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Recruiting and hiring older Minnesota candidates( MNTRN Lunch & Learn)


Panel Discussion: Examining the Impact of Aging Workforce Trends on Minnesota Employment and Employers

Today, 35 million workers in the U.S. workforce–more than 23%–are age 55 and over. As this segment continues to grow, staying on top of changes in workforce demographics, education, and career pathing for older workers is more important than ever.

With opening comments provided by Steve Grove, MN Commissioner of Employment & Economic Development, our expert panel will go in-depth to discuss the employment trends they believe will make the most meaningful impact on our work.

After the panel discussion, author Chris Farrell will be available to sign his new book Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money, and Happiness in the Second Half of Life (Harper Collins Leadership).


Members: $20.00
Non-members and guests: $40.00

Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

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Directions & Parking

Please refer to this doc for directions and a map of the venue.

Note: Limited parking is available in the nearby ramps. Metered street parking is also limited. As such, you may want to consider ride sharing, taxis, or drop-offs to get to the auditorium.

Kick-off Speaker


Steve Groves

State of MN, Commissioner of Deed

As commissioner of the state’s principal workforce and economic development agency, Steve Grove focuses on growing the state’s workforce, closing the opportunity gap, and providing businesses with the help they need to grow, stay, and thrive.

Grove was previously an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google’s News Lab. He holds a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Claremont McKenna College.




Philomena Satre

Diversity & Inclusion + Strategic External Relationships at Land O'Lakes.

Recognized as a passionate Diversity and Inclusion Executive with expertise leading high performing teams in human resources, diversity and inclusion, community relations, work life and wellness, Philomena Satre has extensive experience developing and implementing diversity strategies, including internal initiatives and community-focused relationships.

She has received numerous awards, including Minneapolis Business Journal’s Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate, Minnesota Business The (Real) Power 50 Award and the University of Phoenix Diversity Leadership Award.

Philomena currently co-chairs the Twin Cities D&I Roundtable and was recently named to the Minneapolis Workforce Council. She is Past Board Chair for SHIFT (nonprofit focused on people in midlife); Executive Leadership Council member of Honoring Women Worldwide; and past board member of Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), Lifeworks, HIRED and Resource Inc. Her roles at Wells Fargo & Company included VP of Organizational Effectiveness Development; VP of Diversity and Inclusion; Community Outreach Consultant; and Senior HR Consultant.



Susan Brower

Minnesota State Demographer

Susan Brower has served as the MN State Demographer since 2012.
In this capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Her work involves understanding changes in demographic trends in such areas as the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration, and rural population changes.


Kate Schaefers

Executive Director, U of M Advanced Careers Initiative

Kate Schaefers, PhD, LP, is the Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, a "gap year" for grown-ups as they transition from career jobs into what's next.

She is volunteer state president for AARP-MN, and a founding board member of SHIFT. Kate is a psychologist, an adjunct leadership coach with The Bailey Group, and an educator, teaching graduate level courses at University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas.


Laura Beeth

Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Fairview Health Services

Laura is an award-winning leader with 25+ years of experience in talent acquisition, workforce development, healthcare management, and civic executive board leadership. She currently serves as Chair of the Governor's Workforce Development Board, as well as Chair of the MN State Healthcare Education-Industry Partnership Council.

Highlights of her achievements include the MN Vision Award for Workforce Development, MN Hospital Association Award for “Individual” Health Force Workforce Champion, and Saint Paul College Award for “Individual” Partner of the Year.


Chris Farrell

Marketplace Senior Economics Contributor at American Public Media Group

Chris Farrell is an economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series “Conversations on the Creative Economy.” He is also a columnist for PBS Next Avenue and the Star Tribune.Throughout his career, Chris has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger’s and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money, and Happiness in the Second Half of Life (HarperCollins Leadership).

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Wilf Auditorium, Masonic Children’s Hospital
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2450 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55454

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