Courageous Conversations

Minnesota's Aging Workforce
Courageous Conversations coordinator Kate Cimino speaks to the audience at a public event in Chisholm, Minnesota

It's no secret that Minnesota's population is aging rapidly and our workforce is declining in size, with potentially seismic impacts on business, industry, and the state's overall economic health. Given these realities, how can we keep older workers engaged and productive in the workforce, contributing vital skills to help Minnesota thrive in this changing landscape? What are the conversations that need to happen—between employers and employees, and across rural and urban communities—to tackle this growing challenge?

Over the past two years we've hosted a series of conversations around the state of Minnesota to explore how these dynamics are uniquely impacting our communities and to identify possible solutions. We will conclude the series with a discussion of our findings and recommendations for next steps.  

Image of State of Minnesota with dots showing locations of future events.Final Convening:

September 23, 2019, 1 p.m.Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Guest: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman
  • Series moderator: Gary Eichten
  • Details and registration link coming soon

This series is brought to you by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with generous support from the McKnight Foundation.

For more information, please contact or 612-625-5340

Previous Events

May 3, 2019 in Austin: 
Austin Event Program (PDF)

September 28, 2018 in Thief River Falls:
Thief River Falls Event Program (PDF)

June 14, 2018 in Chisholm: 
Chisholm Event Program (PDF)

March 23, 2018 in Marshall:
Marshall Full Audio (WAV)
Marshall Event Program (PDF) 

October 11, 2017 in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Full Audio (Soundcloud)
Minneapolis Written Summary (PDF)
Minneapolis Event Program (PDF)