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IndySHRM Central: News to Stop the Talent Blues – Work-Based Learning, Internships & Apprenticeships
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The war for talent has persisted and pools of talent for employers to steadily draw upon have become far and few between. This panel discussion assembles expert voices who have utilized work-based learning, internship and apprenticeship solutions; solutions that help employers proactively “home grow” talent and thus, their own talent pipeline.

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019
11:30 AM
Where: Sheraton City Centre
31 W Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204
United States

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The war for talent has persisted and pools of talent for employers to steadily draw upon have become far and few between. This panel discussion assembles expert voices who have utilized work-based learning, internship and apprenticeship solutions; solutions that help employers proactively “home grow” talent and thus, their own talent pipeline. The panel will reference their own experiences and tackle difficult questions from the moderator and audience on the subject.

BoCK Competencies Discussed:
People: Talent Acquisition

Program is certified for 1.25 SHRM and HRCI credits.


Moderator: Kofi Darku (Workforce Development & Education Consultant)


Panelists: Shawn Dukes-Douglas (AVP, Talent Acquisition at OneAmerica), Sarah Harrison (Director, Talent Programs at Conexus Indiana), Courtney Thomas (Manager at KIPP Through College), Deborah Mullin (Manager, HR Business Partner at Versiti), and Chuck Haberman (Leader of Workforce Development, Gaylor Electric, Inc.).



Kofi Darku

Kofi has more than 15 years experience in education, primarily in an early childhood, coupled with a few years of leading workforce development efforts. He has worked extensively along the I-65 corridor with the majority of his time spent in Louisville and Indianapolis.


Shawn Dukes-Douglas

Shawn Dukes-Douglas is the Assistant Vice President of Talent Acquisition for OneAmerica.
Joining OneAmerica in 2017, Shawn leads the Talent Acquisition team in delivering value through
collaboratively consulting with business leaders to create strategies for identifying and recruiting top

As a recruiting leader with more than 25 years of experience, Shawn develops and leads the vision and
business strategies for building talented teams at all levels of the organization. She is an innovative
talent champion with a passion for contributing toward the advancement of enterprise optimization
through people.

Prior to OneAmerica, Shawn worked in a variety of industries in similar talent acquisition roles with
organizations including Newell Brands, Comcast, Anthem and Roche Diagnostics.
Shawn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan


Sarah Harrison

Sarah joined Conexus Indiana in August of 2017.Previously her role focused on the management and support of relationships with schools offering the Hire Tech curriculum in southern Indiana. Now her main focus is on Post-Secondary Education. Sarah develops and supports strategic regional partnerships between industry, education and the public sector, as well as the promotion of the Conexus Programs and other talent initiatives and events.

Prior to joining Conexus, Sarah has held a variety of positions including Business Development, the Director of Admissions at the International School of Indiana, and the Senior Trainer, at Eli Lilly UK.

Sarah is English, graduated in Leeds, U.K. and has worked in Toronto, Canada, as well as now here in the USA. Sarah has three children, a dog and she participates in several initiatives that support women. While in the UK she was a Combat Medical Technician in a Field Hospital with the Army Reserves.


Courtney Thomas

Courtney Thomas currently serves as the KIPP Through College Manager with KIPP Indy Public Schools. She is a Licensed K-12 School Counselor who is passionate about helping prepare all students with the knowledge, skills and mindsets necessary to matriculate to and through college, and ultimately live a life of choice. Courtney is from Indianapolis. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from DePauw University and her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Indiana University. Courtney has many years of experience in college and career counseling. In her previous role with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Program she served as the College and Career Coordinator for underrepresented juniors and seniors at Arlington, Arsenal Tech, Ben Davis, Indy Met and George Washington High School. In that role, she worked with students in successful high school completion, college planning, college applications, completing 21st Century Scholars ScholarTrack activities, college visits, and FAFSA completion. In addition, she helped coordinate student internships in various industries. For Courtney, the most rewarding part of this work is when students realize, and get excited about, the importance of an education beyond high school in accomplishing their dreams. Outside of work Courtney enjoys working out, reading and spending time with family. Courtney is beyond excited to continue her work with KIPP students and families and serving the Martindale-Brightwood community. 


Deborah Mullin

Deborah recently joined Versiti – Indiana Blood Center as Manager, Human Resources Business Partner. Deborah’s experience spans over 20 years and her background encompasses a variety of industry experiences where she has been involved in almost all aspects of HR. Deborah has worked in the areas of insurance, technology, start-up, warehousing and distribution, and consulting.

Deborah has an extensive HR background in strategic and tactical planning, performance management, employee relations, engagement, coaching and succession planning. As a Human Resources professional, Deborah has a passion for people with a collaborative approach in developing teams and solving problems.

Deborah is a native Hoosier and a graduate from Oral Roberts University. Deborah is married with 2 young adult children and in her spare time enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling.


Chuck Haberman

Chuck began in his role at Gaylor in July 2018; where he leads the Workforce Management team made
up of Resource Ambassadors who support craft employees with career path development. He is also
very involved in workforce development issues and initiatives in the community, serving on the Board of
Directors for Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network, Hamilton County 21 st Century Talent
Regions leadership team, and Co-Chair of the Comprehensive Workforce & Economic Development
Committee for the City of Noblesville.

Chuck also served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer. During his service, he
traveled the world over 3 deployments and discovered his passion for service, leadership and
performance. After the Corps, Chuck received his B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from
IUPUI and a M.P.S in Organization Development and Change at Penn State.

Outside of work, Chuck serves as the President of the Association for Talent Development-Central
Indiana Chapter. ATD is a non-profit organization for professionals who help others achieve their full
potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the workplace. He is also involved in Team
RWB, a veterans service organization, focused on supporting veterans through fellowship and physical

He currently lives in Noblesville, IN with his wife, Kari, daughter, Paige, and son, Connor; they love being
outside as often as possible, especially with friends and family. Chuck is an Elite Yelper, so he’s always
looking for a cool restaurant or bar, a new place to hit the trails for a run, or other hidden gems to write
about and share. Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Registration begins: 11:30 am
Introduction & Table Discussions: 12:00 pm
Program begins: 12:15 pm
Program concludes: 1:30 pm


Sheraton City Centre
31 W Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


Members: $30               ($25 before 9/12/19)
Non-members: $40        ($35 before 9/12/19)
Flat-Rate Program: $0

A $5 early bird discount will be applied to registrations received a week prior to the event.