General Membership Meeting: Time for Talent
Speaker: Susan Brower
Minnesota State Demographer
Minnesota Department of Administration
The economy in Minnesota and around the world is rapidly shifting. “Talent” – higher-order skills and education – is increasingly the key that allows workers to unlock job prospects, higher earnings, greater net worth and a host of affiliated benefits. Talented workers are essential to Minnesota’s current and future economic growth, especially in light of a wave of Baby Boomer retirements, slower labor force growth, and an increasingly diverse workforce. Minnesota’s State Demographer, Susan Brower, will provide an update on changing demographic trends and show us why now is “the time for talent” in Minnesota.
Susan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center. Susan became the State Demographer in February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.
Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.
Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
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