Ep.81 Workforce of the Future: Growing Your Public Sector Alumni with Kevin Gilbertson, CIO at the State of Montana

Episode #81


Kevin Gilbertson, CIO for the State of Montana. We cover Kevin's unique perspectives on the benefits of private sector experience in the public sector, utilizing internship opportunities to create a culture of alumni who want to return and serve, Montana's Digital Challenge, the low code no code strategy, and a little interstate appreciation - just in time for Valentine's Day.

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From the private sector, always pushing, always trying to be results driven- that's not a new learning for the public sector at all. But I think trying to continually push toward that execution at a speed that is similar to private is something that has been a little new ~ Kevin Gilbertson I was a developer for a while, and then realized that the human side was so much more important in a lot of cases than the bits and bytes ~ Kevin Gilbertson on his journey from the private to public sector Here's an opportunity, I think, for the State to get into a developmental mindset to be able to bring in someone that's straight out of college. We've got all of the technology that you would see in private sector to give folks the opportunity to get in and really get hands-on ~ Kevin Gilbertson

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In today's episode you will learn:

  • [00:50]  Kevin shares about his background in the private sector, and how having a non-exclusively public sector background can benefit persons in CIO roles
  • [09:37] Kevin discusses how onboarding people into the Public Sector through internship and apprenticeship opportunities can be a win-win
  • [11:19] It's not just about pay: Kevin relates how the ability to impact citizens' lives for the better brings value beyond monetary compensation
  • [13:34] Send them out and welcome them back- Kevin talks about the importance of creating an "alumni" mindset that encourages former employees to want to come back when they are ready to serve again
  • [18:58] How incorporating learning-based goals alongside results-driven goals can produce better overall outcomes
  • [19:59] What is the Montana Digital Challenge and the next steps being taken towards going 100% digital?
  • [26:32] The low code, no code strategy and how it's being implemented in Montana

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