State of the Workforce Summit

CareerSource Polk’s 2023 State of the Workforce Summit in partnership with Ogletree Deakins is designed for company executives, human resource professionals, managers, and supervisors. This dynamic event will kick off with Dr. Christopher Laney, EdD, MBA, CWDP, Senior Workforce Strategist of Lightcast, providing insight on the state of Polk County’s workforce. Eight (8) breakout sessions will provide proven tools and strategies to help businesses hire, train, motivate and retain their workforce.

Some of today’s trending topics will be addressed including: The Benefits Cliff and its impact on a company’s ability to recruit, the legal ramifications of drug screening, the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in today’s workplace, etc. Sessions will be conducted by legal employment law experts, professional economic development and workforce strategists, chief executives of human resources and talent management, and more.

Registered attendees may receive up to 4 continuing education credits including Professional Development Credits for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and HRCI General Recertification towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR.

Session Title
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.Check-In/Breakfast Begins

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Opening Session: State of the Workforce – Polk CountyDr. Christopher Laney, Senior Workforce Strategist, Lightcast
9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.Transition to Breakout Session.

9:00 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.Round 1: Breakouts
R1: Weeding Out: Pre-Employment & On-the-Job Drug ScreeningJennifer Moore, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

John Getty, Associate, Ogletree Deakins

R2: Taking Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Paper to Practice Luther Wright, Of Counsel, Assistant Director of Client Training, Ogletree Deakins
R3: Revolving Doors – Recruiting and Retaining is Risky Business Lance Fulse, HR Director, Harrell’s, LLC
R4: Leverage or Lose: Accessing the Untapped Labor Pool Arethia Herring, CareerSource Polk

Amanda Wilson, Florida Department of Children and Families

Sharon Wright, Vocational Rehabilitation

Skyler Harrison, AARP

10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.Round 2: Breakouts

R1: Social Media & Defamation of Company Character: An Employers’ Nightmare Lara Peppard, Of Counsel, Ogletree Deakins

Elizabeth Jozsi, Associate, Ogletree Deakins

R2: Implementing Best Practices for Retention: What Employees WantPrevious Best Places to Work Award Winners

R3: The Benefits Cliff and How it Impacts the Labor ForceDr. Brittnay Birken, Community and Economic Development Director and Principal Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

R4: Industry Panel on Effective Recruitment Strategies Panelist Representatives from Publix, Florida Distillers, Lakeland Regional Health and Florida’s Natural Growers

11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.Super SessionBill Grob, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

12:25 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.Summit Wrap-Up

Attendee Registration

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