Sioux Falls Development Foundation Articles

Arm yourself with workforce information, strategies at this premier talent, workforce event

If your business finds itself trying to attract talent, develop talent or determine what resources are available to help, this event is for you. The WIN in Workforce Summit will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

This annual event sponsored by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation brings together industry leaders, innovative educators and engaged business leaders from the greater Sioux Falls area to engage and share best practices for workforce development.

“We’ve put together an incredibly deep, informed group of experts to ensure you will leave this half-day event with actionable information and strategies you can immediately begin to put to work in your organization,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.


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Student researchers can connect with career opportunities at upcoming event

As many as 200 undergraduate students are spending their summer immersed in STEM-related research in South Dakota, and soon they will be in front of business leaders who could go on to hire them.

The research work is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, including the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, and Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, as well as the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, or SD BRIN.


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Today’s girls, tomorrow’s entrepreneurs: The role of women in workforce development

From racing robots to deconstructing computers, Karen Lundquist doesn’t have to look far to see ways big and small that her organization is helping shape girls for their professional futures.

The CEO of EmBe views exposing young women to a broad range of opportunities that await in the working world as key to the organization’s mission.

“We believe with the right approaches, we’re finding ways for girls to get involved with science early and stay empowered to pursue the variety of directions their ability can take them,” she said.

Lundquist will be part of a panel at the Aug. 22 WIN in Workforce Summit presented by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.


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Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s Recruitment Council offers valuable insight to business community

It’s probably the one topic that can easily draw dozens of executive leaders, human resource professionals and marketing experts on a Friday during the summer: talent acquisition and workforce development.

This shared priority of the Sioux Falls business community is the unifying theme for the Recruitment Council, a newly formed group organized by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation that meets quarterly to learn about and share best practices.

Led by Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development, and Sara Gillis, director of talent and workforce development, the group has grown to 190 members representing businesses of all sizes.

Approximately 140 people attended the most recent meeting June 21.


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Workforce development priorities focus on drawing talent, educating for future needs

Kurt Loudenback knows what it’s like to have to hire dozens of people to keep a business growing. That’s what success has meant for Grand Prairie Foods, the company he and his wife, Valerie, have grown into a national provider of food products to the hospitality industry. About a year ago, there were 150 employees. Now, that number has grown to more than 200.


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Your Future STEM career exploration program crucial for middle school students

Middle school students are at a prime age for career exploration, researchers have found. According to the National Science Teachers Association, students ages 11-14 are more open to exploring the world around them, and thus, they are excited to learn about career fields that they may not have initially considered. The Sioux Falls Development Foundation has recently stepped in to address these eager students with their Your Future initiative.


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