Our Workforce Development Conference

We Grow Talent Workforce Summit

Thank you to all the presenters and attendees who made the 2022 We Grow Talent Summit a success. Our workforce development team looks forward to working with employers to overcome talent shortages by utilizing strategies from this event. Were you not able to attend? Check out our session recordings below.

Event Overview

Finding the right talent to fill job vacancies across Middle Tennessee has been a consistent challenge in recent years. Low unemployment combined with a rapidly changing workforce landscape has presented an opportunity to reevaluate how we attract, acquire, develop and retain talent across all industries.

Middle Tennessee employers who are interested in addressing these challenges through sustainable workforce solutions were welcomed to join Rutherford Works for the We Grow Talent Summit at TCAT Smyrna!

During this half-day conference, attendees rotated through sessions led by workforce and education professionals who have implemented successful talent acquisition, development, and retention practices. These presentations provided attendees with strategies and resources to replicate these proven programs.

2022 Opening Session

Assessing our Approach to Talent Acquisition and Retention

The competition for talent is at an all-time high. Have you adapted your recruitment and retention strategies to succeed within the evolving employment landscape? Many of us have discovered that relying on traditional tactics provides inconsistent results in this new environment.

Join in as we discuss why existing practices can't deliver the results we need and how we can move forward to find success in recruiting talent, business partnerships, manager enablement and creating trust with the leadership team.

Presented by: Chris Nichols, Vice President of Strategy and Integration, Job.com

2022 Breakout Sessions

Best in Class – Creating Education Partnerships that Produce Strong Talent Pipelines

There are over 60,000 students across Rutherford County's educational institutions. That's the size of a small city. Learn how to tap into this workforce pipeline by providing job preparation and experience.

Are You Leaving Talent on the Table? 3 Strategies to Expand Your Candidate Pool

Are your everyday processes keeping you from hiring perfectly capable candidates? Let's break down these hiring barriers and highlight how to connect with often overlooked populations.

Who Knew? Now You Do. Funding & Training Resources You Have Access To

Employers, employees, and job seekers have access to a wealth of untapped resources. Join in to learn how to access, apply for and utilize these funding and training opportunities.