The Brave New World of Work

COVID-19 Implications to the Work, Workforce, & Work Environment


What does the new hiring landscape look like?

The labor market has shifted since COVID-19 entered our world. Some industries are actively hiring and still cannot find enough qualified workers. Other industries are experiencing substantial reductions in staffing. Industry leaders continue to expect significant swings in workforce needs. 

Deb Broberg and Mary Jo Flan share that the rate of change is much faster than it has previously been. During this forum, they will provide an overview of Minnesota workforce shortages and skill-misalignments prior to March. That data will be supplemented with information on more recent shifts in employer demand.

Tip: Be prepared for virtual and video interviews.

Forum participants will receive:

  1. Details on how the labor market has shifted across Minnesota since COVID-19
  2. Information for various industries and job opportunities that are currently available
  3. Insight on the racial inequities of various occupations across the Twin Cities metro

Join us to hear the latest hiring trends directly from industry leaders. 


Following their presentation, Deb and Mary Jo will offer time for questions and discussions.

Date: Monday, September 14, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Online with Zoom

Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Registration link and directions are provided below. SHIFT appreciates early registration.

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Deb Broberg

Executive Director of RealTime Talent

Deb came to RealTime Talent from a successful 25+ year career with Northwest Airlines and Wells Fargo where she held positions with responsibility for Inflight Operations, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and Talent Management. During her tenure with Wells Fargo she gained a keen appreciation for the importance of talent management and workforce planning.

She received her MA from the University of Minnesota’s HRIR program and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College. She serves on the board of the Human Resources Executive Council and has had a longstanding interest in education and the critical need to plan for future market needs when considering options for post-secondary education and training. She is active on the Alumni Board for Macalester College as co-chair of the career development committee, and served on the Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Advisory Board for nine years, where she gained insight on the early Itasca Project research which fueled her interest in workforce readiness for the state of Minnesota.

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Mary Jo Flan

Division Director in HR for Robert Half Management Resources

In her role, Mary Jo oversees the HR Services team in Minneapolis and works to provide skilled senior-level human resources professionals on a project or interim basis. She began her tenure with Robert Half Management Resources as client services director in 2017, before moving into her current role in March 2019. She has more than eight years of experience related to human resources, and prior to Robert Half was an independent contractor with Carlson School of Management selling professional development programs.


Mary Jo received her BA in public relations and psychology from the University of North Dakota. She earned her MA in human resources and industrial relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She is active in her local community as a member of Fuelwork. Mary Jo has also merited several Korn/Ferry Leadership certifications, including Interview, Strategic Alignment, Choice and Voices 360 Architect.

Please note that this is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step One: Register for the Event using the button below.

(But don't click the button yet, read the entire set of instructions first)

Once you click on the button below and register, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us.

Step Two: The ZOOM link shown on the confirmation page and within the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Meeting Room. That page will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. This second registration will then generate an invitation email containing your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE for logging in to the workshop on Monday, July 27.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating. However, the goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and private online workshop experience.

Thank you for your patience with this extra SHIFT safety process.


In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment.

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: 

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

Event Sponsored by Maser, Amundson and Baggio, P.A.

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