MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 2, 2011) — Despite recent headlines touting how Minneapolis-St. Paul is attracting young talent, the fact is that we are having a hard time retaining young diverse talent. A study done by FutureBrand found that most professionals of color who relocate to Minneapolis-St. Paul, stay less than two years, meaning companies lose the talent they worked hard to attract and our region loses diverse community members.
To address this serious issue, several Minnesota based companies worked together, through the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and Minneapolis Foundation to develop “The Partnership – Improving Retention of Diverse Professionals.”
After three years and nearly 45 diverse professionals who have gone through the program, only two have left their companies and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
“I have had a wonderful time participating in the meetings and getting to know other professionals,” stated one 2011 partnership participant. “It definitely has made my transition to Minneapolis much easier, especially having a forum to discuss candidly our experience.”
¥ Exposes newcomers to real world advice on Minnesota’s business culture and how to thrive in the world of “Minnesota Nice.”
¥ Ensures relocated professionals develop a personal and professional network that includes other newcomers as well as long-time diverse professionals
¥ Provides transplants with resources and access to everything they need to feel comfortable and connected in their new home town including volunteer opportunities, personal services, etc.
¥ Shortens the learning curve of Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s economic, civic, political, cultural, entertainment and educational opportunities
“This is a great program and the feedback from Cargill participants has been outstanding,” stated Tracey Gibson, Global Diversity Director, Cargill.
The next Partnership program begins in February 2012 and will include six half-day sessions, an overnight retreat and additional social events.
For additional information, including a video featuring Mayor Rybak, participants and others go to www.minneapolischamber.org/mrcc-workforce-development/the-partnership.