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TAPPI YP Panel: Jessi Spadaccino

TAPPI YP Division Curates Well-Attended Panel Discussion on Attracting and Retaining Young Talent

Friday, September 11, 2020
Author: Jessi Spadaccino

On September 9th, during the 2020 TAPPI PIMA Innovation and Leadership Virtual Conference Series, the TAPPI Young Professionals (YP) Division curated a panel discussion on the topic of attracting and retaining young talent specifically in the paper, pulp, packaging, and related industries.

The well-attended session, entitled Engaging a Generational Workforce: A Conversation on Attracting and Retaining Young Talent, was moderated by the YP Division’s Director of Events, Lena Sharesky, and featured panelists representing various roles and career stages across the industry, including Marcina Rogers, Quality Technical Leader at International Paper, Caitlin Knight, Process Engineer at Jacobs, Lauren Baksh, Sr. Manager of Talent Acquisition at Graphic Packaging International, Tim Hagenbuch, Managing Director of the Paper Technology Foundation at Western Michigan University, and Dan Schott MES/QCS Sales Specialist at Panther Systems.

The panelists discussed findings that were collected from an anonymous survey the YP Division distributed, in preparation for the PIMA conference, to early career industry professionals under the age of 35 about their personal experiences and opinions surrounding job recruitment and retention. Some of the topics discussed included top things young professionals look for when hunting for a job, the reasons why young professionals leave companies, and the importance of mentorship programs in relation to job retention.

Key takeaways from the survey findings can be found in an infographic created by the YP Division's Leadership Council. If you would like to request a playback of the session, or want to learn more about the YP Division, please visit our website yp.tappi.org, or send an email to [email protected].

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