Oct 2019 Employer Forum – Workplace Productivity, Caregiving and the Bottom Line

American companies are facing a care-giving crisis, yet many employers remain largely oblivious to the growing costs of this hidden “care economy”—costs that hurt employers and employees alike.


American companies are facing a care-giving crisis—they are either unaware of it or refuse to acknowledge it. Rising health care and professional care-giving costs and changing demographics over the past few decades have put great pressure on American employees as they try to balance work and care responsibilities. Yet many employers remain largely oblivious to the growing costs of this hidden “care economy”—costs that hurt employers and employees alike.

While companies spend money, time, and effort on providing benefits, often those benefits are of little use to employees. By not offering benefits that employees actually want—and by not encouraging employees to use the benefits they do offer—companies incur millions of dollars of hidden costs due to employee turnover, loss of institutional knowledge, and temporary hiring, in addition to substantial productivity costs.

The 66 million members of the “sandwich generation” — those between the ages of 40 and 65 and simultaneously caring for their children, spouses, and parents — often find themselves torn between their responsibilities at work and at home.

How do we address this national issue?  Putting your head in the sand is no longer an option.  Our panel will pull back the curtain on the realities that both companies and employees face due to caregiving needs and discuss solutions to minimize the impact on employee loss and productivity.

This impactful employer event is for Minnesota business leaders whose organizations are experiencing the challenges of this workforce crisis. Our panel of leading public and private sector experts will address the impact that caregiving has on our Minnesota business community, and provide insightful recommendations on how to   address this challenge and provide a workplace that empowers employees to successfully balance care-giving and successful careers.

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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




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Our Panelists


Rajean P. Moone, Ph.D.  LNHA 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.

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.

Jenny West is the Caregiving and Aging Community Educator at FamilyMeans in Stillwater, MN. She is responsible for community awareness and education classes, individual education, and Memory Café development in Washington County. She facilitates support groups and is a Powerful Tools for Caregivers facilitator and Master Trainer. Jenny has educated thousands of Twin Cities metropolitan area caregivers in their workplaces and community settings, using both evidence-based and original curricula. She is a key leader in the Stillwater Area ACT on Alzheimer’s work to create a dementia-friendly community. Jenny holds a BS in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Wisconsin La Crosse and has previous experience in housing services for older adults and long-term care.

Amanda Mansfield is the HR Director, Turck Manufacturing a privately owned manufacturing company in Plymouth, MN offering automation solutions for factory and process automation needs.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master’s degree in Human Resource and Change Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.  She is passionate about supporting Turck’s culture of well-being and partners with leaders as a way to help ensure sustainability of this cultural focus.


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