Sunday, March 26th
ChangeMaker Panel Discussion
Jamai is Founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate, a nonprofit she started in 2009 with a vision for an industry-led board focused on education and workforce strategies to address the significant gaps between supply/demand in both education and workforce.
Jamai enjoyed a 15-year career in the investment field, managing over $125 Million in assets at the height of her career. She retired in 2001 to pursue her passion for education and the underserved youth, teaching middle school in Little Rock, AR and Durham, NC from 2001 to 2006. In 2006, she joined the North Carolina Technology Association, overseeing a congressional project in Robeson County, NC. She later led the work at the NCTA Education Foundation, and started the Knowledge Workforce Committee in 2007 to address the IT shortage pipeline of member companies.
Jamai moved to her home, Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2008, to work with with New Mexico State University (NMSU) in launching the State's P-20 online learning network. Knowing her passion was industry-driven, she approached Intel and Lockheed Martin to launch Innovate+Educate in January 2009.
Jamai serves on multiple national boards including The Future at Work Coalition, the Urban Research Park CDE, and the K12 Career Readiness Initiative.
President & CEO, Jobs for the Future
As President and CEO of Jobs for the Future, Maria Flynn leads JFF’s overall growth strategy, including funding diversification, strategic planning, partnership building, system deployment, change management, and talent development. She is responsible for all of JFF’s programs and operations in a highly collaborative environment across its education and workforce development sectors. Ms. Flynn is a member of JFF’s Board of Directors.
Previously, as Jobs for the Future’s Senior Vice President, Ms. Flynn led JFF's Building Economic Opportunity Group, working to help entry-level workers advance to family-supporting careers while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. She also led JFF’s federal policy and advocacy strategies, which are focused on advancing the educational needs of underserved Americans and developing a skilled workforce. Ms. Flynn is a leading national expert on issues such as career pathways, employer engagement, sector strategies, and place-based initiatives. This team provides technical assistance, coaching, documentation, labor market analysis, and evaluation support to a wide range of projects around the country, supported by public and private funders. In the nine years that she led the Building Economic Opportunity Group at JFF, Ms. Flynn significantly increased the size and impact of the cluster, growing it from a budget of $5 million in FY08 to over $10 million in FY17, and 12 employees to almost 40 employees over that same time period.
Ms. Flynn has 25 years of experience in the workforce development and education fields. Prior to joining JFF in 2007, she was a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and served as the administrator of the Office of Policy Development and Research in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. In that role, she oversaw development of policies for all of the agency’s programs serving both young people and adults, and managed the agency's research and evaluation strategy, as well as the agency’s annual budget and appropriations activities, totaling $12 billion and 1,200 employees. Ms. Flynn also coordinated the ETA’s extensive legislative, regulatory, and international affairs agendas and outreach to other federal agencies and philanthropic organizations.
Within the Employment and Training Administration, Ms. Flynn previously led the Division of One-Stop Operations, where she developed the policy and technical assistance framework necessary to enable states and local communities to establish comprehensive one-stop delivery systems designed to provide quality services to jobseekers, workers, and employers. She also served as the team leader of the interagency group charged with implementing the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In the 1990s, she played key leadership roles in the National School-to-Work initiative and in the launch of the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills initiative.
Ms. Flynn earned her bachelor of arts in international relations and economics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a master’s in government administration at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Mike, reside in Weymouth, Massachusetts. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Amelia and Caroline.
President & CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards
Mr. Painter assumed his role at NAWB in July of 2009. In his capacity as CEO of NAWB, Painter has traveled the country meeting with State and Local workforce leaders in an effort to identify cutting-edge practices and programs and understand how best to spread innovative trends in human capital development throughout the nation-wide job training system. Painter was the founding CEO of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board in Pittsburgh, where under his leadership the organization focused on producing labor market research, working with public educators on improved student career information, supporting community leaders in the development of regional benchmarks, and establishing the Regional Workforce Collaborative with a membership of community colleges, WIBs, employers, labor, and economic development professionals. Before joining the Three Rivers Workforce Board, he worked in Washington, DC, first on loan to the U.S. Department of Labor for the Enterprise Project, and then for the National Alliance of Business.
Ron is a Board Member of the Committee for Education Funding, Manufacturing Skills Standards’ Council, Labor Market Institute, and is a Patron of Volition Community for the Manchester Cathedral in Manchester, England.
Mr. Painter holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Administration and advanced graduate coursework from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, where he served as Adjunct Faculty.
Executive Director, NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers
Roger Tadajewski has dedicated his professional life to the advancement of education and workforce development in the transportation, aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries. Currently Mr. Tadajewski is the Executive Director of NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers. This organization target’s the advancement of standardized certifications developed in partnership with industry and educational leaders in the transportation, aviation, and energy sectors.
Mr. Tadajewski received his degree in Business at Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management in 1995. His professional experience includes 14 years in metallurgical engineering research and development in both the energy and aerospace industries, he continued on to develop the most comprehensive automotive educational youth program in America -Automotive Youth Educations Systems (AYES). In 2007 he began work on forming the current NC3 model to bring business, industry and education across multiple sectors to collectively work together. To attract, train and retain current and the emerging workforce in the aviation/aerospace, energy, and transportation industries. These efforts lead to the founding of NC3 in 2009.
Mr. Tadajewski currently resides in Edmond, OK and is currently serving as a board member for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), US FAB LAB Network, Real World Design Challenge, and NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers.
Chief of Staff, National Skills Coalition
National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition representing business, labor, colleges, community organizations, and the public sector working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.
Rachel leads National Skills Coalition’s staff in the development and implementation of organizing, advocacy, and communications strategies that win state and federal policy changes based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members. Rachel joined NSC in 2006 to develop and lead Skills2Compete, a national campaign that made the case for a 21st-century skills guarantee that could address the unmet demand for U.S. workers with middle-skill credentials. Replicated in 13 states, the campaign brought the nation’s middle-skill gap to the attention of the American public, policymakers, and the media while helping to inform policy changes at the state and national level.
Prior to joining National Skills Coalition, Rachel served as Director of Community Relations and Senior Policy Associate on the workforce development team at Women Employed, a leading advocate for women's economic advancement. Rachel’s work focused on increasing access to and success in postsecondary education for low-income women, particularly those with low literacy and numeracy skills.
Rachel has authored numerous reports on strategies that increase postsecondary credential attainment and close skill gaps, including flexible need-based financial aid, support services for low-income parents, and program models that integrate basic skills education and occupational training.
Rachel holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College. She is based in Chicago and Washington, DC.
ChangeMaker Assembly: Advocacy
Policy Associate, American Public Human Services Association
Kerry Desjardins is a Policy Associate for the Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being at the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). Kerry's work focuses on modernizing the "welfare-to-work" system and promoting access to gainful employment and economic opportunity for low-income people and marginalized populations. She supports the Center in all of its operations including policy analysis and advocacy, best practice research, project management, and strategic planning. Kerry also has policy experience in the areas of health care, homelessness, and child welfare.
Kerry was driven to policy advocacy after working in direct human services for several years. Kerry holds a Masters in Social Work from George Mason University.
Federal Policy Director, National Skills Coalition
Kermit Kaleba is the federal policy director at National Skills Coalition, where he directs the organization's Washington-based efforts to advance a national skills strategy within federal legislation, agency regulation and national funding initiatives. Kermit assists state and local leaders in federal policy advocacy both within Washington and in their home districts and works with National Skills Coalition field staff and partner organizations to help improve state and local implementation of federal programs.
Kermit was previously NSC's Senior Policy Analyst from 2008-12 before he left to develop his on-the-ground knowledge of workforce development and administration at the Washington DC Workforce Investment Council, where he rose to the position of Executive Director.
Kermit holds a J.D. and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary.
Jennifer Meek Eells
Executive Director, Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board
Jennifer Meek Eells
Jennifer is passionate about workforce issues and eager to help individuals become employed and businesses to find the employees they need.
- Master of Science in Counseling Studies from Capella University
- Graduated with Distinction
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Business Management from Walden University
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude
- Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human and Social Services from Stark State College
- Graduated with High Distinction
- 2013 Stark State College Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
- Since November 2013, serves as Executive Director to the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board and oversees the operation of OhioMeansJobs one stop employment and training centers in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties in Ohio
- 7 years as Deputy Director with the Workforce Initiative Association (Workforce Investment Board)
- 18 years with Stark County Job and Family Services as Program Administrator managing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work activities and subsidized child care programs
- National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Member
- National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Member
- U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council Member
- Ohio Workforce Association Executive Team Member – Treasurer
National Network Director, National Skills Coalition
As National Network Director, Jessie oversees the entirety of NSC's federal field operation, with a particular focus on extending NSC's network to new states and districts essential to the Coalition's advocacy agenda. She manages Business Leaders United (BLU) for Workforce Partnerships, which provides a common platform from which diverse business leaders jointly communicate to policymakers and the press about industry-based workforce strategies that could serve as state and national policy models. She also works with other national organizations to better coordinate grassroots mobilization efforts, so as to diversify the base of local stakeholders weighing in on skills policy issues.
Executive Director, Workforce Training, Grand Rapids Community College
Julie Parks is the executive director of Workforce Training at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). She has more than 15 years' experience in workforce development and curriculum development. Under her leadership the GRCC workforce team successfully trained more than 12,291 individuals in 2012 and provided training for 589 companies in various sectors. In addition, GRCC was awarded a $4 million Pathways out of Poverty grant from the Department of Labor focusing on green jobs, and $26 million dollars in Michigan New Job Training funds. In 2010-11, she won the League for Innovation, Innovation of the Year, for work on a Composite Technician Training program and recently was the recipient of the GRCC Employee Excellence Award. Julie has a passion for bringing employers into the development stage in building training curriculum to meet the needs of business and industry.
Senior Federal Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition
Katie Spiker is Senior Federal Policy Analyst with National Skills Coalition, working to advance NSC's Washington-based policy efforts through federal legislation, agency regulation and national funding initiatives. In this capacity, Katie provides in-depth analyses of proposed and existing federal workforce, postsecondary education, and human services polices. In coordination with NSC field staff, she assists local leaders with their advocacy efforts on these issues in Washington and in district.Prior to joining NSC, Katie was the Associate Director of the National Center for Women's Employment Equity at Wider Opportunities for Women where she managed the design and provision of on-site and virtual technical assistance and the creation of case studies and policy briefs related to nontraditional occupations and occupational segregation. Katie has also consulted with the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the National Women's Law Center. She served as policy counsel for Workplace Flexibility 2010 and the National Partnership for Women and Families as a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami. She is based in Washington, DC.
ChangeMaker Assembly: Business
President & CEO, Gateway Technical College
Dr. Albrecht serves as President and Chief Executive for Gateway Technical College. Gateway is located in Southeast Wisconsin and provides academic and workforce solutions for students and employers throughout the region. Under President Albrecht Gateway has established a national leadership position in the development of innovative learning strategies, model business and industry partnerships.
Bryan takes pride in giving back to his community serving on several local, state and national boards, including the American Association of Community Colleges, American Technical Education Association, National Manufacturing Institute Board, National Center for Occupational Research and Development, the United Way of Racine County and the American Heart Association.
His experience has led him to testify before the U.S. Congress on workforce issues and as an invited speaker at the White House representing America's Community Colleges. Dr. Albrecht has been recognized as a Distinguished Educator by the International Technology & Engineering Association and received the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Three Harbor Council of the Boys Scouts of America.
Bryan holds Bachelors, Masters and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.
National Education Partnerships Manager, Snap-on, Inc.
Earl Bailey serves as the National Education Partnerships Manager for Snap-on Industrial and is responsible for the development and implementation of Snap-on's certification programs. The Snap-on education partnership programs are strategically engaged at both the secondary and post-secondary levels in areas such as transportation, aerospace, energy, and manufacturing. Earl has over 40 years of years of experience (combined industry and education) in the transportation industry.
Snap-on Incorporated is headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin and is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, energy, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education.
Earl has a degree in Organizational Leadership and Development, with a minor in Technical Education. He has received certifications in Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education's Leadership Training and Oklahoma's Association of Career and Technology Education Administrators' Training, and many other credentials from various organizations.
Dean, Washburn University Institute of Technology
Clark Coco currently serves as dean of Washburn University Institute of Technology, or Washburn Tech, in Topeka, Kansas. Affiliated with Washburn University, it offers more than 38 career programs and has an annual enrollment of nearly 2,000 students.
Under Coco's leadership, Washburn Tech's enrollment has increased by more than 50%. He also introduced the concept of National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day, which mirrors the NCAA's National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. It is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and has now become a national event with more than 50 colleges participating in 2018.
Coco earned his master's degree from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, and his bachelor's from Kansas State University. He currently serves on the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) Board of Directors. His wife, Patricia, has been a classroom educator for more than 33 years and they have three children, one of whom serves in the Armed Forces.
Vice President - Business & Workforce Solutions, Gateway Technical College
As the Vice President of the Business & Workforce Solutions (BWS) division, Matt's primary role is to oversee outreach to business and industry, apprenticeship, customized training, business partnerships, Gateway's Boot Camp training programs, the Fab Lab, and dual credit opportunities at local academy high schools. The work done in BWS connects many aspects of the college and its mission to business and industry and facilitates deeper relationships.
Prior to the Vice President role he was Gateway's NC3 Instructor/Coordinator and responsible for coordinating with local, state, and national industry partners to design, develop, and implement industry credentials to help students fill the skills gap found in many industry sectors including transportation, manufacturing, and construction. He delivered a number of the certification courses available through NC3 and its partners, including the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) CAP Local Program and Snap-on Diagnostics, Torque, Wheel Service, & Meter certifications, to current Gateway students, local incumbent workers, and fellow instructors from across the world whose colleges have joined the NC3 team. Dr. Janisin continues to support Snap-on, FCA, and other NC3 partners with these initiatives, but now at an administrative level with Gateway.
ChangeMaker Assembly: Outcomes
Mary Clagett - Moderator
Senior Director for National Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future
Mary Gardner Clagett is Senior Director for National Workforce Policy at Jobs for the Future. She leads the development and implementation of JFF's federal workforce policy agenda with particular focus on the intersection of postsecondary education, workforce development, and poverty alleviation policy. She and the policy team at JFF work to identify best and promising practices, particularly for meeting the education, training, and employment needs of underprepared students, jobseekers and workers -- translating practice into policy.
Ms. Clagett has also worked extensively on the development of federal guidance around the establishment of career pathways systems and strategies. Working closely with the federal Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, she contributed to development of the Departments' joint framework for Career Pathways systems, strategies, tools, publications, technical assistance strategies, and convenings on this topic.
Prior to her current job, Ms. Clagett spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives on workforce development and related issues. She was the lead staff on development of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the National School-to-Work Opportunities Act, and numerous other education and workforce focused measures on the House Education and Workforce Committee.
President & CEO, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc.
Keith Lawing is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc., a locally operated not-for-profit corporation specializing in convening partnerships and implementing strategies to grow the regional economy. The Workforce Alliance administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in the Wichita metro area and manages a number of strategic employment and training initiatives.
Lawing holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Kansas and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Wichita State University.
Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council
Chief Workforce Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane
Mark serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council and the Chief Workforce Officer for the Community Colleges of Spokane. He is responsible for the design and performance of the regional talent development system, working with an extensive community partnership to ensure that the dynamic workforce needs of business are met and individuals have the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy. Under his leadership, Spokane's workforce system continues to transform, adapting integrated service strategies and building strong partnerships to deliver high impact services and achieve results.
As the Chief Workforce Officer for the largest community college district in the state covering 12,300 square miles, he informs the development and delivery of responsive educational programming that serves over 25,000 students as they acquire skills and credentials that connect them to meaningful careers and family wage jobs.
Mark currently serves on the State Workforce Development Board as the local government representative and brings the voice and perspective of LWDBs to inform state policy development. He is chair of the Northwest Business Development Association and past chair of the Washington Workforce Association, Spokane County United Way and a founding member of the local collective impact network.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Full Employment Council, Inc.
Clyde R. McQueen serves as President and CEO of the Full Employment Council (FEC), the Administrative Entity/Fiscal Agent for two Workforce Development Boards. Since 1987, under the leadership of Clyde McQueen, FEC has provided progressive and innovative job training and employment programs in the Kansas City area. FEC has grown from a staff of 22 to the current regional workforce system of 10 Job Center & branch locations with a staff of more than 80 employees during Mr. McQueen's tenure. Clyde McQueen has received national recognition for personal and agency work in business magazines, including the New York Times as well as local periodicals and publications. He has received numerous awards including: "Professional of the Year" by the Missouri Association of Workforce Development.
Mr. McQueen previously served as the State Division Director of Training and Employment Development for the Texas Department of Community Affairs. Prior to this assignment, Clyde served as the Administrator of Technical Programs in the Texas Economic Development Commission.
Clyde holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Speech Communications and Political Science from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Cheryl A. Oldham is vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Center for Education and Workforce. She has over 20 years of experience in public policy development, project management, and government relations. Oldham's previous experience includes serving for 8 years in President George W. Bush's administration as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education and as chief of staff to the under secretary of education. Prior to her time at the Department, Oldham served in the White House in both Cabinet Affairs and the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Oldham received her Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her two sons, Jeffrey and Dylan.
State Initiative Director, Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce
Neil Ridley is state initiative director at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce—an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications and workforce demands. Prior to joining the Center, he was a senior policy analyst with the postsecondary education and workforce team at CLASP where his focus was unemployment, workforce development and postsecondary education and training policy. He also was a senior staff member at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, located at Rutgers University. Neil received a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree from Occidental College.
CEO, Burning Glass Technologies
Matt Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence technologies that have cracked the genetic code of the job market. Powered by the world's largest and most sophisticated database of jobs and talent, Burning Glass delivers real-time data and breakthrough planning tools that inform careers, define academic programs, and shape workforces. Burning Glass has helped to fill millions of jobs and its data drive initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments. Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and the White House. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Executive Director, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP)
Jeff Whitehead is the Executive Director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) and its Local Workforce Investment Board (WIB), which provide workforce and employer services to 23 rural Appalachian counties in Eastern Kentucky. Whitehead has led various aspects of operations at EKCEP for more than 24 years, including the last seven as Executive Director. In times of surging unemployment rates and shrinking budgets, Whitehead is working to ensure his agency becomes more relevant than ever to jobseekers and employers across its service area by being nimble, creative, and responsive in its approach to delivering its array of services—which operate with the mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky. To build this relevance, Whitehead is embracing new partnerships and service strategies that better align workforce development with the needs of the region’s employers by addressing recognized skills gaps with targeted, customized training. By doing so, Whitehead believes workforce development can prove itself an invaluable catalyst toward local and regional economic development. The need for innovative workforce strategies in Eastern Kentucky has scarcely been greater than the present given the loss of more than 9,000 jobs in the region’s coal industry since January 2012. Jeff is a member of the Advisory Council for Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and serves as chairman of the Education and Retraining Roundtable. He provides leadership to the National Economic Council’s TechHire initiative in Eastern Kentucky and serves on a number of economic development and coordinating boards locally and statewide.
ChangeMaker Assembly: Technology
Joe M. Barela
Director of Skillful Colorado
As Director of Skillful Colorado, an initiative of the Markle Foundation, the state Colorado, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, Joe Barela and his team look to create a labor market that values a job seeker's skills above all else. To this end, Joe brings people and organizations together to make sure that educators, trainers, and coaches have the tools they need to implement skills-based hiring and training practices. Since joining Skillful in late 2017, Joe and his team have overseen the launch of Skillful's Coaching Initiative's two programs: the Governor's Coaching Corps and the Coaching Community of Practice. Joe also works on Skillful's Data Initiative, which seeks to increase educational and workforce data transparency and accessibility so that the entire workforce ecosystem can make high-quality, data-driven decisions. With 25 years' experience in workforce issues, he is seen as a local and national leader in the field.
Operations Manager, New Mexico Workforce Connection
Arthur Martinez, Operations Manager - Mr. Martinez has over 30 years of experience managing and supporting workforce related programs, to include:
- Information Technology Senior Manager for which he provided direction and oversight of maintenance and development of applications in support the workforce system.
- Unemployment Insurance Director, providing oversight and management of all activities for the State of NM Unemployment Insurance Program.
- Economic Research and Analysis Director, includes management of all U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics federal programs for the State of NM and related Labor Market Information.
- Seven years performing as the One-Stop Operator staff for the MRCOG and Workforce Connection of Central NM.
Mr. Martinez has been a key staff member and the Operator of the Central Region’s One-Stop function. He has a complete understanding of the One-Stop requirements and the ability to communicate and collaborate with diverse partner staff at all levels of an organization.
President, Geographic Solutions, Inc.
Paul Toomey has over 30 years of experience in information systems, programming, analysis, management, and geographic information systems for state and local governments in the U.S. and overseas.
In 1992, Paul founded Geographic Solutions and has served as the company's president since inception. He has extensive experience with workforce and labor market information solutions, reporting, and data integration for large projects with multiple platforms. He invented several software application concepts that have innovated workforce development processes.
Paul earned a M.S. in Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Systems from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. He also earned a B.S. in Geography from the University of London, England. In addition, Paul holds multiple patents for software inventions in the workforce development industry.
Vice President of Strategy, San Diego Workforce Partnership
As the Vice President of Strategy at SDWP, Brooke focuses on using research, evaluation and technology to drive outcome-focused approaches for fostering workforce equity and income mobility in San Diego. Created under a joint powers agreement (City and County of San Diego), SDWP deploys public and private sector funds through the workforce system to make sure the possibility of achieving the American dream is alive for innumerable people in our region. Brooke leads SDWP's services to the business community, regional planning, labor market research and program performance and evaluation. Brooke also spearheads SDWP's Pay for Performance initiatives; she recently launched one of the first WIOA-funded outcomes based contracts in the country and is currently exploring how social impact investing models can support workforce development.
Prior to SDWP, Brooke lead operations in Latin America and the Caribbean for Deloitte and served for many years as a management consultant to the Department of State, Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.
Monday, March 27th
Fueling Talent for the Future Panel Discussion
Nicole Isaac - Moderator
Head of U.S. Public Policy, LinkedIn
Raised in a violent Bronx neighborhood, Nicole resolved at an early age to create opportunities for under-privileged young people. In short order, she earned degrees from Brown and Penn, served as floor counsel in the Senate, and became a legislative aide to Vice President Biden. She also founded Code the Streets, the first social accelerator to provide startups with cash, resources and mentors to tackle inner city problems. Today she is Head of U.S. Public Policy for LinkedIn and leads partnerships for LinkedIn’s Economic Graph – an ambitious project to digitally represent every economic opportunity in the world and every skill needed to obtain them.
CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
Michael Bellaman is the President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members with a diverse membership of small, medium and large businesses covering all specialties of construction, primarily those in the industrial and commercial sectors. In seven years as CEO, Mr. Bellaman has brought a principle-centered business leadership style and promoted a culture of safety and workforce development. Today, ABC chapters offer more than 800 employee workforce development programs across the country, 300 of which are currently registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, and ABC members annually invest $1.1 billion in training construction professionals. Together with its members, ABC is the largest provider of open shop construction training in the country.
Mr. Bellaman is a 30 year veteran of the construction industry and is a subject matter expert on the challenges and effectiveness of building the workforce. Before ABC, he began his career as a project engineer and held positions of increasing responsibility until he was appointed CEO of an international multi-billion dollar construction company with over 1,800 employees.
In 2017, Mr. Bellaman was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to the Taskforce on Apprenticeship Expansion.
Mark Carrier, CHA
Chair of the Board, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Mark Carrier, CHA
Mark Carrier, CHA, president of the B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, is chair of the AHLA board of directors. AHLA is the singular voice representing every segment of the hotel industry including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REIT's, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more.
Carrier's leadership responsibilities at B.F. Saul Company Hospitality Group include strategic direction, overall operational leadership, and the development and implementation of corporate policies, procedures, and management systems. The B. F. Saul Hospitality Group owns and operates a portfolio of 20 business class hotels, which are affiliated with Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott, and Hilton. The Hospitality Group generates $150 million in revenue and employs 1,350 team members in the operation and management effort. Carrier is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and is a past chairman of the IHG Owners Association. He currently serves as chairman of the Crowne Plaza Brand Committee and the Board Nominating Committee. He serves on Marriott's Distribution Advisory Committee, Emerging Technology Advisory Group, as well as the SpringHill Suites Marketing Council. Carrier is the recipient of the 2013 Kemmons Wilson Service Award and the Spirit to Preserve Award by Marriott.
President, National Retail Federation Foundation
Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic Initiatives, National Retail Federation
Ellen Davis is senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation and the executive director of the NRF Foundation.
A well-respected retail thought leader, Davis has over a decade of experience in strategic communications, research, talent acquisition and development, and organizational change management. She is one of the people widely credited with coining the phrase “Cyber Monday,” now considered the official kickoff of the online holiday shopping season, and has appeared on dozens of broadcast news programs including “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” CNBC's “Squawk Box” and “Good Morning America.”
In her role as executive director of the NRF Foundation, Davis oversees a team charged with shaping retail’s future through awareness building, training and education, and scholarship programs. Within the first year in this role, Davis restructured the Foundation to create better alignment with NRF’s strategic plan and programs; in less than three years, she and her team launched the annual NRF Foundation Gala, which raised almost $1.2 million in its inaugural year; awarded over $1 million in student scholarships; tripled university membership; added Student Programs to signature NRF events; and formed the Talent Acquisition Group, a network of more than 60 talent acquisition executives from the nation’s most well-known retailers.
As senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives, Davis leads the Retail Research and Analysis Center, created in the spring of 2015, which serves as the hub for economic, legislative and regulatory policy, consumer and industry research. The Center will bring together all existing research within NRF and expand upon the wide range of issue areas and trends already studied.
Davis joined NRF in 2002 as manager of media relations and rose quickly through the organization on the Communications and Public Affairs team before assuming her current roles.
She holds a B.A. in communications from Millikin University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Executive Vice President, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
Rob Gifford is Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF is dedicated to enhancing the industry's training and education, career opportunity and community engagement efforts. Under Gifford's leadership, the Foundation and its portfolio of programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today's and tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice industry workforce.
Immediately before joining the National Restaurant Association, Gifford served as the President and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA). During his 18-year tenure, MRA revenues grew by over 500 percent, membership more than doubled, and was voted one of the five most effective association lobbying organizations in Michigan. Because of his efforts, Gifford was presented with the MRA's Vision and Leadership Award.
Gifford's career spans more than 25 years of advocacy and public policy experience. He served as Chairman of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives (ISRAE) and was an officer on the Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA). Gifford also worked for the National Restaurant Association as a federal lobbyist and was Senator Robert Kasten's (R-WI) principal advisor on small business and health care issues.
President and CEO, Auto Care Association
William J. “Bill” Hanvey is president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, which represents the entire $381 billion independent automotive aftermarket supply chain.
Since becoming president and CEO on Dec. 1, 2015, Hanvey has structured the association under five core pillars, including the advancement of data and technology usage in the auto care industry, and the alignment of his team in order to meet both current and future needs of the Auto Care Association membership. On a daily basis, Hanvey utilizes his prior professional experience in the areas of marketing, sales, product management and pricing to prioritize evaluating the needs of an evolving industry and providing the benefits and legislative representation that members seek.
Most recently, Hanvey served as senior vice president of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), a division of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), beginning in 2012. At AASA, he managed their headquarters operations while advocating for North American parts manufacturers to the auto care industry, federal and state government agencies, and the business community.
Hanvey has spent his entire 30+ year career in the aftermarket. After earning his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and public relations at St. Bonaventure University, he began his career as a field sales representative with Tenneco Automotive and progressed through increasingly more responsible positions in product management and marketing within the company. He finished his career at Tenneco as the Ride Control Product Director, where he led the product and marketing teams for North America. Hanvey then became the first marketing director for FleetPride®, where he developed and executed a strategic marketing and branding plan integrating 37 separately-owned companies into what is now the nation’s largest independent heavy-duty parts distributor.
Hanvey went on to become vice president, marketing, Dorman Products, Inc., where he led initiatives to rebrand the company, and developed the OE Solutions® brand which provides the independent aftermarket solutions that were previously only available at the OE dealer. Hanvey then became vice president, sales and marketing, Schaeffler Group USA, leading the North American aftermarket team while developing and implementing a new company strategic direction, transitioning its sales and product focus from co-man to direct sales.
Hanvey served as chairman of the Auto Care Association Marketing and Communications Committee and was staff liaison for the Brake Manufacturer’s and Marketing Executive’s councils while at AASA.
Hanvey was awarded the Northwood University Educator of the Year Award in 2014, and serves on The University of The Aftermarket Foundation, The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) and The Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality (CARE) boards.
President and Chief Executive Officer, CompTIA
Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry.
Since joining the organization in 2008, Thibodeaux has led the expansion of CompTIA's commitment to advancing industry growth through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networking events, professional certifications and public advocacy.
Thibodeaux is a frequent commentator and source quoted in news coverage of the technology industry, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and USA Today. He also contributes written columns to a variety of business and industry publications.
Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Technology Association, serving in a wide range of roles and culminating as Senior VP of industry relations.
Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, his love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master's degree in economics, 1997).
Sree Ramaswamy - Moderator
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Sree Ramaswamy is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco. He leads MGI’s research on the US economic outlook and advises local and national government agencies on sector growth strategies.
Sree holds an MBA in Business and Economics from Columbia University, Master of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh, and Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) from the University of Poona in India.
President & CEO, Festo Didactic
For over two decades, Thomas Lichtenberger has dedicated his career to advancing the global automation industry. As the CEO of Festo Didactic Inc., Thomas is responsible for all market and sales activities in North America. A passionate advocate for career and technical education, Thomas is committed to closing the STEM skills gap, improving workforce development and Industry 4.0 career readiness. Festo is one of the first automation companies to collaborate with U.S. high schools, colleges and universities in order to better prepare students for emerging careers in technology and design engineering. Festo provides industrial and education partners with the support they need through post-secondary apprenticeship programs, blended STEM curriculum, state-of-the-art engineering systems and lab equipment that resemble real Smart Factories, and through sponsored vocational competitions and summer camps.
Thomas is also expanding Festo Didactic's nationwide efforts to engage students in STEM at an earlier age, as well as educate teachers, parents and school counselors about competitive careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Festo's integrative STEM curriculum provides high school students the opportunity to explore many technologies with a focus on design engineering.
Industry Insights: Diversity & Inclusion
Beverly Riddick - Moderator
Executive Director, Ready To Work Business Collaborative
Beverly M. Riddick is a veteran nonprofit leader who serves as Executive Director of the Ready To Work Business Collaborative. RTWBC, founded by a collective of Fortune 500 companies, is a business-led coalition committed to leveraging ROI through successful hiring and retention best practices targeted at ready to work talent: the long-term unemployed, the under-employed, people with disabilities, veterans, and opportunity youth. Riddick's 30-year background driving community sustainability launched as a real estate lender/workout banking specialist and expanded as the director at Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp. (HOMECorp) where she financed, developed and implemented affordable housing programs and wealth building initiatives targeted at low, moderate, and middle income families. Riddick has an MA in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University and is an industry public speaker.
Abraham J. Jankans
Founder & CEO, Launchpad
Abraham Jankans “AJ” is the Founder & CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of Launchpad, a Los Angeles based minority-owned, cloud CRM platform to workforce development agencies, and a Salesforce.com technology partner.
AJ is passionate about helping workforce agencies transform their communities through technology, entrepreneurship and inclusion and currently works with over 60 workforce development agencies including the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, just to name a few, modernizing the way they deliver services using Cloud, Social & Mobile CRM technology.
In 2005, AJ founded Launchpad Careers, Inc, a regional staffing company to help employers hire diverse Technology, Finance and Business Services talent. In 2010, he co-founded Workforce 2.0 a workforce development consulting company providing business services and staff development, and in 2012 he founded Launchpad a Cloud CRM platform for Workforce Development.
In 2017 Launchpad raised a Series A investment from Umpqua Bank and is currently developing a Co-Working, Workforce Development Center in South Los Angeles to provide technology and sales training, as well as space for entrepreneurs to learn and innovate. AJ’s greatest passion is spending time with his Wife Elyse and two toddlers, James & Amelia, as well as hiking and surfing.
Myosha McAfee, Ed.D.
Principal Racial Equitect, Google
Founder of Racial+ Equitecture
Myosha McAfee, Ed.D.
I get the unusual opportunity to create and test different models for equalizing organizational systems and transforming organizational culture. A racial equitect, strategist and analyst, I create and test alchemic models that seek to ensure a healthy racial climate - one that attracts and retains talent from a diversity of backgrounds.
My specialties include social impact strategy, bringing social science and race scholarship to bear on organizational inclusion goals, enhancing abilities to engage in conversations about race and its intersections, and designing holding environments to support organizational learning.
Director - Brand Strategy, Outreach and Benchmarking, Walmart Inc.
Russell Shaffer is Director – Brand Strategy, Outreach and Benchmarking in the Office of Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart, and reports directly to the Chief Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer. He and his team have responsibility for visual and messaging strategy; executive and enterprise communication; and strategic relationships related to the company’s global culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives. He joined Walmart in 2006 and has held roles managing global internal communications and benefits communications. In a previous role as Senior Manager – Constituent Relations, Russell managed Walmart’s corporate strategy and stakeholder outreach for the people with disabilities and aging constituencies.
His career as a professional communicator spans more than 15 years and includes roles in advertising, corporate communications, marketing, print journalism and public relations. Russell has held positions at May Department Stores, The Timken Company and The Ohio Optometric Association.
Russell was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in November 2017 after joining the AFB Board in October 2015. AFB also named him its 2015 Stephen Garff Marriott award recipient in recognition of his professional achievement and service as a person who is blind or low vision. He has previously served two terms as Chair of Walmart’s Advocates for Disability Awareness and Education (ADAE) resource group, and has been a board member of Sources for Community Independent Living in Fayetteville, Ark. since 2012. His service has included positions on the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) Corporate Advisory Board, the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Advisory Committee and the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Corporate Development Council.
Russell is an honors graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and communication arts. He resides in Rogers, Ark. with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Sophia and Brady. His perspectives on disability advocacy and inclusion are informed by his experiences with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic, degenerative eye disease that was diagnosed when Russell was 10 years old and led to his legal blindness by his late 20s.
Industry Insights: Health Care
CEO & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics
A thought-leader on labor market data, Chris is a nationally recognized speaker among site selectors, economic developers, private firms, workforce practitioners, and educators. She has served as a keynote speaker for national, and international conferences, and is a quoted source on regional and national economic trends in the media throughout the nation. Chris's forecasts are included in the Blue Chip Financial Forecasts, which is synonymous with the latest in expert opinion on the future performance of the American economy. She is a former board member of the National Association of Business Economists.
Since founding Chmura Economics & Analytics in 1998, Chris and her team of experts have continued to innovate data solutions, such as JobsEQ, LaborEQ, Zonyx, and FedSpendTOP, that help answer critical client questions across the public and private sectors.
Vice President, Workforce Development, Argentum
Brent Weil is the Vice President of Workforce Development at Argentum, the leading national association of professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities. His arrival at Argentum in 2018 marks a national expansion of the association's education and workforce programs to meet the needs of the rapidly growing senior living industry.
Brent has more than 20 years of combined experience in public- and private-sector workforce development, management, strategic communications, and education. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of the Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers, where he led industry engagements and partnerships to advance the goal of helping students and workers gain industry-recognized certifications.
Previously, Brent managed business partnerships on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor, forging key relationships at the Employment and Training Administration and the National Office of Job Corps. In the private sector, he was Vice President of Staffing and Mid-Atlantic Operations for PrimeFlight Aviation Services, a leading service provider for airlines and airports nationwide.
A former classroom educator, Brent is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master's in education at George Washington University.
Regional Director, Talent Acquisition, Mercy Health & Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Shana Welch has more than twenty years of successful Talent Acquisition experience. Ms. Welch has developed system-wide hiring processes, sourcing, recruitment plans and workforce development strategies for several organizations. At Mercy Health a member of Trinity Health, where Shana has served as Regional Director of Talent Acquisition since 2013, she implemented several innovative sourcing and selection practices that have significantly improved and strengthened the Mercy Health hiring process; including regionalizing the Evidence-Based Selection process, and a regional souring model.
Ms. Welch has been invited to speak at national conferences including an invitation by the White House to participate in the Employer Healthcare Workforce Roundtable. She is co-leading West Michigan's participation in, Health Career Pathways, a national initiative that focuses on using competency based hiring and competency based career coaching in an effort to hire and develop traditionally underserved populations into entry level jobs and beyond. She was instrumental in developing the registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program, which is the first of its kind in the nation. Throughout her career she has served in multiple leadership roles throughout the community and with professional organizations. Most recently she was elected as Board of Trustee for Michigan Works, a state workforce development board.
Manager, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health
Charnetia Young serves as Manager, Workforce Initiatives for CVS Health's PBM and Specialty divisions. Charnetia is responsible for developing a robust and diverse talent pipeline strategy for various CVS Health business segments and leading the national Youth and Apprenticeship programs. In doing so, CVS attracts great people and helps break the cycle of poverty for individuals who may otherwise continue down the road of dependency, which often spans generations.
Charnetia is no stranger to workforce development, having spent seven years as Coordinator and a Trainer taught her the importance of empowering underrepresented and underserved populations. Through her more than 16 years of recruitment, hiring, and training experience with CVS Health; she has worked to help individuals unlock their own full potential and capabilities. Charnetia Young has been featured on the cover of Workforce Management Magazine, highlighted on National Public Radio, participated in a Public Service Announcement for the Illinois Department of Human Services campaign about hiring person with disabilities, and serves on both the Washington, DC State Rehabilitation Council and the Prince Georges County Workforce Investment board.
Industry Insights: Hospitality and Retail
Sallie Glickman - Moderator
Principal, SJM Consulting
Sallie Glickman is a civic entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to building and nurturing collaborative structures focused on major social issues, with a passion for efforts that unite the expansion of opportunities for individuals with the economic growth objectives of companies, regions, and countries.
Ms. Glickman started her career in the retail industry, and today is principal for SJM Consulting, an independent consulting practice with clients in the government, corporate, foundation, education, and non-profit sectors. She is co-founder of Graduate! Philadelphia, an initiative designed to significantly increase the number of adults who hold a post-secondary degree, and co-founded and is chair emeritus of The Graduate! Network, created to manage the replication of The Graduate! model to other cities and regions.
Ms. Glickman is the founding executive of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and served as chief executive officer and corporate secretary from 1999 - 2010. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Temple University, has completed two executive leadership programs of study at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and was awarded a certification in appreciative inquiry facilitation by Rutgers University, Center for Applied Appreciative Inquiry.
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
As Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, Stephanie leads the Human Resources function, provides strategic, tactical leadership to fulfill the company's One team! values and culture and execute business strategies through the Hospitality team. Prior to joining the B. F. Saul Company, Stephanie had Regional Human Resources oversight, managing 25 full/select service hotels spanning 10 states. Early in Stephanie's career, she worked as the Complex Human Resources Director in Washington DC, overseeing 2 unionized properties. She also worked in Operations in various countries and held managerial positions in Sales before making a career move to Human Resources. Stephanie graduated with First Honors at Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland with a degree in International Hospitality Management. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, DC Hotel HR Association and served as an Advisory Member for the DC Workforce Investment Council - Hospitality Intermediary Program. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hosting brunches/dinner parties for her loved ones and loves to explore the DC restaurant scene. She currently resides in a lake house in Reston, VA, with her husband and one-year old daughter.
Senior Vice President, Director Field Operations, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Gina Iacovone is a 33-year veteran of BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. As Senior Vice President, Director of Field Operations, she oversees the daily operations of BJ's Wholesale's 215 Clubs.
Gina began her career at BJ's in Club #208, Johnston, RI as a Cashier. Since accepting that position more than 30 years ago, she has worked almost every job in the Club as well as held several Field leadership roles. Her breadth of knowledge and depth of experience as an operator, coupled with a direct and honest approach has earned her the respect amongst Team Members throughout the BJ's organization.
Gina's passion for the business and belief that people matter above all are traits that drive her every day. She averages 200+ Club visits every year, spending time with Club General Managers to understand their perspective about our business. All of this works to ensure that the Clubs teams have support they need to be successful and live the BJ's Values for the benefit of each other, BJ's Members and our local communities.
Gina has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management and Accounting from Rhode Island College.
Charles R. Miller
Group Vice President - Government and Public Affairs, Macy's, Inc.
Charles R. Miller
Charles R. Miller is Group Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at Macy's, Inc. He joined the Macy's Law Department in 1998 when Macy's acquired The May Department Stores Company. Before working in retail he was Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel at Petrolite Corporation, a publicly-traded specialty chemicals company.
Industry Insights: Infrastructure Services
Michael Glavin - Moderator
Director of Workforce Policy, Associated Builders and Contractors
Mike Glavin is the Director of Workforce Development Policy for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members with a diverse membership of small, medium and large businesses covering all specialties of construction, primarily those in the industrial and commercial sectors.
Mike works with contractor members and local association staff to improve student access to high-quality construction craft training through community outreach and industry partnerships. With 12 years of experience with ABC, Mike also works on public policy issues related to workforce development, including CTE, the public workforce system and growing apprenticeships. Today, ABC chapters offer more than 800 employee workforce development programs across the country, 300 of which are currently registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, and ABC members annually invest $1.1 billion in training construction professionals. Together with its members, ABC is the largest provider of open shop construction training in the country.
Vice President, Business Development, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.
Vice President of Business Development, Mark Drury, draws on more than 40 years of experience in construction management. His wide-ranging oversight responsibilities include corporate development, contracts negotiation/management, construction management and material purchases, project coordination/scheduling, project management operations/staffing, and production of marketing and sales materials. Mark is the immediate Past Chairman of the Board at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Washington Metro Chapter, serves on the ABC National Board, the ABC National Workforce Development & Trimmer Construction Education Committees, is a LEED AP and Designated Design Build Professional. He completed his undergrad studies in History at Shepherd University and graduate coursework at Princeton and Clemson Universities.
Vice President, Safety & Training, Propane Education & Research Council
Stuart joined the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) in 2000. As Vice President for Safety & Training, Stuart serves the propane industry by managing the development of programs to educate the propane workforce, propane consumers, and first responders on the safe use and handling of propane safely.
Stuart also manages training for autogas technicians and is a member of the industry's Workforce Development Task force.
Prior to working for PERC, Stuart served as Director for Occupational Safety & Training for the American Trucking Associations.
Director of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships, Emsi
John is the Director of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships at Emsi. He specializes in workforce and economic development, strategic workforce planning, comprehensive planning, and labor market data analysis. John received his education at the University of Idaho and holds master's degrees in regional planning (focus: community economic development) and civil engineering (focus: transportation planning). He is a certified Strategic Workforce Planner and is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP).
Business Manager, Education, Lincoln Electric
Dr. Jason Scales is the Business Manager, Education for Lincoln Electric. In this recently created role, he is responsible for strategic planning and the management of the company's education team and product portfolio to attain growth in revenue and profits.
Recently, he and his team completed construction of the Lincoln Electric in the Welding Technology & Training Center. The mission of the Center is to maintain and grow the company's capacity of providing professional development for educators, engineers and professional welders as well as those seeking a career in the skilled trades. The Center also serves as a laboratory for the development of teaching methods and materials on advancing technologies for fabrication.
Dr. Scales serves on a number of boards and has participated in numerous speaking engagements, panels and bylined articles on the subject of the changing face of technical education and paths for addressing the current 'skills gap' in manufacturing and construction.
Before joining Lincoln Electric, Jason served on the staff at the University of Central Missouri as an Associate Professor of Agriculture following a career in agricultural education. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Education at the University of Missouri.
Industry Insights: IT, Networking, and Cybersecurity
Chief Product & Analytics Officer, Burning Glass Technologies
Dan Restuccia is Chief Product and Analytics Officer of Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analytics firm. He leads the firm's efforts to harness big data and illuminate real time trends in the job market. Burning Glass helps companies, schools, learners and workers understand the supply and demand for critical skills, chart data-driven pathways to career success, and drive competitive advantage through strategic management of human capital. Mr. Restuccia's research helps to shape the national conversation on careers and the skills gap and has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Wall St Journal and the Economist. Prior to joining Burning Glass, Mr. Restuccia worked in education policy at Jobs for the Future and Boston Plan for Excellence and taught math in an urban public high school.
Director, Vocational Business Development, Greenlee Textron
Steven Lehr is a 28-year employee of Textron with Bell Helicopter and Greenlee. At Bell, Steve held numerous management positions including Quality Assurance Programs, 609 Operations, V-22 Final Assembly, Presidential Helicopter Replacement, and Enterprise Asset Management. Highlights include overseeing the first 609 aircraft assemblies, managing the final assembly of the first fleet V-22 tiltrotor aircraft, implementing a comprehensive sustainability program and coordinating the campus modernization program. Highlights at Greenlee as Distribution Director include the improvements in delivery performance, revamped late point configuration process and optimizing the overall distribution capability. Currently Steve is the director of Vocational Business responsible for the creation and implementation of the GreenApple Labs program. Steve also fosters positive partnerships with various apprenticeship programs. The endeavor places Greenlee in the education market as the premier provider of electrical education labs and certifications.
Steve is a retired Navy veteran achieving the rank of Master Chief. Steve possesses an AS degree from the University of the State of New York. He also holds a BABA and MBA in Finance and International Business from Dallas Baptist University. Steve is a Six Sigma Green Belt. Steve was raised in New Athens IL and has two grown children and a grandson.
Regional Director Higher Education and Workforce, North America, Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business
Scott Stoddart is the Regional Director for Higher Education and Workforce in North America for Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business.
He has been with Certiport for 15 years.
- While at Certiport he has served as the National Director for the Government and Workforce Sector.
- He has helped develop Certiport's offline testing system for correction programs for inmates to take industry certifications while incarcerated.
- He served on the Broadband Digital Literacy Council for the State of New York – appointed by NY Governor Patterson in 2009.
- In 2007 Scott helped revise the National Office of Job Corps Training and Achievement Records (TARs) in the Office Administration and Accounting Services TARs to include Microsoft Office Specialist and IC3 certifications. Recent revisions now include QuickBooks and the Microsoft Technology Associate exams.
Industry Insights: Manufacturing
Gardner Carrick - Moderator
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Manufacturing Institute
Gardner Carrick is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Manufacturing Institute. Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms and the production of a regular series of reports on the issues and challenges affecting the U.S. manufacturing sector.
Mr. Carrick also leads the development of a national education data system that will integrate education, certification, and labor market data to deliver outcome information on education programs. He is also leading the development of a new industry-recognized apprenticeship system to change how manufacturers and schools partner to prepare the workforce.
Previously, Mr. Carrick led the Institute's partnership with the U.S. military to assist veterans and transitioning military personnel prepare for and find jobs in manufacturing and the Institute's work on skills certifications.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Carrick worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration where he served as the Project Director for a major initiative focused on talent development in regions across the country. He also served as the Communications Director for the agency.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Carrick was a Senior Associate at TATC Consulting, a Washington DC-based firm focused on providing expertise to federal and state agencies on employment and education related issues.
Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development, ARM Institute
Dr. Stephen Catt is the Deputy Director of Education and Workforce Development at the ARM Institute (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing). ARM's mission is to be the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise, accelerating growth in U.S.-based manufacturing and high value careers. This nationwide initiative seeks to enhance existing education and training by identifying and promoting best practices in preparing an adaptive workforce for Industry 4.0.
Dr. Catt has been an adjunct professor of organizational development, and an administrator for a community college for 30 years. He was a catalyst in regional development of regional advanced manufacturing programs, an associates degree in robotic technology, STEM coalitions among businesses and education, and other creative workforce initiatives.
NC3 Coordinator, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
John Lee came to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2009 as a Certified Master Diesel Technician. In 2015 he was appointed Coordinator of the National Coalition Certification Center. He is Responsible for training, testing and awarding NC3 certificates to students on campus, as well as employees in business and industry. John also oversees one of the five regional training centers in the United States. In 2015, Mr. Lee awarded 1,357 NC3 certificates, the most in the United States. In recognition of this accomplishment, NC3 presented the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton the Dennis Ludice Memorial Award.
John currently serves as the chair of the SkillsUSA Tennessee Transportation Cluster, and is the chair for a SkillsUSA National Cluster. He received the 2018 SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year award for Tennessee.
Mr. Lee is a graduate of Nashville Auto/Diesel College and is currently attending East Tennessee State University where he will earn his bachelor's degree. Among his many accomplishments he said his greatest accomplishment is being married to his wife Samantha for twenty years, and his two wonderful children.
Vice President, Workforce & Economic Development Solutions, Burning Glass Technologies
Mr. Lynch develops strategic partnerships and business relationships at the intersection of workforce development, economic development, and higher education; helping identify and deliver solutions that enable Burning Glass clients to more efficiently and effectively match talent with opportunity. Steve's career spans law, workforce development, finance, education, and public service. Prior to joining Burning Glass, Steve has served as a Program Director at Jobs for the Future (JFF,) a Workforce Programs Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, an educator in secondary education, and an administrator for a Local Workforce Investment Area in Washington State.
Mr. Lynch has a JD from Lewis & Clark College Law School in Portland, OR, and a Bachelor's in political science from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Director of Strategic Business Development & Partnerships, Festo Didactic
Tony joined Festo Corporation in 2004 as the Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast Region. He became the Learning Systems National Manager in 2007 and Didactic General Manager in 2013. Since the acquisition of LabVolt in 2014, he has been serving in various strategic positions with Festo Didactic, Inc. supporting the merger of LabVolt, Industrial Training Programs, Festo's DOL Apprenticeship program in Mason, OH, and Certification Programs. Prior to joining Festo, Tony established his career in the Asset Management and Industrial Distribution industries. Tony has been working in Industry and Education for 25 years and resides in Tennessee with his wife and daughter.
Tuesday, March 28th
Fireside Chat with Governor Hickenlooper
Beth Cobert is the CEO of Skillful, an initiative of the Markle Foundation, the state of Colorado, Microsoft, and LinkedIn to create a labor market rooted in skills, regardless of where or how they are obtained. Since her appointment in June 2017, Beth has drawn on her expertise in managing talent, developing partnerships, and harnessing the constructive potential of emerging technology to deepen Skillful’s impact in Colorado and to extend Skillful’s approach nationally. She championed the recently launched Skillful State Network, a nonpartisan collaboration of 20 governors to advance labor market transformation at a scale and pace not possible through individual state actions. Along with the Network, she and her Skillful team introduced the Skillful State Playbook, which lays out the steps needed to create a skills-based labor market and freely shares tools and practices developed on the ground in Colorado.
Prior to Skillful, Beth served as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management and as the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama. Previously, Beth was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she worked for 30 years with clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, healthcare, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropy.