Workforce in 2013: Finding the Right Fit

KCMN January Meeting

One of the more common complaints of companies, who are growing, facing retirements and/or planning for the future, is that finding the right people to fill open positions is a continual struggle.  January’s KCMN meeting will focus on strategies for finding people to fill those gaps.  In addition, we’ll discuss workforce trends and issues for 2013, and some new programs and opportunities being presented by the region’s community colleges.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas


John Emmett, Panel Moderator, Manpower

Julie Yang-Brethauer, FPC, Director, Human Resources, Torotel Products, Inc.

Lisa Kist, Director, Human Resources, Robbie Flexibles

Clint Lanchaster, Director, Technical Services, National Association of Trailer Manufacturers

Panel Discussion:

Join our 3 company representatives who will share their workforce strategies, including:

  • Utilizing social media to be where your target employees are
  • Building relationships with schools who offer  education and training programs that are a fit for your skill needs
  • Visibility in your community – being involved in STEM and other programs can drive interest
  • Positioning your company to hire transitioning military personnel
  • Setting up an employee referral program

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today at by clicking here , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or

Information and Resources for Manufacturers:

Quarterly Employment Survey – John Emmett will provide highlights for Manpower’s  Employment Outlook Survey 4Q 2012

Metropolitan Community Colleges Business and Technology Center will discuss the launch of their Precision Machining Consortium Program

Kansas City Kansas Community College will provide information on their awarded grant that will launch their Training for Employment (T4E) initiative for careers in construction and advanced manufacturing.

For KCMN members, we are considering launching a quarterly special interest group for those manufacturers interested in continuing the dialog on workforce issues.  KCMN advisory board member Lisa Kist is heading up this effort.   Come to the January meeting for more information!

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our Network sponsors. Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations can be accepted up to 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.