The Evolving Role of Higher Education in Workforce Development - Christopher Hahn
Based on over 20 years of corporate experience, graduate school research, and his most recent project, Business Leadership and Education Exploring Higher Education & Workforce Development Needs in Southeastern Minnesota, Chris will address the findings and implications for post-secondary educators as it relates to development of learners preparing to enter an increasingly competitive workforce.
Chris Hahn is an independent consultant in the Rochester, MN area with over 20 years of experience sports marketing, promotional product sales and business development. He has worked with a diverse group of clients including Fortune 500 companies, NASCAR, U.S. Olympic Committee, NFL, NHL, NBA, and other pro-sport licensed properties.
Chris holds a Business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Winona State University. Most recently he concluded a study with Winona State University that assessed the workforce development needs of Southeastern, MN as they relate to the role of higher education in workforce preparation. He plans to pursue his Doctorate in Education this fall at Winona State University.
Chris is a 3-time presenter at the Clute International Conference on Education. He has co-authored research and developed workshops on the topic of personal branding and was recently published in the Journal of International Research in Higher Education. He is an active academic speaker at several universities including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Winona State University, in both the College of Business and College of Education and serves as a graduate student mentor at Winona State University.
An Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman, Chris remains an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America serving on both unit and district committees. He also volunteers with “Let’s Go Fishing” as a boat captain allowing adults and children with limited abilities or access, the opportunity to explore the Mississippi River in Winona, MN. Chris is a native of Winona, MN and currently lives in St. Charles, MN with his wife and two children.