Effort Underway to Flip 'Brain Drain' to 'Brain Gain'

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The featured speaker lineup includes (from left-to-right): Mitch Daniels, Bill Oesterle, Michael Huber. The featured speaker lineup includes (from left-to-right): Mitch Daniels, Bill Oesterle, Michael Huber.

A new event Friday in Indianapolis will focus on an issue that has weighed on state leaders for decades: how to recruit and retain graduates of Indiana colleges and universities. The Brain Gain Talent Summit will include executives from nearly 40 Hoosier businesses encouraging hundreds of students to stay after graduation. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, Indy Chamber Chief Executive Officer Michael Huber and Indianapolis-based Angie's List Inc. co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer Bill Oesterle will be featured speakers at the gathering.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Oesterle says the event is just a piece of a larger push he feels must take place to stem the so-called brain drain in Indiana. "We want to plant in their minds early what the advantages of being here are," he said. "We have this remarkably diverse student body that attends this state from all over -- every corner of the world -- and that's where the notion of brain gain comes in. We want to be recruiting -- not just retaining our talent, but actually pulling talent in from the outside, as well."

Current college students representing 19 states and six countries are expected to be attend the summit. Oesterle currently serves as chief executive officer of TMap LLC, an Indiana-focused talent attraction startup that self-identifies as "Hoosiers hell bent on building our Indiana community." It offers a talent database for employers, statewide placement services to find potential candidates and placement-day events. In March, an investment group also led by Oesterle announced the acquisition of the former Angie's List campus on the east side of Indianapolis and detailed plans to transform it into a creative and entrepreneurship-focused "playground."

The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 at The Center, located at 6320 Intech Blvd in Indianapolis."It's time we applied science and scale to finding and keeping the best and brightest people born her, as well as those who pass through our great universities" Oesterle added.

To learn more about the Summit or additional Brain Gain efforts, contact TMap Senior Vice President of Product and Operations Evan Hock.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, TMap LLC CEO Bill Oesterle says the event is just a piece of a larger push he feels must take place to stem the so-called Brain Drain in Indiana.
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