Age-Friendly Workplace Programs

Age-Friendly Workplaces Conference 2020

A collaboration between University of Iowa and nonprofit Transamerica Institute. Funding provided by NextFifty Initiative and co-sponsored by the Office of Governor Jared Polis.

On February 27, 2020, Transamerica Institute hosted a groundbreaking event dedicated to showcasing best practices for recruiting and retaining experienced employees. It will unveil research findings from the Colorado’s Above-Fifty Employment Strategies (CAFES) initiative. Conference attendees had the opportunity to network and learn from experts in local CO and national organizations about the impact of population aging on the workforce and the imperative of integrating experienced employees into the workplace. The event was free, held at the McNichols Center Building, and catered to HR professionals, company executives, and others interested in the aging workforce and shaping the future.

Age-Friendly Workplace Programs: Recruiting and Retaining Experienced Employees

Conference Agenda
February 27, 2020 
McNichols Civic Center Building  | Denver, Colorado

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9:00 AM - 9:20 AM  |  Check-in, Coffee, & Networking

9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  |  Welcome 
Catherine Collinson, CEO and President, Transamerica Institute 

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM |  Greetings from the Capitol
Jared Polis, Colorado Governor (Invited) 

9:40 AM - 10:15 AM  |  Future of Work 
Joe Barela, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM  |  Break and Networking

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM  |  Keynote - The Longevity Economy 
Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Key Findings from CAFES' Age-Friendly Workplace Programs Research
Brian Kaskie, Associate Professor, University of Iowa - Health Management and Policy
 
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  |  Lunch and Table Discussions of Best Practices

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM  |  Living, Learning and Earning Longer & Employers Taking the Lead 
Panel discussion with experts in age-diverse workforces, including:

  • Ramsey Alwin, Director, AARP Thought Leadership
  • Rick Guzzo, Partner & Co-Founder, Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute

Moderated by Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor, Next Avenue

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM  |  Connections Among Colorado Nonprofits
Panel discussion with leaders of local initiatives, including:

  • Karen Brown, Director, Changing the Narrative Age-friendly Workplace Initiative; CO Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging
  • Khristine Rogers, State Director, Senior Planet & OATS
  • Janine Vanderburg, Director & Chief Catalyst, Changing the Narrative

Moderated by Catherine Collinson

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  |  Break & Networking

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  |  State Policies and Programs Pertaining to Experienced Employees
Panel discussion with CO experts, including:

  • Kelly Folks, Division Manager, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
  • Dr. Christian Itin, CO Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA)
  • Katherine Keegan, Director, CO Office of the Future of Work

Moderated by Janice Blanchard, Office of Governor Polis

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM  |  What's Next - Phase Two of CAFES Research in Colorado
Brian Kaskie and Catherine Collinson

4:00PM  |  Adjourn

Media

Come visit us in a few weeks for video recordings from the conference and more!

 

Conference Recap on Twitter #CAFES2020

1. Greetings from the Capitol with Jared Polis, Colorado Governor

 

2. Future of Work with Joe Barela, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

 

3. The Longevity Economy with Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

 

4. Key Findings from CAFES' Age-Friendly Workplace Programs Research with Dr. Brian Kaskie, Associate Professor, University of Iowa - Health Management & Policy

 

5. Living, Learning & Earning Longer with Rasmey Alwin, Director, AARP Thought Leadership

 

6. Age and Performance with Rick Guzzo, Partner & Co-Founder, Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute

 

Research on Age-Friendly Workplace Programs

Come visit us in a few weeks to preview the research report!

Colorado Age-Friendly Workplaces Research Report

About CAFES

Colorado’s Above-Fifty Employment Strategies (CAFES) is a two-year project that aims to transform the way employers shape the future of aging in Colorado, by addressing how they meet the needs and preferences of experienced employees (age 50+ workers). It is a collaboration between researchers at The University of Iowa College of Public Health and content experts at Transamerica Institute. This project has been made possible by a grant from Colorado-based nonprofit NextFifty Initiative. 

Population aging, a phenomenon resulting from the combination of longer life expectancies and lower birthrates, has widespread implications for both employees and employers across the state of Colorado. Indeed, Colorado’s workforce is growing older. In 2015, working Coloradans over the age of 55 accounted for 20 percent of the state workforce. By the year 2030, more than one in four persons working in the state of Colorado will be over 55. Many workers will want and/or need to stay in the workforce beyond traditional retirement age in order to adequately save and achieve financial security when they retire.

The project’s overarching goal is to transform how employers address the needs and preferences of experienced employees across the state of Colorado. The two-year project will accomplish these four specific goals:

  1. Through a survey of Colorado employers, identify and assess how they are addressing experienced employees,
  2. Disseminate information about best practices adopted by Colorado employers,
  3. Facilitate implementation of best practices among Colorado employers, and
  4. Initiate a state-wide public awareness campaign that highlights how employers can successfully address the implications of Colorado’s aging workforce.

By illuminating how employers are addressing this unprecedented labor force change and identifying policies and programs that have the greatest impact on experienced employees, best practices can be shared across the state. This effort to move Colorado’s employers closer toward meeting the needs and preferences of an age-friendly workplace constitutes a substantive contribution to improving future opportunities to age successfully in Colorado.

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The University of Iowa College of Public Health works to promote health and prevent injury and illness through its commitment to education and training, excellence in research, innovation in policy development, and devotion to public health practice. www.public-health.uiowa.edu

Transamerica Institute® is a nonprofit, private foundation dedicated to identifying, researching and educating the public about retirement, health coverage and better outcomes in personal health and wellness, and other relevant issues facing Americans today. It comprises two research centers: Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® and Transamerica Center for Health Studies®. The Institute is funded by contributions from Transamerica Life Insurance Company and its affiliates and may receive funds from unaffiliated third parties. The Institute is not affiliated with The University of Iowa or NextFifty Initiative. www.transamericainstitute.org/cafes

NextFifty Initiative is a Colorado-based private foundation dedicated to funding mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of the older adult population and their caregivers. It seeks to fund game-changing efforts to improve and sustain quality of life for people in their second 50 years. NextFifty Initiative educates about proven initiatives and advocates for transformational change. www.next50initiative.org