October 10-12 | Greensboro, NC
Across the nation, cities are realizing that talent will drive their ability to grow.
Young, Smart and Local is a two-day conference designed to inform and engage leaders from higher education, business, government, economic development, and community organizations on best practices around talent growth and attraction.
Campus Philly, the nationally-known talent retention initiative in Philadelphia, and Action Greensboro, national-model for collaborative philanthropic investment in economic development hosted this conference in Philadelphia on April 9 & 10, 2019.
We are excited to welcome Greater New Orleans, Inc and Campus Tulsa as partnering hosts of the 2022 Young Smart Local Conference in Greensboro, NC.
- City as campus: strategies and tactics to leverage city assets as part of college students’ educational experience
- Best practices for connecting college talent to job opportunity in your region
- National trends and forecasts regarding talent development, alignment and retention
- Benchmarking and measuring the impact of talent retention
- Diversity and equity in growing cities
- Supporting Underserved Talent Populations
- Supporting and Connecting to Remote Workers and Interns
- COVIDs Impact on Talent
- Anchor Economies
Representatives from cities and metro regions that are committed to talent growth.
- Human resource and recruiting leads from major employers
- Economic development professionals from city, state and local governments and NGOs
- Higher education leaders
- Chamber of commerce leaders focused on talent and business growth
- Destination marketing leaders who focus on attracting new businesses to a region
Monday, October 10, 2022
Conference check-in and Networking
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks: Cecelia Thompson, Action Greensboro and Jennifer Kebea, Campus Philly
Welcome Remarks: Congresswoman Kathy Manning
Panel: Equity & Inclusion – A Pulse Check on Progress
Panelists: Jonathan Long, VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce; Randy Williams, VP and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor of Education, Elon University; Taylor Cobb, Co-Managing Partner of Reify Solutions
Moderator: Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO, Center for Economic Inclusion
Mayor’s Reception & Panel
Mayors from Greensboro, NC and Tulsa, OK will reflect on what talent growth has meant to them as city leaders at a reception and panel discussion.
Moderated by Lucas Grindley, Executive Director of Next City
Dinner in LeBauer Park
Dinner for purchase at food trucks and park kiosks.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Bus transportation from the Downtown Hyatt to UNCG.
Steal This Idea
Brief lightning talks from cities showcasing a successful initiative that can be replicated elsewhere.
Presenter: Daphine Barnes, HBCU Innovation Internship Program, Greater New Orleans Inc.
Session 1: Universities Evolving with Workforce Trends
Moderator: Dr. Brittany Mercado, Elon University Love School of Business
Session 2: Affordability of Place: The Impact of Wage Trends and Cost of Living
Panelists: Susan Koehn, VP of Talent and Industry Partnerships, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce; David Reeves, Executive in Residence at Marquette University and former President of OpenGov
Sponsored by Livability
Session 1: Connecting and Supporting Underserved Talent Populations
Panelists: Kenneth Mayes, Institute for Veterans and Military Families /Onward to Opportunity; Bramley Crisco, Campus Greensboro; Daphine Barnes, Women in the STEM Economy, Greater New Orleans Inc.
Moderator: Kyle Farmbry, President of Guilford College
Session 2: New Models of Earn While You Learn
Moderated by Ann Flynt, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Lunch and Keynote
How Anchor Institutions Drive Impact for their Regions
Patrick Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will discuss the economic impact of anchor institutions – higher education and hospitals – on regional economies. Anchor institutions are among the largest employers in many regions and can drive economic development and growth. With changes in both healthcare delivery and the higher education landscape, these sectors may also be facing significant disruption. President Harker will speak about the role anchors play in regional economies. His speech will be followed by a moderated discussion between President Harker and University of North Carolina at Greensboro Chancellor, Frank Gilliam.
Sponsored by Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau
Livestream sponsored by NC Carolina Core.
Session 1: Measuring and Benchmarking Talent Retention & Attraction
Moderator: Gareth Blayney, Account Executive, Lightcast
Sponsored by Lightcast
Session 2: Cradle through Career Pathways
Moderator: Brandon Oldham, George Kaiser Family Foundation
Sponsored by Ready for School, Ready for Life
So What will Happen to Downtown?
Close to half of office workers (42%) have not returned full time to their offices. Stories abound predicting the demise or transformation of the central business district. This panel discussion will feature a national expert on the downtown office market in conversation with experts from cities working to improve their downtowns in light of a hybrid schedule for most office workers. Attendees will come away with data and ideas about the future of downtowns in the era of work-from-home.
Moderator: Christopher Chung, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Sponsored by Downtown Greensboro Incorporated
Dinner Around Town
Dinner on your own or with conference guests.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Bus transportation from the Downtown Hyatt to UNCG.
Steal This Idea Session: Brief lightning talks from cities showcasing a successful initiative that can be replicated elsewhere
- Presenter: Rebekah Kantor, Tulsa Tomorrow
Marketing Your City for Talent
Mini Keynote; Allie Maniglia, Manager, Talent Attraction with DCI and Patience Fairbrother, Vice President, Brand & Digital Strategy with DCI.
Moderated by Justin Harlan, Managing Director of Tulsa Remote.
Sponsored by Development Counsellors International (DCI)
Closing Keynote: The Future of Work is Flexible
Charlie Warzel, co-author of Out of Office
The future of work isn’t completely remote, or completely in-person, or whatever difficult, exhausting situation you endured during the pandemic. The future of work is flexible: in location, but also in the blocks of time we dedicate to the job. That flexibility has the potential to make the workforce more inclusive than ever: to people with child and eldercare responsibilities, for people outside of major urban areas, to women and disabled workers and people who, forever whatever reason, do their best work when not tethered to an office desk for a set number of hours every day. Building on hundreds of interviews with “knowledge” workers, managers, and CEOs from different sectors, this talk will focus on rethinking the building blocks for a resilient, productive, and engaged workforce.