Insight to Action is a monthly virtual event series featuring topics at the heart of business transformation.

Presented by leading faculty and industry experts, the series has value for professionals at all stages of their careers, and individuals who want to learn how faculty research influences the way executives and businesses operate.


November 19, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. CT

Virtual Event


Changes in the labor market: What's happening and how can you be successful when facing rapid change?


In this time of rapid, dramatic change, understanding the big forces churning the labor market can help organizational leaders navigate recruitment, production, and retention challenges successfully. What's happening and how can we succeed as HR and organizational leaders?


Two experts at the forefront of these challenges will discuss current challenges in the labor market together and with the audience.

Insight to Action Speakers

Aaron Sojourner

Aaron Sojourner

Labor Economist and Associate Professor - Carlson School of Management

Aaron Sojourner is a labor economist and associate professor at the Carlson School of Management. He worked as senior economist for labor in the White House Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Obama and Trump, helping to interpret economic news and advising on strategy. His labor market analysis is frequently published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Star Tribune, Financial Times, CNBC and other media. 

Sojourner is a research fellow at the European labor economics research institute IZA, visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, member of the Human Capital & Economic Opportunity working group, and Roosevelt Institute fellow.

Sojourner completed his PhD in economics at Northwestern University in 2009 and was a pre-doctoral fellow in the University’s Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences. He also has an MA in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago and a BA in history from Yale University.


Carrie Heimer

Carrie Heimer

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer - Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.

Carrie Heimer is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc. Carrie is responsible for the company’s overall talent strategy and the delivery of human resources services across the global enterprise. 

Prior to joining Redwing in 2007, Carrie held senior HR leadership roles across a broad spectrum of industries including retail, healthcare, technology and manufacturing. Her specialties include strategy and planning, organizational effectiveness, and leader/talent development.

Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and a Master of Science in Management.   Other professional memberships & affiliations include the Twin Cities Human Resources Executive Council (HREC), the Board of Governors for the Evanta CHRO Community, and a member of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (I4CP).  




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