Resilience in Agriculture and Food: Matching Talent to Need

Don't miss this webinar on labor market shifts across MN, educational best practices in agri-food, and how to find top talent for your organization.

June 24, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m.      Welcome and Statement of Purpose                        Tamara Nelsen, AgriGrowth

 12:03 p.m.     Current Workforce Trends Across MN                     Deb Broberg, RealTime Talent

 12:12 p.m.     MN Ed Numbers and Trends                                      Zane Sheehan, MN Dept. of Education

 12:21 p.m.     Agricultural Career Literacy and Recruitment          Keith Olander, Ag Centric

 12:33 p.m.     Post-secondary Stats and Pathways                         Brad Schloesser, S. MN Ag Center Of Excellence

 12:45 p.m.     Q&A

 12:55 p.m.     Summary and Conclusions

  1:00 p.m.      Adjourn


Deb Broberg, RealTime Talent

Deb is the Executive Director at RealTime Talent. Over her 25+ year career with Northwest Airlines and Wells Fargo, she held a variety of leadership roles. Her responsibilities included Recruitment/Talent Acquisition, Learning &Development, and Talent Management. Deb also led in-flight operations for three of the flight attendant bases at Northwest Airlines where she gained front-line leadership experience in a diverse customer service organization. She earned her MA from the University of Minnesota’s HRIR program and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College.  

Keith Olander, AgCentric

Keith is a lifelong farmer (30+ years) and educator (25+years) who currently serves as the Director of AgCentric, (a MN State Agricultural Center of Excellence) and of the Central Lakes College Ag &Energy Center. He also oversees agricultural academic program at Central Lakes College as a Dean of Agricultural Studies. Keith’s major responsibilities at AgCentric are to augment the capacity and enrollment in comprehensive agricultural education from K-12, through post-secondary to industry. Workforce development includes building partnerships, developing seamless educational pathways, and informing audiences of the agricultural web that surrounds every person who enjoys a good meal and an environment that is sustainable.  

Dr. Zane Sheehan, MN Dept. of Education

Zane brings more than 15 years of experience as a high school agriculture teacher, facilitator, coach, state education administrator,and higher education instructor to his position at the Minnesota Department of Education. There, he provides leadership and direction to Minnesota’s 270 teachers in 200 School-Based Agricultural Education programs, including more than 35,000 students in food, fiber, and natural resources education. He also manages federal Perkins funding, CTE levy, Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) program approval, and AFNR summer extended grants. Zane also serves as the Minnesota FFA State Advisor for more than 10,000 FFA members and is the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Brad Schloesser, S. MN Ag Center of Excellence

Brad is Dean of Agriculture and Director of the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence where he provides oversight of budgets exceeding three million in funds and supporting over 25 faculty and staff. Prior to his current role, he served as an Agribusiness faculty member at South Central College, teaching post-secondary agribusiness courses and advising students in the Professional Agriculture Student (PAS)Organization. As Director of the Agricultural Center of Excellence, he is responsible for enhancing the capacity and enrollment in comprehensive agricultural education from K-12, through post-secondary to industry. Workforce development includes building partnerships, developing seamless educational pathways, and informing audiences about agriculture and food.

Andy Goldman-Gray, AGG Marketing and Magnetic Employer Branding

Andy is a founding partner of AGG Marketing and Magnetic Employer Branding. AGG Marketing helps organizations build strategies for effective recruitment and retention. He knows that real change happens when you pair the right strategy without standing execution by dedicated people.  AGG Marketing and Magnetic Employer Branding has worked with clients like AgriBank, Farm Credit TAG (Talent Acquisition) and numerous community foundations and civic organizations. Before creating AGG Marketing, Andy led the annual campaign and marketing divisions at Greater Twin Cities United Way.   He’s chair of the board for Hands On Twin Cities, led the Volunteer Recognition and Engagement committee for all 10,000 Superbowl Volunteers and is on the startup board for Upstream, an organization that celebrates and preserves our shared outdoor spaces. 

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