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300+ HR and Talent Acquisition Leaders Gather for TeamKC Training Camp Focused on ‘Future of Work’

by Laura Patriquin | May 04, 2023

The largest talent leadership summit in KC, the TeamKC Training Camp provides insight on future of work trends and unveils the 2023 TeamKC Scouting Report 

Kansas City, Mo.May 4, 2023 – TeamKC, a strategic initiative of the Kansas City Area Development Council and the Kansas City region’s authority on HR and talent acquisition, hosted its annual Training Camp event today. 

The event brought together more than 300 professionals from across the metro to learn about national talent trends and how the KC market stacks up in the global race for talent.

“As companies continue to expand and compete in a rapidly changing business and workforce landscape, attracting and retaining top talent has become more critical than ever,” said Danielle Hilton, managing director of TeamKC at the Kansas City Area of Development Council. “The Kansas City region is a hotspot for talent, attracting candidates from many larger metros, including Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Knowledge sharing with peers and understanding the latest national talent trends ensures KC’s HR and talent acquisition professionals have the best tools to attract and retain top talent to support their organizations’ goals.” 

The event focused on the highly competitive market that HR and talent acquisition professionals face. Keynote speaker for the TeamKC Training Camp, Eric Termuende, dove into these rapidly shifting trends surrounding the future of work.

“The race for talent is more competitive than ever before,” said Termuende. “We have a Gen Z talent gap, where there aren’t enough workers to replace Baby Boomers leaving the workforce. We have varied priorities regarding remote work policies. We have job listings that need a modern overhaul. It takes key strategy to navigate this new territory, and professionals in the HR and TA space need to continuously prepare for what’s next.”

In addition to remarks from Termuende, the event included the premiere of the 2023 TeamKC Scouting Report, a comprehensive analysis of national recruitment and retention trends, as well as thought leadership on Kansas City’s strategic advantages in the current talent landscape.

“Working together as a region to position Kansas City as a great place to live and work ensures that we’re creating an environment that brings in the nation’s top talent,” said Brandi Riggs, vice president of human resources at McCownGordon Construction and TeamKC Board of Advisors co-chair. “As the skilled manufacturing industry experiences significant job growth, understanding workforce trends allows McCownGordon, and companies across the region, continue to compete on a national scale.”

The Kansas City Aviation Department was presented with the TeamKC MVP Award in recognition for its leadership in opening the new terminal at the KCI Airport. The terminal, which features state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive design, provides a world-class experience for incoming and departing travelers.

As the KC region’s authority on talent acquisition and retention, TeamKC has helped to attract thousands of individuals to the area in the last five years and supported major economic development successes including Panasonic, USDA, Meta and URBN, among others. The organization collaborates with more than 1,100 recruiters, HR executives and community partners to create resources that support the growth of local employers. This includes KC Options, TeamKC’s annual publication with digital readership in 85 countries, and its annual intern program connecting more than 1,000 young professionals with lifestyle activities each summer.

“KC is on a global stage right now – winning the Super Bowl, hosting the NFL draft, planning for the World Cup, revitalizing critical infrastructure to draw more people to visit and stay here. These investments are furthering KC’s recognition as a top destination for talent,” said Lauren Bertram, talent acquisition director at Burns & McDonnell and TeamKC co-chair. “Being part of the TeamKC network offers the tools and resources Burns & McDonnell and our peers need to tell that exciting KC story, helping us to attract the best and brightest from around the world.”

The TeamKC Board of Advisors is comprised of representatives at leading companies in the KC region, including BHC, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Children's Mercy Hospital, Dairy Farmers of America, Dimensional Innovations, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Garmin International, Inc., H&R Block, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Henderson Engineers | Henderson Building Solutions, Kansas City National Security Campus - managed by Honeywell FM&T, KCAS Bioanalytical & Biomarker Services, Lockton Companies, McCownGordon Construction, Morgan Hunter, Netsmart, Northwest Missouri State University - Kansas City, Oracle Cerner, ReeceNichols Real Estate and T-Mobile.

About TeamKC
TeamKC, an initiative of the Kansas City Area Development Council, is the KC region’s authority on promoting Kansas City as a destination for talent. Working closely with a number of regional partners, TeamKC acts as an extension of the recruiting and HR teams of more than 250 major employers, a network of 1,100+ recruiters in the KC region, helping them navigate and respond to talent market influences every day. As the region’s effort to help employers attract the best and brightest talent, TeamKC helps ensure candidates say “yes” to relocate to or stay in the region to start or further their career.

Serving the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area, the Kansas City Area Development Council promotes the region’s business and lifestyle assets to companies and talent around the world. Working closely with its two states, and 50-plus county and community partners, the region has attracted more than 64,000 new jobs over its 45-year history. KCADC also leads the efforts behind the KC Animal Health Corridor, KC SmartPort, TeamKC, KC Heartland and KC Global Design.

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