Rebecca Deschane is the Vice President of Talent Development at New North Inc., the regional marketing and economic development organization for the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin. She has held the position since January 2021.
In her role, Deschane enhances strong collaborations with local and regional partners while coordinating and managing initiatives, projects and programming focused around talent development. Included in her responsibilities are the implementation and enhancement of the New North Talent Hub; military-veteran attraction efforts in conjunction with Mission Wisconsin; coordination of college-alumni recruitment with area institutions of higher learning; oversight of New North’s Inspire deployment and its IntelTracker tool; support of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force; identification of career pathways for key regional industries; and retraining initiatives such as the Microsoft/gener8tor Upskilling program.
Deschane spent the prior decade with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s lead economic-development organization. From 2017-20 she served as its Talent Initiatives Director, a joint liaison position with the University of Wisconsin System, working on talent retention, development and attraction efforts. In this role, she was responsible for developing and implementing statewide talent strategies, along with coordinating with internal stakeholders and external partners to address current and future workforce needs.
Other talent-related initiatives that Deschane had a primary role in include attraction of military veterans to the state, expanding prison education opportunities through the UW System, and Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity outreach. She also helped to launch the statewide expansion of YPWeek, a NEWaukee initiative in support of a better connected young professional network in Wisconsin.
Deschane received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marquette University in 1997. She is a native of Crivitz, Wis.
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