Attracting and Retaining Young Talent to be Discussed During Virtual Leadership Conference

Young professionals make up more than 50% of the global workforce, however, retaining and developing young talent has been a struggle for employers across all industries, including pulp, paper, packaging and tissue .

As part of TAPPI’s PIMA Division’s 2020 Innovation and Leadership Conference Series, expert panelists will share their insights on young workforce retention during the “Engaging a Generational Workforce: A Conversation on Attracting & Retaining Young Talent” session held during week two. The virtual session, hosted by TAPPI’s Young Professionals Division on Wednesday, September 9th from 11am – 12:30pm, includes key insight from a survey sent to young professionals in the paper, pulp and packaging industry on retention. The session offers attendees data and ideas that can be applied on an individual or company-wide basis. They will also have an opportunity to engage with the panelists during an interactive Q&A at the end of the session. Panelists include:

  • Lena Sharesky, Sales Representative, Packaging Corporation of America - Moderator
  • Marcina Rogers, International Paper
  • Caitlin Knight, Jacobs
  • Lauren Baksh, Graphic Packaging International
  • Tim Hagenbuch, WMU Paper Technology Foundation
  • Dan Schott, Panther Systems

On Thursday, September 10th at 11am, professionals will have the opportunity to attend the third session in the Conference Series, called “Future of Leadership.” This session, presented by TAPPI’s Women in Industry Division, addresses how to develop future leaders, how the nature of developing leadership capabilities is shifting, how to equip employees with the right tools, the myth of work / life balance, and role of ego as it pertains to leadership and multigenerational workforce cohesion. Attendees will hear from expert panelists and can participate in an interactive question and answer session afterwards. Panelists include:

  • Paula Hajakian, Technical Manager Paper, USG - Moderator
  • Mike Farrell, Graphic Packaging
  • Brianah Morse, Georgia Pacific
  • Michael Subilia, II, Domtar Paper Company
  • Rebecca Boyd, PE, Jedson Engineering

Learn more about Week Two sessions

For more information about each session, panelists and speakers, and to register visit:

There is a nominal charge of $79 for TAPPI members to attend the entire conference, or $29 per session.* There are additional discounts for Young Professionals, students, and retired professionals.

*Full conference price is prorated each week. View the website for nonmember rates.