Talent Magnet

Talent Magnet Podcast

Welcome to Talent Magnet- brought to you by Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, the podcast where we help businesses become talent magnets by focusing on recruitment, training, and retention best practices. Your hosts are Michele Winn and Sytease Geib from the Thurston County Chamber’s Workforce Division.

E28: L&I 2021 COVID-19 WA Business Requirements: Don't Let Your Guard Down Yet
Erica Minton, L&I Industrial Hygiene Consultant, joins the program to discuss some of the key takeaways that all Washington State businesses should know in relation to COVID-19 requirements. Discover resources to find out the most current information and updates on COVID-19 related requirements, and the biggest challenges that businesses are facing when it comes to COVID-19 compliance.  To learn more, visit the below links:  https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/coronavirus-covid-19-worker-face-covering-and-m...

E27: Creating a Safe, Healthy Workplace with WA's DOSH Consultations
In this episode you'll hear from Lou Flores, statewide consultation manager for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) for the state of Washington, as well as Jim Lawrence, Region Four consultation manager, and Lindsey Unruh, Region Four Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, as they discuss the DOSH consultation program. Discover how DOSH can help businesses with their goals of creating a safe and healthy workplace by conducting a free, onsite consultation to find and fix workplace hazards.  Call a ...

E26: How Businesses Can Become Talent Magnets for People with Disabilities
Andrew Houghton, founder and president of Disability Inclusion Solutions, joins the program to discuss what businesses need to consider in order to recruit and retain people with disabilities. Andrew reveals his own journey of being a wheelchair user since a 1986 motorcycle accident, and how he has been able to enjoy sports, the outdoors and create a media production company. Discover helpful resources for preparing your organization to hire individuals with disabilities....


E25: The Total Warrior Model: Translating Individual Performance into Team Outcomes
Jason Van Camp, decorated Green Beret, author of Deliberate Discomfort, and Founder and Chairman of Mission Six Zero, joins the program to discuss his Total Warrior Model, training that helps translate individual performance to team outcomes for business, as well as his NFL team clients. We also discuss the work that his non-profit Warrior Rising is doing to help veteran entrepreneurs (or "vetrepreneurs") start or accelerate their businesses. Jason reveals the challenges and opportunities that veterans face...

E24: Creative Retention Strategies and the Changing Nature of the Workplace
Sytease Geib, former co-host of Talent Magnet and VP of Workforce Development at the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, joins the program to discuss creative ways to retain talent, and the changing nature of work. Sytease discusses her own journey of moving across the country after the birth of her second child, how she has continued to do some remote project based work, and shares takeaways from her experience. Discover ideas for how employers can support their workers while they may be working from home...

E23: Using VR Technology to Attract the Next Generation of Job Seekers
In this episode, you'll hear how Sierra Pacific Industries, the 2nd largest lumber producer in the U.S., is using innovative technology to capture the attention of a new generation of job seekers at hiring events. Jacquelin Earley and Joshua Zepeda from Sierra Pacific Industries join the program to discuss how they are using virtual reality (VR) headsets to give job seekers a peek into their high tech facilities....


E22: Recruiting and Retaining Primary Care Physicians- Challenges and Opportunities
Tamara Schaffert, Chief Operating Officer of Physicians of Southwest Washington, an independent physician association based in Olympia, WA, (PSW) joins the program to discuss the shortage of primary care providers in America. Discover the scope of the problem, and the efforts that are being made to recruit and retain primary care providers in the region and nationally. Tamara also shares her thoughts about innovative solutions and how the state and federal government can be part of the solution.  To learn m...

E21: Career Connect WA- Creating Learning Opportunities That Lead to High Demand, High Wage Jobs
With more job openings than people available to fill them, how do we create a pipeline of skilled workers? In this episode, you'll learn about career-connected learning and what Washington State is doing to ensure that the education system puts students on a pathway to careers. Maud Daudon, who is leading the creation of a 10-year vision and strategic plan for building a statewide career-connected learning and apprenticeship system in Washington State, is the featured guest....

E20: Second Chance Employment- Hiring 1/3 of the U.S. Population
This episode features an interview with Deanna Rodkey, Community Employment Specialist for Correctional Industries, a division within the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). Deanna reveals why businesses should tap into the valuable labor pool of returning citizens, and some of the biggest misconceptions that employers have when it comes to this population.  To learn more, visit:  https://www.washingtonci.com/...


E19: How Career and Technical Education is Preparing the Next Generation of Workers
Teri Pablo, CTE/Communications Director for Yelm Community Schools in Washington State and Susan Larson, Career Technical Education Teacher at Black Hills High School in the Tumwater School District, join the program to discuss the importance of Career and Technical Education for the emerging workforce.    To learn more, visit: www.ycs.wednet.edu/cte...

E18: Work Ex- A New Opportunity To Recruit Transitioning Military Members and Their Spouses
Michele Helfgott-Waters, Military Spouse and Program Manager for Work Ex at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Seth Mattos, former Marine, licensed geologist and partner at GeoResources, LLC join the program to discuss the details and benefits of the Work Ex program.   About the guests:   Michele Helfgott-Waters, Military Spouse and Program Manager for WorkEx at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, leading the team for PacMtn and the Thurston County Chamber. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG3_ukZ6XA0   Seth Mattos, former ...

E17: Chapter Next & Lockheed Martin
Cheri Larkins, Director of Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems Global Talent Acquisition, and Melissa Thomas, Senior Proposal Analyst in the Operations Proposals and Planning Group join the program to discuss the Chapter Next program, which provides the opportunity to re-engage returning professionals who have been away from the workforce for two or more years to resume their previously successful careers. To learn more, visit:  https://www.lockheedmartinjobs.com/chapter-next https://www.linkedin.c...


E16: Connecting Youth to Careers: B2Y Connect
This episode features Christina Chesnut, Business Services Coordinator for WorkSource Thurston and Lewis Counties, as she discusses the importance of connecting youth to careers. Discover how Business2Youth Connect helps students find work integrated learning opportunities in the community that fit within their career interests. For more info, visit:  http://thurstonchamber.com/business-2-youth-connect/...

E15: Unlocking Hidden Talent
Megan Fiess, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Division Project Manager, joins the program to discuss the role that business can play in helping opportunity populations, rural communities and youth to get ahead in their careers, and the benefits that unlocking hidden talent can provide to employers. Megan shares her own story of becoming homeless at 15 years old, and how an employer gave her an opportunity that helped her become financially stable and further her education....

E14: Upskilling Staff Through Training: Future of Work Program & Impact WA
This episode features an interview with Geoff Lawrence, Account Executive at Impact Washington, and Robert Bishop President, SATECH, Inc. as they discuss the importance of upskilling staff through training and share tips and takeaways from their experiences. Discover the Future of Work program and the impact that upskilling  staff can have on an organization.  To learn more, visit  https://impactwashington.org/ www.smartcellsusa.com...


E12: Amazon Military Recruiting Initiatives
Nick Curry, Senior Program Manager at Amazon Web Services, joins the program to discuss Amazon's military recruiting intiatives. Discover tips and takeaways for recruiting and retaining transitioning service members and their spouses.   To learn more, visit:  https://www.amazon.jobs/en/landing_pages/mil-apprentice...

E11: Keeping Company Culture Intact As Your Business Grows
Rozanne Garman, President & CEO of RHD Enterprises, joins the program to discuss tips and insights for maintaining a strong company culture in a growing business.  To learn more about RHD Enterprises, visit www.rhdenterprises.com...


E10: How Great Leaders Attract Top Talent
Reid Bates, Owner of Express Employment Professionals offices in Olympia, Centralia and Aberdeen, Washington, joins the program to discuss the Thurston County Chamber's 9th annual "Boss of The Year" Award. Reid, a co-founder of the award, shares how the initiative got started and why it has continued. He also reveals the role that a great leader plays in an organization and the impact they can have on recruitment and retention.  To learn more about Express Employment Professionals, visit: www.express-olympi...

E09: Building A Company Culture That Supports Recruitment and Retention
Devin Craig from Craig Consulting Group joins the program to discuss how to build a fantastic workplace culture that supports recruitment and retention. The episode also features one of Devin's clients, Hunter Brooks, co-founder of the healthy salad chain Evergreens. Devin and Hunter discuss takeaways and lessons learned about creating and sustaining a positive workplace culture....

E08: Labor Exchange – Using the WorkSourceWA.com to Connect Jobseekers and Employers
This episode features an interview with Chad Pearson, Marketing, Outreach, and Communications Manager at Employment Security Department. Discover how labor exchanges work, and the benefits of labor exchanges for job seekers and employers. Chad also gives a rundown of some of the most updated features and benefits of WorksourceWA.com    To learn more, visit : www.WorkSourceWA.com www.linkedin.com/in/cmpearson...


E07: Career Connected Learning and Recruitment
In this episode, you'll learn about Lakeside Industries and their involvement in career connected learning and recruitment. John Hurd, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Lakeside Industries, joins the program to discuss best practices, lessons learned, as well as their innovative afterschool program....

E06: Intercity Transit's Vanpooling Service
Carolyn Newsome, Vanpool Manager at Intercity Transit, discusses the benefits of their vanpool service for employees and businesses.  About Intercity Transit: In addition to routed buses, Intercity Transit has 180 vanpools traveling up and down the I-5 corridor, the program removes over 1,200 cars from our congested roadways each day which helps keep traffic moving for everyone. https://www.intercitytransit.com...

E05: Veteran Friendly vs. Veteran Ready
Shellie Willis, Director of Quality Assurance and Certification at WorkForce Central, joins the program to discuss the difference between companies being veteran friendly versus being veteran ready, and how to become veteran ready.    About Shellie Willis:    Shellie Willis is a U.S. Army Veteran who currently works for WorkForce Central, the workforce development board in the City of Tacoma and Pierce County.  She is the Director of Quality Assurance and Certification, and has oversight of all military i...


E04: Great Minds at Work- Mental and Behavioral Health in The Workplace
Melodie Pazolt, Recovery Support Services Supervisor for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery at DSHS, joins the program to discuss the work that they do helping people with mental health and behavioral health find and maintain employment. She also discusses their anti-stigma campaign, and the benefits for employers of attracting and retaining individuals in recovery from mental health or substance abuse disorders....

E02: Retention Best Practices- Lessons From Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC
Tim Lew, General Manager at Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC, discusses best practices in employee retention. Tim discusses a mentorship program that they created at Pepsi Northwest Beverages and the benefits that they have seen from the program. He also shares how they have used focus groups within the organization to create programs designed to increase employee retention....


E01: Recruiting and Retaining Veterans and Military Spouses
Darlene Wilczynski,Vice President and Regional Executive of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joins the program to discuss how her experiences as a veteran and military spouse inform her current work. Darlene shares some of the unique challenges that veterans and military spouses experience when they transition into civilian employment, as well how to identify key strengths and skills that they can bring to any organization. She also reveals takeaways for hiring professionals ...