Talent wars: A dive into maximizing human capital, assessing/addressing skill gaps, and what it means for you

by John Dahlberg | at Minnebar 17 | 2:50 – 3:35 in Alaska | View Schedule

The war for talent is on and it doesn't appear to be letting up anytime soon. Despite record layoffs in tech this last year, competition in the labor market is incredibly tight and understandably so. The person with the right set of skills in the right role can change the entire trajectory of an organization. At the end of the day, I would argue most issues that companies and organizations run into are people problems. If you can't attract, retain, evaluate, or even find the talent you need, it is likely your organization will face major issues moving forward. Additionally, even if you have a great team with poor leadership or organization your team can still fail. (looking at you Vikings Defense) That's why addressing skills gap and managing human capital is so important for companies and why I'll be covering it in this session. In this session, we will discuss the macro trends in the labor market, contributing factors, and forecast what these mean for the broader innovation ecosystem.

Things that we’ll cover: Hiring trends and forecast, Assessing current and future skill gaps, Dive into upskilling, Continuous professional development, Alternative credentials, Resiliency and adaptation to technology changes


John Dahlberg

Well hello there!

My name is John, I'm one of the Co-founders of a Minneapolis based startup called Talknician which specializes in addressing skills gaps and knowledge transfer issues in the manufacturing and industrial sector.

In my career, I have worked on and with several startups working with various emerging technologies. In short, I specialize in the commercialization of innovation. With my experience both in the startup and corporate space, I have come to realize how important good team dynamics are which is why I'm presenting this session.

I view curiosity as inspiration fuel, it can drive new discoveries and innovations and by asking the right questions to the right people, you can keep that cycle moving and that's what I hope to do in this session. Stay Curious.