Guest Column: Talent is Key

 Guest Column: Talent is Key

Jordan Vogel Business leaders tell us that finding skilled talent is their single biggest growth opportunity. The Cincinnati Chamber has developed an array of specialized initiatives to help our region win the battle for talent.

We attract talent to the region through programs and initiatives that expose people to all that the Cincinnati region has to offer.

The Cincinnati Chamber launched the Hello Cincy Ambassadors—a super-group of diverse professionals who are passionate about helping recruit potential new talent to the region and its organizations. They are available to talk, email, text and even chaperone visiting candidates, with a focus on selling the region.

We’re also ensuring that people new to our region are quickly acclimated and connected. In November, the Chamber “busted cliques” by connecting 300 newcomers to Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, YP organizations and community engagement opportunities at the Hello Cincy Welcome Event. Additionally, we offer Hello Cincy Day, a customized immersion experience that happens throughout each year, helping Cincinnati newcomers plug in quickly.

College and university students will choose Cincinnati to start their careers when they develop connections to the region and are able to envision success in their chosen field. That’s why we offer events like The Big College Event, a life fair that invites thousands of regional college and university students to connect in this community. And the Cincinnati Intern Network Connection (CINC) is a series of free summer events that expose interns and co-op students to all that Cincinnati has to offer. In 2018, CINC connected 1,440 interns and co-ops from 236 different Greater Cincinnati companies, representing 192 universities, 44 states, and 58 countries!

And we’ve partnered with Kroger Technology to attract more tech talent through, which builds the case to tech talent everywhere that the Cincinnati region is a place with fantastic quality of life and limitless career opportunities.

We develop and retain talent through best-in-class leadership programs that connect leaders to each other and the region. Thousands of leaders have graduated from the Chamber’s premier development program, Leadership CincinnatiUSA, and many others have enjoyed programs for young professionals (C-Change and Cincy Next) and women (WE Lead and WE Succeed) that empower and advance talented women leaders.

In 2018, the Chamber partnered with 84.51° to create the Power Squad. Now available to all organizations, this unique program focuses on a group of diverse, high-achieving women within a company—women the organization wants to retain and whose talents and perspectives they want to leverage in a deliberate way.

And if you’re looking to expand your network while learning from other top leaders, the Chamber’s Leadership Roundtables connect you to peer-learning opportunities.

We connect talent to our region’s businesses by building and growing pipelines of talent that flow directly into their organizations.

The Chamber recently collaborated with Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) to launch work-based learning for students who know they want to enter the work world immediately after graduation. Students benefit from paid, on-the-job learning at regional partner businesses while continuing high school studies. As it scales, the initiative will serve hundreds of students in multiple districts and industries.

Learn more at, or contact me directly at or 513-579-3153. We’re proud to engage in this work on behalf of our region’s companies and industries as they drive our economy and make Cincinnati the hottest city in America!

Jordan Vogel leads the chamber’s effort to expand the talent base in the region, connecting our businesses to the resources that drive growth, in his current role as vice president of Talent Initiatives with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He has an eclectic resume, ranging from working as a professional classical flutist to founding two small businesses, and later bringing that entrepreneurial sprit to Cintrifuse.