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Where Do We Go From Here? It's in the Numbers


It has been a rollercoaster of a ride when listening to or reading the headlines regarding the economic numbers. Although we have been through very challenging economic times in the past, this pandemic and recession have created a unique economic situation that seems to be constantly changing. Predicting what will happen next is not easy.

Host Jake Siudzinski sorts through the variables of our workforce and economy with  Dennis Winters, Chief Economist of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

About the Host

Jake Siudzinski, MBA

Jake is the Director of Client Relations for The QTI Group and has been with the organization for over 7 years.  With over 15 years of experience in the HR industry, Jake is motivated by delivering exceptional results with a consultative focus on customer partnerships. He enjoys developing relationships with organizations to help them with their human resources and talent acquisition needs. 

Jake holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has earned his MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business. He was also named in In-Business’ “40 under 40” list.

Jake is very active in the community including acting as an Ambassador for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and Metro Milwaukee SHRM.  He is also a Past President of the Greater Madison area SHRM chapter, Leadership Greater Madison participant, and was a patient volunteer and committee member for the Care for All Campaign at Agrace HospiceCare.

About the Guest

Dennis Winter, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Mr. Winters is a nationally recognized expert on human resource challenges in the competitive global economic environment.  Mr. Winters has presented on the increasing value of talent to numerous audiences, including the Milken Global Conference, the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the National Association of State Legislators, and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Mr. Winters has expertise in economic analysis, modeling and forecasting; encompassing everything from designing commodity derivative strategies to long-term policy initiative scenario assessments.  Mr. Winters' areas of focus include regional and national macroeconomics, energy and labor markets, and economic impact analysis. 

He has served as an advisor to private industry, government agencies, and elected federal, state, and local officials.  Mr. Winters has testified before governmental investigative bodies and appeared in television and radio interviews and been quoted in the national press such as the Wall Street Journal, Investors Daily, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, the Journal of Commerce, and the Swedish equivalent of Business Week, as well as many local newspapers.

Dennis Winters’ current titles are Chief Economist, Director of the Bureau of Workforce Information and Technical Support, and Labor Market Information Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 

Mr. Winters has authored many studies on economic development in Wisconsin including Wisconsin’s Economy in the Year 2010, Wisconsin High-Tech Opportunities, Economic Development Strategies for Neighboring States, the Northeast Wisconsin Economic Opportunities Study, and The Impact of Population Aging on Wisconsin’s Labor Force. He also wrote four papers for the Wisconsin Economic Summits and presented Help Wanted: Talent Challenges for Wisconsin's Economy back in 2000.

Mr. Winters has been a consulting economist for over thirty years including senior positions at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA), DRI / McGraw-Hill (now combined into IHS Global Insights).  He was Vice President and Director of Research for NorthStar Economics.

Dennis Winters was educated at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Colorado State University.


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