Workforce Development Summit


The 2023 We Grow Talent Workforce Summit was held November 3, 2023 from 7:30 am until noon at Motlow State Community College Smyrna Campus.


Middle Tennessee employers interested in learning sustainable workforce solutions were welcome to join Rutherford Works for the We Grow Talent Workforce Summit. We explored diverse acquisition, development, and retention solutions that can drive innovation, combat talent shortages and address the shifting workforce landscape.

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

Summit Overview

8:00 Opening Remarks:
Mr. Greg Jones, SVP of Education and Workforce Development, Rutherford Works

8:15 AM Keynote Address:
Dr. Keith Gamble, Director, Middle Tennessee State University Data Science Institute
Dr. Keith Gamble will kick off the one-of-a-kind summit with a keynote address. An established leader in data science, Dr. Gamble is set to enlighten attendees with groundbreaking insights into the evolving power of AI in today’s HR and talent development landscape.

9:15 AM Breakout Sessions Round 1:

  • Untapped: Solving Labor Shortages through Second-Chance Hiring
  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm: How Hiring High Schoolers Helps Your Business and Your Brand
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Implementing Processes that Reduce Turnover and Improve Culture

10:15 AM Breakout Sessions Round 2:

  • Unlocked: Discover Federal and State Funding Sources for Hiring and Training
  • Driving Ahead: Removing Transportation Barriers to Employment
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Implementing Processes that Reduce Turnover and Improve Culture

11:15 AM Breakout Sessions Round 3:

  • Available Resources for Your Small but Mighty Business
  • Diverse Talent, Shared Success: Leveraging the Strength of Legal Immigrants and Refugees
  • Cultivating Success: Supporting Employee Education for Enhanced Business Success


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