Neuger Communications Group’s latest installment of the Common Good Breakfast Series will focus on the talent gap in the United States. The event will feature a panel consisting of Whitney Giga, talent management consultant at Medtronic; Tim O’Neill, regional analyst at the Twin Cities Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED); and Dr. Richard Wagner, president of Dunwoody College of Technology. The panel will be moderated by Joanne Henry, Executive Vice President at Neuger Communications Group. The event will be held at the Minneapolis Hilton at 7:30 a.m on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

The United States is facing a very real and challenging talent gap in today’s workforce. Much of the incoming workforce lacks the skills, knowledge and drive needed for today’s jobs. A panel of experts will discuss this talent gap and what types of innovative approaches businesses and educators are, or should be, taking to solve the issue.

The Common Good Breakfast Series contributes event proceeds to the nonprofit organization featured at each session. This event’s recipient is HIRED.

Whitney Giga currently serves as talent management consultant at Medtronic. In this role, she is responsible for putting forth innovative talent management processes and solutions for business leaders, managers and employees. With over a decade of experience as a talent management professional, Giga has received certifications as a Strategic Workforce Planner from Human Capital Institute (HCI) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). She was the keynote speaker at the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA) 2016 student conference in October 2016.

Tim O’Neill is regional analyst for DEED covering the seven-county Twin Cities region of Minnesota. DEED’s objective is to improve Minnesota’s prosperity by allowing people and businesses to have better opportunities for economic advancement. O’Neill earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from St. Olaf College in Northfield and a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Richard Wagner has served as the president of Dunwoody College of Technology since 2009. Prior to becoming president, he was first an instructor and later dean at the college. One of Dr. Wagner’s numerous achievements during his time at Dunwoody was heading up the college’s participation in the Academic Quality Improvement program, ensuring the Higher Learning Commission’s reaffirmation of accreditation. Located in Minneapolis, Dunwoody is the only not-for-profit, private technical college in the Upper Midwest. Students at Dunwoody receive an applied education by both learning theoretical material and getting hands-on experience in the campus’ labs and facilities.

“The Talent Gap” is sponsored by Engage Print and Flight Creative Media. For more information about the Common Good Breakfast Series and future topics, visit