Hosted by Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce

8:30 a.m. RUNNING SLIDE SHOW OF SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS 9 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING COMMENTS – Gene Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and Co-Chair, Governor Wolf’s Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center Welcome from Lead Sponsor A brief update of the recommendations developed by the Governor’s Task Force. 9:15 a.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: REMOVING SOCIAL ISSUES AS A BARRIER TO EMPLOYMENT – AND BUILDING A WORKFORCE – Craig Poole, General Manager, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Reading There are currently 840,000 job openings at U.S. hotels. Hear this unique perspective on how this hotel found and trained the workforce they need, while helping to solve a major social issue in their community. This hotel’s hiring strategy is unique and highly successful. They have hired the homeless, trained them, and now have one of the most loyal and hard-working workforces in the industry. The General Manager will share his story of providing an assortment of clothing and other basic needs to the homeless, training them to work in different capacities at the hotel, and now has the workforce he needs to support the hotel and its customers. 10 a.m. BREAK – EXHIBITOR/SPONSOR SHOWCASE 10:15 a.m. HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT — SOLVING THE TALENT SHORTAGE – Jen Strobel, Vice President of Human Resources, Flagger Force Traffic Control Services Making a positive impact in your community feels good, being a difference maker in your community and your business is amazing! You can have the best of both worlds. Hiring and retaining hard-working, productive, loyal employees is not as hard as you think. Learn about creative strategies from a local company that is hiring reentrants from prison and making a difference in Workforce Development. 11 a.m. RETENTION SOLUTION – SOLVING CHILD CARE ISSUES FOR YOUR WORKFORCE – Facilitator: Allen Norton, Workforce Development Executive, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry – Melanie Nixon-Stillman, HR Director, Employee Relations & Regulatory Compliance, Eurofins NSC US, Inc. – Timothy R. Norris, CEO, Best Friends Day Care Centers, LLC One of the most difficult decisions facing parents today is finding safe and affordable child care, so they can work. If companies don’t help to make this happen, they are missing out on a huge group of skilled talent. These companies have successfully solved the child care problem for their employees to make it easy for parents to get work done successfully and productively, while ensuring their children are receiving the care they need. Eurofins NSC US, formerly known as Lancaster Laboratories, was one of the first companies, nationally, to set up a day care center at their workplace, starting in 1985. They hire some of the hardest talent to find – engineers, scientists, geologists, more. Their story is compelling and provides a wonderful message on retention, and hiring the talent they need. One of the leading day care centers in Pennsylvania, Best Friends’ CEO will discuss trends and how providing day care is helping companies with retention. This interactive panel will showcase the successful solutions to this problem, which has led to even those workers without children wanting to work for them, because the companies have paid attention to employees core values and show they care by positive action. Noon LUNCH 12:28 p.m. SPONSOR WELCOME 12:45 p.m. HOW TO BUILD A POSITIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE FOR GROWTH AND RETENTION TO ENSURE YOUR LEGACY – Meredith McCann, SHRM-SCP, Manager, Human Resources, JPL Transforming and building a positive workplace culture is one of the hardest issues for companies – yet by putting in the time and resources needed – those companies who have successfully built a world class culture are retaining their current staff, and attracting talented new employees. JPL is a shining example of one company who has done an amazing job in ensuring their employees feel valued and appreciated. A creative web and display company, they need their employees to be innovative and creative on a whole group of projects, so JPL allows new parents to bring their babies to work for the first six months, pets are allowed at the workplace, and at 5 p.m. daily the beer taps are turned on. These are just a few of the many innovations the company has put into place to show appreciation. On top of this, they are constantly training employees for leadership positions and have a succession plan to ensure the legacy of the company. Learn successful strategies that you can use in your own organization from a world-class, innovative company. 1:40 p.m. Final Slides of Sponsors and Exhibitors with Acknowledgement 1:45 p.m. Adjourn