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Future of Talent Series Offers Innovative Strategies for Employers

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The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Charlottesville's Office of Economic Development proudly present the Future of Talent series, diving deep into the evolving landscape of work.

In a series of three events scheduled for January 16, February 21 and March 20, small business owners and hiring managers are invited to learn from expert presenters and share fresh ideas for attracting great talent and building a strong team.

“We continue to hear from local employers that hiring and staffing are a major operational challenge,” said Jenny Biche, Workforce Development Program Manager for the City of Charlottesville. “Workplace realities have shifted in many ways, and the Future of Talent series will share strategies that work well in today’s environment to attract workers and motivate them to stay.”

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Events will take place at CitySpace on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, from 8am to 10am. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. The cost per event is $25 for Chamber members, $30 for non-members. Until January 16, participants can sign up for the 3-event series at a discount of $60 for members or $75 for non-members.

January 16: 10 Engagement Strategies to Improve Your Workplace

Get off the hiring treadmill! If you’re tired of the constant struggle to hire, it’s time for a closer look at employee retention. Take back control by creating a workplace where great employees want to stay.

Chris Heinz, Carter Myers Automotive Director of People & Associate Experience, will share 10 strategies you can incorporate today to start seeing results.

February 21: Recruitment Viewed from All Perspectives

Job seekers, service providers, HR recruiters, and business owners all play key roles in recruitment—but they may have different needs and goals. View the recruitment process from various perspectives to understand what works, what doesn’t, and how to incorporate best practices for recruitment to ensure success.

Allyn Sinderbrand & Leigh Townsend with JW Townsend Landscapes, Frank Squillace with Civil Solutions, Brookes Sims with Virginia Career Works, and Roy Fitch with Downtown Job Center share their feedback on what’s needed to attract the best talent.

March 20: The Future of Work

Discussion centers on the evolving landscape of work and the ways in which employers must adapt to remain relevant and competitive. Explore emerging considerations such as the full integration of remote work, ethical applications of AI, and opportunities to future proof your people practices.

Lily Garcia Walton, Chief People Officer and General Counsel of Silverchair, will provide insights based upon market trends, research, and her own experiences leading a company through transformative change.