Roanoke College hosting talent summit for local employers and companies

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)—Roanoke College is hosting its first annual Talent Summit, with some of the region’s most influential leaders focused on talent attraction and retention on Monday, March 4.

The summit will be held at the Morris M. Cregger Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The hope is to connect employers, higher education, workforce development, and government with top-tier talent in the region.

The event will begin with a welcome from state leadership followed by a keynote from former Virginia Delegate and president of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, Kirk Cox. This will be followed by a panel of higher education leaders, learning sessions regarding employer success stories, best communication practices, and building partnerships.

These sessions will provide human resources, marketing, and management professionals with practical knowledge they can implement in their organization, effect change, and develop talent.

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“We are thrilled to host the inaugural Talent Summit at Roanoke College, bringing together leaders from various sectors to shape the future of talent in Virginia. Through meaningful panel discussions and sessions, we aim to equip professionals with practical knowledge that drives positive change and nurtures talent attraction pipelines, said President of Roanoke College Frank Shushok Jr., Ph.D. “Roanoke College is honored to play a pivotal role in advancing discussions on higher education’s role in catering to industry needs and empowering employers to actively contribute to shaping the future workforce.”

With communities across the country struggling to attract, train, and retain top talent, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Roanoke Region, and New River Valley are working to set themselves apart. The summit will also help employers and leaders identify gaps in the talent pipeline to help build better connections between education and industry.

“While the Roanoke Region is ahead of many localities when it comes to talent attraction, student awareness of our region’s employers is a big challenge for us,” says Julia Boas, director of talent strategies at the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “We want to be known as a place where you can get a world-class education, find a great paid internship, fall in love with the beauty and vibrancy of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and stay for a great job.”

For more information or to register for the Talent Summit, visit this link.

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