Information Technology Peer Group Meeting 

Technical Skills and Talent Development for the Digital Era: Paving the Path to the Future 
June 12, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
How to create a learning organization that can offer the technical capabilities necessary to survive in the rapidly evolving digital era? 

The unemployment rates in the US have dropped to its lowest rates since 2000, and almost 60% of employers have vacancies that goes unfilled for over a quarter. A recent article suggested that by 2030 the global talent shortage will reach 85.2 million people, depriving companies of trillions-of-dollars of missed economic opportunities. The outlook in Wisconsin is dire, with even the largest cities struggling to retain talent due to brain drain and hampered by geographical biases to attract new talent. Such circumstances have led companies to depend more heavily on outsourcing and contract workforces. Even such an approach changes technology talent requirements but does not diminish it.

Addressing this skills gap requires organizations to re-invest in their own employees and develop their technical skills to meet current and future needs of the organization. In many instances, developing and retaining your current tech talent to meet those future growth needs have been more successful, economical and possibly less risky. This UWEBC Peer Group meeting will give the opportunity for member organizations to discuss how they are developing the digital technical competencies of their workforce and creating innovative solutions to retain and develop the most precious assets of their organizations – their people. This is an opportunity to learn from other world-class organizations on how to train, incentivize and develop strategies to retain tech talent. You will have the opportunity to hear SMEs on web-based learning portals, as well as member companies that have undertaken comprehensive skills gap reviews, developed successful mentoring and technology leadership programs.

This meeting is tailored for IT managers, directors and IT leaders as well as HR specialists and learning/training specialists working closely with digital and technical staff. Please join your peers from other great companies right here in Wisconsin to learn how best to develop your organizations technical talent.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

Webcast Available: If you can't make it to the event in-person (or if in-person registration has reached capacity), you can still register to attend from your computer. This option allows you to view the presentations, while attending in person provides you with the opportunity to participate in break-out discussions, ask questions or take advantage of networking opportunities. To attend the webcast, click the "Register for webcast" button on this meeting's homepage. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webcast a week before the meeting.

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Talent and Skill Gaps Facing Wisconsin Companies (webcast available)
  Cavinda Caldera - Practice Director, UWEBC
9:30 AM Practical Discussion to Convert Your Organization into a Learning Organization (webcast available)
  Patrick Riley - New Horizons of Wisconsin
10:30 AM Break (not webcast)
10:45 AM Providing Flexible, Practical, and Transformative Online Faculty Development (webcast available)
  Karen Skibba - UW Madison
11:25 AM Breakout Discussion Instructions (not webcast)
11:30 AM Breakout Discussions - Segment 1 (not webcast)
12:15 PM Lunch (not webcast)
1:15 PM Maintaining a Talent Pipeline at Northwestern Mutual (webcast available)
  Phil Langford - Northwestern Mutual
2:00 PM Breakout Discussions - Segment 2 (not webcast)
2:50 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks (not webcast)
3:00 PM Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
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