Onward NRV Hosts Virtual Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit on Talent

Onward NRV Hosts Virtual Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit on Talent

Onward NRV was excited to have guest speaker Gabrielle Bosché with The Millennial Solution present on talent retention and recruitment to industry leaders in Virginia’s New River Valley during the organization’s virtual Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit on November 10th.

Twice a year, Onward NRV hosts Manufacturers Leaders’ Summits as part of the organization’s five-year strategy to promote economic development in Virginia’s New River Valley. The goal of the summits is to encourage collaboration around common challenges and opportunities faced by industry leaders to support the continued growth of the manufacturing industry in the NRV.

Onward NRV Hosts Virtual Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit on Talent

Onward NRV Virtual Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, November 2021

During the virtual summit, Gabrielle led a discussion on the importance of:

  • Setting expectations early and often: This can start as early as the interview process. During onboarding, show and tell new employees exactly what they can expect from their position in the first 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months and so on. On average, millennials are deciding their future with your company within their first 6 weeks on the job.
  • Connecting your employees to their purpose: Communicate to your employees clearly and often that they are making a difference. Create a culture and environment where your employees don’t want to leave.
  • Being curious, not critical: When an employee is doing something differently than you would, ask them to show you why and how they approached the problem.

Read more about previous Manufacturers Leaders’ Summits here.

Learn more about the manufacturing industry in Virginia’s New River Valley here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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