18apr11:45 am1:15 pmThe New Three 'Rs' of Talent: RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, & RESOURCES

Event Details

The RTP CFO Forum will hold
its next meeting on Thursday, April 18th, 2024

The Forum provides a peer-to-peer
networking opportunity for approximately 250 CFOs and similar senior financial
executives to learn practical solutions to the challenges they face.

Please RSVP to Jessica Smith(new
by Wednesday, April 17th, at 919.232.5991 or email

11:45 a.m. – 12:15
p.m.   Networking/Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 1:15
p.m.   Program


Location:  RT-1 (Building 1) Auditorium, Wake Tech RTP Campus, 10908
Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville, NC 27560
Parking is
available in Lot A (UNMARKED SPACES ONLY), as well as in Lot B.1 and Lot B.
Please see the attached map for details.

Topic: The New

Objective: The speakers will discuss 2024 trends and innovative ideas in
hiring, retention, and leveraging staff augmentation to keep teams from burning
out. The Senior Director of WakeWorks Apprenticeship will also speak on what
Wake Tech has to offer as a place for both area employers and employees.

Speakers: Kristen Barnett, Senior Director, Vaco, John Whelehan, CPA,
Associate Director, Vaco and John Wojcik, Senior Director of the WakeWorks
Apprenticeship Program, Wake Tech

today’s human capital environment, those that understand the importance of how
talent provides solutions for business imperatives will grow and sustain their
enterprises.  This Lunch & Learn
session will increase your knowledge and insights of our labor market and how
WakeWorks has become a strategic partner for many companies and organizations
in the Triangle. The program will be sponsored by Vaco in collaboration with
the WakeWorks Apprenticeship Program at Wake Tech.

twenty apprenticeship programs and thirteen career fields, Wake Tech serves
over 75,000 degree seeking and students and continuing education adult
learners. Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, Vaco has over 40 offices in North
America with three in North Carolina including Raleigh that specializes in
Accounting/Finance, Technology & Digital, and HR & Operations.


Kristen Barnett is a Senior Director on Vaco’s interim and project-based consulting
team with over ten years of recruiting industry experience connecting the top
accounting, finance, and HR talent in the market with Raleigh’s leading
companies. Kristen is adept at assessing a company’s needs and matching those
needs with the ideal consultant support. She has an MBA from the University of
Maryland and extensive experience motivating and leading teams.


John Whelehan is an Associate Director on Vaco Raleigh’s Accounting & Finance
direct hire recruiting team. As a CPA with 9 years of tax experience in public
accounting, this former Upstate New York native uses his knowledge and passion
about people to help candidates find their dream accounting and finance roles.
John takes pride in partnering with his clients and candidates to help them
achieve long-term success.


John Wojcik
serves as the Senior Director of the WakeWorks Apprenticeship Program at Wake
Tech Community College. With over four decades of experience in Supply Chain
and Operations Management across diverse regulated industries, John brings a
wealth of expertise to his role. His commitment to workforce development and
skills training is deeply ingrained, reflecting a career-long dedication to
addressing the critical challenges faced by businesses in this arena.

Wake Tech Community College, John leads the charge in developing and
implementing Apprenticeship initiatives designed to bridge the gap between
industry demands and the capabilities of the workforce. His tenure at Wake Tech
has been marked by a proactive approach to tackling the multifaceted challenges
inherent in workforce development. Drawing upon his extensive background, John
understands the nuanced complexities of various regulated sectors and has
consistently demonstrated his ability to navigate these intricacies.

impact extends far beyond traditional manufacturing settings, encompassing all
facets of organizations. Recognizing the evolving landscape of industry
demands, he remains at the forefront of developing innovative Apprenticeship
programs tailored to meet the needs of modern businesses. Through his
leadership and strategic vision, John empowers individuals with the skills and
knowledge required to thrive in today’s competitive environment, ultimately
driving growth and success for both companies and their employees.


WakeWorks® Apprenticeship is a
partnership between Wake Tech and Wake County to address a shortage of
technical workers in the region while giving students a unique opportunity to
earn an income while learning new skills.

Apprentices can
gain on-the-job training at local employers, learning sought-after skills in
various fields and garnering industry-recognized credentials and degrees – all
while earning a paycheck. Registered apprenticeships require a minimum of 2,000
hours of training and 144 hours of classroom instruction, and many lead to
permanent employment. Apprentices are awarded an official JourneyWorker’s
certificate upon completion of the apprenticeship, signifying they have
mastered the skills in their field.

the RTP CFO Forum:

RTP CFO Forum serves approximately 250 CFOs and similar senior financial
executives in the greater Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill region. The Forum
provides interactive networking and discussion of technical and strategic
topics in a secure environment created exclusively for senior-level peers,
sparking new ideas and practical solutions to pressing issues. The combination
of relevant speakers and topics with opportunities to build professional
networks enables its members to grow and thrive.  CPE is provided on
select topics. To learn more, visit

note that the RTP CFO Forum is typically scheduled for the third Thursday of
every month from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Attendance is limited to CFOs or senior
financial professionals in similar positions.

RTP CFO Forum is sponsored by
EAG Triangle, LLC
For more information, please contact us.



(Thursday) 11:45 am - 1:15 pm(GMT+00:00)