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Leading Kansas City businesses join forces to attract and retain employees

With a tight labor market nationwide and especially in the Midwest, leading Kansas City businesses are teaming up to attract and retain employees. Companies such as Garmin, Cerner, Hallmark and H&R Block gathered last week for a Training Camp sponsored by the Kansas City Area Development Council.

“The Training Camp unveils new TeamKC lifestyle resources that talent acquisition leaders can leverage when recruiting, and provides national thought leadership on HR trends to help our area employers stay competitive in the global race for talent,” said Jessica Palm, vice president, lead executive of TeamKC. “We’re working hard to address issues that employers face by fostering mutual learning and growth among our HR leaders.”

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The Training Camp featured interactive presentations from national talent leaders on the latest recruitment and engagement strategies including the rise of artificial intelligence, inclusion strategies and innovative sourcing and pipelining.

Speakers included chief industrial-organizational psychologist at HireVue, Nathan Mondragon; creative director at First Person, Stefan Mumaw; managing director of Talent & Culture at Lockton, Kelly Reed, Ph.D., and more.

“TeamKC is a powerful competitive advantage for the KC region in attracting talented people and companies who need to hire them,” said Tim Cowden, president of the development council. “No matter where someone is in their career, KC Heartland is an incredible place to grow, collaborate and excel, while enjoying an amazing quality of life.”

TeamKC was created in 2006 to support KCADC’s corporate members in attracting top talent to the Kansas City area and is now recognized nationally as a top talent attraction and lifestyle marketing initiative. To help build an inclusive, enriched and welcoming Kansas City region, the TeamKC advisory board touts the area’s affordable cost-of-living and diverse arts and cultural scene as top recruitment tools used by businesses.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice