Information Technology Peer Group 

Solving the Tech Talent Shortage: Retooling the IT Workforce and Recruiting New Tech Talent 
February 21, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
How is your organization solving the tech talent shortage? 

The demand for tech talent has never been higher and the deficit of skilled technologists is now significantly impacting businesses. A recent survey by Indeed found that 83% of respondents to a survey stated that the tech talent shortage has interrupted revenues, slowed product development and had increased employee burnout. The economic impact caused by this skill-gap is estimated to be a staggering $160 billion per year. Skillsets that are in severe shortage, including coders, architects and data scientists have all experienced a steep increase in their wages which in return have made many suitable candidates inaccessible for many organizations. If premium wages are still not going to attract the talent you need, how do you fix the current talent gap?

Addressing this challenge requires innovative and new solutions, both from a recruitment and a talent development point of view. Creating opportunities for your current employees to upskill and reskill may be a faster and more reliable approach to addressing the immediate technical needs of an organization. Numerous platforms offer efficient and even customized learning and training opportunities for employees to develop skills that the organization needs. The February IT peer group meeting will give attendees from many organizations across Wisconsin to share ideas, strategies and practices that can help address the tech talent shortage we are all facing. It would be an exceptional opportunity to network with IT leaders across our state, brainstorm and collaboratively develop solutions to close the current talent gap in Wisconsin.  

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions (Webcast Available)
9:10 AM Recruitment Strategies for Today (Webcast Available)
  Jeffrey Glazer, UW-Madison
9:40 AM Case Study: Northwestern Mutual (Webcast Available)
  Brigitte Hyler Richerson
10:30 AM Break (Not Webcast)
10:45 AM Unlocking the Talent Challenge (Webcast Available)
  Andrea Cooper, Flourish Consulting; Rachel Neil, Carex
11:45 AM Lunch (Not Webcast)
12:45 PM If You Are Hitting a Brick Wall in Recruiting – You are Not Alone (Webcast Available)
  Rochelle Wanner, Madison College
1:05 PM Tech Hub Milwaukee (Webcast Available)
  Valerie Linton-Reed, Northwestern Mutual
1:25 PM Breakout Discussion I (Not Webcasted)
2:05 PM Breakout Discussion II (Not Webcasted)
2:45 PM Closing remarks (Not Webcasted)
3:00 PM Adjourn (Not Webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Betsy Golomski, 608-262-1145, 

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