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How can employers create mission-driven companies?

Conference replay: Workplace (R)evolution panelists share strategies

Oct 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Jennifer Daly President and CEO, Iowa's Creative Corridor Development Corporation speaks during the inaugural Iowa Ideas Conference at the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

    Iowa employers are facing tough competition for employees and changing desires of millennial workers -- who are now the largest generation in the workforce. This has led many to place an increased emphasis on workplace culture, mission and values.

    At Iowa Ideas 2017, September 20-22, panelists from both large and small companies shared ideas on the role of mission and values at work, how to create a mission-driven workplace and how to evaluate culture initiatives.

    This session was part of Workplace (R)evolution, which joined Iowa Ideas in 2017 as a special track focused on culture and the future of work.  

    Panelists included: 

    • Jeff Miller, Chief Technology and Distribution Officer at Van Meter

    • Christine Sullivan, Director of Human Resources at the ESCO Group

    • Leah Rodenberg, Senior Program Manager at the Alliant Energy Foundation

    • Kayla Grunder, UX Designer at Visual Logic

    • Moderator: Jennifer Daly, President and CEO of the Iowa's Creative Corridor Development Corporation

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    Listen to the full replay to hear panelists' thoughts on: 

    • The role of company leadership in helping employees "live the mission"

    • The pros and cons of written vision or values statements (could you recite your company’s values?)

    • How one company took a fresh look at culture when bouncing back from losing their biggest client

    • How to evaluate the impact and whether employees are connecting with your company’s mission

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