Advocacy & Policy Sessions

Policy Chat with Ron Painter
Policy Assembly
Advocacy Training: Let’s Take it to the Hill
Rural Workforce Boards: Tackling a Changing Economy

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Policy Chat with Ron Painter
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

The highly anticipated 2018 midterm elections are almost here. Now is the time to make our voices heard and push our priorities front and center. This session focuses on understanding and using data to tell your story to elected officials. NAWB President & CEO Ron Painter shares information about recent developments with key pieces of legislation that impact workforce boards, including the latest on the budget. Come ready with your questions about current and anticipated issues to get prepared for Hitting the Hill on Tuesday.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Policy Assembly
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Special Guest Speaker

Nicholas C. Geale, Deputy Solicitor of Labor, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Labor

Panel Discussion

What structural changes are occurring in the labor market? How are the preferences of workers changing, and how are employers and training providers developing new learning experiences? During this panel discussion, a diverse group of speakers will explore how they are attempting to better meet the changing demands of industry and the evolving expectations of workers and learners, and what policy changes are needed to support these shifts.

Moderator
Sree Ramaswamy,Partner, McKinsey & Company

Panelists
Andrew Dunckelman, Principal, Google.org
Thomas Lichtenberger, President & CEO, Festo Didactic
Matthew Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Advocacy Training: Let’s Take it to the Hill
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

We all know how important the partnerships we lead, skills we build, and jobs we fill, are to our communities back home. But we can’t take for granted that it’s common knowledge on the Hill, and that our policymakers know the supportive role policy can play in getting constituents the skills they need.  Join National Skills Coalition in a session that will prepare you to be the best advocate you can be for the workers and industries you serve.  This session will include talking points and leave-behinds for the Hill, and offer plenty of time for questions and answers to serve the needs of both rookie and expert advocates.

Moderator
Jessie Leslie, National Network Director, National Skills Coalition

Panelists
Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
Alex Johnson, Capital Workforce Partners

Download materials:
Take It To The Hill! presentation
Skills for Good Jobs Agenda 2018 flyer


Rural Workforce Boards: Tackling a Changing Economy
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Rural workforce development boards face unique challenges, such as changes in populations, lack of broadband internet access, and major economic transformations. To meet the needs of their communities, rural workforce boards are exploring new workforce strategies. This session examines how rural boards are facing those challenges and why urban workforce boards should be paying attention.

Moderator
Eddie D. Estes, CEO, Western Kansas Manufacturers Association

Panelists
Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Services Administrator, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Chris Chmura, CEO & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics
Eric Kuster, Director, Safety & Certification, National Propane Gas Association


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