ASE's Talent Symposium will consist of two Keynote sessions and three sets of breakout sessions. Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts.
Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Using Professional Apprenticeship Programs to Fill the Skills Gap
Annette Norris: Early Engagement Manager, Education – DASI Solutions
Employers are increasingly worried about finding and holding on to quality, skilled workers and the skills gap continues to widen. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent. Apprenticeships fulfill the need to create a pipeline of skilled workers. This session will discuss the ins and outs of an engineering and manufacturing apprenticeship program and how it can help you train new and current employees with the skills needed in your organization.
Eight Ingredients That Help Teams Succeed
Joe Tabers, CSP - Team and Leadership Improvement Expert, Productive Training Services, Inc.
Good teamwork and team communication skills are essential within all organizations. Yet, most team members cannot individually name what the ingredients are that help teams succeed. In this fast paced interactive session you will explore team builders and barriers, learn team essentials that can help any team, discover where teams fall short, and gain an easy to use team perception survey and other helpful team development ideas to take back and implement within your organization.
Failwave! The Next Wave of Failures Will Be Driven by a Lack of Talent
Jim Bitterle – Managing Partner, EDSI Consulting
The “War for Talent” is getting worse. In fact, talent issues and poor talent management are driving the next wave of corporate failures. This session will explain the history of failure waves, as well as how the current wave is limiting companies’ abilities to grow, and in many cases, leading to corporate failures. You’ll learn the signs of talent-based corporate failure, and specific recommendations will be provided to ensure your company will win in the War for Talent.
More Morning Breakout Sessions - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
An Untapped Talent Pool - How Neurodiverse Workers Bring Valuable Skills to the Workplace
Tammy Morris, CPO – Autism Alliance of Michigan
Samantha Martens, HR Business Partner, Ford Motor Company
Employment has become an emerging issue as a growing number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) move from adolescence into adulthood. One in five individuals learns or communicates differently. Many forward-thinking employers are providing opportunities where individuals with disabilities can develop existing strengths, learn new skills, and build a productive and satisfying career. Employers who look beyond traditional recruiting practices can greatly benefit from the unique talents of workers with autism, however they require support and expertise in matching candidates, skills, and business needs in order to achieve success. Join Tammy Morris with Autism Alliance of Michigan and Samantha Martens with Ford Motor Company as they discuss employing individuals with autism and the success of the FordWorks hiring initiative.
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
Tamara Heimonen - Director of HR Research & Advisory Services, McLean & Company
Culture is increasingly keeping leaders up at night, and with good reason – data from McLean & Company’s 2018 HR Trends Report indicates that culture moved from second place to the number one priority for HR departments, overtaking HR strategy for the first time. The “lived experience” for employees can be very different than the organization’s stated values, and this misalignment increases risks such as decreased levels of engagement and retention. In this session, we will discuss: who owns culture (Spoiler alert – it’s not HR!), why executive buy-in is critical, and how to define a target culture, align HR programs, and mobilize your leaders to model the target culture.
How to Identify and Leverage Strengths in Any Situation
Kevin Snyder, Ed.D. - Professional Speaker & Price is Right Enthusiast
Each person possesses unique strengths and skill sets ideal for any situation, but we’ve been labeled and conditioned to believe that only certain types of people can add certain types of value in certain situations. The result is that a majority of a person’s strengths lay dormant, and a sinkhole forms in their performance and spreads throughout an entire organization. The solution to this problem is understanding “The DOT,” a parable story sharing a new approach that will teach us how to identify and leverage strengths like never before. The story of “Dot” will teach you principles to more effectively engage others, identify their hidden talent, and how to leverage their strengths in any situation.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Preparing the Soil – Growing People that Belong
Leslie Fiorenzo, Director of the Employee Assistance Center
HR professionals face a challenging environment. Today’s employment market coupled with rapidly changing technology and regulations make it very difficult to achieve organizational goals. Using the analogy of gardening, this session will explore: preparing the soil - what you need to do before you make an offer of employment; choosing the right plant – selecting the right person for the job; and nurturing your crop – creating a plan for long lasting performance and job success.
It’s Not Me, It’s You! Changing Defensive Communication™
Sarah Brabbs - Speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author and business owner of Optimizing Relationships LLC
It can be hard to see past defensiveness and successfully navigate tricky communication situations. Defensive communication is ineffective. In this session you’ll learn all about defensive communication – why we do it, what we can do instead, as well as how to move ourselves and others beyond a defensive communication climate. You’ll be able to identify defensive behaviors in yourself and others, create a culture in which defensive communication will be navigated effectively, and create an immediate plan to handle defensive communicators.
Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Talent Pipeline and Improve Employer Branding
Terry Bean: Speaker, Trainer, & Relationship Marketing Expert – BEAN Relationship Marketing
Sure, you may be on LinkedIn, but are you using it to its fullest advantage? This session will explore how to optimize your organization’s profile to support the organization’s brand; the right - and WRONG - way to build connections; why social media karma leads to better business development and recruitment; and ways to differentiate the organization online with effective storytelling.