Mossier, a local social enterprise addressing barriers to employment in the LGBTQ community locally, nationally and globally, will host the ‘ LGBTQ Workforce Think Tank’ bringing together the Bush Foundation, Make IT. MSP and 15 Fortune 500 companies to discuss Minnesota becoming the #1 destination for LGBTQ talent amid a 400,000 person projected talent gap by 2024.
LGBTQ people in the closet at work are 73 percent more likely to say they’ll leave their companies within the next three years. The unemployment rate for the trans community is 3 times higher than the national average. This four-hour “Think Tank” will encourage bold thinking and fresh ideas to create and expand talent pipelines for LGBTQ individuals in Minnesota. This includes issues specific to women, people of color, the transgender community and other intersections within the LGBTQ community.
Title Sponsor: The Bush Foundation
Platinum Sponsors: 3M, Thrivent Financial, Wells Fargo, Ernst & Young
Gold Sponsors: Make It. MSP
Silver Sponsors: U.S. Bank, Land O’ Lakes, General Mills, Securian Financial, Boston Scientific
A comprehensive research report on the Think Tank findings and a community-wide survey for LGBTQ professionals will follow the Think Tank. Data and results will be shared with local businesses of all sizes.
Darla Kashian, Senior Vice President – RBC Wealth Management, will moderate a panel of senior level human resources and talent development professionals. Confirmed panelists include:
– Katie Ketterhagen, Student Programs, Diversity and Talent Pipelining Manager , 3M
– Jamie Hofberger, Principal, Global Client Service Partner, EY
– Angela Creer, Vice President, Enterprise Human Resources, Thrivent Financial
– Tamara Peterson, Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel; PRIDE Enterprise President, Wells Fargo
“It is a moral and business imperative that companies open their doors to LGBTQ talent as well as women and people of color. The data suggests that those groups face barriers to not just employment, but promotions and job satisfaction which ultimately causes Minnesota to lose valuable, diverse talent” – Nick Alm, Executive Director, Mossier