It’s a New Day – Workforce Readiness & Retention Best Practices

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By: Amber Youngblut, Amy Bakker, & Kyle Roed

In this interactive session, the panel will discuss innovative recruiting and retention methods used to reach non-traditional populations, including high school students, individuals with special needs and immigrant populations.

Presentation Objectives: 

  • School outreach and engagement strategies
  • Tools to work with immigrant populations
  • Methods to work with individuals with special needs
  • Uses of social media in recruiting

About the Speaker:
Kyle Roed is the Human Resources Director for CPM Holdings, Inc., an equipment manufacturer headquartered in Waterloo, IA.  In this role, he oversees all aspects of strategic human resources for 26 domestic and international locations.  Prior to this, Kyle was the Sr. HR Manager for Omega Cabinetry in Waterloo, IA.  He led a diverse team of HR and Safety professionals, and utilized inclusive hiring and retention practices to stabilize the workforce and drive business results.  Kyle previously held the roles of Executive Team Leader – Human Resources for Target Corp and IT Project Manager for West Burlington Community School District.  Kyle received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.  He resides in Cedar Falls, IA with his wife, Sarah and three children, Jude (6), Thea (4), and Sienna (2).  When he’s not shuttling kids, you can find him on the Cedar Valley Nature Trails biking or running.

(Moderator) Callie Youngblut, SHRM-CP, is Human Resources Coordinator at POS Professional Office Services, Inc. POS is a Nationwide Healthcare Communications company which provides print, statement processing, digital messaging, and other electronic products and services to over 30,000 physicians across the country. Callie assists in all areas of the Human Resources department, including Recruitment, Benefits, Wellness, Safety, and administrative processes. Callie also serves on the Iowa SHRM State Council as Workforce Readiness Director. In this role, Callie monitors and advocates for state and local activities concerning workforce readiness issues, and works with chapter Workforce Readiness leaders to plan and encourage chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness arena. She also serves as Workforce Readiness Director for her local chapter, Cedar Valley SHRM. Callie graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 with a BA in Public Relations.

Amber YoungblutSPHR, SHRM‑SCP, is a Human Resources professional with more than 15 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include management; staff development; technology integration; diversity and inclusion; and strategic project management. She is the Vice President of Human Resources at Geater Machining & Manufacturing.

Amy Bakker grew up in small town Anamosa, Iowa. She studied speech-language pathology and audiology with a minor in Spanish at University of Mississippi. After working as a speech therapist in the Mississippi school system, she decided to shift her educational focus and earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from University of Colorado.  Amy is passionate about working with individuals who are preparing for independence. She has had experience teaching and counseling at a residential treatment facility for teenage girls and taught at high need, low-income schools in the Denver, Colorado area.  Amy is currently the Program Coordinator Instructor for Project SEARCH, a collaborative partnership with Waterloo Schools, UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Inclusion Connection. This program is focused on providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn employability skills in different departments throughout UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital. Interns gain skills necessary to obtain integrated, competitive and meaningful employment in the local community upon completion of this program.  In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, doing anything outdoors, and enjoys traveling when she gets a spare minute.

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