March 29, 2018 Decatur, Ind.: Connect To Careers, an Adams County workforce development organization, is holding a workforce summit on May 2 to provide information to employers on how to attract and retain employees, and to provide a forum for employers to give feedback to community leaders. The keynote address will be given by Jennifer McNelly, President of 180 Skills and former executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Jennifer was named one of the inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by the Washington DC consortium, STEMconnector. Having spent the past two decades building public-private partnerships to close the manufacturing skills gap, McNelly will offer Adams County employers her insight into concepts that address current workforce issues. Ms. McNelly’s understanding of what drives the workforce has been augmented by her experience as a Senior Executive Service* member for the U.S. Department of Labor, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LLC, and Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing.
Following the keynote address, a panel of educators will discuss opportunities for high school internships and recruiting high school graduates. Following the educators, facilitators will discuss workforce attraction and retention strategies. The organizers will then solicit ideas from employers on making Adams County more attractive to the general workforce. Adam’s County’s Connect To Careers Board of Directors is hosting this inaugural event.
Connect To Careers’ mission is to create opportunities for career advancement through a fully engaged and effectively prepared workforce. The organization designed its services specifically for Adams County as a catalyst for workforce development and to support working-age citizens to become job ready. Connect To Careers funds a position under Adams County Economic Development to focus on issues related to workforce development.
“The purpose of the summit is to gather employers, hiring managers, educators and community leadership for a dynamic conversation related workforce issues,” offered Connect To Careers Board President Trois Hart. “We intend to offer information to employers that will help them in the short and long term. We also want to hear about hiring challenges and as important, creative ideas on how Adams County can collaboratively address them.” The event organizers will publish a report exclusive to attendees that includes presentation information, resources along with findings from the summit. Employer feedback will be shared with Adams County and Municipal leaders not in attendance.
The Adams County 2018 Workforce Summit will be held at the Adams Memorial Hospital from 7:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person which includes breakfast and access to the summit’s summary report. RSVPs are required by April 25 to C2C Board Member Melissa Norby at MNorby@decaturin.org. Guests may pay in advance or the day of the event. More information is available by contacting any C2C board member or James Teeple of the Adams County Economic Development office at JTeeple@adamscountyedc.com.
Connect to Careers is registered as a 501c-3 nonprofit organization funded by Adams County and its municipalities to address countywide workforce issues. The summit was organized to further the organization’s vision of Adams County as having “thriving communities where businesses grow and individuals succeed.”