12 Industry Tables with educators moving around the room every 13 minutes! Industry Insight Days took a unique turn on September 13 when more than 80 Educators, Industry Leaders, & HR Reps gathered at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber for the first Industry on Speed Dial event. It was a great success!
The day started with a phenomenal presentation by Kristin Scroggin, GenWHY Communications, where she talked about “Generation ‘THEM’, Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce”, followed by 3 separate panel discussions led by Chamber Foundation Board Members. This was a great way for Educators from across North Alabama to meet face-to-face with our Board Members! Educators represented counties: Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan, Madison, Jackson, Winston, Franklin, and Lauderdale, plus organizations: Village of Promise, STEAM Works, Boys & Girls Club, and colleges: Calhoun and Drake.
After lunch, the group proceeded to the “speed-dating”, roundtable format where a clock was set every 13 minutes and educators moved from one table to the next, meeting industry reps and exchanging information about workforce needs, challenges, and how to better prepare students—the up-and-coming workforce. The day provided Educators with fantastic information for bringing back to their students & colleagues while also facilitating stronger communication between Educators & company leaders representing a wide variety of industries: Regions Bank, Boeing, ADTRAN, PPG Aerospace, BBVA Bank, Davidson Technologies, The Schools Foundation, Hudson Alpha, Turner Construction, Phoenix, Huntsville Hospital, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mazda-Toyota, ProjectXYZ, and AT&T Sales. We want to thank everyone who participated and for the impactful conversations we hope will continue from this day!