Tech Talent

February 28 | Hyatt Regency Bloomington — 

MHTA is pleased to present a new program:  TechTalent: Strategies for Your Next Gen Workforce. While Minnesota’s unemployment rate stands at 2.8%, it’s nearly negative for tech jobs–and nationally, unfilled tech job postings have gone up by more than 1,000,000 in the past 5 years.

What measures are you taking to build a robust pipeline of qualified applicants in your talent pool for the near term and in the future? MHTA is gathering thought leaders, leading Minnesota employers and innovative solutions providers in a power-packed half-day session to share best-in-class workforce development initiatives and emerging sources of technology talent to attract, develop and retain the workforce of the future.

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Hyatt Regency Bloomington
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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This half-day program includes:

  • A keynote address by Mike McNamara, Executive Vice President and CIO with Target Corporation. Mike will share the technology workforce strategy developed under his leadership at Target.
  • Presentations by thought leaders at Real-Time Talent, Wilder Research and Greater MSP on the dynamics and ever-widening gap in the tech talent pool, and our need to harness demographic, socio-economic and other factors to close this gap.
  • A discussion with Comcast, Code42, Target, SPS Commerce, and C.H. Robinson on progress and results from their own innovative programs, as well as redeployment of skills and ways they are working to develop and retain talent.
  • A rapid-fire segment featuring a host of solution providers who will share unique programs that are building the pipeline of tech talent for our Minnesota workplaces.
  • Lunch and closing keynote by Commissioner Steve Grove, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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Mike McNamara
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Mike McNamara is executive vice president, chief information officer for Target and a member of its executive leadership team. He is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the enterprise technology systems that elevate the shopping experience for Target’s guests and team members. Mike also leads Target’s technology roadmap and enterprise data analytics and business intelligence strategy.

Prior to joining Target in 2015, Mike spent more than 17 years at European-based retailer Tesco, where he most recently served as the chief information officer. During his tenure, Mike steered the strategic direction and management of Tesco’s technology; led the multi-country rollout of; and was instrumental to the development and implementation of the company’s operating model in Europe and Asia.

Mike is a member of the board of directors for Minnesota Opera and Genesys Works Twin Cities, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experience and impactful relationships. He has a bachelor of engineering degree from University College Dublin.

Commissioner Steve Grove
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Steve Grove
DEED is led by Commissioner Steve Grove

As commissioner of the state’s principal workforce and economic development agency, Commissioner Grove brings a wealth of private sector and civic experience to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Commissioner Grove is focused on growing the state’s workforce, closing the opportunity gap and providing businesses with the help they need to grow, stay and thrive.

Commissioner Grove was previously an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google’s News Lab, a global division of the company that partners with media companies and startups to drive innovation in the news industry. He has built teams in over a dozen countries and launched partnerships in over 50 countries, including a global technology training effort that trained over 500,000 people every year. Grove also led Google’s civic engagement work, including the company’s non-partisan voter information and get-out-the-vote outreach efforts. He previously led YouTube’s first news and politics team, building a global partnership effort for political candidates, news organizations, nonprofits, and citizen journalists. The divisions of Google that Grove led during his career addressed a wide range of public challenges with new solutions: from fighting online disinformation campaigns, to growing social media citizen engagement with world leaders, to a developing a broad range of voter turnout initiatives.

Grove wrote for The Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining Google. He has served as an advisor to the White House and State Department on counter-terrorism strategy, and serves on the advisory boards of Witness, a video human rights nonprofit, and Report for America, a nationwide service organization to improve local news.

Commissioner Grove 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. He is an International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and co-founded a nonprofit with his wife Mary called Silicon North Stars, which helps youth from underserved communities in Minnesota pursue careers in technology. In 2018, the Groves moved from Silicon Valley to Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two-year-old twins.

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Special thanks to the MHTA TechTalent Board Committee:
Mac Lewis, Sherpa Partners, Chair
Trent Clausen, Comcast
Jake Krings, Target