Aligning Opportunities Launch Event

When: November 18, 2021 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Our Region Has Talent, But Does It Align With The In-Demand Jobs

Join Team NEO and Delta Dental for an event to engage the business and education community in Northeast Ohio in meaningful discussions around solutions to the talent supply and equity gap identified in the Aligning Opportunities report.

As we recognize the 5th year of our Aligning Opportunities report, you’ll gain insight into the strides that have been made since the initial report and opportunities for the future. Business leaders will share their perspective on how we need to rethink talent practices to transform their workplaces into destinations for the best talent.


  • 8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration & Networking (with breakfast)
  • 9:00 – 10:30 am: Program
    • Intro / Welcome: Bill Koehler, CEO, Team NEO
    • Overview of Report: Jacob Duritsky, Vice President of Strategy and Research, Team NEO
    • Panel Discussions:
    • Understanding What Workplaces Can Do Differently to Transform Themselves into Human Capital Destinations
      • Yvonne Foster, Human Capital Advisory Consultant, KPMG, LLC
    • Preparing Talent for in-demand jobs:
      • Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College
      • Simon Macioch, Chief of Staff, Fortress Security Risk Management, A Division of MCPc
      • Moderator: Jacob Duritsky, Vice President of Strategy and Research, Team NEO
    • Workplace culture with HR leaders:
      • Aimee Trusso, Vice President of Human Resources for U.S. Welding & Automation, Lincoln Electric
      • Heather Hennekes, Sr. Director, HR, Vitamix Corporation
      • Marzell Brown, IOT Engineering and Academic Enablement Manager, Global Academic Organization
      • Moderator: Margaret Trimer, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

Thank You Event Sponsors!

Presented by Delta Dental

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