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Workforce Revolution: Reimage the Way Billings Works | SUMMIT

May 5, 2023 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

Workforce Revolution: Reimagining the Way BillingsWorks

Billings is experiencing extreme workforce challenges. The labor market is undergoing structural, worker-driven changes causing major worker shortages in organizations. It is crucial for employers to understand the market trends to best respond to ensure a strong local workforce that is sustainable.

It is time to reimagine the way Billings works.

This event qualifies for 4.5 CEU SHRM Credits.

The Summit will be set up as follows:

  • Food Truck Lunch/Check-In
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Keynote  
  • Breakouts
  • Build Your Own Future Talent Session

Following the Summit we invite attendees to join us at Thirsty Street at the Garage for a beer on us the announcement of the 2022 Space2Place Grant Award Winners.


We are excited to announce our Workforce Summit Keynote Speaker!
ROBERT GABSA IS A WORKPLACE CONSULTANT who helps Gallup clients increase organizational performance by creating more meaningful employee and customer experiences, coaching and consulting leaders and executive teams, and modernizing workplaces through organizational brand, purpose, and culture. His passion resides in uncovering insights that lead to building top performing leaders, teams and individuals. He has a unique style that integrates high-energy, authenticity and passion that is valued by clients, partners, and colleagues.
Robert’s forte is in creating meaningful internal and external brand experiences by applying the principles of behavioral economics. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies to design integrated brand marketing strategies, building their businesses through memorable brand experiences that forge emotional connections with the people who whose lives are enhanced by their products or services.
Before joining Gallup, Robert’s consulting practice brought together subject-matter experts in brand experience research, strategy, concepts and activation. He also served in senior management roles at some of the world’s top marketing and communications agencies, developing campaigns across industries and audiences primarily in consumer-packaged goods, technology, sports and entertainment, hospitality, and healthcare.
Robert has bachelor’s degrees in marketing and finance from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He has served on the board of directors of the Experiential Marketing Forum and the International Experiential Marketing Association. Robert lives with his wife and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.


Equip yourself, your team, and your organization with new tools to build a thriving workplace.

We offer you actionable breakout sessions across a variety of topics.

  • The Future of Work
  • Recalibrate & Reconstruct Your Organizational Culture
  • War for Talent
  • Build Your Own Future Talent
  • & more!



Businesses are navigating the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption it caused to the workplace. Organizations went from normalcy in their work to creating return to work plans and vaccine rollouts. Instead of seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, more COVID-19 variants arose, Inflation wreaked havoc on our economy, and a massive war for talent broke out leading to the Great Resignation.

Organizations have to navigate new waters and become more FOR employees than ever before. With a focus to create a and build a strong culture to retain their talent, Organizations are facing challenges on every level, all the while trying to meet customer demands.

Join us for a discussion on how companies are rethinking the future of the workplace and how to implement emergency management practices to set your organization up to handle future unforeseen disruption.

• Take a deep dive into the current state of work and the impact it is having on the economy.
• Engage in a conversation around differing perspectives and strategies on some of our most pressing workplace problems.
• Gain insight on how to best set your organization up to handle future unplanned disruptions.


Details: A collection of stressors is producing distress and burnout throughout our country. Remote work, remote student learning, economic inflation, COVID-19 fatigue, all topped with global conflicts are causing a strain our workforce and business communities. The role of organizations is changing. Employers are more responsible than ever be MORE to their employees, to provide social connection, to be aware of the whole person and their wellbeing.

As leaders in organizations, you too may feel burnout, but there are reasons for hope, ways to recalibrate to come back stronger than ever and ways to build resiliency in your workplace. This all starts with your people. As we learned at our second workforce session, Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, our people are key to a strong sustainable strategy.

Join us for this session as we dive deeper into the importance of recalibrating your organizational culture to build a thriving workplace focused on the wellness and growth of its’ people.

• Learn how to spot disengagement in employees before it turns to burnout.
• Discover new ways and explore new ideas on how to provide social connection to your team at the workplace.
• Gain insight to mindset shifts that will help your organization increase performance and build resiliency.

Details: Today, the unemployment rate in Billings is 1.7%. It’s no secret that the pandemic has flipped our labor market upside down. From layoffs to early retirement, to employees seeking more flexibility in their work; we are seeing an increase in service demand and a labor pool not keeping up. There is a war for talent.

Old structures and systems must transform to make way for new thinking in how we approach recruiting, onboarding, and what factors people are now considering before they apply for a position.

Join us for this session and discover new tools to help you in your talent attraction and retention efforts.


  • Consider how the pandemic has impacted how we do talent attraction.
  • Leverage local tools to assist your organization in best showcasing the community and the people in it.
  • Rethink your hiring process and your retention efforts.

Build Your Own Future Talent | Final Session 

Details: Students in CTE programs, student interns and apprentices gain invaluable training and often become productive long-term employees for the company that invests in them through these learning opportunities. It’s our job as organizations to help student see all of the opportunities in the workplace and assisting them in developing a pathway to success based on their career interest.


  • Learn about work-based learning opportunities your organization can engage in to bring high school youth into your workplace all the while they receive credit for their work.
  • Discover ways to engage different age groups into your organization.
  • Explore new ways your company can get involved with work-based learning, better utilizing the power of internships, and if apprenticeship models could be of benefit to you.



May 5, 2023
10:45 am - 4:00 pm


Billings Depot
2310 Montana Ave
Billings, MT 59101 United States