Career Development Series – Hiring Managers Unite!

Tuesday, November 7th

5:30 PM @ Horizontal Integration

Open to Everyone

Join MIMA and Horizontal Integration for the 2nd edition in our Modern Career Management series. Our next event on November 7th will feature two presentations focusing on themes that are top of mind for leaders and managers tasked with hiring, building and retaining high performing teams:

  • How do you attract, develop and retain talent when it’s a job seeker's market? Karla Ortloff and James Schmitter from the UX practice at Thomson Reuters will share what they have learned and how they are navigating this challenge. Plus they will share their thoughts about the migration of roles in the digital space and how seemingly all of our jobs duties are blending together in some form or fashion.


  • Forget Millennials, are you prepared to manage Gen Z? Allison Kaplan from Mpls. St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business recently investigated and reported on the impact of the first wave of Gen Z entering the workforce. With the topic of Millennials getting a majority of the mindshare, are we ready for the next generation that is going to impact the workplace?

And of course, there will be time for networking, food, drinks and conversation with other members of the MIMA community. We hope to see you on November 7th!



Allison Kaplan

Senior Editor, Shopping & Style, Mpls. St.Paul Magazine

Writer. Editor. Speaker. Content creator. Storyteller. Shopping guru. Ali Shops. All the time. An authority on retail, fashion, and consumer experience, Ali’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including Lucky, ShopEtc., Delta Sky Magazine, Twin Cities Business, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, where she is currently senior editor of shopping and style. Her award-winning monthly magazine column and Ali Shops blog on bridge the space between business and lifestyle, offering a practical perspective on how we shop, why we shop, and the impact of trend, product, service, and technology on consumer experience. Her ability to zero in on what matters to people, with advice and humor, has made her a sought after speaker, and helped to build a robust social media following. Ali also hosts the weekly radio program Shop Girls on myTalk107.1 (podcast available at She’s a weekly contributor to Fox 9 Morning Buzz, and is a frequent guest on other radio and television programs. Ali owes her very existence to shopping—her parents met while working at Dayton's department store. She grew up immersed in the retail world, commentating her first fashion show with her mom (who is now her radio co-host) at age 6.

Karla Ortloff

Sr. Director of UX at Thomson Reuters

Karla Ortloff is the Sr. Director of User Experience at Thomson Reuters and oversees a large, multidisciplinary team of UX professionals responsible for developing and supporting a diverse portfolio of cloud-based applications. She has over 22 years experience designing interactive experiences - many of which were spent operating her own consulting business and designing online retail experiences.

In her free time, Karla is passionate foodie and traveler, and also enjoys getting her hands dirty in the garden and working on never-ending house projects.

James Schmittler

User Experience Lead at Thomson Reuters

James Schmittler, User Experience Team Lead for Thomson Reuters Legal, spent the last 10 years designing websites and products for everything from military training schools to medical device manufacturers and now legal productivity and research. While studying for his Masters Degree in Human-Computer Interaction Design at Indiana University, he developed a deep understanding of design theory, critical thinking, problem solving, and design principles which he continues to use and develop in his current work.

As an Information Architect for Thomson Reuters, James has been involved on a number of projects both big and small most notably Firm Central, WestlawNext, eDiscovery Point, and currently, a large workflow management suite due out Q3 of 2018. In that short time he continued to develop as a skilled designer creating numerous wireframes, workflows, site maps, research materials, and prototypes. For the past 2 years his role shifted to team leadership, building up a team of capable designers and architects. This role further allows him to influence the presence of User Experience Design within the company as well as build up his team's experience through thought leadership. James believes strongly in user-centered design thinking, striving for a laser focus on achieving understanding of the goals of the user and creating great design that doesn't get in the way of them achieving those goals.

When he isn't at work, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and his wife, as well as woodworking in his makeshift shop.

Event Details

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 7th
5:30 - 6:00 pm - Food + Beverages + Networking
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Presentations + Q&A
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Food + Beverages + Networking

Horizontal Integration
1660 Highway 100 South, Suite 200
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Attendees should park in the West lot and take the West elevators up to floor two.

Pre-Registration Fees
Members = FREE
Student Members = FREE
Non-Members = $40
Pre-registration closes at midnight prior to the event, at which point walk-in registration fees will apply.

Walk-In Fees
Members:  $10
Student Members:  $10
Non-Members:  $45

Noteworthy Details

Cancellations received by the office at least two business days prior to the event are eligible for a refund of the registration fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received fewer than two business days prior to the event. No-shows will be billed for any unpaid registration fees.


If you have registered, are unable to attend, and would like to give your co-worker your "ticket," please note that a pre-registered member to non-registered member switch-out is free. Switch-outs from members to non-members will execute an invoice to the attendee for payment after the event.


Please note: Audience photographs may be taken at this event. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image, voice and likeness to be used for marketing purposes.