• Ostrowski to Moderate Local Panel of Gen Z Representatives for CEO Roundtable

    The Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC)’s CEO Roundtable event in Minot on January 15 will feature statewide experts on the topic of Engaging Workforce. Our final speaker of the day is Heather Ostrowski, Organizational Development Specialist at Gate City Bank. Her presentation, “How to Connect, Engage, and Maximize the Potential of Gen Z” is an interactive experience for attendees coupling current research with an opportunity for feedback and discussion from a panel of local Gen Zers.

    “This session is designed to get you thinking about Generation Z,” Ostrowski explained. “Together, we will first dive into what the research tells us and discuss what this might mean considering what they will value and how they will learn, communicate, work, play and connect with others. Then, we will invite our panel of Gen Zers to confirm or deny what the research tells us and what we think through an engaging question and answer session.” 

    There are currently five generations in the workforce today. Gen Z represents the youngest demographic and are between the ages of 6 and 23. Their attention span length, approximately 8 seconds, may explain why 93% are visiting YouTube weekly. The group also prefers face to face communication and may choose a career over college upon graduating from high school.

    “Workforce attraction, retention, and development continues to challenge all organizations in every industry across our state. We expect individuals to walk away from Ostrowski’s session with a new perspective and understanding to help build tactics in order to engage this generation. Her presentations come highly revered due to the delivery of information and mediated interaction with the local panel of youth,” stated Arik Spencer, GNDC President and CEO.

    Kurtis Karn, presenter and supporter of DisruptHR Fargo, a Ted X-like event specific to the HR field applauded Ostrowski’s presentation style, “Heather is extremely outgoing. She keeps the speaker and audience connected, like it’s a conversation. Her presentations not only have great data, they include an ask at the end to make sure the audience has a call to action. I always gain knowledge from Heather’s presentations and enjoy being a part of them!”   

    Other sessions of the day include presentations from Pat Bertagnolli, Watford City Rough Rider Center & Community Enhancement Director, on using community building to attract and retain workforce and Katie Ralston, ND Department of Commerce, providing a Workforce Development Council update.GNDC members are able to register and attend at no cost. 

    Sponsors of the event are ND Guaranty and Title Company, ND Department of Career and Technical Education, Enbridge, and Hess.

    To register for the event or for additional information on the speakers, visit ndchamber.com