.m. — Registration
1:30 p.m. — Opening Remarks/Speaker
2:05 p.m. — Keynote Speaker Dr. Irving McPhail
3:00 p.m. — Develop, Attract, Retain Breakout Sessions
4:15 p.m. — Debrief: Talent & Legislation Update
4:30 p.m. — Beers and Careers Reception
6:00 p.m. — Conclude

Talent Summit download coming soon!


Develop Talent Breakout Session
What can business do to better prepare job seekers for in-demand careers in Michigan? What opportunities exist for businesses to help craft future talent for their organization?

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Panel Moderator
Kevin Stotts
Talent 2025
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Bill Pink
Grand Rapids
Community College
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Laura Elsner
DeWys Manufacturing, Inc.

Attract Talent Breakout Session
Business is in a race for talent. Finding the right people and onboarding them can be time consuming and costly. How do you keep and grow the talent you have?

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Dr. Irving McPhail
National Action Council for Miniorities in Engineering
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Christy Landrigan
Team Lead Talent Solutions
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Kaushik Nag
Director Talent Acquisition
Amway
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Cindy Brown
Executive Director
Hello West Michigan

Retain Talent Breakout Session
How do you increase the success rate in your efforts to recruit top talent? What collaborations exist to help you find the right people to take your business forward? 

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Panel Moderator
Megan Smith
Grand Rapids Area Chamber
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Fred Keller
Cascade Engineering, Inc.
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Mark Peters
Butterball Farms, Inc.
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Denise Philips
Ranir LLC
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Lynn Afendoulis
Universal Forest Products, Inc.

Sponsors:
Talent Development Division Underwriter:
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Amway
Meijer
West Michigan Works
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