Iowa Ideas 2022

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Employer and employee perspectives on trends and issues among key industries.

    The Evolution of Incentives

    What are employers doing to create excitement and action? How are Iowa employers (including small businesses) faring with the rapid increase in employee wages? What truly works?

    Moderated by Craig Gemoules

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 9:15AM

    • Julie Moss

    • Peter Orazem

    • Jasmine Almoayyed



    How are students discovering career pathways through apprenticeships? Are employers finding and keeping solid business hires from this approach?

    Moderated by Tom Banta

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 10:20AM

    • Tim Ruth

    • GT Karr

    • Kristine Bullock

    • Tascha Brown

    • Jerry Orr


    DEI: Hiring Process and Onboarding

    Understanding employer and prospective employee goals in matching skillsets to a workplace culture that will position all parties for long-term success. From recruitment strategies, an accepted offer and onboarding.

    Moderated by Liz Kennedy

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 2:10PM

    • Nick Ford

    • Miranda Swafford

    • Elizabeth Buch

    • Anthony Arrington


    DEI: Challenges in Business Ownership

    The dream of owning a successful business is often hit with a world of unknowns. How is Iowa providing pathways for overcoming barriers and connecting prospective business owner to the resources needed to succeed?

    Moderated by Angie Weekley

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 3:15PM

    • Diana Wright

    • Scott Swenson

    • ReShonda Young

    • Mohamed Nasraddin

    • Jesse Thoeming


    The Push for Automation

    Businesses are seeking to preserve employees by automating repetitive manufacturing tasks and shifting bodies inot the more unique roles. Earlier this year, Iowa distributed more than $4 million in automation grant funding. Will this level of investment have a positive impact on employer demand?

    Moderated by Craig Gemoules

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 10:10AM

    • Jeff Spadaro

    • Hank Norem

    • Michael O'Donnell


    DEI: Building the foundation for employer DEI strategies

    A look at Iowa tools and resources in building an effective DEI strategy. How are available tools balanced with the goal of an authentic means to understand the critical need to understand an organization&#39;s history and current state? Inclusive ICR will review their dEI index offered to Eastern Iowa employers and the building of a DEI resource library.

    Moderated by Doug Neumann

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 11:15AM

    • Angelica Vannatta

    • Tim Carty

    • Stefanie Munsterman

    • Erin Pottebaum

    • Robin Therme

    • Jennifer Banta

Workforce Articles

  • DES MOINES — Iowans who want to use the state website for job search information remain unable to do so, as the website remained down Friday, as it has been all week. The outage is an issue with the site’s vendor, Geographic Solutions, which is dealing with a similar challenge in other states the company serves.
  • DES MOINES — Education policy affecting K-12 schools, including creating a “parental bill of rights” and a voucher program allowing families to use public money for private tuition, was front and center Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol. Up for discussion were legislative proposals that would:
  • Coffee Emporium is far from the only place for a Cedar Rapidian to get a caffeine fix. But the baristas have something that many of their counterparts at other coffee shops in Iowa might not have — 401(k) and retirement benefits.
  • There are winners and losers in the business world, as Ronald Cox sees it. As other states see a population boom and Iowa’s population growth lags, businesses here must compete to draw new people into the workforce. Cox, director of Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service, said Iowa historically has had a higher labor ...
  • Iowa manufacturers are turning to automation as a way to continue to keep production up and to grow despite tight labor supply. What does this mean for employers, and what opportunities and risks does it make for Iowa's economy? Will Iowa be able to grow enough people to keep Iowa's manufacturing sector competitive with other regions? Panelists ...
  • 2020 has shined light on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies (or lack of) among employers of all shapes and sizes. While some may seek a quick fix solution, others are pursuing a deep assessment of their workplace culture, team dynamics, hiring and retention practices and beyond. Hear from employers along with d&amp;I resources and th...
  • After getting real momentum behind building school-business partnerships, the COVID-19 pandemic brought traditional work and learning experiences to a halt last spring. How can the state regain the momentum behind the school-business partnerships that were blossoming across the state? How have groups pivoted or adjusted? We'll check in with some...
  • Iowa has seen significant economic growth in the energy and food industries, but what's on the horizon? Some say ed tech, while energy still has significant potential. Our panel will discuss that as well as other policy ideas as the state looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and derecho. Panelists include: Ron Corbett, Business Retention ...
  • The coronavirus pandemic has radically changed the ideas of working from home. What does the work from home change mean for employees and workers? How will this change the ideas of the work day, burnout, the need for large offices and what might need to change for employers and employees? Panelists include: Scott Olson, Broker Associate, Skogman...
  • When Kwynton DeLarm came out as a transgender man on Facebook in 2016, he prepared himself for a backlash. Instead, he received love and support from his friends and family as he began navigating health care, health insurance and the workforce as a transgender man.

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