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Wednesday, September 27 • 9:00am - 10:00am
1 Million Cups LNK-Windstream presents: Tech Talent in the Silicon Prairie

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As the capital of the Silicon Prairie, Lincoln has cultivated a diverse and innovative startup scene that is in desperate need of tech talent in order to grow. Studies show that 40% of global employers are reporting a talent shortage, a global issue that is hitting home in Lincoln and the surrounding areas as skilled workers flee to larger tech communities. More specifically, “brain drain” is a problem that affects the future of Midwestern communities; many are facing aging populations and fewer young people to fill the gap because they’ve fled Midwestern communities in search of better opportunities. Join us to hear what the city is doing to combat the tech talent drought as we explore ways to grow Lincoln’s talent pool. Some of the questions the panel will address:


  • What is the current state of talent in Lincoln? How does growing our talent network impact the city economically?
  • What skills are most in demand? How does education available today provide students with the skills needed to be effective in today’s workforce?
  • How can companies attract talent to the area or incentive them to stay? What success have companies had already in doing this?


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Christina Oldfather

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
Christina Oldfather is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, the City of Lincoln’s economic development organization. In her role, Christina works to support the startup community and help keep the entrepreneurial mo... Read More →

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Emily Olinger

People & Culture, Spreetail
Coming into Spreetail I focused on building the People and Culture team from the ground up. Our team now focuses on recruitment, leadership development, compensation, benefits, talent growth/strength and focus on driving the culture we need to success. I love to talk about anythi... Read More →

Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
The Barnyard at NE Global (basement) 151 N 8th St #300, Lincoln, NE 68508

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