An annual community event featuring university and industry research and dialogue that addresses important business and industry issues and trends throughout the region and state.
CAPTIVATING THE CREATIVE CLASS
Achieving Regional Growth Through a More Vibrant and Diversified Workforce
Wed., April 5, 2017 | 7:30-11:00 AM | Holiday Inn (549 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207)
(Breakfast served at 7:30 AM)
WHO IS INCLUDED AMONG THE CREATIVE CLASS?
This group includes a wide range of occupations (e.g. science, engineering, education, computer programming, research), with arts, design, and media workers forming a small subset. The primary job function of its members is to be creative and innovative.
These professionals are the classic knowledge-based workers and include those working in healthcare, business and finance, the legal sector, and education. They "draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems" using higher degrees of education to do so.
As defined by Richard Florida, American economist and social scientist
THE CREATIVE CLASS AND THE FUTURE OF WICHITA
A conversation about the creative class, economic development, and implications for the future
THE VALUE OF ARTISTS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Exploring one component of the creative class, artists, and the impact they have on the economy
Facilitating the Discussion
and Providing Key Insights
- Developing a talent pool
- Attracting the “Creative Class”
- Remaining competitive with financial/non-financial benefits
- Adjusting to cultural incongruencies
INTRODUCING THE CREATIVE CLASS
- Discussing why social diversity is important
- Identifying unique strengths
- Understanding workplace preferences