Webinar | 2023  

Decade of Excellence: Celebrating 10 Years of Career Empowerment with Iowa's DNR's 'Most Valuable Resource' Program

“Gallup finds that only 12% of employees strongly agree that their organization does a great job onboarding new employees. This failure gets in the way of the formation of an emotional bond between the new hire and the company -- a connection that can make or break retention” (Gallup, 2022).

That’s because most organizations have time-constrained, one-size-fits-all approaches – not meeting the needs of new employees! Extended, personalized onboarding can help empower employees and improve culture.

Join Lisa Walters, Head of Training at Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jen Meyer, Learnsoft COO, as they have a conversation about enhancing the onboarding experience and engaging the workforce. Lisa will share key insights into her department’s Most Valuable Resource program – a Career Empowerment tool that has been consistently rated 9/10 by employees for more than 10 years.

Learning objectives:

  • Get the details on Iowa DNR’s Most Valuable Resource program – a single-day, small-group onboarding session that has connected individuals to leadership, challenged problem-solving skills, and instilled personal growth responsibility with new employees since 2013.
  • Drill into solving key challenges training teams face with new hires through communication, alignment, and a focus on mission, values, and competencies.
  • See how a personalized, extended onboarding process has shaped the department’s performance and engagement over the last 10 years


  • Lisa Walters, Head of Training, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Jen Meyer, COO, Learnsoft
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