Deb Broberg, Executive Director
Deb comes to RealTime Talent from a successful 25+ year career with Northwest Airlines and Wells Fargo where she held positions with responsibility for Inflight Operations, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and Talent Management. During her tenure with Wells Fargo she gained a keen appreciation for the importance of talent management and workforce planning.
Deb received her MA from the University of Minnesota’s HRIR program and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College. She serves on the board of the Human Resources Executive Council and has had a longstanding interest in education and the critical need to plan for future market needs when considering options for post-secondary education and training. Deb is active on the Alumni Board for Macalester College as co-chair of the career development committee, and served on the Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Advisory Board for nine years, where she gained insight on the early Itasca Project research which fueled her interest in workforce readiness for the state of Minnesota.
Deb brings a strong sense of community, commitment, and collaboration to RealTime Talent. Deb is originally from Minnesota and spent her youth in multiple geographies as the daughter of a military family.
Erin Olson, Senior Director of Strategic Research
Erin is a dynamic leader that brings new and intersectional approaches to addressing the talent shortage challenge in Minnesota. Coming from a background spanning economic development, housing, transportation, and workforce analysis, Erin provides diverse workforce alignment research services to a broad base of industry leaders in Minnesota, fostering data-informed decision-making and innovation between workforce, higher education, business, and economic development systems. Erin directs all research and strategic efforts of RealTime Talent among key stakeholders, utilizing real-time data, traditional education and labor market information, as well as employer data to deliver insightful labor market analyses of key industry sectors and detailed advising and strategy development on high-growth and high-opportunity career pathways. Erin holds two Masters Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health from the University of Minnesota, where she focused on community economic development, housing, and population studies. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.
Julia Diaz, Research Analyst
Julia is very excited to join RealTime Talent as a Research Analyst and brings a diverse range of experiences from facilitating participatory, community-led research to international development and grant writing. Julia holds a Master of Development Practice with a Graduate Minor in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Social Justice Emphasis from Northland College.
Jenny Moore, Project Manager – Talent & Workforce
Jenny comes with 15 years of professional experience in classroom teaching, workforce development, and career and technical education. From being the only 4th grade teacher in a small Montana town to serving a school district with 56 different home languages, Jenny helps people find their “why,” lifts up and advocates for educators, and creates and aligns educational opportunities based on the workforce needs of the local economy.
Jenny received her MA from Lewis University in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Training & Development and Higher Ed Learning. She received her BA from the University of Montana in Elementary Education with a Sociology emphasis. She has worked as a consultant for surrounding school districts, is experienced in grant implementation, and served on the Board of Directors at the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce. Jenny’s commitment to the future workforce, local economy, and exceptional organizational skills provides the critical support needed towards project management of all non-research projects at RealTime Talent. When not working, Jenny enjoys backpacking and camping with her husband and son.
Catherine Jett, Research Analyst
Catherine is a creative and intellectually curious mixed-methods researcher with over a decade of experience. At RealTime Talent, Catherine focuses on providing timely custom insights to our education and industry partners—and she is passionate about furthering equitable economic opportunity for all Minnesotans. Prior to joining RTT, Catherine leveraged her skills as a research consultant and external evaluator in the education, health, and cultural sectors. She loves using quantitative and qualitative methods in tandem to gain the best understanding of any question and delights in telling relevant and meaningful stories through data. Before training as an epidemiologist at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she got her MPH, Catherine earned a BA in Spanish and Gender Studies at Tufts University. When she isn’t crunching numbers or making pretty graphs, you might find Catherine biking around the Twin Cities, learning a new language, having a snack—or even all three at once.