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These past few years have resulted in a shift. A shift on how people work and want to work. A shift that employers will need to acknowledge as they face this new trajectory when it comes to their workforce and workplace. Experts claim there is no going back when it comes to doing things “the way we used to.”

Center of Workforce Innovations, the Northwest Indiana Board, and the Times Media Company wanted to ensure that regional employers understood the importance of shifting, even just one degree, in order to attract and retain employees, and stay competitive in our global economy. The Workplace Innovation Series will provide the opportunity to ramp up and prepare our region to embrace what experts are calling a new way of work.

What to expect

Featuring in-person and virtual event opportunities monthly beginning in April and through October

  • Nationally recognized speakers and industry-specific experts
  • Regional Industry Sector Zoom Cafés offering facilitated discussions about things that matter to your industry when it comes to your workforce and the workplace
  • NEXTgen Expo geared towards young adults ages 16-24

Connecting and sharing insights

  • Learning from regional employers on what they have done to meet the shift head on
  • Gain knowledge on skills and actionable strategies for managing shifts and getting on board with the new way of work and the forward moving workplace

Upcoming events

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Featuring SOPHIE WADE
Work futurist, international speaker, author, and authority on future-of-work issues.

Healthcare Industry Zoom Cafe with Sophie Wade
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 8:30-10:00AM
Virtual Session


How to Engage & Retain Employees

Sophie Wade will present this special session for healthcare executives on engaging and retaining employees in this new world of work.

Due to the pandemic, everyone is hearing about the Great Resignation, remote work, flexibility, and what it will take to recruit and retain employees. Sophie will share what some healthcare organizations are doing to adapt to the new work landscape considering workforce and business needs.

She will facilitate a discussion that gets participants thinking about what is possible when it comes to innovative ways to recruit, retain, and continue engaging employees.

Limited Seats Available. Registration required.

Registration fee: $25 per person

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Featuring JOHN BRANDT, formerly editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek, and currently CEO of the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI), a research and consulting firm. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 8:30-10:30AM
(Registration begins at 7:45am)
Dynasty Banquet Halls
-4125 Calumet Avenue--Hammond, Indiana


Keynote Address: NINCOMPOOPERY 

Terrible customer service, idiotic business processes, and soul-crushing management practices — surrounds us. We lose time, patience, and profits as stuck-in-the-past organizations actively prevent us (and our customers) from getting the value we (and they) deserve. Can’t anybody change this?

Drawing from his new book Nincompoopery, CEO and award-winning business writer John R. Brandt says we can. Leveraging research across thousands of companies to show leaders how to find and kill the corporate stupidity that drives customers crazy, he offers concrete examples of how any organization both large or small, regardless of industry, can innovate in ways that delight customers and attracts top-level talent.

LEARN MORE ABOUT JOHN BRANDT

Limited Seats Available. Registration required.
Registration fee: $25 per person

One-Degree Shifts: Building Tomorrow's Greatest Places to Work
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 8:00-9:30AM
Virtual Session

Presented by Eric Teremuende

If there is one thing we have learned in the past months, it is that the future is
impossible to predict. Knowing that, how do we build teams that thrive in the
weeks, months, and years to come? The answer lies in one-degree shifts: small,
consistent changes that enable teams to build trust, remove friction, and build a
culture of innovation.

In this engaging, and takeaway-loaded presentation, workplace expert Eric
Termuende shares what years of research, stories, and insights uncover about
the one-degree shifts leaders use to adapt to an ever-changing world around
them and build incredible teams. From Domino’s Pizza to the British Cycling Team,
discover how the consistent application of small, incremental changes improves
camaraderie, belonging, psychological safety, and engagement. While the future of
work is certain to be uncertain, there is nothing to say we cannot still thrive in it.

In this presentation, leaders will learn the secret of a one-degree shift to:

  • Reduce friction and build trust
  • Increase effectiveness of remote/hybrid teams
  • Build a culture of innovation
  • Understand your role in creating a ‘great place to work’
  • Discover what cilantro teaches us about strong workplace culture

About the presenter: Eric helps leaders build incredible teams and tomorrow’s
greatest places to work. He has spoken to organizations including IBM, The
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Zoom, TD, BMO, and The Council of Supply
Chain Management Professionals. Eric is co-founder of NoW of Work, author of
the bestselling book Rethink Work, and is a global keynote speaker. Having been
on hundreds of stages and worked with and studied the greatest places to work
he knows what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative,
and ready for the future of work. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging
Innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes,
Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more. From the stage
of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca-Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Eric inspires,
challenges, and opens minds to opportunity and doors to growth.

Registration fee: $25 per person
Registration details coming soon.

Industry Zoom Cafe for Small Business, Hospitality, and Retail
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 8:30-9:30AM

Virtual Session

Eric Teremuende will facilitate this virtual Zoom Café that will allow for an informal
discussion on tackling the worker shortage and why thinking out of the box for
talent recruitment and retention strategies is imperative in the new world of work
in order to move forward productively and successfully.

About the presenter: Eric helps leaders build incredible teams and tomorrow’s
greatest places to work. He has spoken to organizations including IBM, The
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Zoom, TD, BMO, and The Council of Supply
Chain Management Professionals. Eric is co-founder of NoW of Work, author of
the bestselling book Rethink Work, and is a global keynote speaker. Having been
on hundreds of stages and worked with and studied the greatest places to work
he knows what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative,
and ready for the future of work. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging
Innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes,
Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and more. From the stage
of TEDx to BUILDEX to Coca-Cola and the Milken Global Conference, Eric inspires,
challenges, and opens minds to opportunity and doors to growth.

Registration fee: $25 per person
Registration details coming soon.

Job Openings & Labor Turnover in Indiana: The Churning Continues 
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 8:00-11:00AM
(Registration begins at 7:45am)
Avalon Manor
-3550 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410


Presented by: Lionel (Bo) Beauleiu, Professor Emeritus and Director of Purdue
Center for Regional Development (PCRD)

Will include a panel discussion with local employers.

Dr. Bo Beaulieu is Professor Emeritus of Rural and Regional Development, Purdue
Center for Regional Development and the Department of Agricultural Economics.
He has played a major role in the launch of a number of innovative national
research and Extension programs across the nation. Dr. Beaulieu is the past
president of the Rural Sociological Society and the Community Development
Society. He received both his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in Sociology (with a
specialty in community development) from Purdue University.

Limited Seats Available.
Registration fee: $40 per person.
Registration details coming soon.

Is Gig Work Replacing Traditional Employment? Are Alternative Work Arrangements the Future of Work?

August (Date & Time TBD)
Virtual Session

Presentation by: Speaker to be announced soon (waiting to get a confirmation on
availability from Univ of Chicago Professor)

Registration fee: $25 per person.
Registration & details coming soon.


September (Date TBD) | 8:30-10:00am
Virtual Session

Presentation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Registration fee: $25 per person.
Registration & details coming soon.

Diversity & Inclusion Job Fair

September (Date, Time & Location TBD)
In-Person 

Details coming soon.

Healthcare Career Fair

October (Date, Time & Location TBD)
In-Person 

Details coming soon.

Update on the Regional Workforce/Employer Awards

October (Date, Time & Location TBD)
In-Person 

Details coming soon.


October (Date, Time & Location TBD)
Virtual Session ($25/person)

Topic TBD (Potential topics: Times Digital Recruitment Strategies, VeryAble,
Childcare Collaboratives, WorkOne Employer Services & Funding, Niche Population
Recruitment Strategies, e.g., vets, seniors, youth)

Details coming soon.

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