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Industry Connections

Engage with business leaders at The Forum 2017

The partnership between industry and the workforce development system is critical to meeting goals of individual and community economic growth. Understanding the current and evolving needs of industry sectors informs strategic workforce development decisions and serves as a guide towards investments that should be made with workforce dollars. During The Forum 2017, "Industry Connections" is a focused series of sessions held on Monday, March 27th, where attendees can receive direct input from industry leaders and hear firsthand the changing dynamics of the workplace, how industry is responding to those changes, and how workforce boards can be more effective at meeting the needs of business.

General Session
Monday, March 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Keynote Address: Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSN, Inc. & Chairman, National Retail Federation (NRF)
How people work, buy and live is constantly evolving and changing. HSN, Inc. CEO and NRF Chairman Mindy Grossman will provide an industry perspective on the changing dynamics of the workplace and workforce, the challenges and opportunities brought by new and advancing technologies, how industry is responding to the changes, and thoughts on how businesses, education and the workforce system can evolve to meet the new environment.

Panel Discussion: A panel of industry executives discusses changes in the workplace, how they are recruiting, hiring and training employees, and how they are working (or not working) with WDBs.  

Moderator: 
Martin Scaglione, President and CEO, Hope Street Group

Panelists:
Mark Wagner, Vice President, Learning, The Hartford
Ellen Torbert, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Southwest Airlines
Gretchen Stroud, Vice President, Global Talent & Learning, Hilton Worldwide
Ellie Bertani, Director, HR Strategy and Innovation,  Walmart

Business Briefings
Trends and Insights from America’s Industry Leaders
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Business Briefings present a picture of trends and offer insights from industry sector leaders and economists into the competitive forces driving each industry and the workforce and skill shortages that could pose threats to continued viability. Discussions will build on themes from the general session to include opportunities, as well as challenges, facing industry and how the workforce development system can better respond to those challenges and opportunities. The following industry sectors will be represented:

  • Services (restaurant, retail, hotel)
  • Healthcare (clinical, home care, institutional)
  • Finance/Insurance/Business
  • Information Technology (cybersecurity, IT services, network)
  • Manufacturing/Construction/Energy

“The opportunity The Forum provides to interact with peers and leaders is equally valuable to the materials presented in the sessions and workshops, making it a can’t-miss conference.”

~ Forum Attendee