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Workforce Strategies Summit: Retention


In response to the increased concerns regarding COVID-19 [coronavirus], we have decided to CANCEL the Workforce Strategies Summit on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  At this time we are all still continuing to monitor COVID-19 and its impact to our area. A decision has not yet been made as to whether or not the event will be rescheduled.

This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our team, your teams and the community. We expect that many of your organizations are also needing to redirect time and resources to address this situation and priorities may have shifted.

We will be working on issuing registration refunds over the next couple of days. You will receive a refund confirmation via email. If you have any questions, please let us know.


You've worked hard to recruit new talent, now how do you keep them? Join us for our third annual Workforce Strategies Summit: Retention.

Low unemployment levels are not only impacting businesses' ability to recruit and hire, they are also leading to high turnover rates as workers continue to look for 'the next best thing.'

We hope attendees of the 2020 workforce strategies summit leave with some new ideas, optimism and connections.

We encourage you to involve leaders from all levels - please invite VPs, human resources, managers and supervisors.

We will be updating the event site regularly with speaker names, employer presentations and resources over the next few weeks.

Meet Our 2020 Speakers

Bob McCall

Our keynote speaker this year is Bob McCall, whose experience and leadership in building high performance teams spans over 33 years.

Bob will be joining us from North Carolina. He is the president of Inspire High Performance where he assists companies and organizations in building a culture of high performance.

Bob will share how leadership, culture, raising expectations, and recognizing and addressing poor behaviors will enable organizations to improve performance. Bob believes the power is in people who are willing to demonstrate passion, commitment and engagement from themselves and the entire team and will create a winning culture of top performers.

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Darci Miland

Darci will be joining us as the featured speaker from Washington State where she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner and Founder of Stand Up Wellness, an organization that provides mental health and wellness stand-up comedy style.

Making Room for Emotional Baggage

Imagine it. A feelings-free workplace. Where everything gets done, people act as expected and we all go home happy. Seems a little unrealistic...Even your best employees are showing up with a little baggage! You might be too. Emotions drive behaviors and with more effective packing we can make room for whatever baggage we need on our trips to work. Participants will redefine emotional baggage, evaluate its role in employee motivation and satisfaction, and learn strategies for developing emotionally responsive workplaces.

Julie Enloe

A teacher by training, Julie has taught individuals from 5-67 years old, both in traditional content areas as well as English as a second language. She has worked in the area of workforce development for over 26 years. During this time, she has worked with businesses to create customized skills trainings, offer cultural competency training to HR, management teams and coworkers, as well as offering retention strategies. While working as a DVR vendor, she offered skills trainings, placement, retention and job coaching to individuals with various disabilities. Some of the businesses she created pre-employment trainings for over the years include WPS Insurance, Walgreens, UW, Meriter and St. Mary's Hospital, as well as Pitney Bowes.

Community Partners - A Business Case to Make Connections

Julie Enloe, with the Employment and Training Association, will be joining us for an afternoon discussion on why businesses should be learning about community resources and how to connect their team to resources that can help keep them working. In addition, she will offer a few tips on how to improve your onboarding process to improve retention.

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Employer Best Practices Showcase

Exact Sciences

Creating opportunities for growth, continued learning and transitions to other internal roles is allowing Exact Sciences employees to explore their career while staying with one employer.

Specialty Cheese

Specialty Cheese has incorporated a successful transportation initiative into their business model that has resulted in decreased turnover, increased production capacity and a waiting list of potential workers.

Opportunities, Inc.

Work today, get paid tomorrow: Learn about an exciting new initiative on how making flexible work days and shifts can engage workers who can't or don't want to commit to a 40 hour workweek!


Granola ⋅ Yogurt ⋅ Fruit ⋅ Coffee

Taco Bar

Afternoon Snack

Parking & Accommodations

Parking is available in the visitor parking lot next to the Health and Information Technology Building. If you need accommodations, please email Erin Bechen at gro.wcsbdwnull@nehcebe.