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Forum on Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent: Local Strategies in a Global World

May 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:15 am

Join World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a Forum on Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent: Local Strategies in a Global World

The forum will address the confluence of socio-economic and community benefits and challenges that need to be addressed to attract and retain a diverse workforce for Pittsburgh to become truly competitive on the local, national, and global economy.

Speakers from different backgrounds will share their expertise on the economic impact of immigration in the region, the value and challenges of establishing minority workforce programs for local businesses, and recommendations for creating a diverse talent pipeline for the region.

Forum Panels:

  • New American Economy‘s Report: The Role of Immigrants in Reviving the Great Lakes Region
  • Allegheny Conference‘s Inflection Point 2.0 Report – Workforce Needs and Current Barriers to Retaining Local Talent
  • Engaging Our Diverse Workforce – Inclusion & Attraction Strategies
  • From Policies to Practice: Pittsburgh Companies Share Their Experiences

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

  • Kate Brick, Director, State and Local Initiatives, New American Economy, & Moderator: Brandon Mendoza, Government Affairs Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
  • Alison Treaster, Director of Workforce Business Engagement, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Betty Cruz, Founder of Change Agency and Project Director, All for ALl
  • Melanie Harrington, President and CEO, Vibrant Pittsburgh
  • Larry Lebowitz, Director of Partner Development & Head of Immigration Practice Group, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
  • Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark Health
  • Representatives from Pittsburgh companies who implement diverse hiring practices

What Will you learn?

  • Programs, policies, and practices from Pittsburgh companies who have successfully made a commitment to recruiting a diverse workforce, including minority training programs and visa sponsorships
  • Data to support your business hiring decisions
  • Information about resources and best practices on inclusion strategies as well as attraction and retention of diverse talent
  • Insight and legal resources for recruiting international talent already residing in the USA
  • Current barriers to employment in Pittsburgh and recommended action steps to slow a workforce gap

Who should attend?

  • Human Resources managers and staff interested in addressing hiring needs
  • Policy and decision makers in corporations and small businesses, non-profits, local government, and education
  • Individuals expanding diversity within the Pittsburgh area
  • Non-profit leaders with an interest in bringing additional talent to Pittsburgh
Learn more and get tickets here. See their Facebook event for additional details.


May 2, 2018
7:30 am - 11:15 am
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Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 United States
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