Expanding Connections at Staffing World 2017

 

Staffing World is the largest, most comprehensive convention and expo in the staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. The conference is presented by the American Staffing Association and it is where the industry’s leaders and visionaries come together to network.

Webinars, Slack channels, Twitter chats, and Google Hangouts are great, but nothing beats good, old-fashioned face-to-face interaction at an event.

No other event offers so many opportunities to make strategic business connections as well as reconnect with longtime colleagues.

The agenda for Staffing World was packed with learning and networking opportunities.  World-class speakers and premier industry experts presented nearly 50 workshops, keynote presentations, sector-specific forums, executive-level round table sessions, and more.

Every staffing and recruiting professional knows relationships are extremely valuable and, try as we may, our virtual communication simply can’t compete with an in-person connection.

Monique and Sarah participated in a number of small-group, topic-specific roundtable discussions. One of the roundtable discussions focused on how companies are addressing the ongoing skills gap and skills shortage. This was such a relevant discussion because companies in Mississippi are now finding that they have to compete aggressively for local top talent.

Both Monique and Sarah were invited to participate in special Leadership Meetings and attend the Invitation Only Leadership Awards Luncheon.

Monique serves as Vice Chairman of the ASA Professional-Managerial Policy Council.  The professional-managerial policy council is composed of member volunteers from across the Country that advises the ASA staff and Board of Directors on sector-specific issues, coordinates the section’s activities, and designs programs and services to meet the unique business challenges faced by this sector.

 

Sarah serves as the 2017 Chair of the MS Council of the American Staffing Association, as position she assumed after serving as the 2016 Vice Chair.

The Mississippi Council is made up of ASA members within the state which advises ASA on local state issues and opportunities, supports ASA staff in the design and implementation of professional development programs, and helps create resources that support the Mississippi area staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. 

 

Conferences are what you make of them; if you plan wisely before you arrive and while you are there, it is an ideal way to learn, network, and share strategies with peers.

 

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