Join us April 11 to launch a community campaign to
“Grow Our Own Talent.”
Welcome from ConxusNEO
A high-level overview of our mission and progress.
Lorraine Washington, Sr. Vice-President, Human Resources & Volunteer Services, Summa Health
Purpose of the Event
Develop a common understanding of the talent ecosystem. Identify promising and good jobs that are available today and a potential pool of residents who could fill them. Learn how companies, educators, workforce, economic development and community partners are already working together. Identify & Explore ways in which barriers can be addressed. Launch a community-wide campaign to “Grow Our Own Talent.”
Sue Lacy, President, ConxusNEO
Elevate Greater Akron
Highlights of a coordinated and inclusive economic development plan and the role ConxusNEO plays in successful implementation.
The Honorable Ilene Shapiro, Executive, County of Summit
The Honorable Dan Horrigan, Mayor, City of Akron
Steve Millard, President and CEO, Greater Akron Chamber
What are Good and Promising Jobs?
What do we mean by good and promising jobs and what kinds of occupations and careers are available right now in our community?
Michelle Collins, Vice-President, ConxusNEO
Reaching Potential Candidates
What if we told you there are a large number of Greater Akron residents who could be candidates for good and promising jobs? And what if we told you that most are already working, but not to their full potential and some face barriers.
Kirstin Toth, Sr. Vice-President, GAR Foundation
Growing Our Own Talent and Removing Barriers
Series of video vignettes highlighting examples of employer, education, and community collaboration to build a high-performing talent system. An exercise to help us better understand some of the barriers residents face. Table conversations will be held to generate solutions.
Facilitated by Sue Lacy, President, ConxusNEO
Christine Mayer, President, GAR Foundation
Andre Campbell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, United Way of Summit County
Keynote: The Honorable Jon Husted
Lieutenant Governor, State of Ohio
Call to Action
A range of opportunities will be presented by business leaders who are leading “Industry Sector Partnerships.”