Stakeholders in Greater Milwaukee have their sights set on
the diverse work force. That’s
because employers in the region
are in a talent crunch: More than
25,000 knowledge workers will be
needed over the next three years,
according to a study by the Institute for Diversity Education and
Leadership (IDEAL) and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of
“Within five years, more people
will leave the work force than enter
it, ” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
says. “And we must provide people
with the skills to fill available jobs
with competence and confidence.”
To help the region win the war for
talent and flourish economically,
Milwaukee’s captains of industry
and community leaders began
working together four years ago.
That’s when the Greater Milwaukee
Committee (GMC)/MMAC formed
the CEO Diversity Task Force to
implement strategies for a collaborative diverse work-force effort.
Later called IDEAL, the group has
“put a strategy in place to help us
move ahead as a competitive
region of choice,” says Executive
Director Amy Batiste.
Today, the effort continues to be
carried out through the MMAC
Employers for Talent Attraction initiatives, the GMC’s Diversity Committee events and the University of
and training programs.
A Collaborative Push for Prosperity
One way the GMC has attracted
top talent to the region is by fostering new-business development.