Time Slot   Room Breakout Session Title & Description   Presenter Bio
11:15 Main Conf. Area A2564/66 Gen Z and Millennials: The Subtweet No One’s Talking About It’s a story often told: a new generation enters the workplace and every other generation grapple with how to understand and connect with the unknown factor on their teams. For the past fifteen years, this tale has focused on the over-researched Millennials, and while some might prefer to unsubscribe from the generational conversation (especially Millennials themselves), Generation Z’s presence is cause for a reboot. Because much to everyone’s surprise, they are proving to behave, communicate, and engage in stark contrast to their predecessors. Who’s feeling that pain the most? Millennials. From how each generation was raised, to how they collaborate, what they expect for work-life balance, and how they prefer manager-managee relationships the differences are very real. This presentation makes sense of the change so everyone can work together seamlessly as their most authentic selves. Takeaways: The truth about how similar Gen Z and Millennials are (or aren’t). tools for Millennial managers to engage Gen Z, communication tactics for Gen Z to manage their Millennial managers, and analysis of the latest generational trends impacting the workplace   Lisa X. Walden is a speaker, author, and consultant dedicated to helping people create authentic, empowering workplaces that don’t cause the dreaded Sunday scaries. As co-founder of Good Company Consulting, she’s delivered her message to organizations nationwide. She strives to create deep mindset shifts that help people better collaborate, communicate, and prepare for the workplace of the future. Lisa’s work is centered on the (strangely revolutionary) concept that people and strategy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Her presentations focus on how to wield the generational lens at work, best-practices for maintaining thriving cultures, and tactics for nurturing the single most important component of a healthy work environment—trust. By weaving together case-studies, stories, statistics, and the latest research, her content lays the groundwork for meaningful change that means more awesome workplaces.  
11:15 A2552 People, Perception & Practices: Equity & Inclusion Development for Career Advisors   This workshop is designed for professionals from the education, workforce development, & social service fields supporting youth & adult students & job seekers from marginalized communities. Participants will gain the skills & understanding needed to better view their work in career & college readiness with an equity lens. Denise Felder (@DeniseMpls) is a Workforce Equity Advocate & Career Adviser who encourages individuals & challenges systems to close opportunity gaps in education & employment. Denise is a past president of the Minnesota Career Development Association, a Certified Poverty Awareness Coach, & an Offender Job Retention Specialist. Her professional development includes participation in the 2019 Equity Works Leadership Institute at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, & the 2016 Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy with the Twin Cities African American Leadership Forum. Denise majored in Journalism with an Afro-American Studies minor at Boston University, & earned a master’s degree in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University. Her thesis research was about the influence of career advising on reducing achievement gaps among students from underrepresented populations.
11:15 A2554 Professional Development Through Involvement There are numerous opportunities for professional development. Why not give back to the community while gaining valuable skills and connections? This facilitated presentation will highlight advantages of community involvement from school groups to neighborhood, city, county, and state councils, commissions, and boards or directors. These group have shaped where you can live, where you drive, how your money is spent, and more. You deserve to be at the table making decisions and the connections you can make are invaluable. The presentation will use information from my experience as a neighborhood district council member, Planning Commissioner, non-profit board member, higher education professional, and other community involvement. Born and raised in St. Paul, Adrian is a proud and engaged member of the community. He earned his bachelor’s and master degree from Concordia University in Communication Studies and Strategic Communication Management respectively. After spending 11 years in higher education in College Admissions and Academic Advising he transitioned to Genesys Works as­­­­ the College and Career Success Program Manager. Adrian currently sits on the St Paul Planning Commission, is one of the organizers of the annual Central Honors Philando Celebration, and is a past board member at Hallie Q Brown and St Paul Youth Services. He lives in St Paul’s Hamline Midway neighborhood with his wife and two cats
11:15 A2562 Authentic Advocacy: Career Development and Social Justice As we face an increasingly complex, social, political and economic charged climate, our work as career development professionals, our role as advocates is more important than ever. Participants will examine the intersection of career development and social justice to help to advocate for diversity, equality, and inclusion and to promote social justice. Vic Massaglia is on a mission to connect with and inspire people in transition so they can make a positive impact in the world. He approaches his work with compassion by developing his craft of facilitation, coaching, and teaching so people will discover their gifts and become their best selves. He is deeply passionate about social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and he believes that he is at his best when he is serving others. Vic is the Director of Career & Professional Development Center for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He has facilitated strategic planning initiatives, retreats, and trainings using the World Cafe and Appreciative Inquiry methodology. He teaches and coaches leadership development for emerging international professionals.
1:10 Main Conf. Area A2564/66 Making the most of an aging workforce; How older workers add value Today, 35 million workers in the U.S. workforce – more than 23% – are 55 and over. Keeping this demographic working is good for our businesses, the economy and individuals. Yet barriers persist, including ageism and outdated employment models that don’t align with realities of life as we age. Career counselors can be key resources for older workers as they overcome stereotypes and navigate new ways of working, and for employers as they rethink ways to create sustainable jobs for all demographic groups.   Kate Schaefers, Ph.D., LP is Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) Initiative. She is a psychologist, consultant, and coach with a passion for aligning individual talents with meaningful work. She is Volunteer State President for AARP-MN and helped found the Twin Cities nonprofit SHIFT.  
1:10 A2552 Communication Games Generations Play Ugh….he never returns my phone calls! She never answers my texts! I hate it! Unfortunately, all-to-often, people are stuck in their “personal communication universe”, drafting and delivering a message in the way they like to communicate…and they wonder why people get so upset with them. So how do we solve this problem? During this session, you will learn how to solve this problem by participating in a fun and energizing “Where’s the Gap” game to learn about each generation’s communication universe and how to enter it to build safety and trust. During the game, your challenge (if you are willing to accept it) will be to… • Identify what politics, education, technology, social and economics influenced each generation’s communication universe • List the most severe communication challenges each generation faces • Create three to five solutions for each communication challenge • Create an action plan to overcome your own communication challenge Are you ready to play? Darlene Roy-Johnson, President of Darlene Roy Johnson & Associates, is a global learning and development professional with over 25 years of experience in leadership and team development. Her extensive corporate experience includes working with hundreds of teams and leaders across the globe to expand their impact and substantially improve their team’s performance. Her professional credentials include an MBA in Learning & Development from the University of St. Thomas and BSB from the University of Minnesota. She also graduated from the Coaches Training Institute, Coach U and Corporate Business Coaching Program. She has over 10,000 hours in team and group facilitation and loads of experience administering and interpreting leadership & team assessments. To learn more, visit her website at www.darleneroyjohnson.com or email her at darleneroyjohnson@gmail.com
1:10 A2554 Expanding Economic Opportunity & Eliminating Workforce Barriers Minnesota is facing two workforce problems that are entwined. We suffer from some of the worst racial disparities in the nation when it comes to wealth, health and education. Meanwhile, it’s harder to fill jobs with skilled workers when vacancies are at an all-time high. We can grow our economy and build shared prosperity by connecting employers with individuals who are unemployed and underemployed. It’s about recruiting and promoting people who are underrepresented in today’s workforce – women, people of color, immigrants, transgender individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities. The path is a workplace that values diversity and inclusion. Career counselors can be part of the solution. Workshop participants will learn to help clients overcome employment barriers and choose good jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits. Presenters will share case studies from Metropolitan Council and the labor movement. Expect robust discussion and time for questions and answers. Jennifer Munt is the new executive director for the Teamsters Service Bureau and Minnesota Job Partners. She is a mission-driven leader advancing economic opportunity for all through employment, career, and family services. She served the Dayton Administration as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Council, where the regional planning agency focused on racial equity and created a culture that values diversity and inclusion. She is a board member with Jobs Now, a coalition that advocates for good jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits. With 20 years of experience, she has demonstrated success in the labor movement, non-profit, and public sectors. She was a student of Paul Wellstone at Carleton College.Raul Sanchez is a senior career counselor for the Teamsters Service Bureau and Minnesota Job Partners. With 17 years of Dislocated Worker Program experience, he empowers unemployed and underemployed individuals overcome barriers to get jobs, keep jobs, and earn higher wages. He helps job seekers get the training and education they need to transition to new careers. Raul is also a family service advocate, providing financial support and face-to-face counseling to people facing life’s challenges. Raul obtained his Global Career Development Facilitator certification in 2011. He speaks Spanish and English. Born in Argentina, he moved to Minnesota in 2001. His lived experience helps him connect with immigrants exploited by the underground economy. His background includes experience in radio broadcasting, as well as logistics and distribution.
1:10 A2562 Authentic & Fearless–the Secret to Career Success! The foundation of career success is severely undermined by inner irrational fears and faulty beliefs. In growing up, people often feel a sense of inadequacy. These thoughts are rooted in irrational fears and tend to mask true self, as well as hobble effectiveness. The underlying fears and faulty beliefs are exhibited when people become ‘triggered’ by a current situation, which dredges up past reactions called retroactions. These originate in early childhood. Three irrational fears provide the foundation for these retroactions: Rejection, Insignificance, and Irreparable Hurt. The fears alone, however, do not cause the reaction; people also have faulty beliefs that drive them. Fearless breakthrough involves: catalyst situations, “early warning signs”, logical perspective on the situation, and reconnecting to healthy beliefs. These fears/faulty beliefs undermine confidence, and the ability to be genuine at work and home. The most effective anyone will ever be occurs when they function from their genuine, authentic core. Your authentic core includes: personality, abilities, spirit, and thinking. Maximum career success starts with recognizing how irrational fears and faulty beliefs undermine confidence and effectiveness., and then reconnecting with who you are at the core to optimize your genuineness. This approach can help move career clients who seem stuck. Bruce E. Roselle, PhD, brings breadth of experience and a deep sense of purpose to the task of helping leaders at various levels. For 30 years, Bruce has served organizational needs in career development, executive coaching, and psychological assessment. His current active client list includes: Toro, Wagner, Mosaic, US Foods, Mortenson, Room & Board, the University of MN, and Carleton College. A former MCDA President and recipient of the Jules Kerlan Award, Bruce is a frequent speaker at conferences and organizational events. His views have appeared in various media, including a monthly online article for the American City Business Journals. His best-selling book, Fearless Leadership (2006), won awards for Best Business Book and Best Self-Help Book. His newest book is The Fraud Factor, published in May, 2016.
2:15 Main Conf. Area A2564/66 Labor Market Information for Decision Making There are many factors that jobseekers consider when deciding on their education or career path, but often there is a disconnect between their perceptions and the opportunities that actually exist. Labor market information can help inform jobseeker perceptions of their local communities and the career opportunities available, which is especially important in a tight labor market that is seeing record numbers of job vacancies against an aging and declining labor force.       Cameron Macht is the regional analysis and outreach manager and is currently the acting assistant LMI director at the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED), supervising a team of 5 regional analysts that provide labor market information to support workforce and economic development efforts across the state, as well as 7 other analysts at DEED headquarters providing tools and research. He has over 15 years of experience working in DEED’s LMI office, as well as prior career practice in marketing, market research, and economic development. He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and marketing from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  
2:15 A2552 Behind the Mask: Understanding & Coaching to Invisible Disabilities Often people think “disability” only refers to people using a wheelchair or walker, but 74% of Americans with a severe disability don’t use such devices. Invisible disabilities are not immediately apparent, “masked” to an observer, & provide unique workplace and career challenges. Learn more about invisible disabilities & how to better serve clients with them. Annie Montemayor is a career counselor at Capella University & a member of the MCDA board. As chair of the MCDA diversity and inclusion committee, she works to expand the organization’s scope of equity and inclusion work and its education offered for practitioners. She is particularly interested in the topic of working with clients with disabilities. She has a master’s in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Kansas.Cindy Edwards, Owner of Find Your Fit™ LLC., offers Coaching and Training services for individuals and groups. Cindy has been an active participant in both career development and training and development communities in the Twin Cities for over 10 years. She has twice sat on the board of MCDA and is an active member today. She is also a member of ATD-GTC; acting as the co-leader of the chapters Coaching Special Interest Group and Co-Chair to the board. She holds an M.A. in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas, is an AAC -ADHD Certified Coach, and is Certified in Brain Based Coaching from the Neuroleadership Institute.
2:15 A2554 The Pipeline Problem: How to overcome barriers and create lasting connections between diverse talent and top corporations   Career placement in STEM professions continues to be a barrier-laden experience for diverse demographics. In response to both anecdotal and data-driven alumni experiences with career undermatching, Genesys Works (GW) launched the Talent Development Pipeline (TDP) in 2018. Learn about a unique social enterprise working to connect diverse, low-income students to high demand technology careers at major companies like Target. GW partners with leading corporations in order to foster meaningful and lasting connections between students and companies and a Talent Development Pipeline, starting with high school internships. This serves to both demystify the job application process, ensure employers are actively considering students for opportunities, and ultimately eliminate barriers to employment upon college graduation, resulting in long-term success in tech and business careers.     Marit Aaseng first developed her passion for educational and economic equity while serving as an Americorps volunteer with College Possible, after graduating from St. Olaf College. Marit next brought her college access and coaching expertise to Genesys Works – Twin Cities, where she trained and supported low-income high school seniors in professional skill building and post-secondary planning. In 2018, Marit established the Genesys Works Talent Development Pipeline (TDP) which provides extended career development, academic support and networking connections for underrepresented college students pursuing careers in tech and business. A major component of this program is college internship experiences, and connections to corporate recruiters. In 2020 TDP members are completing internships at Target, Medtronic, Cargill, CHS Inc., Xcel Energy, Boston Scientific, Microsoft, and more.Miranda is a Sr. Campus Recruiter who loves to help students navigate their careers and find the right fit for them. Miranda brings over 6 years of Campus Recruitment Expertise and has had the opportunity to work across multiple industries including agriculture, financial, start up and retail institutions. She is passionate about learning new things and helping connect top talent to her organization. Outside of the office Miranda is a Big through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities organization, an avid foodie and runner!  
2:15 A2562 Ageism in the Workplace Are you a hiring manager or a recruiter? Maybe you’re coaching people who are looking for a job. Or, you are looking to make a move. During the years of our work lives, we travel from younger years where we learn and experiment, to confidence in our abilities and knowledge, to being recognized for wisdom to share. That’s fine if the ones with wisdom are actively working. But what if they are looking for a new job? Assumptions change and stereotypes set in. Ageism becomes a real roadblock to land a new job. For those in the workplace, regardless of age, we all have opportunities to ensure ageism is not perpetuated. We will define ageism, talk about how to notice it when it happens, and explore how we can change our own limiting beliefs and have the confidence to demonstrate our value Annette Villamil (SHRM-SCP, ICF-PCC) helps her clients develop clarity in their intentions, confidence in their abilities, and commitment to act on their own behalf. She is a Certified Executive Coach and offers insight from her 35 years of experience as a C-Suite executive, global transformation change leader, and human resource professional. Annette’s broad experiences with all generations, have been in manufacturing, new product development, innovation, healthcare, and shared services. Clients have commented that Annette “gets it” because she’s been there and done it. She is particularly focused these days on helping people manage other people’s perceptions of them – because they are feeling their age and worry that it will hold them back from getting their next role. Those who are over 50 are less likely to understand how to combat “ageism” in the workplace and can use some insights on how to avoid self-limiting beliefs, manage positive self-talk, and demonstrate their value proposition to companies. Claire Edmondson is the Vice President of Client Solutions for CPI Twin Cities, responsible for consulting with our corporate clients on their workforce strategy and coaching on career and leadership training solutions. She was most recently Principal Consultant for Key Leader Resources (KLR) where she led a team of consultants delivering talent development programs. Claire served as the primary relationship manager for all client relationships, project managed program deliveries and expanded the company’s consulting and coaching offerings.   Prior to KLR, Claire was the Director of Strategic Accounts for Linkage, a global leadership consulting firm, where she focused on advancing women leaders and developing high potentials.  Before that, she was Vice President, Business Development Consultant for Right Management. During her tenure as Director of Business Development for the Seabury Group, a global investment management and human capital consulting firm (sold to Accenture), she was part of (3) new company branding efforts, and responsible for overall client satisfaction as well as leading new business efforts for the Practice Areas of Leadership, Selection, Executive Compensation and Workforce Analytics.   For the past 20 years, Claire has worked with clients interested in creating customer-obsessed learning cultures.  She has consulted in service excellence, sales, HR, career management and leadership development initiatives. She has collaborated with clients in countries all over the world to deliver hundreds of assessments, coaching and training programs. She has built her reputation on delivering business insights combined with outstanding service. She brings her knowledge of people, processes and tools to help solve client challenges quickly. Claire’s background lends her a broad range of corporate industry exposure to draw upon, along with her personal experience as an entrepreneur and executive leader.    Education and Certifications:   Claire graduated cum laude from Boston College. After an executive MBA program at the Center for Business Excellence at the University of St. Thomas and the FastTrac program at the Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship, she started KLR. Recently, she achieved her certification in Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She served as the Board Vice Chair for Professional Development for the MN Change Management Network and is a member of the Association for Talent Development and Minnesota’s Human Resources Executive Forum.  

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