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Membership Meeting

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • DoubleTree by Hilton, 2431 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65803


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For members that selected the pre-paid meeting fees upon renewal for 2021.

Community Engagement in a Box: A Toolkit for Talent Attraction and Retention

Talent attraction and retention is the number one “pain point” for organizations throughout our country.  But there is a low-cost tool that employers haven’t had to use in 200 years while the supply of labor exceeded demand.  That tool will . . .

  • Help give your organization a competitive advantage over the next 20+ years
  • Boost your corporate brand and reputation within the community
  • Help you attract new talent
  • Help you retain your existing talent and make them your best recruiters
  • Create a more engaging and healthy organizational culture
  • Increase your employees’ loyalty, productivity, pride, and health
  • Provide your employees with new skills

What tool does all of that for your workforce?  Employee community engagement.  Multiple research reports and surveys indicate that simply allowing employees to connect with their community and find opportunities that touch their heart has a significant impact on their loyalty to their employer, their pride in their employer, and makes them their employer’s best recruiters.  This session will highlight United Way of the Ozarks’ first-of-its-kind “Community Engagement in a Box” toolkit for CEOs and HR professionals.

Attendees will learn:

  • The workforce macro trends that have resulted in the demand for labor exceeding supply.
  • Research results indicating the significant role employee community engagement can play within an employer’s talent attraction and retention strategy.
  • Local resources available to assist employers with employee community engagement.

Meet our Speaker: 

Greg Burris worked for Missouri State University in various roles for 25 years, starting as a computer programmer and retiring as Vice President of Administrative & Information Services, after completing the design and construction of JQH Arena.

Greg then served as the City Manager of Springfield from September 15, 2008 – the day the Great Recession started – through June 30, 2018.  In that capacity, he had the privilege to lead the most functionally diverse organization in southwest Missouri, with direct responsibility for 2,000+ employees, a $366-million annual budget, and over $1.3 billion in assets. 

After an eight-day retirement, Greg joined United Way of the Ozarks and now serves as the organization’s President & CEO since August 2019.  Greg also serves as the Executive Director of the Give 5 Program, a first-of-its-kind program that matches retired and retiring Baby Boomers with key volunteer opportunities in our community. 

Greg married up, was born on Halloween, formerly worked as a custodian and a lumber stacker, was a semi-professional musician with limited talent for 12 years, has a passion for great customer service, once made a half-court shot 24 seconds before halftime in the State high school basketball championship game, pole vaulted for a school that had neither a pole nor a pit, and enjoys French Silk Chocolate Pie (typically, alone in a dark corner).

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