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GREATER LAS CRUCES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Chamber business summit: Helping employers adapt to a changing workforce

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Deloitte, the world’s largest business consulting firm, “chose to invest in this community,” The Bridge of Southern New Mexico President and CEO Tracey Bryan said Oct. 12, as the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce presented a two-day summit on the future of work in the greater Mesilla Valley, in partnership with Deloitte.

The summit, which Deloitte staff participated in at no cost, focused on ways to help “the workforce ecosystem of Las Cruces … adjust to the changing nature of work,” Bryan said.

“Everything has changed,” she said, with the pandemic accelerating that change.

“While we didn’t see the number of businesses and participants that we would have liked, the materials presented were reflective of the highest quality of research,” Greater Las Cruces Chamber President and CEO Debbi More said. “Much appreciation goes to Deloitte Consulting for their sponsorship for our Future of Work summit. We look forward to our next steps with our various community partners.”

The goal of the summit was “putting Las Cruces employers in the best possible position to adapt the workplace and the workforce here in Doña Ana County,” the chamber said.

During her summit presentation, Deloitte Senior Manager Jessica Galimore said it was important for employees to “have a voice with your employer,” and for business owners not only to remove barriers to employment but also to build and sustain partnerships within their businesses and their communities.

Diversity of thought and being “authentic at work” are important for employees and for the businesses they work, Galimore said.

The summit gave attendees the opportunity to “network with industry leaders, policymakers and employers to understand our region’s current workforce needs, highlight insights that are shaping the world of work and develop unique (workforce) solutions,” the chamber said.

Summit topics included “Reimagine the Possibilities to Develop a Highly Engaged and Robust Workforce Culture”; “Bolstering Employer-Community Relationships to Create a More Inclusive, Accessible, Local Ecosystem”; and “Collectively Preparing for What the Future of Work Means for the Workforce.”

Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce