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Innovation - the Key to Bridging the Talent Gap

  • 06/13/2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The Olmsted


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Please join us for an exciting and thought-provoking event as Nicole Carter (Signature Healthcare), Ankur Gobal (Interapt), Dan Thomas (UPS), and Beth Davisson (The Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce) lead us through a discussion of how to successfully implement proven workforce solutions. 

While the event will spend some time focusing on the talent gaps that were identified in the Talent Alignment Survey, you will also walk away with proven solutions shared by the panelists.  Each panel member will spend time discussing their workforce solution in a “Ted Talk” style presentation and then will engage in questions from the moderator and audience. 

The panelists will:

  • Focus on areas of proven and innovative solutions to recruit, retain, and train the workforce.
  • Discuss how we can prepare the talent in the region to support the projected growth identified in the survey.
  • Discuss what community leaders should be focusing on to address talent shortages so that the HR Professional can better prepare their teams.
  • Discuss current and future workforce shortages and how you can best prepare your workforce strategies to overcome these shortages so that companies can continue to grow.

Nicole Carter, Vice President of Learning and Development at Signature HealthCARE (Panelist)

Nicole Carter is currently the Vice President of Learning and Development at Signature HealthCARE.  Signature HealthCARE is a long-term health care and rehabilitation company with 128 locations in 11 states and nearly 24,000 employees.

For the past five years as an executive at Signature, Nicole has worked to develop an innovative "Communities of Practice" model, where department heads within Signature's facilities receive a "Lifeline" whereby they have a designated expert to facilitate their best-practice sharing across other department heads within the whole organization. Nicole's team also designed a complete ecosystem of e-learning, social learning, mentorship, real-time support and in person gatherings to support department heads in their roles.  This innovative Communities of Practice model has resulted in significant reductions in turnover and decreased time to competence for new leaders.

Most recently, Nicole has been focused on recruiting and retention strategies.  From a uniquely designed internal staffing pool to nurse aide training that uses a blended, cinema-like experience, she’s committed to partnering with business leaders on learning solutions that drive results.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Nicole moved to Kentucky to attend Western Kentucky University, where she met her husband, Bryan.  They have two children, Claire and Collin.  She is currently serving as Chair of the 2017 ATD International Conference & Exposition Program Advisory Committee

Ankur Gopal, CEO, Interapt (panelist)

Ankur Gopal is a serial technology entrepreneur and the CEO of Interapt, an innovation IT service company based in Louisville, KY.  Interapt helps Fortune 1000 companies map out their innovation road map and build solutions to solve business problems.  Interapt is also in the workforce development business. They have created and implemented a program that teaches the next generation workforce.

Ankur received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award, was selected by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as their 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur, and was named one of Business First's 40 Business Leaders Under 40. Ankur is a recognized speaker who has addressed audiences at multiple leading conferences, including Salesforce.com's Dreamforce 2015, the world's largest annual software conference in San Francisco. He was also selected in 2016 by the SOAR board, which includes U.S. Representative Hal Rogers (KY-5th), Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, and Mr. Jim Host to lead a 10 to 20-year plan to teach Kentuckians technology skills and build a sustainable technology ecosystem.

Prior to moving to Louisville, Gopal studied Entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He currently serves as a board member for Greater Louisville, Inc., Enterprise Corp., Health Enterprise Network, Speed Museum, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and Junior Achievement. Ankur is an active entrepreneur mentor, investor, and philanthropist.

In his spare time, Ankur is an avid tennis player, enjoys cooking, and performs improv comedy. He is married to Dr. Kiran Gill, and welcomed their first child, daughter Arya, in 2016.

Dan Thomas, Workforce Planning Manager, UPS (Panelist)

Dan Thomas is a Workforce Planning Manager for UPS and has been with the company for 35 years.  After graduating from the University of Pikeville in 1982 with his B.S. Degree in Sociology, he immediately started his career as part-time Package Handler at UPS.  After completing several operational roles and taking advantage of UPS’s promotion from within policy, he was selected to join the Human Resources Department in 1985.  He has rotated through many HR roles and assignments while spending the last 32 years of his career in the Human Resources field.  He has held positions in employment, employee relations, health and safety, community relations, talent development and benefits administration.  In his current role, Dan is responsible for UPS recruitment, talent acquisition, professional hiring, affirmative action planning and internal job opportunities. 

He is extremely passionate about his current role at UPS and is excited about taking on the extreme recruitment challenges in the Louisville Metro area.  Dan and his recruitment team travel the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Southern Indiana working with hundreds of recruitment sources to help staff the UPS Worldport facility.  He also travels throughout the U.S. recruiting and hiring aviation professionals to meet the on-going demands of the UPS Airline.

Dan is married to his wife Gayle and he is the father of five children. 

Beth Davisson, Executive Director, The Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)

Beth Davisson is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management and District Director for the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.

Beth has spent the last 10+ years aligning talent to the strategic plans of business.

Ms. Davisson is a proven workforce strategist and consensus builder, with 5+ years advocating for workforce needs in the KY and US Capitals. She earned her bachelors in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky, and Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University.

Beth was honored as a “Top 40 under 40”, and named a “Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources”, by Business First Louisville, and is currently participating in the 2017 Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellowship program, focusing on “Winning the Talent of the Future” and is one of forty four national participants in the United States Chamber’s, “Talent Pipeline Management Academy.”  Previous employers include Sullivan University and The Oliver Group.

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