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Workforce Strategy Consultants share what works with Minnesota employers

Minnesota employers, you're invited to join in a monthly discussion of current workforce challenges and solutions.

Join the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Workforce Strategy Consultant team the first Wednesday of the month from 11am to 12pm. This series of virtual meetings focuses on highlighting proven strategies to build talent pipelines, hearing and sharing best practices, and networking with other Minnesota employers about all things workforce. Join us to learn:

  • How to increase your number of applicants and new hires  
  • About tools for reviewing and enhancing your current training programs  
  • Ways to enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within your workplace 
  • How to be recognized as an employer of choice in your industry 

Upcoming Events

All events are virtual (held on Teams) from 11am to 12pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Unplugged session follows each event from 12 to 12:30pm.

Download a flyer with a schedule of all 2023 Workforce Wednesday sessions

March 1, 2023

Preparing for The New Workforce

Our discussion will focus on aligning recruiting and retention efforts with the values and priorities of the New Workforce. Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts discuss what these demographic changes will be, and how we can leverage them as a strategic advantage in our organizations.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: james.whirlwindsoldier@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

April 5, 2023

Cultivating a Supportive Workplace Culture for Youth

Learn ways businesses can improve engagement with young people by creating a welcoming, engaging, and supportive work environment.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: jessica.obrien@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

May 3, 2023

Building a Culture of Worksite Wellness

Learn ways businesses can promote retention by building a culture of wellness and supporting health and mental health in the workplace.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: jessica.obrien@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

June 7, 2023

A Culture of Leadership as a Tool for Retention

We will focus on how leadership impacts culture and retention in a job seeker’s market. Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts discuss how to make Leadership your organization’s secret weapon. 

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: james.whirlwindsoldier@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

July 5, 2023

Growing and Expanding Your Business

Join us for an engaging discussion to learn about strategies for growing and expanding your business through the introduction of DEED's Economic Development team and the DEED Training Grant Programs available to your organization.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: della.ludwig@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

August 2, 2023

Caregiving and the Workplace – What Caregiver Types Does Your Business Recognize?

Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts about how to support attraction and retention for working caregivers.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: shayla.drake@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

September 6, 2023

Leveraging Second Chancers for a Better Workforce

We will discuss both the obstacles and opportunities that comes from this underemployed and marginalized population of second chance workers. Hear a panel of employers and subject matter experts discuss available tools, programs, and partnerships that will help your organization reach our Second Chance community members. 

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: james.whirlwindsoldier@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

October 4, 2023

Automation and Upskilling Workers

Join us for an engaging discussion to learn about strategies for growing and expanding your business through automation and upskilling workers. Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts on promising practices to enhance your workforce.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: della.ludwig@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

November 1, 2023

Navigating the International Hiring Process

The workforce is becoming more global. Learn the process of identifying, attracting, and onboarding employees from around the world. 

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: adesewa.adesiji@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event. 

December 6, 2023

Still Utilizing Passive Recruiting Strategies? Why Active Recruiting Is Now Essential

Learn where employers can still make an impact in filling workforce needs even in our tight labor market. Hear from a panel of employers and subject matter experts about how to support retention and inclusion efforts for marginalized Minnesotans.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Noon-12:30 p.m. Unplugged Audience Q&A

Please join prepared to share your experiences and ideas! 

Register now

If you have any issues registering, please try using Google Chrome.

For general questions and accommodation requests, please email: shayla.drake@state.mn.us

This event will be recorded and will be made available for viewing after the event.