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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
10:00 am – 11:15 am ET Welcome!
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Keynote Panel:
A Vision for a Unified Workforce System: Perspectives from Employers, Education and Workforce Development Partners

Presenters:
Van Ton Quinlivan, Futuro Health
Dawnn Leary, Greater Washington Community Foundation
Laurie Bouillion Larrea, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas
Dr. Federico Zaragoza, College of Southern Nevada

Moderated by:
Dr. Ian Roark,Pima Community College

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11:15 am – 12:00 pm ET Show Me the Money: Determining ROI in Workplace Literacy programs at Tyson Foods

Presenters:
Donna Davis, Tyson Foods
Jesse McCree, SCPa Works

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Moderated by:
Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, Pima Community College

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Panel Discussion: Ensuring Equitable Access and Success for Diverse Populations

Presenters:
Walter L.G. Simmons, Employ Prince George’s, Inc.
Brian Walsh, Vera Institute of Justice
Julia Trujillo Luengo, City of Portland

Moderated by:
Rachel Hirsch, National Governors Association

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Built to Last – Leveraging Successful Workforce and Education Partnerships to Upskill Your Workforce

Presenters:
Sabra Phillips, Marek
Angie De Leon, Harris County Department of Education
Anson Green, Tyson Foods

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET Essential Education’s Workforce Programs

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Presenter:
Dan Griffith, Essential Education

Department of Commerce $1.5billion Funding Opportunity

Presenters:
Michele Chang, US Department of Commerce

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Employer-Based English Programs That Deliver Results: Best Practices for Upskilling Your Workforce Efficiently and EffectivelyPresenter:
Katie Nielson, EnGen

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Center of Excellence for Apprenticeship Initiatives Thought Leaders Collaboration to Inform USDOL’s Registered Apprenticeship Center of Excellence

Presenters:
Katie Adams, Safal Partners

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1:00 pm – 1:50 pm ET Cross-Cultural Relationship Building, Awareness and Sensitivity in the Workplace: Helping employers recruit, retain and honor diverse talent.

Presenter:
Terry Liggins, The Hurdle Life Coach

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The Untapped Talent Pool: Best Practice in Hiring and Retaining Justice Involved Individuals

Presenters:
Jeff Abramowitz, JEVES Human Services & COABE Secretary
Danielle Cox, Maryland Department of Labor

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Supporting the Economic Integration of Internationally Educated Immigrants and Refugees

Presenter:
Debra Means-West, World Education Services, Global Talent Bridge
Janine Janosky, Richard J. College
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, Northwestern University
Teresita B. Wisell, Westchester Community College

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2:00 pm – 2:50 pm ET Making WIOA Work For Employers: Challenges and Recommendations for Increasing Business Access to Federally Funded Workforce Programming to Better Serve the Immigrant Workforce

Presenters:
Judy Mortrude, World Education, Inc.
Dan Kosten, National Immigration Forum
Emily Foster, National Immigration Forum
Dane Linn, Business Roundtable

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Wisconsin’s Equity Informed Approach to Integrated Education and Training

Presenters:
Ben Konruff, Wisconsin Technical College System
Amber Stancher, Mid State Technical College

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Workplace Education Panel: Developing a Local Education/Employer Partnerships from the Ground Up

Presenters:
Beth Butterfoss, JVS Boston
Kristin Driscoll, Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Jeff Arnott,The School District of Osceola County, Florida
Karen J. Combs, Adult Learning Center of Osceola
David Engilis, President at Touchless Boat Cover
Cheryl Hiester, The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
Jenni Black, Union Community Care

Moderated by:
Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, Pima Community College

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3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Pre Apprenticeship as a Pipeline to Apprenticeship

Presenter:
Tyra Copas, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Teresa Smith, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

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Beyond the First Meeting – Cultivating a Thriving Workplace Education Program

Presenters:
Anson Green, Tyson Foods
Angela Johnson, Baker Ripley
Alejandra Barbosa Contreras, Baker Ripley

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Meet Workplace Demands for Career Readiness with Google

Presenters:
Jennifer Vaden Barth, Google
Ricki Meyer, Google

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3:50 pm – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks

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