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Memorable Quotes & Tweets From the #EMSI2015 Conference

September 29, 2015 by Gwen Burrow

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Photo: Peter Røise Photography

The fifth annual EMSI conference took place September 21-23 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Here are some of our favorite sound bites from speakers and attendees as we discussed “Know Your Workforce: The Intersection of Talent and Careers.” Read the full recap of the conference here

“The psych major working at Starbucks is an even more systemic problem than unemployment among recent grads.” — Andrew Crapuchettes, EMSI, on underemployment

“Employers don’t care about degrees. They want people who can do stuff. Degrees don’t mean skills.” — Noah Brown, Association of Community College Trustees

“Data must inspire, it must tell a good story, and it must prompt people to do something better.” – Brian Kelsey, Civic Analytics

“We have access to information that can really change the world.” — Jennifer Zeller, Georgia Power

“Data is the quest to understand the universe and communicate about it.” — Brian Kelsey, Civic Analytics

“The goal of education is not to get a good job. It’s one of the goals. It’s not the goal.” — Brian Kelsey, Civic Analytics

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Photo: Peter Røise Photography

“We should look at K-12 and college as one continuum.” — Colby Spencer-Cesaro, Workforce Intelligence Network

“This is key to the Walla Walla story: What we do best, we do together.” — Steve VanAusdle, Walla Walla Community College

“From meeting and talking with students, I know that there are a lot of them that have changed their careers or their ideas for their careers based on Career Coach.” — Garner Presser, College of Southern Nevada

“If you say ‘I don’t know’ to a question, the consultant takes you off his or her list.” — Jennifer Zeller, Georgia Power, on responding to site selection requests

“When we find out that companies are looking at coming to Nevada, we dive into research and what Analyst can do.” — Melissa Schroeder, College of Southern Nevada

“It all starts with confidence. Confidence drives behavior.” — Al Adamsen, Talent Strategy Institute, on building a talent strategy

“Imagine a world where you can create your own canvas. There is so much information out there to tell your story.” — Jennifer Zeller, Georgia Power

“We have used data to help DC residents appreciate their city.” — B.P. Walker, Graduate School USA

“Our metric for success should be economic stability for families, not a good median income.” — Colby Spencer-Cesaro, Workforce Intelligence Network

“Look at the importance of talent as a resource and make it your top priority. And be strategic about it so your talent aligns with your clusters.” — Steve VanAusdle

“Continue to reinvent your organization and the people in it. Be brave!” — Steve VanAusdle, Walla Walla Community College

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