How To Turn The War For Talent Into Your Competitive Advantage

Most employers ask, “How are we going to hire more high performing people?”

Visionary employers ask, “How are we going to turn this labor shortage into our competitive advantage?”

No matter where you are on the spectrum – stocked with talent or struggling to hire and retain the people you need to grow… talent management has become a c-suite must have.

“More people left our company this past year than we were able to physically hire. Our turnover rates are preventing our company from growing because we are constantly re-training new employees!”

 “Most Millennials want to make their own schedule and struggle to push other people to drive results. I know I’m supposed to hire them but how do I know they can handle our expectations?”

 “The number one challenge our company is facing today is hiring talented people. Most people don’t want to work in our industry and they can go to another company down the road and make more money.”

We hear these kinds of comments every day when we’re out meeting or working with local leaders.

With unemployment rates near or below 3% across the state, companies are getting creative about how to source more people to support their company’s needs, while others are struggling to recruit and retain the people they need to grow.

This is a challenge that nearly every industry faces – whether they know it or not.

That’s why the Tennessee Department of Economic Development (TNECD) and AMEND Consulting are partnering to help you win today’s war for talent.

If you’re ready to find ways to turn today’s talent shortage into a competitive advantage – JOIN US! We’re hosting a happening-only-once-in-Tennessee-event on November 30th. You will…

  • Learn how culture effects your ability to attract and retain top talent
  • See how Tennessee’s low unemployment and attractive business incentives makes your labor shortage especially challenging
  • Discover tangible ways you can start winning the talent game – starting right now
  • Master Millennials! Discover how to attract, retain, and develop top talent in ways that build your competitive advantage.
  • Better compete in (and win) the War for Talent when you’re battling against companies like Amazon and other local powerhouses.
  • Leverage automation to move current talent to higher priority projects


WHEN? NOVEMBER 30, 2017 FROM 7:30A TO 9:30A

Not quite ready to sign up?
Learn more about this exclusive event here.


Nov 12, 2012

Harvard University Business School: Paths Forward
Nov 12, 2012
Location TBD
Detroit, MI
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Please join HBS Professors William W. George, Jan V. Rivkin, and Willy C. Shih, who will lead a discussion of ways firms operating in America can compete successfully in the global economy. They will be joined by a panel of local business leaders as they focus on Detroit and issues around manufacturing and supply chain development.


Nov 11, 2012 to Nov 12, 2012

ASQ (American Society for Quality): 20th National Quality Education Conference
Nov 11-12, 2012
Hyatt Regency
Louisville, KY
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What is the National Quality Education Conference and why should I attend?

NQEC is a student-focused conference that you cannot afford to miss. Gain insights on how to improve student learning and achievement. When quality improves in the classroom, school, and district costs will decrease. NQEC offers:

  • Sessions and half–day preconference workshops to advance your skills.
  • Real-life examples of how quality improves student achievement at the Education Team Excellence Recognition Award sessions.
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of educators and leaders focused on building quality schools.
  • Renowned keynote speakers.


Oct 24, 2012 to Oct 27, 2012

ILA (International Leadership Association)
14th Annual Global Conference
Oct. 24-27
Hyatt Regency
Denver, CO
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Leadership Across the Great Divides: Bridging Cultures, Contexts, and Complexities

The Continental Divide of the Americas, or the “Great Divide” as it is known in Colorado, is the series of mountain ranges that spans from northern Alaska through Colorado to the tip of Patagonia in South America. Crossing this Great Divide has historically required courage and stamina fueled by innovation and a vision of a better life on the other side.

Metaphorically, contemporary Great Divides present complex challenges whose solutions require much more than courage, stamina, and a vision of a better life. Complicated by new technologies used for both good and ill, these challenges—marked by racism, poverty, illiteracy, religious intolerance, hunger, and even war—call for new approaches to leadership and new types of leaders able to bring diverse contexts together, create cultural inclusion, and deal with complexity and rapid change.

The 14th global conference of the ILA offers a unique opportunity for multisector, multinational, and multicultural examination of Leadership Across the Great Divides.

The Conference Content

The conference theme will be explored during pre-conference sessions, keynotes presentations, and a stream of concurrent sessions. Other concurrent session streams will focus more broadly on leadership in education, scholarship and research, development and coaching, and business, public, and community leadership practices. Concurrent sessions utilize diverse formats including experiential workshops, panel discussions, case studies, and presentations of papers and research findings.


Oct 15, 2012 to Oct 19, 2012

AME (Assoc. for Manufacturing Excellence): International Excellence Inside Conference
Oct. 15-19, 2012
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, IL
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Whether you’re a lean thinker, a six sigma proponent or simply passionate about learning how to improve your work, there’s no better place to be October 15-19 than at our 28th annual AME international Excellence Inside Conference.

Learning directly from your peers who have lived through real world experiences is the most powerful way to increase your knowledge. AME members are dedicated to improving the competitiveness of their organizations. By sharing, learning and networking we increase our ability to grow our businesses. The ultimate goal is to achieve the highest return possible on our investment of time and effort.


Oct 14, 2012 to Oct 16, 2012

APICS (Association for Operations Management): International Conference and Expo
Oct. 14-16
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
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The leading annual gathering of supply chain and operations management professionals worldwide

Supply chain and operations management professionals are expected to achieve maximum productivity, meet consumer demand, and remain agile amid instability and unpredictability. Each year, the APICS International Conference & Expo offers relevant education, best practices, and thought leadership to help attendees lead their organizations and enable these goals.

This year’s conference in Denver will examine strategies for aligning the entire supply network around a single goal and significantly improving performance.

APICS 2012 will attract more than 1,500 attendees from 39 countries, offering a range of learning and networking opportunities. This is an excellent convention for the operations management community to attend.


Feb 17, 2012 to Feb 19, 2012

The 2012 IIE Great Lakes Regional Conference will include many exciting events on The Ohio State University’s campus and throughout Columbus Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including a Career Fair, 5S Workshop, Ergonomics Case adn Biodynamics Lab Tour, Consulting/Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion, Technical Paper Competition and Socials.

Amend Consulting’s David Velie will be a guest speaker at the conference.


Feb 5, 2012 to Feb 8, 2012

The 2012 OPRA Conference and Trade Show will unfold on February 5-8 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky. In addition to the high quality education sessions and outstanding networking opportunities which you have come to expect from Conference, you will also enjoy:

  • A Keynote Address by the nationally renowned zoo director and conservationist, Jungle Jack Hanna;
  • Three education sessions presented by former National Park Service Director, Fran Mainella;
  • The biggest annual celebration of parks and recreation in Ohio at our Tuesday night awards dinner which will culminate with the 2nd Annual OPRA Governors Award for Parks and Recreation; and,
  • An all-inclusive resort with all conference activities under one roof, four meals provided, and plenty of time for relaxation and recreation in the Kalahari water park.
    Amend Consulting’s David Velie will also be speaking about leadership at the event.

For registration information, click here.


Feb 1, 2012

Is your company positioned to survive in an extended period of economic distruption?


CSH /DRMA 2011 Regional Manufacturing Survey Results
You read the results of national surveys and listen to national pundits. But, do those results reflect conditions in our region? Learn what manufacturers in our region said about key trends, highlights and concerns within the industry.

Presented by: Dennis McLaughlin, Shareholder, Manufacturing Industry Chair, Clark Schaefer Hackett

Survival of the Fittest?
The last recession prompted manufacturers to tighten their belts and cut any remaining fat in their organization. However, with economic uncertainty as the new normal, your company needs to go beyond lean. Join leading experts on process improvement, to explore ways to become fit, nimble, quick and smart. Learn which techniques are appropriate for your company and how they can be used to increase your revenue, improve competitiveness, and increase production capacity.

Presented by: Jim Lay, Owner, J.F. Lay & Associates and David Velie, Managing Partner, Amend Consulting

Who should attend? Business owners, CEOs, CFOs, Controllers, and other executives of Manufacturers and Distributors.

What will you learn? The understanding of the importance of identifying the root cause of problems; A working knowledge of various tool strengths, weaknesses, where and when to apply them for best results; The understanding of key requirements for organizational realignment; and The ability to identify the right approach for the right challenge at the right time.

Register Here