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Mar 13th, 2024 | The Connector

Happy Women's History Month from The O'Connor Group!

As a women-owned and women-run business, we are proud to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. From trailblazers who shattered glass ceilings to activists who fought for equality, women have played a crucial role in shaping our world.

This month, we honor the strength, resilience, and creativity of women at The O'Connor Group and beyond. Let's uplift and empower each other, break barriers, and shatter stereotypes.

The future is female, and together, we can achieve anything!

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month and the incredible women who have paved the way for generations to come. Together, we can continue to make a difference and inspire change!

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1. The New Job Hot-Spots: Phoenix, Orlando and Albuquerque

Just four years ago, the West was leading the way in job growth, with major cities commanding top salaries. However, the landscape has shifted. Cities in the Sunbelt are now booming with job opportunities, while traditional superstar cities like San Francisco are seeing companies and workers move elsewhere in search of better living and affordability. The once prestigious pay bump of big-city jobs is now leveling out, while salaries in other regions are on the rise.

Read the full article here!

2. Healthcare employment exceeds 12-month average

In January, healthcare employment saw a significant increase of 70,300, surpassing the 12-month average of 58,700.

Additional key discoveries from the analysis include:

1. Nursing and residential care facilities added 16,500 jobs in the previous month.

2. Ambulatory care settings experienced a growth of 33,400 jobs in January, while hospitals saw an increase of 20,400 jobs.

3. In the previous year, the job openings rate in healthcare and social assistance reached 7.6%, making it the second-highest rate since data collection began in 2001.

4. Healthcare wage growth as of December 2023 stood at 2.9% year over year, with the highest growth observed in nursing and residential care at 4%, followed by ambulatory care settings at 2.9%, and hospitals at 2.4%.

Read the full article here!

3. March Signature Events

TOC Young Professionals "YP Connects"

Thursday, March 14th🔷 11:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Join our first Young Professional Connect's Call of 2024! Our expert speakers will be diving into the topic of Open Enrollment and guiding you through your employee benefits. We'll simplify the process and address any queries you may have.

Register for YP Connects here!

TOC HR Office Hours

Thursday, March 21st🔷 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Join us for TOC HR Office Hours where our dedicated HR experts address some of the critical issues we are all facing in the workplace. We are an SHRM Recertification Provider and an HRCI Provider.

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Register for HR Office Hours here!
4. How the A.I. That Drives ChatGPT Will Move Into the Physical World

Enterprises such as OpenAI and Midjourney specialize in creating chatbots, image generators, and various other artificial intelligence tools designed for the digital realm.

Now, a startup launched by three ex-OpenAI researchers is leveraging the innovative techniques used in chatbot development to create A.I. technology capable of interacting within the physical world.

Read the full article here!

5. Thought Leadership - The Latest Trends!

Each month our Human Resources and Talent Acquisition team members deliver this valuable resource to keep you in the know of the latest topics and trends impacting the people part of your business.

Check out our latest HireWire Blog, "Advocating for Employee Wellness & the Importance of Having a Designated Lead of Wellness & Culture " written by Talent Acquisition Partner, Lauren Barbour. In this article, Lauren discusses the importance of prioritizing employee wellness in the workplace. Integrating health and wellness initiatives not only improves overall quality of life for employees but also has positive long-term effects on the company itself! Check it out at the link below.

Read the full article here.

6. Neighborhood Progress Fund

Do you have a business plan or idea and need a little help with next steps? The Build for Success program may be just what you need. Join the Neighborhood Progress Fund to learn more about the program and find out if it’s the right fit for you and your business.

Session Agenda

  • About the Build for Success program
  • Class dates and times
  • Material covered in each of the 12-week sessions
  • Details about the $15,000 forgivable loan

Program Benefits

  • Learn how to write an effective business plan and get personalized feedback
  • Get connected to a lifelong network of peers and mentors who can help you along the way
  • Establish a relationship with a CDFI financial partner that can provide capital
  • And more!


March 13, 2024 @ 12PM


1913 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Register here!

This information is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. The O’Connor Group makes no representations as to the completeness, suitability, or validity of any information contained herein and will not be liable for any errors or omissions.

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