Workforce 2020: Experienced-Based Learning and Career Education

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Date(s) - 04/06/17
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium West Pavilion

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April 6th, 2017
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM | UC Nippert Stadium

Join the Ohio Board of Higher Education, regional employers, and educators as we discuss the future of the workforce and how to retain young talent. Workforce 2020 is held in partnership with the Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops (OMIC) Southwest Region’s Consortium: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Miami University, Mount Saint Joseph University, Shawnee State University, and University of Cincinnati Blue Ash.


To RSVP, please fill out the online registration form. Please note that space is limited.

Parking & Directions

University of Cincinnati’s brand new Nippert Stadium West Pavilion. Parking is available on campus in the Woodside Garage, 2920 Woodside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Event Schedule

8:00 AM Breakfast & Networking
8:45 AM Opening Remarks: Vice Chancellor Gary Cates
9:00 AM Keynote Address: Assistant Deputy Chancellor John Magill
9:45 AM Break
9:50 AM Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber: Jules Shumate
10:00 AM The Future of Work – Workplace Culture:
Aaron Bradley, Dominic Iacobucci, Cindy Damschroder
11:00 AM Table Discussions/Best Practices
11:15 AM Finding Your Why: Matthew M. Thomas
11:45 AM Table Discussions/Best Practices
12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 PM Closing Remarks:
Associate Provost & Dean Kettil Cedercreutz
Professor Jill Flood
1:00 PM Adjournment

Speakers & Topics

Future of Work – Workplace Culture

What is glaringly absent from the prevailing discussion on Millennials?…Well the voice of Millennials, mostly. Join representatives from BHDP Architecture and the University of Cincinnati as they represent work completed in partnership with undergraduate students who took on questions like: How does your employer address your passions? Can you find fulfillment in your work? How does the way we work today impact the way work gets done tomorrow? Can personal values deliver business value? And, can’t you just do work anywhere?

This is an opportunity to better understand the voice of the next generation workforce, as they share their experiences, make connections with their peers, and develop organizational strategies for attracting next generation talent. This case study is a continuation to examine the fundamental workplace questions at the heart of the fast-approaching Millennial shift, when over 50% of the workforce will be comprised of Millennials.

Key Takeaways:

  • Advance your understanding of the value shifts at the center of the Millennial discussion.
  • Articulate organizational approaches that appeal to Millennial preferences in the workplace.
  • Develop Workplace strategies to direct Millennial preferences into organizational outcomes.


Future of Work Speaker Bios


Aaron Bradley

Topic: The Future of Work – Workplace Culture

Aaron is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education at the University of Cincinnati. With a focus in the creative sector, Aaron teaches courses in professional and personal brand identity development, professional practice, and collaborative design thinking studios, in addition to leading the development of a cooperative education program for students in interdisciplinary fine arts majors. His passion for boundary stretching and program development has lead the creation and instruction of new courses and a variety of unique collaborations with industry partners.

Prior to working in Higher Education, Aaron’s career included the development and instruction of a college-prep business management and marketing program for high schools in Ohio, marketing and program direction for non-profit organizations, and a stint in Nashville as a professional musician, producer, and performance coach – a pursuit he continues to enjoy when not working his “day job”. Along with music, art, and design, he also enjoys adventure sports and travel, motorcycles, and coffee snobbery.


Dominic Iacobucci

Topic: The Future of Work – Workplace Culture

Dominic is a Client Leader/Strategist/Owner for BHDP’s Workplace Team. His leadership skills, research capabilities and strategic influence have allowed him to satisfy many of the firm’s key clients including Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, Iron Mountain and the GSA. His strategic logical thought process gives him an edge in defining and solving complex programming scenarios, working through process centric space solutions, and creating guidelines to define space. Dominic has also been a leader at BHDP in expanding business globally. His dedication to his clients have allowed him to successfully manage multiple projects with complex cultural, communication, regional, and schedule challenges.


Cindy Damschroder

Topic: The Future of Work – Workplace Culture

In working with the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education, Cindy facilitates placement of the Interior Design students into their co-op jobs on alternating semester appointments. Her instructional background has been focused primarily on first and second year learning in the undergraduate environment and how successful learning modules and assessments can ultimately lead to better student engagement and overall learning and retention of material that is applicable for post-collegiate application.

Cindy is a passionate advisor and educator that places students at the center of their educational goals. She strives to create an experiential environment that engages the student, helps them to feel personally invested in their learning, and often offers advice and counseling to those students looking to define themselves within a large-scale university environment.

Finding Your Why

70% of grads will leave their first job in about a year costing companies on average $100,000 (or 2.5x the employees salary.  How do you get students to stay? This session will help employers understand the student’s motivations and how to help them connect to their position. Students are looking for careers doing something they love, but upon graduation, some students will find that working in a major is very different than studying that major in school.  When this happens, students become disenfranchised with the company and look for a different job. Without a strategy in place, companies will lose young talent. During our time we will explore the value of mentorship, best practices for engaging students, and discuss tips for retaining students. Discovering a student’s motivation and taking a leadership role in helping the student find a natural fit is crucial for getting their best work and ultimately retaining them.  This presentation will give employers a better understanding of how to assist a student in finding their why and focusing on that purpose daily.

Finding Your Why Speaker Bio


Matthew M. Thomas

Topic: Finding Your Why  

Matthew is a passionate learning & development professional with 15+ years of experience helping grow people to grow organizations. His experiences comes from the manufacturing, construction, and pharmaceutical industries where he creates learning and development strategies that create a culture of people growth for company success. He focuses on organizational development through the design of behavioral based competency development trainings, curriculums, and strategies that drive complete employee life cycle success.

He is also a very active member in the community. He holds board positions on Junior Achievement of Greater Cincinnati and Xavier University’s Executive Mentor Advisory Board. Along with his board positions, he teaches economics at Loveland High School as a Junior Achievement Business Consultant, and mentors six Xavier University students.