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
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
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.
Sree Ramaswamy,Partner, McKinsey & Company
Thomas Lichtenberger, President & CEO, Festo Didactic
Matt Sigelman, CEO, Burning Glass Technologies
Sheree Anne Kelly, President & CEO, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
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.
Jessie Leslie, National Network Director, National Skills Coalition
Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
Alex Johnson, Capital Workforce Partners
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.
Eddie D. Estes, CEO, Western Kansas Manufacturers Association
Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Services Administrator, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Chris Chmura, CTO & Chief Data Scientist, Chmura Economics & Analytics
Eric Kuster, Director, Safety & Certification, National Propane Gas Association