2020 Workforce Summit

2020 Workforce Summit

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 9 am to 1:45 pm

Member Price: $75 | Non-Member Price: $75

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As Pennsylvania businesses re-open in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are facing formidable challenges, including the need to hire new talent and retain their existing workforce.

The PA Chamber’s 29th Annual Economic Survey identified workforce as the private sector’s leading issue, expressing concerns over workforce quality and readiness, and citing an inability to fill vacant positions. In 2018, 14% of businesses of varying sizes and industries indicated that workforce was the “single most important issue” affecting their business. In 2019, that number jumped to 22%.

Join us as the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation partners with innovative business leaders from across the state to provide valuable insights and creative strategies that will empower businesses to overcome their workforce challenges.

Summit Highlights

Program speakers represent companies that are effectively implementing long-term strategies for growth and solving the number one issue for businesses: finding and retaining talent. The program will detail how to turn ideas into action through engaging business case studies. The Summit will spotlight:

  • How to find employees through alternative populations.
  • Best practices for working with and hiring re-entrants.
  • Removing workforce barriers such as child care.
  • Building a positive workplace culture that supports talent retention and legacy planning initiatives.
  • How out-of-the-box thinking can serve your business and the community.

Featured Speakers

Gene Barr - President and CEO, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
Learn about the recommendations developed by the Governor's Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center.

Craig Poole - General Manager, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Reading
Hear how the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Reading’s unique and highly successful hiring strategy identifies and trains the workforce they need, while helping to solve a major social issue in their community.

Jen Strobel, VP of Human Resources, Flagger Force Traffic Control Services
Learn about creative strategies utilized by Flagger Force to hire re-entrants from prison – positively impacting the business and the community.

Meredith McCann, SHRM-SCP, Manager, Human Resources, JPL
A creative branding, digital and integrated marketing company, JPL has instituted a positive workplace culture that fosters employee innovative and creativity everyday on a vast array of projects. Meredith will keynote the afternoon session: How to Build A Positive Workplace Culture For Growth & Retention to Ensure Your Legacy.

Panel Discussion

  • Allen Norton, Workforce Development Executive, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
  • Melanie Nixon-Stillman, HR Director, Employee Relations & Regulatory Compliance, Eurofins NSC US, Inc.
  • Timothy R. Norris, CEO, Best Friends Day Care Centers, LLC

This engaging panel discussion will showcase how organizations have successfully solved the child care barrier for their employees, allowing parents to work productively while ensuring that their children are receiving the quality care they need.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Human Resource Certification Institute SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 3.5
SHRM Preferred Provider SHRM-CP ™ / SHRM-SCP ™ PDC's 3

For questions on Continuing Education credit certifications for this event, please contact Susan Smith, 717.720.5457 |