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2015 Boulder Economic Summit: The Talent-Driven Economy

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Location: University Memorial Center, CU-Boulder Campus

Thanks to all who attended the 2015 Boulder Economic Summit: The Talent-Driven Economy, the signature annual event hosted by the Boulder Economic Council. This year’s Economic Summit examined how our talented workforce drives Boulder’s economy. Creative approaches that Boulder companies are taking to optimize employee attraction and engagement were spotlighted.

Media coverage:

Boulder Channel 8, Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call

Opening Session

  • A Profile of Boulder’s Talent-Driven Economy presented by Richard Wobbekind, PhD, Executive Director, Business Research Division, University of Colorado Boulder 

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  • Profit and Loss: What’s Love Got to Do with It? presented by Kendra Prospero, CEO, Turning the Corner LLC

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1. Building the Talent Pipeline – View video
Presenters:

    • Erin Jones, Workforce Manager, Workforce Boulder County
    • David Ikenberry, PhD, Dean, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Andrew Moore, CIO, Boulder Valley School District
    • Vikki Schiff, VP, Human Resources, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
    • Andy Dorsey, President, Front Range Community College
    • Jeff Dean, Lead Instructor & Director of Curriculum, Galvanize

2. Attracting Talent – View video
Presenters:

    • Liz Hanson, Economic Vitality Coordinator, City of Boulder
    • Stephen Hughes, Co-Founder & CEO, Boulder Brands, Inc.
    • Jennifer Caracciolo, Global Director of Human Resources, SolidFire
    • Marie Gambon, Senior Vice President, People, Boulder Brands, Inc.
    • Lisa Severy, Asst Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Career Services Director, CU-Boulder
    • Jim Hooton, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Vertiba

3. Anticipating Talent Needs – View video
Presenters:

    • Frank Bruno, President & CEO, Boulder Community Health Foundation
    • Betsy Stevens, PhD, HRBP-Tech, People Operations, Google
    • Mike Nemeth, Director of People, Sphero
    • Rachael Donaldson, Vice President, People.Culture.Brand, Zayo Group
    • Juedon Kebede, Recent Graduate, University of Colorado Boulder

4. Engaging Your Talent – View video
Presenters:

    • Kendra Prospero, CEO, Turning the Corner LLC
    • Natalie Baumgartner, PhD, Co-Founder & Chief Psychologist, RoundPegg
    • Liz Andora, VP, People and Places, Rally Software
    • Stephanie Hartsel, Human Resources, miRagen Therapeutics

Closing Plenary: Creative Practices in Talent Attraction and Engagement
Presenters:

    • Frances Draper, Vice Chancellor, Strategic Relations, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Betsy Stevens, PhD, HRBP-Tech, People Operations, Google
    • Paul Berberian, CEO, Sphero
    • Rachael Donaldson, Vice President, People.Culture.Brand, Zayo Group
    • Marie Gambon, Senior Vice President, People, Boulder Brands, Inc.
    • Kendra Prospero, CEO, Turning the Corner LLC

The Boulder Economic Summit convenes over 300 attendees, including business, academic and community leaders, for a dialog on trends and the latest developments impacting Boulder’s economy. The event provides a unique opportunity for attendees to make connections and engage in lively discussions about Boulder’s economic vitality.