March 2 2020 Forum: Older Workers to the Rescue: Rethinking Minnesota’s Aging Workforce Challenge

Older Workers to the Rescue: Rethinking Minnesota’s Aging Workforce Challenge

Team Members from Humphrey School’s Courageous Conversations Project will discuss the findings from their 18-month project on the Minnesota Workforce.


All around Minnesota, communities are redefining what it means to have a healthy economy and an engaged workforce as our state’s population grows older. The aging workforce will have a significant impact on the Minnesota economy in the coming decade.

The aging of Minnesota’s workforce is sometimes framed as an “employer issue” or a “senior issue.” The Courageous Conversations Project heard repeatedly that its impact is much broader; changing work patterns have community-wide significance across the entire state of Minnesota. Members of the Courageous Conversations project, based at the Humphrey School, spent 18 months visiting five cities around the state of Minnesota, exploring how older workers could be part of the solution to our state’s workforce challenges.

During this insightful panel discussion, you will hear from team members of this initiative as they discuss the findings of the Courageous Conversations project.  This important discourse will include thoughts on how companies are or will need to adjust their views on older workers to better accommodate their needs as a way to bridge the worker gap.

Join us to hear best practices and ideas from the state-wide tour, along with a conversation about how we can build stronger communities in Minnesota with an eye toward older adults, new immigrants, and more.


Event Information

Monday, March 2, 2020
6:30 pm – Registration, Networking
7:00 pm – Presentation


Mankato State University at Edina
7700 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435


SHIFT Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25.00


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Our Panelists

Kate Cimino
Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Philomena Morrissey Satre

Director of Diversity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships, Land O’Lakes

Kate Schaefers
Executive Director, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC), University of Minnesota


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