Let's all rise together and strive to prosper as we lead the Commonwealth through this great time of change. Pennsylvania's workforce development system and staff sit at the intersection of education, training, social services, information, community & economic development, and more.  We will strategize collectively to lead the way and bring Pennsylvania back stronger than ever!

The 37th Annual Conference will highlight the importance of prospering through times of change, in addition to the significance of connections, collaboration, and improved coordination which will ultimately lead to better serving Pennsylvania businesses and workers.

Plan now to attend PWDA's Annual Conference, Pennsylvania's most anticipated workforce event of the year!  Join us as we rise to prosper in a time of great change!

In light of public health and safety directives from Pennsylvania's Governor, PWDA's 2021 Annual Conference will be a virtual experience - continuing to unite workforce development professionals with their peers, partners, providers, and others!  Striving to bring a robust agenda focused on embracing change, capacity building, recognition, and innovation.

Benefits of Virtual

  • Nearly 60 workshop presentations (you no longer have to choose which ones to attend!)
  • Access to all Keynote Speakers 
  • A Robust Policy Panel 
  • Honor employer and individual winners at the Governor's Awards Ceremonies 
  • Live networking sessions with your colleagues, as well as our valued exhibitors and sponsors
  • All components of the conference at your convenience, from the comfort of your office/home
  • On-demand access to conference presentations for paid registrants up to 30 days following the conclusion of the conference



  • This was my first time attending a completely virtual conference - it was well done.  Participation as both a presenter and attendee was seamless.  
  • The conference provided relevant information to help address emerging workforce challenges.
  • Excellent conference, lots of valuable information received. 
  • A new learning experience.
  • Even though this year's conference had to be virtual. I still feel that there was a wealth of information shared.
  • Well organized and surprisingly interactive bearing in mind it was virtual.
  • This was by far the best conference I've attended.  

Conference Schedule-at-a Glance

PWDA is excited to announce Dan Rockwell as the opening keynote to kick-off this year's conference. Dan is the author of the highly-recognized Leadership Freak blog and has served fifteen years as a workforce development consultant. His presentation on focusing on how to fuel energy is sure to encourage attendees to 'Rise Up!'
Keynote Speaker Sponsored by 

Elisabeth Sanders-Park is a nationally recognized 'tough career transitions' expert and co-author of “No One Is Unemployable” and “The 6 Reasons You’ll Get the Job.” In the last 15+ years, she has trained more than 30,000 employment/career practitioners and impacted the lives of more than 1 million job seekers across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. She is known for delivering messages of hope, innovation, and practicality with her signature blend of wisdom and humor.

PWDA would like to thank all who submitted a workshop proposals.  Proposals are currently being reviewed.  PWDA will begin notification of accepted proposals in mid-February.


Secure your organization's visibility at the premier workforce development conference in Pennsylvania! Sign up to place an ad in the e-program, exhibit, or sponsor an event.  More information can be found in our Conference Prospectus. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity! 

Program Ad Form
Exhibit Form
Sponsorship Form

Conference registration is now OPEN!  Please use the appropriate form when registering. Cancellation and payment policies are noted below.  It is very important to provide an accurate email address for each registrant, as this will be used to create a unique login for the conference.

PWDA Members - $450
Non-members $525 -  Not a member?  Click here to join!

Registration Form - use this form if you are not a state agency employee. PWDA Champion, Partner and Individual members, if you are unsure of your member discount code, please contact staff at [email protected]

State Agency Form - use this form if you are a state agency employee of the following state Departments: Agriculture, Corrections, Community & Economic Development,  Education, Labor & Industry, and Human Services. If you have a question about whether or not you should use this form, please contact staff at [email protected] 

Payment Policy
PWDA accepts credit card and check payments.  If you select to pay by check,  all payments must be received in the PWDA office no later than April 14, 2021. By electing to pay by check, you commit to making payment for your registration. Cancellation or no show without payment does not exonerate you from any fees due. 

A refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given only if a cancellation is submitted in writing to [email protected] by April 5, 2021. Refunds will not be given after this date. Any revisions made by PWDA staff (including name changes) after this date will incur a $100 administrative fee.


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