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Chicago Employer Action Lab Experience

The Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance and Talent Rewire present the Chicago Employer Action Lab.

The Opportunity

Talent Rewire’s Employer Action Lab, a 10-month immersive learning experience, seeks to change the paradigm for both employers and employees by bringing together a cohort of employers who are committed to intentionally disrupting their current talent systems and practices in service of addressing their medium to long-term talent and business needs while also increasing opportunity for their frontline and entry-level workforce to build careers not just jobs.

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Why Participate

  • Build your capacity to innovate new strategies grounded in employees’ needs and input that improve the recruitment, retention, and/or advancement of frontline talent.
  • Identify and create a scalable pilot program to address a talent need that is built on data, research-based best practices, and input from employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Understand the value of intentional and consistent engagement with frontline talent through interaction and conversation with Talent Rewire’s Frontline Employee Committee and local frontline employees. 
  • Receive 1:1 support from Talent Rewire Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs), workforce development professionals who have local and national expertise.

Participant Profile

We invite 2-4 company representatives who, in combination, have regular touchpoints with frontline employees, have access to leaders with decision making authority, and can influence talent policies and practices to participate. We also require each participating employer to have the support of an executive sponsor who has decision making authority and will be invited to participate during select sessions.

Cost to Employers

This work is made possible by the generous support of Walmart which covers the full cost of the Employer Action Lab, including in-person and virtual gatherings, programming, and technical assistance support for up to four participants per employer, valued at approximately $25K per employer. Note: Any travel costs incurred (e.g. hotel, parking, mileage) to participate in the in-person gatherings must be paid for by the employer.

Upcoming Chicago Employer Action Lab Info Sessions


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Chicago Employer Action Lab Logistics

Register for the 2024 Chicago Employer Action Lab

By completing this registration you will be enrolled in the full Action Lab that runs from March through December 2024.

Details about individual in-person and virtual sessions will be shared separately.



Session 1 | Activate (In-Person): March 19-20, 2024

General Information

March 19, 2024

  • General Session: 8:30am CT – 4:00pm CT
  • Networking Reception: 4:00pm CT – 5:30pm CT

March 20, 2024

  • General Session: 8:30am CT – 4:00pm CT

Breakfast and lunch will be served each day – please indicate any dietary restrictions in the registration form.

Location & Transportation

Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
33 South State Street
The Sullivan Center Meeting Room – 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Public Transportation
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance is accessible via train at the Monroe subway station.

Parking Information
Grant Park North Garage 
25 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60602

Chicago Employer Action Lab Timeline

One-on-one Technical Assistance Provider support will be available from March through December.

March 19-20, 2024
In-Person: Chicago, IL
Using the Opportunity Navigator assessment tool, employers will reflect on their current workplace practices and culture and how those influence the frontline experience, and design a specific next step to capture frontline employee voice.

June 26, 2024, 1pm ET/12pm CT – 4pm ET/3pm CT
Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and input gathered from company data*, Talent Rewire’s Frontline Employee Council, and local frontline advisors, employers will generate an employee engagement plan to inform the design of their pilot project.

*Data will be kept confidential.

October 8-9, 2024
In-Person: Chicago, IL
Using data, research-based best practices, and input from employees at levels of the organization, employers will identify and finalize a singular pilot project that has clear next steps, indicators of success, and an accountability plan.

Week of December 15, 2024
Virtual: Exact date & time to be confirmed
Employers will present their learnings and pilot projects to the full cohort including Talent Rewire’s Frontline Employee Council and local frontline advisors.

Join a growing community of employers dedicated to
helping their frontline employees thrive.