Webinar: How Contractors are Tackling Workforce Challenges with a Whole-of-Firm Approach

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This webinar builds on the key themes explored at AGC's inaugural Construction Industry HR and Workforce Conference in November 2023, providing deeper insights into effective strategies for tackling today's workforce challenges. Attendees will gain access to the 2023 Construction HR & Workforce Conference After Action Report, sponsored by Arcoro, which offers a comprehensive overview of conference sessions and emphasizes the significance of a whole-of-firm approach to workforce development.

Carrie Gardenhire, Director of Association Partnerships at Arcoro, will open the webinar and introduce the newly released report before passing the floor to our speakers. They will delve into how contractors Robins & Morton, Strack, Inc. and J.F. Brennan Company, Inc., are addressing chronic workforce challenges through a whole-of-firm approach, involving stakeholders at all levels – from the C-suite to HR and field personnel – to innovate recruitment methods and cultivate a supportive culture for retention.

This moderated conversation will provide practical tips for enhancing workforce development efforts, with opportunities for participants to ask questions and share success stories. Join us as we build on the key themes from AGC's 2023 conference to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of workforce management.


Jennifer Lacy
Lean Practice Leader
Robins & Morton

Robins & Morton’s Lean Practice Leader Jennifer Lacy has been with the company for 19 years and is responsible for the continued advancement of the company’s Building Forward® approach, based on Lean philosophies. She is a published author, hosts a weekly YouTube livestream, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, such as Lean Construction Institute’s Annual Congress, Associated General Contractors of America’s Annual Convention, Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, and more.

Janelle Pogodzinski
Chief Human Capital Officer
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

Janelle Pogodzinski, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, is currently the VP-Chief Human Capital Officer at J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.  Brennan is a Marine Construction company headquartered in La Crosse, WI with operations nationwide.  Brennan is a union employer with over 600 employees.  Janelle has more than 20 years of HR experience and has been with Brennan for three years.

Prior to Brennan, Janelle was a part of HR teams in the manufacturing and foodservice distribution industries.  She is passionate about creating an environment in which learning and development is at the forefront and focused on doing the right thing for the company and its employees. 

Jonathan Strack
Strack, Inc.

Jonathan Strack started his career at Strack, Inc. at 12 years old as a laborer and worked his way up through the business as an operator, superintendent, project manager, vice president, president, and finally CEO, learning what it means to be a good leader from the greatest man and mentor that anyone could ever have: his father, Joe Strack.


Nate Barry
Vice President for Strategic Operations and Initiatives
Metropolitan Community College

Dr. Nathan Barry has more than 15 years of higher education experience in both faculty and administrative roles. He joined MCC in 2016 as the Dean of Construction Education. Prior to joining higher education, he worked in construction and land development holding a variety of roles. As the Vice President for Strategic Operations, he leads the strategic planning efforts, including facilities planning, development, and overall facilities operations. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska Kearney, a Master’s in Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Continuing Education Offered:

Participants can earn 1.0 HRCI CE Credit and 1.0 SHRM PDC by attending the entire webinar. Attendees will receive a separate email after the webinar with details to submit the webinar activity and claim credit toward their HRCI and SHRM recertification requirements.

The use of this official seal confirms that the Associated General Contractors of America meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HR Certification Institute’s® (www.HRCI.org) eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

The Associated General Contractors of America is recognized by SHRM (www.SHRM.org) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

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