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Lineup Announced For First Annual Future World Of Work Summit

October 11, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Oct. 11, 2022) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host the first annual Future World of Work Summit on Monday, Oct. 24 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The purpose of the Future World of Work Summit is to inform, educate and inspire the business community in Greater Des Moines (DSM). This half-day afternoon event will highlight ways employers can adapt and thrive in the work and learning ecosystems of tomorrow. 

The Summit is sponsored by Iowa Workforce Development, the Jacobson Institute at Grand View University, MercyOne and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).  

The Summit programming will include: 

  • An interactive session to gather hyper-local perspectives on innovation 
  • A panel discussion of local industry leaders 
  • Conversations with nationally recognized thought leaders and futurists 

Keynotes speakers include: 

Kermit Kaleba, Strategy Director for Employer Aligned Programs at Lumina Foundation:  

Kermit Kaleba is the strategy director of employment-aligned credential programs for Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Kaleba leads a portfolio designed to increase the number of occupational short-term credentials and AA degree programs. The presentation will focus on giving employers a roadmap for the large-scale, radical changes people must make to find meaningful work in the 21st century. 

Casey Welch, Co-founder, President & CEO at Tallo: 

Casey Welch is the Co-founder, President and CEO of Tallo, a digital platform that connects nearly 2 million students and professionals to opportunities offered by colleges, companies and organizations. Since its inception, Tallo has pioneered early talent engagement, facilitating career discovery and guidance for a diverse talent pool. Under Casey’s leadership, Tallo serves as a virtual ecosystem leveling the playing field for all students and job seekers, regardless of traditional geographic and economic barriers. Welch will present on Generation Z and the Emerging Workforce, including an Iowa-specific report on attracting Gen Z to your workforce. 

The event will also include a local industry panel and a panel on adapting and thriving in tomorrow’s work and learning ecosystem. 

"The Partnership is excited to put on the inaugural Future World of Work Summit to advance the dialogue for how employers and educators can prepare current and prospective employees for jobs of the future,” said Katherine Atkinson, Director of Workforce for The Partnership. “This speaker lineup promises to leave attendees with plenty of insights to help them shape their talent development efforts.”  

Registration for this event costs $25. There will be an opportunity to stream the event, which will be shared with registrants via email. Registration is open now on The Partnership’s website

Additionally, on the morning of Oct. 24, The Partnership will host an Educator Breakfast with Welch. Secondary educators and administrators, nonprofit and community leaders focused on education, and higher education faculty, staff and administration interested in career and workforce are invited to attend.  

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership 

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com