INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo is stepping down to launch a new entity designed to assist women and minorities engaged in entrepreneurship.
“Communities across the state have been able to strategically focus on how to collaborate regionally to harness the talent of Hoosiers and make strides in connecting education institutions with employers working to grow so that the entire state flourishes, thanks to the commitment of Secretary Milo,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I had a vision for connecting communities, growing regionalism, and sharing best practices, and she brought it to life.”
Milo was named the first Secretary of Career Connections and Talent in 2017. She has led the 21st Century Talent Regions initiative, resulting in 80 Indiana counties forming 14 regions to plan and implement strategies for attracting, developing and connecting talent. She has also been instrumental in creating the Indiana Talent Network, which connects stakeholders statewide in sharing best practices for equitable talent policies and strategies.
“It has been my honor to join Governor Holcomb’s team and work alongside a host of public servants to connect Hoosiers to a sense of earned success and employers to the talent needed to grow,” Secretary Milo said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to witness first-hand the opportunities for entrepreneurs in Indiana, and I’m excited to continue that work moving forward.”
As Secretary, Milo also served on the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and led outreach to local, regional, and statewide business and education leaders and communities across the state. Earlier this year, the Office of Career Connections and Talent was integrated into the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) to provide a critical link between businesses and talent resources, including universities, education institutes, government agencies, as well community and education stakeholders, to make it as easy as possible for employers to cultivate robust talent pipelines, meet hiring goals, and implement training and development programs.
Milo is moving to the private sector to launch the Center for Talent and Opportunity, a partnership with the Sagamore Institute, InnoPower, and Minority Entrepreneurship Institute committed to closing the wealth gap for women and minorities through entrepreneurship.
Her last day is June 7.