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Former Monster North America president to speak about employment trends

November 6, 2008

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) welcomes former Monster North America President Steve Pogorzelski back to the University of Wisconsin–Madison next week for a series of lectures on the promising future of the job market in uncertain financial times.

“The labor market is fundamentally changing, with the advent of baby-boomer retirement and fewer new entrants into the workforce,” says Pogorzelski, a 1983 graduate of UW–Madison. “The bad news is that we’re in a very bad economic environment, but the good news is that long-term prospects have never been brighter due to the changing demographics of the workforce.”

Pogorzelski’s week at UW–Madison will include lectures for students and community members on campus and around Madison. Highlights include:

  • Thursday, Nov. 13: “The Employment Future: Hot Industries, High-Demand Occupations and the Skills That Employers Value.” 7-8:30 p.m., Ogg Hall, 835 W. Dayton St. This event is for UW–Madison students only.
  • Friday, Nov. 14: “The Changing Nature of Employment and Work.” Pogorzelski will appear as part of WAA’s Day on Campus, a half-day of lectures with various UW–Madison experts. For more information and registration, visit this site.
  • Monday, Nov. 17: “Finding a Job in Today’s Tough Economic Environment.” 6:30-8 p.m., Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required here.

Pogorzelski joined Monster in 1998, where he held a variety of positions including president, Monster North America; group president, international; and executive vice president, global sales. Now semi-retired, Pogorzelski is the co-author of “Finding Keepers,” published in hardcover by McGraw-Hill in January.

He also serves as a board member of Morgan Goodwill Industries, MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow), the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association and He has been a frequent commentator on global labor markets and has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, ABC Nightly News, PBS News Hour and Fox News, and has been quoted in numerous print sources.

He has been named to the Daily Cardinal Newspaper Hall of Fame and was honored in 2006 with the Distinguished Service to Journalism Award from the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Founded in 1861, WAA offers UW–Madison alumni and friends a wide variety of services, including the award-winning On Wisconsin and Badger Insider magazines, career services, international travel opportunities and lifelong learning events.