KC Early Talent Summit

July 14, 2022
8:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Event Location

University of Missouri Kansas City
Student Union
 

Contact Information

Davlon Miller

Date/Time Information

Thursday, July 14, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. KC Early Talent Summit
1:40 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Bonus Session: Experiential Learning
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Event Description

Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14, 2022, for the KC Early Talent Summit – the premier event for professionals interested in recruiting, developing, and retaining the next generation of talent.

KC Early Talent Summit Registration Link

What is the KC Early Talent Summit?
The KC Early Talent Summit is a gathering of recruiters, talent development, DEI, and HR professionals from across the Kansas City Region to discuss and share ideas, challenges, and best practices in marketing to Gen Z, the future of work, early talent recruiting and professional development.

Who will be attending?
The KC Early Talent Summit is a must-attend event for campus recruiters, HR professionals, DEI program leaders, and management committed to developing the next generation of talent.

What is the cost?
The KC Early Talent Summit is free to attend.

For more information
Davlon Miller at careerservices@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1636.

The KC Early Talent Summit is brought to you by the career professionals at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC): UMKC Career Services Office, the Bloch Career Center, and the Professional Career Escalators Program. UMKC is committed to educating and preparing talent to meet the needs of the Kansas City employment community and beyond.
 


Agenda

8:30 am     Welcome – a continental breakfast will be provided

9:00 am    Panel Discussion: Embedding DEI into your Recruitment Plan – Student Union, Room 401

Advancing workplace diversity is more important today than ever before. Benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace include a deeper trust and commitment from employees, respect among employees of different backgrounds, and the ability to integrate different perspectives to drive innovation. Panelists will share their experience recruiting diverse talent and provide insight on creating a sense of inclusion and belonging throughout the hiring process and beyond.

Panelists:

Crystal Fong, DEI Manager, Evergy
Leon Harden, DEI Strategy Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Jauqua Preston Wilkins, DEI Manager, Cerner
Suzanne Wheeler, Executive Director, Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce

10:20 am   Transition

10:30 am & 11:20 am  Breakout Sessions – Bloch Executive Hall – each attendee will have the option of attending two of the four breakout sessions

  • Recruiting the Next Generation of Talent – In this candidate-driven job market, organizations need to reflect on their talent attraction and acquisition strategies. Recruiters and talent acquisition leaders must assess their processes to meet the needs of the next generation of talent. In this session, discuss best practices and effective strategies to help your organization stay competitive in the future.
  • The Case for Hiring International Students – We all know the benefits of a diverse workforce. Hiring international students can fulfill a wide variety of diversity initiatives, including bringing diverse thinking styles and experiences, the very qualities that can help your team solve a sticky problem, expand to other markets, or develop new technologies. We will cover the ins and outs and hiring international talent during this session.

          Session presenters:
          Joyce Ward, International Student Advisor, Designated School Official, Alternate Responsible                Officer

  • Building Your Employer Brand on campus – Get ready to develop your campus employer brand in this interactive session. We will devise creative ways to tell your company’s story and learn how to leverage your company’s differentiators into a well-known employer brand college students can readily identify.

         Session presenters:
         Emily Neuberger, M.Ed., Employer Relations & Outreach Manager, UMKC Bloch Career Center

Roundtable discussions – Participants will choose to sit at a table and have a conversation around various topics:
  • Exploring Non-Traditional Sources of Early Talent: High School Students –More than ever, organizations need to be expanding their approach to early talent recruitment. While campus recruitment has typically focused on college-level talent, high school students are increasingly starting to plan their careers and seek to build career-relevant skills before they’ve started college. In this roundtable discussion, learn about engaging high school students as a source of building an organization’s talent pipeline.

                    Discussion facilitators:
                    Kristie Larson, Strategic Relationship Manager, The DeBruce Foundation
                    Thalia Cherry, Director, Pro X

  • Certifications – Certifications and continuing education are vital to many professions and can help recruiters simplify the hiring process. This roundtable will discuss creative ways certifications can be used in the recruiting process to fill in gaps and retain talent.

                    Discussion facilitator: Jake Akehurst, Executive Director, UMKC TalentLink

  • Retention – More and more employers are investing in employee retention. Hiring can be expensive and it’s easier to retain great employees than hunt for new ones. Additionally, great employees can help shape a positive work culture, thereby attracting more great employees and boosting your company’s productivity. Join the discussion to share ideas for retaining talent with fellow recruiters.

                     Discussion facilitators:
                     Katie Friend, Talent Acquisition Lead, Spotlight AR
                     Grace Hanne, Innovation, Government of Johnson County, KS
                     Anna Hennes, Program Leader, Kauffman Foundation

  • Rotational Programs – One of the value elements of rotational programs is the “high touch” appeal they have with quality recruits. Explore rotational program ideas and learn how to make rotational programs appealing to students, and what factors drive candidates’ decisions to pursue and participate in these programs.

                     Discussion facilitators:
                     Maggie Reyland, Talent Mobility Manager, Dairy Farmers of America
                     Elizabeth Karr, Early Career Talent Strategist, Commerce Bank
                     Mariah Jordan, HR Strategic Program Manager, Commerce Bank

Noon     Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Jeff Fromm – Student Union, Room 401

This year’s keynote is Jeff Fromm. Jeff is a 5X author, writes at Forbes, and consults at the intersection of innovation, marketing, and sustainability. He led the first public study of “Millennials as Consumers” in a joint research project with the Boston Consulting Group in 2010/2011. Jeff has literally spoken all over the world but not Antarctica so please book him if you have an event there. 

12:30        Student & Alumni Stories – Student Union, Room 401

Hear from a panel of current UMKC students and alumni to unpack the challenges of the job search and what they’ve learned from the recruitment process.

1:20pm     Closing

1:40pm – 3:30pm    Experiential Learning Intensive

Internship 101: How to develop a sustainable internship program and best practices

Beyond Internships: Looking to engage students outside the traditional internship? Consider alternative experiential learning opportunities such as job shadowing and micro-internships

Applied Learning: Learn how to bring case studies and real workplace scenarios into the classroom at UMKC

Where will the KC Early Talent Summit take place?
On the beautiful University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, next to the Country Club Plaza District in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Location: UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Date: July 14, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. KC Early Talent Summit
    1:40 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Bonus Session: Experiential Learning Intensive: Internships 2.0

What is the cost?
The KC Early Talent Summit is free to attend.

How to Register?
Register here at KC Early Talent Summit

For more information, contact: Davlon Miller at careerservices@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1636.

The KC Early Talent Summit is brought to you by the career professionals at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC): UMKC Career Services Office, the Bloch Career Center, and the Professional Career Escalators Program. UMKC is committed to educating and preparing talent to meet the needs of the Kansas City employment community and beyond.

Fees/Admission

Free