Upcoming Events

2019 HireUp Series: Talent Attraction & Retention

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Improving employee attraction and retention through quality of life, opportunities for personal and cultural enrichment, and affordable housing

Friday, May 3, 2019
Nicolet College - Northwoods Center (Rooms 207/208/209)
5364 College Drive, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

In today’s uncertain economic climate, employers are struggling to attract and retain talent. No matter which type of employer you may be - manufacturing, retail, healthcare, education, restaurant or hospitality - you’re affected. Young professionals don’t want to move to the Northwoods just for the scenery. They want affordable housing and a full, rich cultural life outside of work.
Together, we need to make the Northwoods a place where people want to live, work, play, raise their families, and invest back into our communities. There is a highly successful national movement to improve the overall quality of life in communities small and large. These experts are striving to address underlying issues such as affordable housing and childcare. They’re also creating diverse opportunities for cultural enrichment for young professionals and our communities as a whole.
Join us at HireUp to hear from these change experts. Discover how employers and communities can join together to create a beacon of belonging that will enrich the Northwoods from the inside out. This interactive presentation and discussion will provide you with real world examples and key knowledge that you can use to attract and retain talent, as well as empower and connect them and help build the future.


8:30 - 9 am
Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:45 am
Jeremy Fojut, NEWaukee

9:45 - 10 am

10 - 10:45 am
Christian Schock, City of Wausau

10:45 - 11:15 am
Rebecca Deschane, WEDC/UW

11:15 - 11:30 am
Discussion and Closing Remarks

HireUp Keynote Speakers
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Jeremy Fojut is the founder of NEWaukee and has 17 years experience in applying unique approaches to complex problems to increase engagement, economic development and awareness for businesses, neighborhoods, and organizations. He speaks, consults, and creates talent retention and attraction projects across the country for municipalities, chambers, organizations, and companies looking for innovative solutions that connect people to place. His proven philosophy to employee or community engagement is change everything and create solutions that spread and empower.

Photo fo Christian Schock - speaker

Christian Schock serves as Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development in Wausau, overseeing current and future planning, CDBG administration, and economic development including tax incremental financing.

He also serves as the Executive Director of the Wausau Community Development and Housing Authority which administers nearly 200 units of public housing.


Photo of Rebecca Deschane - speaker

Rebecca Deschane serves as the Talent Initiative Director for both the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the UW System.

This jointly funded position allows her to lead and coordinate statewide efforts to attract and retain talent for the entire State of Wisconsin. She plays a leadership role in attracting veterans, young professionals, and Wisconsin alumni to live and work in Wisconsin.