Talent Talks: Talent Pathways to 2030

This year’s WIN in Workforce content focuses on the creation and development of strong employer branding and how this fundamental corporate strategy combines human resources and marketing tactics in order to set the foundation for businesses to attract and retain desirable talent that’s essential to their grow and expansion within the Sioux Falls Region.

Over the next nine months, we will use data analyzed from resources, such as Deloitte Human Capital and Gartner’s Human Capital Insights, to share what we feel are some of the best tools available for smaller organizations within our community to engage and effectively win the war for top talent within the upper North Central Region.

We have also surveyed 279 member organizations within our community to understand what they are doing to embed talent attraction and retention practices together, which internally requires cross-function teams to work effectively and in tandem together while balancing their own departmental priorities as we all work together to expand our labor market by 15,000 by 2021.


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Workforce development in 2020: Attracting, retaining and developing talent through collaboration

Career, community and cause.

That’s what research shows drives decision-making for talented workers today, and those three concepts help form the cornerstone for how the Sioux Falls Development Foundation plans to build on its approach to meeting current and future industry workforce needs.

“Talent today wants to feel a career path exists for them to develop professionally and contribute to a company with purpose, and beyond that, they want to feel they can connect to a community and support causes they’re passionate about,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “Our efforts this year will put an enhanced focus on showing those career journeys from childhood through retirement and on highlighting our incredible community and the individuals who give of themselves to make it the kind of place where others will want to build their future.”

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation, backed by Forward Sioux Falls and its investors, leads the workforce development effort for the Sioux Falls community and is coming off a strong year.


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Early career spotlight: From Coyote to researcher...and beyond

Tell us about yourself, including where you are from, why the University of South Dakota was the right fit for you, and what led you to pursue the major you selected at USD.

My name is Katrina Hosley. I was born in Sioux Falls, and I graduated from Lennox High School. Originally, I was interested in forensic pathology and contemplated pursuing a career as a coroner, which led me to look for good schools with good medical programs close to home. USD had the best medical school in the region, and I also had friends there and experienced the campus with those students, and I liked it. USD also had a good biology program.

As part of my biology major and chemistry minor, I worked in a lab at USD, and that’s how I fell in love with lab work. I quickly knew that this was the best career path for me.


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Molecular geneticist takes the helm of USD Discovery District

It’s been a few short weeks since Dr. Mark Brown stepped to the podium at the USD Community College for Sioux Falls and, as the new USD Discovery District president, helped to announce the forthcoming expansion of LifeScape’s future hospital, school and rehabilitation center. Housed on 31.6 acres of the USD Discovery District, the new LifeScape campus will be well suited to spark collaboration and innovation amongst students, medical professionals and researchers.

And given his diverse education in molecular genetics and microbiology and his background in the areas of public health and undergraduate research, Dr. Brown, too, is uniquely equipped to make a tremendous impact in his new role.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation recently sat down with Dr. Brown to learn more about him and the innovation he plans to bring about to build upon the success of the USD Discovery District


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USD meets growing demand for health care workers with hands-on, high-tech programs

Whether they’re using dental instruments or 3D printers, doing patient simulations or digital image analysis, students at the University of South Dakota likely have health care-related jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

“We have a really powerful system of health care in South Dakota, without question, and they’re also really good jobs,” USD president Sheila Gestring said. “They’re high-demand jobs, and the employment growth projections going forward are also significant.”

The appeal and availability of those jobs is driving student interest in both USD’s School of Health Sciences and its emerging biomedical engineering program within the College of Arts & Sciences.

In many cases, students graduating with degrees from these programs will find their occupations projected to experience double-digit percentage increases.


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Chemist and cancer researcher finds ‘well-rounded life’ at SDSU

Tell us about yourself, including when your interest in science began, your education and research experience, and what led you to your current position as Assistant Professor and founder of the RAWC Lab at South Dakota State University.

My name is Dr. Rachel Willand-Charnley. My interest in science began in the lab of my grandfather’s veterinary clinic. He served both large and small animals. I would spend summers on “the ranch” in Illinois with my grandparents. During this time, I would go to “the clinic,” where I would watch him in the operating room and in his lab. I distinctly remember wearing scrubs and a lab coat while looking at parasites from various “patients” under the microscope. This was the beginning of my interest in science.


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