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The Great Resignation


Chambers across the country have been feeling the effects of The Great Resignation in many ways, from supporting members in recruiting talent to discussing skills gaps with industry sectors. But using data can help identify the gaps in our communities. Using a data-driven approach, Kate Bahn, Director of Labor Market Policy and Interim Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, will share how the Great Resignation compares to other long-term economic trends and how a churn can be positive. Barbara Stapleton from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (S.C.) will share how looking at their regional and local data helped her see the gaps and where the Chamber could lean in. You will walk away with a greater, holistic understanding the Great Resignation and how chambers can use this moment to learn and re-consider their narratives and approach.

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  • Barbara Stapleton

    Barbara Stapleton, Senior Vice President of Talent Advancement for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, joined the team in July 2021 after serving as the Vice President of Business Retention & Talent Initiatives for GO Topeka, a Greater Topeka Partnership organization, and leading the talent relocation program, Choose Topeka. She was previously on staff with the Kansas Board of Regents in Workforce Development as the Associate Director for Career & Technical Education. She holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Purdue University and a master of science in management from Baker University.

    Barbara currently serves on the Development Advisory Board for the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel and on the Teacher Education and Administrative Leadership Advisory Board for the Lowcountry Graduate Center. She is a past fellow with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive’s (ACCE) Fellowship for Education and Talent Development and completed cohort IX of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s TPM Academy, part of the Talent Pipeline ManagementTM (TPM) initiative. She previously served as the vice-chair of Kansas’ Local Area II Workforce Development Board, as well as prior service on Washburn University’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board, Emporia State University’s Corporate Advisory Board, and the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee.

  • Kate Bahn

    Kate Bahn is the director of labor market policy and interim chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Her areas of research include gender, race, and ethnicity in the labor market, care work, and monopsonistic labor markets. Previously, she was an economist at the Center for American Progress. Bahn also formerly served as the executive vice president and secretary for the International Association for Feminist Economics. Bahn received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College.

February 10, 2022
Thu 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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