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Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260.8466,; Wendy LoCicero, ASE, 248.223.8006,

Livonia, Mich. —June 30, 2016 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces its Talent Symposium will be held on Aug. 11 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy. The day-long event, back for a second year following a robust attendance at its 2015 debut, was created in response to ASE member interest in a variety of talent attraction and retention issues. The Symposium announcement was made by ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“We field ASE member queries every day about a variety of HR issues, and talent acquisition and retention are consistently near the top of the list,” Corrado said. “Building on last year’s inaugural event, ASE’s Talent Symposium will explore several facets of talent attraction and retention, including the role that workplace culture, collaboration and learning opportunities play in the talent arena.”

The Talent Symposium will feature a morning and afternoon keynote speaker. The morning speaker is Aaron Olson, MSEd, Chief Talent Officer at Aon in Chicago, an instructor at Northwestern University, and author of Leading with Strategic Thinking. Olson will speak on Developing Strategic Leadership: The Key to Competing. The afternoon keynote is Dr. Starr Shafer, President at StarResults. With a background in training and global initiatives, Dr. Shafer will speak on the topic, Develop Your Employees or Someone Else Will.

Other highlights of the event include the following breakout sessions and panel discussions:

• Attract the Right Talent
• Building Agility on Old Foundations Won’t Work
• Learn Emotional Intelligence
• Building Compelling Employee Value Propositions
• Distribute Leadership to Strengthen Your Organization
• Build a Radically Collaborative Workplace
• Grow your Own Talent
• Inclusion is Good Business
• Develop a Learning Culture

The ASE Talent Symposium on Aug. 11 begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. For a complete conference agenda, registration and pricing information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at