Last week, over 100 clients and speakers and roughly half of the EMSI crew met at the splendid Coeur d’Alene Resort for the third annual EMSI Conference, and it was the biggest hit yet! Special hands-on practice with our tools in one-on-one training sessions, exciting news regarding Analyst (hello, data for France and Brazil!), the soft launch of our brand new EMSI Certification program, a wealth of presentations from over a dozen EMSI clients — even the weather, so unpredictable in Idaho’s hormonal fall season, was busy showing off. And we could not have asked for more enthusiastic guests. To everyone who made it, thank you!
Here we’ve given a quick recap of the conference’s highlights. Stay tuned for video recordings, PowerPoints, and slide decks of the presentations as well.
Preconference: Monday, October 14
The preconference launched our new EMSI Certification program. Rob Sentz, Deacon James, Brian Points, Jason Helsel, and Josh Stevenson took the lead in covering the first three (out of five) modules:
Module 1: Understanding Labor Marketing Information (LMI)
Module 2: Economic Modeling & the EMSI Formula
Module 3: Put People to Work in the Jobs Valued in Your Region (Occupation Focus)
Preconference guests not only got their fair share of on-the-spot quizzes (and prizes), but are now three-fifths of their way to being fully EMSI Certified! Congrats to all.
A number of golfing teams hit the Resort’s world-famous course on Monday afternoon, followed by the official kickoff of the conference with an hors d’oeuvres reception in the evening.
Conference: Tuesday-Wednesday, October 15-16
Our lunch presenter was special guest Ron Painter, CEO of NAWB, speaking on “A Race for Top Talent and 21st Century Skills.”
A number of break-out sessions followed throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, including:
Dr. Bruce Leslie (Chancellor of the Alamo Colleges): “Gaming Technology Engine of Innovative Virtual Career Center”
Jennifer Zeller (Director of Research in Economic Development, Georgia Power): “Utilizing EMSI to Promote Economic Development in Your State or Region”
Ed Morrison (Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue Center for Regional Development): “Visualizing Our Future Workforce Challenges”
Deidre Myers (Director of Policy, Research, and Economic Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce): “Oklahoma’s Ecosystems – Using Data to Drive Policy, Programs, and Results”
Learning labs on Tuesday afternoon, a special time for Analyst user-testing, and a sit-down dinner at Beverly’s (the Resort’s five-star restaurant) were just some of the other highlights of the three-day conference. Check out more photos below!
One of the biggest attractions to hosting the EMSI Conference in Coeur d’Alene is the stunning natural beauty surrounding the Resort, situated right on Lake Coeur d’Alene itself. See for yourself:
The EMSI team is grateful for the many clients who traveled so far north (Coeur d’Alene nearly touches Canada) and helped make the conference a spectacular event not just for their fellow guests, but for all of us here at EMSI as well. And we are already planning for next year! Expect to see more (and better) of everything in 2014.
The third annual EMSI Conference took place October 14-16, 2013, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For a full schedule of the conference’s events, click here. Have questions about next year’s event? Feel free to contact us.