Crain’s on talent

Crain’s Detroit Business featured talent in their Mackinac Conference edition. Four articles. All worth checking out! They  highlight the importance, challenges and opportunities of preparing, retaining and attracting talent. An essential ingredient for future Michigan growth.

Crain’s convened a roundtable on the topic that I was priviledged to participate in. The other participants were:

  • David Carroll, vice president of miscellaneous stuff, Quicken Loans, Detroit.
  • Amy Cell, senior vice president, talent enhancement, Michigan Economic Development Corp.
  • Giulio Desando, manager, talent acquisition, North America, Tata Technologies, Novi.
  • Ken Harris, president and CEO, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, Detroit, with chapters across Michigan.
  • Lisa Katz, executive director, Workforce Intelligence Network, Detroit.
  • Julie Norris, director of attorney development and recruitment, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn.
  • Kevin Stotts, president, Talent 2025, Grand Rapids.
  • Linzie Venegas, business unit manager, Ideal Shield; chief marketing officer, Ideal Group, Detroit.

Great group, insightful conversation. The summary of that conversation can be found in two articles: Talent: How to grow it and keep it. And Topics on the edges of the roundtable. The basic data on the demand for workers by education attainment can be found in their article Higher  ed, higher return.

In addition to the roundtable aticles above, Crain’s also featured an insightful article by Nathan Skid on the current job market for Millennials in metro Detroit entitled “Jobs for a generation: Market opening up for millennials; having technical skills helps

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Lou Glazer

Lou Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations.