2023 Conference Schedule

2023 Conference Schedule

Program Guide

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Day 1: Monday, November 13th 

Welcome Reception & University Presidents Panel

4:00pm-6:00pm | Hotel Peter & Paul

Join us on the Piazza at Hotel Peter & Paul at 4:00pm to get your conference badge, enjoy a drink, and mingle with fellow attendees. At 4:30pm, we’ll make our way into the Great Hall for our University Presidents Panel.

Speakers:
Venue Details

Hotel Peter & Paul, 2317 Burgundy St., New Orleans, LA 70117

Dine Around Town

6:00pm-8:00pm

Participating restaurants to be announced!

Day 2: Tuesday, November 14th 

8:00am-4:00pm
Venue Details

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Enter through the St. Joseph St. Warehouse door.

Breakfast & Steal This Idea Session

8:00am-8:50am | Camp St. Warehouse

Join us for a continental breakfast from 8:00am-8:40am sponsored by Campus Tulsa, followed by two Steal This Idea Sessions.

Speakers:
  • Pay it Forward Educational Model: Josh Nathan, Associate Director and Staff Attorney at Social Finance
  • Community is Our Middle Name: Auggie Valadez, Tulsa Achieves Program Manager at Tulsa Community College

Keynote Session

Our Work Lives Will Never Be The Same

9am-10:15am | Camp St. Warehouse

Don’t miss this opening keynote session where experts will discuss the future of work for talent, employers, and cities.

Speakers:
  • Dominique Clarke, Director of Member and Alumni Experience at Tulsa Remote 
  • Perry Sholes, Executive Director of Career Immersion & Leadership Institute (CILI), Talent Optimization Consultant at The Predictive Index, and President at Progressive HR Strategies
  • Chris Wink,  Co-Founder and CEO at Technical.ly

Breakout Sessions

10:30am-11:20am

Reconnecting Talent to Downtown

Blackbox Theatre
Speakers:
  • Cathy Lin, Director of Research at the International Downtown Association
  • Andrew Grossman, Director of Destination Development at Colorado Tourism Office 
  • Nicole Muise-Kielkucki, Director of Economic Innovation at Fourth Economy (Moderator)

Financing Education for In-Demand Skilled Workers

1st Floor Gallery
Speakers:
  • Betsy Hauser, Founder and CEO at Tech Talent & Strategy
  • Tara Colton, Executive Vice President for Economic Security at New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
  • Julie Stone, Investment Director, Family Economic Mobility at Gary Community Ventures
  • Cathy Cho Yoo, Vice President of Impact Investments at Social Finance (Moderator)

Lunch & Keynote Session

How to Win the Talent War: The Path to Purchase for Relocating Talent

11:30am-1:15pm | Camp St. Warehouse 

Boxed lunch will be provided, thanks to our sponsor, DCI. Following lunch, don’t miss the keynote panel discussing the latest talent mobility trends.

Speakers:
Overview:
Nearly three years after the onset of the pandemic, the world of talent attraction is still reeling from the challenges of the last few years and bracing for a set of new ones. Communities and companies want to know, now more than ever, where and why is talent relocating? In this session, DCI will share the results of their annual talent research, “Talent Wars: What People Look for in Jobs and Locations,” which sets out to better understand how to attract, and ultimately retain talent. Following the discussion of key findings from the study, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from destination representatives on their respective talent attraction programs.

Breakout Sessions

1:30pm-2:20pm

Talent and Housing Affordability

Blackbox Theatre
Speakers:
  • Arben Skivjani, Deputy Chief Economist and Director of Forecasting at RealPage, Inc.
  • Marshall Crawford, President & CEO, The Housing Fund
  • Tim Carty, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at RoleCall (Moderator)

Connecting Industry to Education

1st Floor Gallery
Speakers:

Networking Break

2:20pm-2:50pm | St Joseph St. Warehouse

Join us for this networking break sponsored by Go Topeka. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

Keynote Session

How an Influencer Brought Hundreds to Peoria

3:00pm-4:15pm | Camp St. Warehouse

You may have seen her featured in the New York Times and BuzzFeed, or found her page while scrolling on TikTok. In this keynote presentation, nationally acclaimed, inclusion-oriented influencer, Angie Ostaszewski, will take the stage and share how she leveraged social media to inspire hundreds of people to make Peoria home.

Happy Hour

4:30pm-6:00pm | Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

Don’t miss the conference’s most anticipated networking event! Join us for a drink at happy hour, sponsored by Lightcast.

Venue Details

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar, 1114 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dine Around Town

6:00pm-8:00pm

Participating restaurants to be announced!

Day 3: Wednesday, November 15th

8:00am-4:00pm

Venue Details

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Enter through the St. Joseph St. Warehouse door.

Breakfast & Steal This Idea Session

8:00am-8:50am | Camp St. Warehouse

Join us for a light continental breakfast from 8:00am-8:40am, followed by a Steal This Idea Session on best practices for young professional organizations.

Speakers:
  • Naomi Herr, Director of Community Engagement at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
  • Butch Roussel, Founder at Civicside / 24 Hour Citizen Project

Breakout Sessions

9:00am-9:50am

Social Capital: A Career Catalyst for Talent of Color

Blackbox Theatre
Speakers:

Emerging Employer Trends to Attract, Retain and Grow Talent

1st Floor Gallery 
Speakers:
  • Susan Lotz, North America Sourcing Lead for Accenture Apprenticeships
  • Dr. Monique Perry-Graves, Executive Director at Teach For America, North Carolina
  • Sarah Steltz, VP of Economic Competitiveness at Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
  • Steph Slates, Vice President, Talent Development at LCMC Health (Moderator)

Breakout Sessions

10:00am-10:50am

Tourism and Talent Marketing Collaborations 

Blackbox Theatre
Speakers:
  • Angela Val, President and CEO of Visit Philly
  • Kevin Ferguson, VP for External Affairs and Membership at New Orleans and Company
  • Emily Tapp, Engagement Manager at Greater MSP (Moderator)

Changing Face of Community Colleges

1st Floor Gallery
Speakers:
  • Dr. Falecia Williams, President at Prince George’s Community College 
  • Stephanie Norris, Senior Research Analyst for Regional and Community Analysis at Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Rachel Kahn, Deputy Director, Community College Growth Engine, Education Design Lab (Moderator)

Networking Break

10:50am-11:30am | St Joseph St. Warehouse

Join us for this networking break, sponsored by RoleCall. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

Lunch & Keynote Session

AI’s Impact on the Future of Talent

11:30am-1:15pm | Camp St. Warehouse at the CAC

Boxed lunch will be provided. Following lunch, our keynote panel will dive into AI’s impact on the future of talent.

Speakers:
  • Barbara Pender, Deputy Delivery Lead for Global Generative AI Solutions at Accenture
  • Rob Lalka, Albert R. Lepage Professor in Business at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Executive Director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Mike Gadsby, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at O3 World (Moderator)
Overview:

Conversations around artificial intelligence (AI) and its influence on our society have taken over common discourse, with tech giants such as Meta and ChatGPT permeating various aspects of our personal and professional lives. In this panel discussion, experts well-versed in AI’s practical applications, its training processes, and its far-reaching consequences will scrutinize pivotal aspects of AI that will undoubtedly redefine how our world engages with and embraces this technology in the future.

Topics to be explored encompass the ethical and responsible deployment of AI, the perils associated with bias, and AI’s role in regional talent attraction and retention efforts. This engaging conversation promises valuable insight into the ever-evolving landscape of AI, making it a must-attend event for anyone interested in this transformative field.

P.S. This session description was written using ChatGPT!

Breakout Sessions

1:30pm-2:20pm

College Graduate Retention Programs

Blackbox Theatre
Speakers:
  • Bramley Crisco, Director of Talent Development at Campus Greensboro
  •  Julia Pagano, Talent Strategy & Program Manager at Campus ROC
  • Jaedda Hall, Director of Emerging Workforce at Hampton Roads Workforce Council (Campus 757)
  • Dr. Jennifer Kebea, President at Campus Philly (Moderator)

Using Data to Align Talent Supply and Demand

1st Floor Gallery
Speakers:
  • Josie Gatti Schafer, Director of the Center for Public Affairs Research at University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Kerry McKittrick, Associate Director of the Project on Workforce at Harvard Kennedy School
  • Deborah Diamond, Director, Anchor Economy at Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (Moderator)

Closing Session

Taking It Home: Ideas to Put in Your Suitcase

2:30pm-3:45pm | Camp St. Warehouse

Join us for this collaborative session where we will dive into key takeaways from the conference. Engage in a moderated discussion on topics most relevant to your work to turn big ideas into actionable plans.