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BCW to Launch “Talent Tuesdays” Series to Tackle Challenges of Finding, Cultivating and Keeping Talent 

Citing talent attraction as the #1 challenge facing today’s business community, The Business Council of Westchester has declared 2023 as “The Year of Talent,” laser-focusing a spotlight on how the organization is tackling the crisis with a three-prong marketplace strategy of examination, education, and engagement.

With public engagement already underway since last September, employing the iconic Headless Horseman as “Westchester’s Ultimate Headhunter” in an on-going series of advertisements and companion website (, employer education emerged as the next logical step.

That is why the BCW is launching a five-part informational series called Talent Tuesdays: The New Rules of Attraction – Finding, Cultivating and Keeping Talent. The series will feature virtual panel discussions with industry experts on important topics and trends designed to assist employers in finding, cultivating, and retaining talent.

The kickoff program in the series will be held March 21 at 9 am. Titled: They’re Just Not That Into You: The Changing Employee-Employment Relationship, a panel of national and global executive search and human resources leaders will discuss what it will take to attract the talent you want in today’s challenging hiring environment. Panelists will include Susan Thomas, Client Partner, Heyman Associates; NY Post Columnist Greg Giangrande, Chief People & Chief Communications Officer, Ellucian; Allison Madison, President & CEO, Madison Approach Staffing; Don Zinn, Senior Vice President, StevenDouglas; and Jack Lusk, President and CEO of Harris Rand Lusk.

Future programs in the series will include:

9 a.m. – April 18

Getting Them to Swipe Right: The Latest Techniques, Technologies, and Tips for Attracting Talent by Rebranding and Repositioning Your Own Company

A panel of industry experts will discuss the best practices top employers are using to ensure their organizations are putting their best feet forward to win the talent attraction marathon rather than stumbling before the race even begins.

9 a.m. – May 2

Building a Healthier Relationship: Attracting and Cultivating Talent with the Benefits That Matter Most

Learn from a panel of industry experts the evolutionary changes currently underway that are moving employee benefits and cultivation programs away from a cookie-cutter approach and towards a custom-tailored menu of alluring options reflecting today’s work-life balance lifestyle. 

9 a.m. May 30

Diving Headfirst into New Relationships: The Untapped Potential of Leaping into a Larger Labor Pool

A panel of experts discuss how to connect with the people and partners offering access, advice and assistance when expanding a search for talent by tapping into a far-wider labor pool hidden just below the surface.

9 a.m. – June 20

Torn Between Two Worlds: Home vs. Office

From leaning into hybrid schedules and deploying sophisticated remote workplace platforms to demanding a 100% return to the office, hear both sides of this heated debate from panelists who are taking decidedly different approaches to tackling the same issue – home vs. office.

Talent Tuesdays will culminate with an in-person event to be held in the fall.

“The BCW’s Headless Horseman campaign is grabbing the attention of talented individuals from throughout the region, but that interest will wane if we aren’t matching their enthusiasm with employer-driven actions,” said BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon. “Through these expert panel discussions, we are delivering to area employers an updated toolkit of strategies and techniques for enticing more skilled individuals to view Westchester County as a location-of choice for finding long-term, meaningful employment.”

Sponsors of the series include: Thalle Industries, Balancing Life’s Issues, Simone Development Companies and Westchester County

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