Brookings Area Workforce Conference

Date: Thursday, August 17

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Swiftel Center

Recruiting and retaining workforce is an ongoing challenge for South Dakota and Brookings area employers. Learn best practices for company culture, onboarding, employee engagement, recruiting, internships/apprenticeships, affordable housing, and automation. This day conference is ideal for community and business leaders, managers, and HR professionals. After the conference, attend the optional DisruptHR event!



8:00-8:30 am       Registration/breakfast

8:30-8:45 am       Welcome, brief overview of BEDC workforce program

8:45-9:45 am       Key Note: Chris Rosenlund, Insperity

9:45-10:00 am     Break

10:00-11:00 am   Onboarding Best Practices: Dawn Ingalls, Avera

11:00-11:45 am   DLR Job Services: Marcia Hultman, DLR

11:45-12:45 pm   Lunch and activity with Chris Rosenlund

12:45-1:45 pm     Breakouts (attendees choose 1):

Recruiting from Universities & Tech Schools (recommended for managers & HR)
Presenters: Kayla Bucknell (SDSU Office of Career Development), Julie Stevenson and Shane Swenson (Lake Area Technical Institute)

Housing Panel Discussion (recommended for CEOs, managers)
Panelists: Dusten Hendrickson (Brookings Built Green), Jeff Mitchell (Homes Are Possible, Inc.), Kelan Bludorn (Best Choice Real Estate), Patty Bacon (Housing Task Force)

1:45-2:00 pm       Break

2:00-3:00 pm       Breakouts (attendees choose 1):

Developing an Internship/Apprenticeship Program (recommended for managers & HR)
Presenters: Kayla Bucknell (SDSU Office of Career Development), John Bolger (SD Office of Apprenticeship)

Automation Demonstration by Keith Deibert & Panel Discussion (recommended for CEOs, managers)
Panelists: Jay Bender (Falcon Plastics), Ryan Reitsma (Daktronics), Terri Stauffacher, RN (Brookings Health System), Dr. Jeffrey Johnson (Brookings Health System)

3:00-3:45 pm      Company Culture Panel Discussion
Panelists: Clint Johnson (Millborn Seeds), Jess Almlie (Discovery Benefits), John T. Meyer (Lemonly), Nan Poppen (Fishback Financial Corporation)

3:45-4:00 pm      Wrap up

4:30-9:00 pm      Optional: DisruptHR event at Club 71 (SDSU Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium)

Brookings Economic Development Corporation
2301 Research Park Way, Suite 113     Brookings, SD 57006     (605) 697-8103