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  • Overview


    Economic and Talent Planning for 2022: There Is No "Normal"

    Thursday, November 4, 2021
    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    In person at MRA’s Conference Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin & Virtual

    Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.

    If there’s anything that sends shivers down a business leader’s spine, it’s uncertainty. There is no "normal" anymore. To help you plan, pivot, and adjust, MRA offers insights on the two issues that will drive your decision-making next year:

    • The level of economic stability in the U.S. and throughout the world
    • The ability to find, acquire, and keep good talent

    John E. Silvia
    Founder, Dynamic Economic Strategy

    Economist Silvia will use his experience and leadership as a forecaster for business and government to discuss the significant issues facing the U.S. economy. How will government policy impact business? What international activities are on the horizon? Will the supply chain of critical goods work itself out? Where is consumer confidence, and what about inflation? Silvia will lend his expertise and insights to these questions.

    Jim Morgan
    Vice President, Business Development & Workforce Strategies, MRA

    On the talent front, Morgan will utilize his 30 years of helping companies build talent pipelines. He will share conversations he’s had with business leaders to offer solutions for the talent shortage that exists in the upper Midwest. What is the cause for the dearth of people? Where are innovative companies finding talent? What has changed with attracting today’s candidates and how do companies need to adjust? How are companies holding onto their best people?

    You won’t want to miss these dynamic presentations as you prepare for the coming year!

    Cost: $75 Member / $100 Nonmember

    HR recertification credits applied for.

  • Agenda


    8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
    8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Economic Session
    9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Sansdemic Session
  • Speakers


    John Silvia

    John Silvia, Founder, Dynamic Economic Strategy

    John E. Silvia is the founder and CEO of John E. Silvia, Dynamic Economic Strategy, after retiring from Wells Fargo where he served as Managing Director and Chief Economist. He held that position since joining Wachovia in 2002 as the company’s Chief Economist. Prior to Wells Fargo, John worked on Capitol Hill as a senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and as Chief Economist of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Previously, he was Chief Economist for Kemper Funds and Managing Director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc.

    John has written three books on economics. The first book, Dynamic Economic Decision Making, was published by Wiley in August 2011. During this time, John was awarded a National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Fellow Certificate of Recognition for outstanding contributions to the business economics profession and leadership among business economists of the nation. His second book, Economic and Business Forecasting was published by Wiley in 2014.

    John received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Northeastern University and his Master of Economics degree from Brown University.

    Jim Morgan, Vice President, Business Development & Workforce Strategies, MRA

    Talent attraction is like the weather...everyone is talking about it but no one can do anything about it...or can they? All over the upper Midwest, employers and human resources professionals are grappling with attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Jim has been working on that issue for 30 years. He helps employers understand that demographics are driving their troubles and provides solutions for talent acquisition based on best practices.

    Jim has facilitated strategic planning sessions for businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development groups, primarily around developing a talent pipeline for employers. He has provided keynote presentations for groups from 50 to over 1000. CEOs, policymakers, educators, and students have enjoyed his mix of data, experiences, research, stories, and humor.

    Jim holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Video


    Executive Insights on Economic Impact

  • Sponsorship


    Sponsoring MRA events is a tremendous opportunity to bring your message of business value to our growing membership of organizations HR professionals and business leaders. Our members represent all industries including manufacturing, service, distribution, finance and health care! 80% of event attendees are new at each event offering you the opportunity to network with new contacts. We are very excited about the event this year and hope you can join us!

    For more information on sponsorship and exhibit booths, call Kim Mitschke at 262.696.3505 or [email protected].

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