SEPT. 16, 2021 from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
at the Duke Energy Convention Center

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Strengthening Recruitment & Employee Retention

Attracting, recruiting, and retaining talent is one of the hottest topics in manufacturing.  With 2020 creating a systemic shift in the workforce, the job market is more competitive than ever. What’s to stop a highly valued employee from walking down the street for $1.50 more an hour? 

The morning breakout session “Strengthening Recruitment and Employee Retention,” tackles these critical issues head on by compressively covering company culture from the outside in. Featuring speakers from well-known HR firms, Track #1 delivers actionable takeaways that you can implement immediately to improve upon what you already have in place to obtain and keep top talent. 


Shape Your Own Story with Employer Branding

Angel Beets, Co-Managing Partner at Gilman Partners

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

What is your employer brand, why does it matter, and how can it help your organization attract new employees and retain your current talent? In this session we’ll cover the fundamentals of employer branding and share best practices for shaping your employee value proposition through channels like social media and your website. 

Objectives and Takeaways: 

  • What is your employer brand? 
  • Why does it matter? How does it help attract new employees and retain your current talent? 
  • How do you create your employer brand? (You have to listen to current employees and ensure what you believe it is matches their perspective. Otherwise, it’s just aspirational.) 
  • Where/how do you promote your employer brand? (Website, social media, marketing materials, job fairs, video, etc.) 
  • How do you address employer brand on channels you don’t own? (Glassdoor, etc.) 

Angel Beets

Co-Managing Partner at Gilman Group

Angel joined Gilman Partners in 2018 after working with the firm as a marketing contractor for nearly three years. She worked for public relations firms in Indianapolis, Chicago and the Greater Cincinnati area and was the Communication Manager for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Passionate about education and lifelong learning, Angel served as Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana for a decade and has taught a wide range of courses at Indiana University East, Northern Kentucky University, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sinclair Community College.

In addition to managing Gilman Partners' day-to-day operations, Angel writes and speaks on hiring/talent trends, oversees marketing and education initiatives, and serves as the director of GP Elevate, the firm's leadership development program designed to prepare high-potential leaders for executive roles. She is a member of Impact 100, serves on the board of EC LEARN in Northern Kentucky, and is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 44 and the Leadership Northern Kentucky class of 2018.

Sparking the Interest of Top Talent

Erin Young, HR Consultant at VonLehman

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Most businesses fail to address their talent strategy in their planning and without it, their business and financial plans are useless. In addition to talent strategy, recruitment and retention are two factors in which each organization needs to take time to invest. Successfully engaging employees requires leaders to be intentional about moving the needle. However, how do you engage employees to make sure they are committed to your mission and its success? 

Objectives and Takeaways: 

  • Great talent doesn’t come cheap 
  • People Want Meaningful Work 
  • A Positive, Supportive Work Culture is a Must 

Erin Young

HR Consultant at VonLehman

Erin Young brings over 10 years of human resources experience to her team, with a specialization in talent management, including workforce planning, recruiting, training, performance management, employee development, employee engagement, and succession planning. Her industry experience includes work within manufacturing & distribution centers, non-profits, construction, financial institutions, government and professional services. In her former roles, she gained a wealth of experience in managing employee relations, strategic planning and succession, tackling compliance issues, and technology selection and implementation. Erin is passionate about assisting businesses make the most of their resources and talent, through a tailored and personalized approach.

Being Sticky- Leveraging Talent Management to Retain Your Employees During These Unique Times

Amanda Mosteller, Director of Learning and Development at ERA

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

In today’s environment, organizations are seeing their employees exiting at alarming rates.  Even long-term and seemingly happy workers are actively looking at other options.  To help keep employees stay in organizations, whether big or small, companies need to have a strong Talent Management process in place that is creative, customized and meaningful so that the employee can see a desirable and lasting place for them.  Employees of all kinds feel the need to be developed, invested in and confident in a path forward. Specifically, this means there needs to be career paths/ladders, individual development plans, training, retraining, upskilling, coaching and a sense there is a tangible future for them. 

Objectives and Takeaways: 

  • Understand the foundation and importance of Talent Management and its role in retention and organizational performance 
  • Receive an inventory of potential Talent Management practices to integrate into your organization
  • Connect your Talent Management process to other Engagement and Retention processes  

Amanda Mosteller

Director of Learning & Development at ERA

Amanda Mosteller is a Talent Development leader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Amanda comes to ERA from a global IT services organization where she honed her craft at bringing Talent Development programs and initiatives into the digital age. Amanda’s experience ranges from individual and executive career coaching to learning program development from the ground up. Most recently Amanda has focused her own knowledge and skill growth in Organizational Development work as well as embracing the ways technology can alter how adults learn.