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The Power of Partnerships Creating a Talent Pipeline

Monday, April 1, 2019  
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This month's cover story in FOCUS, Winning the War for Talent, is a topic that resonates with leaders in business and education. The Chamber’s annual membership survey revealed that 57 percent of our members identify talent attraction and retention as the number one business need in our region. Sixty-eight percent of Chamber members identified talent and workforce development as the top public policy issue facing their business and 26 percent listed education as the top need.

Solving the talent challenge requires engagement and collaboration, from business to education, parents and students, to teachers and counselors. We must build awareness about career opportunities much earlier in a student’s academic career and enhance support for students as they identify potential career pathways. Simply put, we all have a responsibility to create a talent pipeline for Michigan’s future.

To address the talent gap in Lansing, businesses are collaborating with local school districts including Lansing School District, Ingham Intermediate School District, Eaton Regional Education Service Agency and Clinton Regional Education Service Agency.

The Chamber continues to develop collaborative partnerships through our support of education and talent initiatives such as Teach. Talent. Thrive (T3), Lansing Promise, Launch Michigan and others. Together, businesses and educators are creating a talent pipeline for decades to come.

A terrific example of partnerships preparing tomorrow’s talent today is the upcoming MiCareerQuest. More than 50 employers will be on hand to engage with over 5,000 area students who will receive valuable information about in-demand careers in engineering and manufacturing, business and information technology, health sciences and human services and natural resources and agri-science. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on exhibits provided by local businesses, industry groups, trade associations, training and education providers.

The importance of turning the Lansing region into a home for top talent is why the Chamber has placed so much effort on several talent initiatives. Leadership Lansing helps develop and equip the next generation of community leaders. Now in its fourth year, 155 outstanding leaders have graduated or are participating in the program. The ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA PowerLink continue to celebrate the accomplishments and promote the growth of outstanding women leaders in our region. For the past 12 years, 10 Over the Next Ten has celebrated philanthropic, innovative and entrepreneurial leadership from Greater Lansing’s best and brightest young professionals. The Chamber is proud to support Lansing 5:01, an initiative designed to showcase the best of Lansing by connecting both college talent and young professionals to the community’s emerging quality of life opportunities.

While we continue to leverage these and other partnerships to empower talent and enhance opportunities for our current and future workforce, we must also continue to work collaboratively to build vibrant communities in which outstanding talent desires to live, work and play.

There is no greater economic driver for our region’s future than the need to attract and retain top talent. We encourage our members from every sector to support initiatives that will take our region’s talent to the next level.

Click here to download the April edition of FOCUS.

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