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“Winning in the Talent Marketplace” Symposium Agenda

winning in the talent marketplaceNOLABA’s Winning in the Talent Marketplace symposium is a half-day event bringing together stakeholders to advance talent attraction and retention strategies for area businesses and the City of New Orleans. Here is the full agenda for Sept. 28:

8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast
8:25 a.m. Welcome Dr. John Nicklow, President, University of New Orleans
8:30 a.m. Introduction: Winning in the Talent Marketplace Emcee: Mary Matthews, Executive Director, 504ward
8:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Creating a Talent Pipeline

New Orleans has nine institutions of higher learning, including the state’s largest community college and two medical schools; however, so many jobs in our city go unfilled every year. In this discussion we will walk through the disconnect between filling opportunities at your organization and capturing these graduating seniors, and ultimately how to create a talent pipeline.

Moderator: Evie Poitevent, Human Capital Manager, GNO, Inc.

Carla Coury, Career Center Director, Tulane University

Cheyenne Ellis, Program Manager, YouthForce NOLA

Matt Findley, President, inXile Entertainment

9:30 a.m. Presentation: New Orleans and the Global Competition for Top Talent

Saying people are our most important asset was a convenient platitude for the last two decades, but now it means something. In our knowledge economy, some roles drive the lion’s share of intellectual capital and, in turn, enterprise value. Brenner and McGuire will explain why hiring and retaining top talent in such roles is essential to growing your organization and the City of New Orleans.

Linda Brenner, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Talent Growth Advisors

Tom McGuire, Managing Partner, Talent Growth Advisors

10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Panel Discussion: Culture is our Competitive Advantage

These CEOs will discuss what makes their organizations stand out to potential employees, and most importantly how their internal culture keeps their top talent from looking for opportunities elsewhere.

Moderator: Teresa Lawrence, Owner, Delta Personnel

Rick Tallant, Asset Manager, Shell

Franck LaBiche, Human Resources Director, Laitram

Kevin Dawson, Vice President, GE Digital

10:55 a.m. Presentation: Improving Employee Engagement by Helping Working Parents

EdNavigator is a nonprofit organization that helps hard-working families get a great education. Daly and Henderson will share their passion for education and how their organization works to match families with the best educational opportunities.

Tim Daly, Co-founder, EdNavigator

Whitney Henderson, Navigator-in-chief, EdNavigator

11:25 a.m. Presentation: Workforce Training Programs at Your Fingertips

These state and city-level organizations are enacting multiple strategies to provide opportunities for our workforce and employers – preparing them with the skills, training, education and support needed to fully participate and prosper in our economy.

Tanya Jones, Program Manager, Anchor Collaborative

Alejandra Guzman, Vice President of Program Development and Strategy, NOLABA

Paul Helton, Executive Director, LED FastStart

11:55 a.m. Symposium Closing Remarks: Is New Orleans Worth It? Quentin L. Messer Jr., President & CEO, NOLABA
12:30-1:30 p.m. Invitation Only

Roundtable: Choices that Underpin Breakthrough Strategies to Attract and Retain Talent

Linda Brenner, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Talent Growth Advisors

Tom McGuire, Managing Partner, Talent Growth Advisors


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