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By: Tony D'Amelio on March 7th, 2018

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Looming Talent Crisis: The Vanishing Entry-Level Job Candidate

Organizational Culture

“Nearly three-quarters of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible for military service due to obesity, other health problems, criminal backgrounds or lack of education, according to government data. That's a harsh reality check for the Pentagon’s plan to recruit tens of thousands of new soldiers, sailors, pilots and cyber specialists over the next five years.” So says this article on Politico last week.  The piece is definitely worth reading.

MIKE ABRASHOFF, the former Navy captain and author of It’s Your Ship, told me about the article and noted that the looming talent crisis also applies to the private sector, too. Leaders at the companies he speaks to confess to struggling to find enough qualified entry-level talent. The head of a landscaping firm Mike spoke to told him they could be doing 30% more business if they could find more people. But in an already tight labor market, finding candidates who can pass a drug test and background check makes the search for viable candidates even harder.

The top companies are dealing with this challenge by strengthening the organizational culture. The best cultures have the best chance of attracting and retaining talent at all levels, but especially entry-level talent. Companies with strong cultures of employee engagement and support tend to hang onto their people. There’s nothing worse than losing good talent and having to struggle finding qualified job candidates to replace them.

D’Amelio Network manages five great speakers on the topic; experts, authors, and practitioners who offer fresh insights on how to create an organizational culture that rocks. If you are looking to attract the very best talent at every level, their advice is worthy of your attention.




Author of the million-copy bestseller It’s Your Ship, Mike was the captain of the USS Benfold who transformed it into the best ship in U.S. Nav.  He is a top leadership speaker with practical advice on organizational transformation, employee engagement strategies, improving innovation & performance.

 A Winning Attitude: MIKE ABRASHOFF - The Secret to Success


Innovator who co-founded Fast Company magazine, the publication that chronicles the ongoing business revolution.  The Harvard Business Review columnist is also author of three New York Times' bestsellers, his latest is Simply Brilliant. Bill is a popular speaker on leadership who helps companies do the hard work of big change and create powerful cultures of innovation. 

Bill Taylor: Culture as a Strategic Advantage



Combat veteran and first woman Thunderbird pilot brings lessons from her 21-year USAF career - talking leadership, change, creating a high-performance culture, and overcoming adversity.

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET.): Cultural Change - Becoming a Thunderbird Pilot



The co-founder of Management Lab, a management think-do tank, is co-author of Mavericks at Work and was a founding writer for Fast Company magazine. Polly is a top speaker on leading change in organizations, innovation, and transforming organizational culture.

Polly LaBarre: Pixar's culture of innovation



Senior editor-at-large at Fortune and expert on the economic, technological, political, and competitive forces driving business disruption. Geoff authored two New York Times' bestsellers, Talent is Overrated and Humans are Underrated.  Geoff briefs audiences on what top companies and business leaders are doing right now to innovate and adapt to an uncertain business environment. 


Bestselling Author GEOFF COLVIN: Culture as a Competitive Advantage



There’s a very simple idea behind the creation of the D’Amelio Network. We set out to curate and manage a select collection of experts who are also great speakers. Our goal was to be their advocate and assure that their expertise touched the widest possible audience. Our clients are experts on the issues driving change and business disruption – global competition, policy uncertainty, economic volatility, and the ever-increasing impact of technology. All these issues present an extraordinary challenge (and opportunity) to leadership. The experts we’ve assembled address those issues head-on and provide solutions.


Our intense focus on just a few speaking clients has a tangible benefit for event planning professionals. By virtue of our management role, we have deep knowledge of the expertise of each of our speaking clients. We’re adept at explaining the different ways to leverage that expertise for the benefit of the audience. DN is an outstanding resource for great business speakers.

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About Tony D'Amelio

Tony has spent his career putting talented people and audiences together, first in the music business and later representing the world's leading speakers. After concluding 27 years as Executive Vice President of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Tony launched D'Amelio Network, a boutique firm that manages the speaking activities of a select group of experts on business, management, politics and current events. Clients include: Mike Abrashoff, Geoff Colvin, Katty Kay, Polly LaBarre, Vikram Mansharamani, David Meerman Scott, Bill Taylor, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

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