Upcoming summit to address business talent needs

talent-summit

The first of seven events in our Summit Up! Series, the Talent Summit will address how to develop, attract, and retain talent within our state, community, and your organization.

In order to help bring our community up to speed on what’s happening in our region and what they can do to grow their own talent, we’re excited to share the Talent Summit.

Learn more about the breakout sessions and register for the Talent Summit!

Speakers to highlight the importance of talent development at all levels

Our opening speaker is Roger Curtis, Director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development for the State of Michigan. We are proud to have panels of local talent experts, bringing you true examples of talent development from their organizations and strategic plans to implement within your own.

We will also welcome Dr. Irving McPhail, President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), as our national keynote speaker.

Dr. Irving McPhail and the innovative team at NACME recognized a gap in minority talent in STEM industries. It’s their mission to create and foster opportunities for African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in STEM careers. They do so by creating talent pipelines for possible candidates.

Though there are different entry points into these pipelines, NACME begins attracting candidates at a high school level. Through scholarship programs and career centers, young minority students are sponsored throughout their education in STEM fields. Upon completion of their education, students are referred to partners within the industry to help place students in open positions within their communities.

NACME believes diversity drives innovation and that our engineering workforce that looks like America. We couldn’t agree more and are honored to have the opportunity to hear Dr. Irving McPhail give the keynote address at the Talent Summit.

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