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Millennials: Recruit, Engage & Develop the Next Generation of Leaders

As a middle-market company, the future of your organization largely depends on the quality of employees you hire – and keep – now. According to the Pew Research Center, more than one in three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 19 to 35), making up the largest share of the U.S. workforce. A lot of attention has been focused on what makes this generation unique as employees, but it’s sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction.

The war for talent is real, and it’s particularly challenging for middle-market companies. To attract the best candidates – and potentially your organization’s future leaders – you need to know what they are looking for in an employer.

Who should attend: CEOs, COOs, HR leadership, and anyone responsible for developing your company’s talent and culture.

To learn best practices for recruiting, engaging and developing Millennial employees, join us for this free event that will help organizations:

  • Understand the values, skills and motivations of Millennials
  • Uncover the cultural attributes needed to attract, retain and develop this highly sought-after audience
  • Identify strategies that drive engagement and commitment from Millennial employees
  • Highlight where Millennial values and the DNA of middle market employers intersect

Attendees will have the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas through a breakout session, and continue their discussions and network over hors d’oeuvres and drinks.


Keynote Speaker:

Todd Corley is the creator and catalyst of the TAPO Institute, a Columbus-based think tank and strategic advisory group focusing on inclusive leadership. He is the former corporate officer in charge of global diversity and inclusion for the iconic retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch. As a seasoned executive who has built corporate social responsibility platforms that improve brand equity, he is passionate about societal and organizational change. He recently authored the book Fitch Path, a cautionary tale about how to navigate generationally-driven shifts in beliefs and values. Mr. Corley has an MBA from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the inaugural Brand & Reputation Management Program taught by Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth College.


Nora Gerber is the Talent Engagement Specialist at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Nora connects employers with the resources necessary to tap into the employment market and keeps a pulse on the best ways to attract and retain talent. One of her areas of expertise is assisting companies to connect with emerging talent. She provides resources on internship program development and is a strategic partner for members on how to source and recruit people for their teams. Nora is a Columbus native growing up in the heart of the city and is a proud alumna of Columbus Alternative High School and Ohio State University. She likes to stay active in her community through United Way’s young professional affinity group, LINC.

Bob Grote is the CEO of Grote Company, a Columbus-based, family-owned manufacturer of food processing equipment. Bob joined the company in 2000 as a territory salesman, with over a decade of technical sales outside the food industry. An engineer by schooling, a salesman by nature, and a businessman out of necessity, Bob was appointed Grote’s President in 2008 and CEO in 2012, ushering in a new era of growth.   Bob is heavily involved in the Food Processing Industry; sitting on the Boards of the Food Processing Suppliers Association, the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance and the Center for Innovative Food Technology. He is an active member of the North American Meat Institute.   He also sits on the Board of Directors for CTL, a locally based engineering firm.

Kimberly (Kim) Wilson is the Superintendent of the Tolles Career & Technical Center. She developed her passion for career and technical education while at Madeira High School. There, she discovered a connection between classwork and bankable skills, a model that was known then as vocational education and has since become career-tech. Her passion has carried throughout her career, which has included stints as a business teacher and a career-technical director. After leading the career-technical programs at Stebbins High School in the Mad River Local School District near Dayton, Wilson became superintendent for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center (Bellefontaine). She led Ohio Hi-Point for eight years before her arrival at Tolles.

Brad Self is the Director of Learning and Development at Clark Schaefer Hackett. At CSH, Brad uses his passion for creating employee development plans and strategies to drive firm-wide employee engagement. By offering tools and resources that support career success, he galvanizes the CSH workforce to be involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work. Brad is a champion for CSH MAX, the firm’s career opportunity maximization program, which includes recruitment, performance management, professional development, employee retention and career progression planning. Brad has presented and led workshops on a number of human resource topics, including leadership development, emotional intelligence, social awareness and communication.

Event Details

920 Clubview Blvd., S. Columbus, 43235, United States
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