October 2018 Employer Forum

With 75 million Baby Boomers marching inexorably toward retirement, it’s clear that employers will need more than one workforce plan for replacing exiting workers.


While the Great Recession may have delayed the retirement plans of many boomers, there is still an increasingly steady flow of talent leaving the workplace. Since the youngest of the baby boomers are now turning fifty, it is only a matter of time before this entire generation has gone, taking their skills, knowledge and experience out of the work force.

Three key factor are expected to affect the American workforce in the near future: significant demographic shifts as baby boomers leave the market, the continuing acceleration of technological change, and the continued globalization of the business marketplace.¹

It’s no surprise that filling the workforce gap will be a challenge. The ranks of the Gen X workers are simply not going to be enough, while many Millennials still lack needed work experience. Foreign-born workers often face immigration challenges, while flexible or remote workers aren’t appropriate for every role.  Taken together, these factors present a near future in which employers face increased global competition and rapidly changing technology with a decreasing pool of available workers.

This exciting employer event is for Minnesota business leaders whose organizations are experiencing the challenges of this increasing workforce GAP.   Our panel of leading public and private sector experts will address the impact this net talent shortage has on our Minnesota business community, covering topics that include:

  • Comprehensive and job-specific labor market data to improve workforce alignment across the organization and the state.
  • A real-life case study that focuses on how hiring and retaining older workers through workplace accommodations resulted in successful business outcomes
  • Results of a national workplace flexibility study on how organizational culture change provides meaningful improvement in communication, performance, productivity and customer satisfaction.
  • How Hennepin County has been on the leading edge of innovative HR practices when it comes to their older worker population
  • Explain how workplace flexibility works, how it is implemented and its outcomes.
  • And much more…

During our time together we will share ideas, opportunities, challenges; attendees will gain the critical information and insight needed to help develop their own plans to address this Workforce Gap.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Registration: 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Program: 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Location:  Land O’ Lakes Corporate Offices, 4001 Lexington Ave N., Arden Hills, MN 55126
Free Parking


Cost: $35.00



Our Panelists


Kathy Kacher is founder of Career/Life Alliance Services, co-founder of The SMART Workplace and has worked for over thirty years consulting with business on workforce transformation. Kathy is a faculty member at World at Work teaching Organizational Culture Change along with other key competencies organizations need to stay relevant in the fast-changing world of work. As a frequently requested, global speaker, Kathy shares her expertise in developing high functioning teams and organizations by optimizing their cultural business strategy.

Rajean P. Moone, holds a BA in Psychology from the College of Saint Scholastica, a MS degree in Gerontology from Saint Cloud State University and a PHD in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. In addition he currently holds a nursing home administrator’s license in Minnesota. At two area agencies on aging and Minnesota’s state unit on aging he provided project and grants management services as well as managed the largest non-government source of aging services funding in the state at Greater Twin Cities United Way. Currently Rajean serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging, Faculty Director for the Long Term Care Administration Program at the UMN, and provides consultation on aging and disability services.

Deb Broberg has a successful 25+ year career with Northwest Airlines and Wells Fargo where she held positions with responsibility for Inflight Operations, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and Talent Management.  Deb received her MA from the University of Minnesota’s HRIR program and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College.  She serves on the board of the Human Resources Executive Council, is active on the Alumni Board for Macalester College and served on the Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Advisory Board

Shira Naharit is a Principal Human Resources Business Partner for Hennepin County. She most recently managed the HR function for the Hennepin County Library system.  Shira’s undergrad degree is from the University of Minnesota and has an MFA from Hamline University.  Her areas of expertise include conflict resolution, training and curriculum development, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Brian Dorr is a Human Resources Business Partner at Hennepin County.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Arts degree in Management with an emphasis in Organization Development, and a Master of Science degree in Communication Studies.  He has lived in and studied business in London, Shanghai, and Havana.  He also holds the highest levels of professional certification through both the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.  In addition to his professional experience, Brian has taught college-level Business courses for eight years at multiple schools in the Minneapolis area.


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¹February 7, 2007 – Testimony of Lynn Karoly, a senior economist with the
Rand Corporation,  to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor