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.  


PWDA is seeking workshop presentations for its 37th Annual Conference - Workforce Rising: Prospering in a Time of  Great Change, which will be held May 5-7, 2021. 

The conference workshops provide a solid foundation for staff training and development aligned across common themes or training tracks identified as crucial for the workforce system. Workshops feature program innovations, policy updates, staff development, and best practices sessions, which provide attendees with the tools to replicate and implement successful programs in their local workforce areas. 

SUBMIT YOUR WORKSHOP PROPOSAL TODAY! We feature six key themes to the 2021 Conference. Click HERE for more information and to submit a workshop proposal. 


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



Conference registration will open in mid-February 2021.

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