PWDA Training & Events 

PWDA hosts multiple trainings and events throughout the year that target workforce development   professionals and stakeholders across Pennsylvania, including our Annual Conference and Symposium. All events are tailored to meet the professional development and capacity building priorities established by PWDA members and stakeholders as well as lifting up awareness on best practices, success stories and trends!  

36th Annual Conference
Driving Workforce Connections 

Partner. Broker. Intermediary. Navigator. Advocate. Policymaker. Elected Official. Business Owner. Jobseeker. Educator. Administrator. Funder. Provider. Parent. Student. Worker. Veteran. Do'er.  To build a strong and competitive workforce requires connections. Siloed approaches do not work. Pennsylvania's workforce development system and staff sit at the intersection of education, training, social services, information, community & economic development, and more. 
PWDA's 36th Annual Conference will highlight the value of connections, the importance of collaboration and improved coordination that ultimately better serve Pennsylvania business and workers. 

 Pennsylvania can build a strong workforce, together.

PWDA 36th Annual Virtual Conference

As we all navigate the COVID-19 impact across the Commonwealth, PWDA is moving the Annual Conference to virtual participation! We are excited to bring you a relevant, robust and quality agenda - now accessible at your fingertips.

Benefits of the virtual conference:

  • Nearly 60 workshop presentations (you no longer have to choose which ones to attend!)
  • Access to all Keynote Speakers 
  • A Robust State Leaders Panel featuring six(6) State Agency Executives 
  • 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 Conference presentations  for at least 30 days after conference

Over 95 speakers will present to Conference registrations - representing diverse backgrounds sharing the same goals: Building a strong workforce, connecting individuals to skills and family sustaining careers, support competitive employers find and keep the talent they need, and lifting up Pennsylvania communities!   

The latest list of workshops can be found here 
Opening Keynote Speaker:
Rocky Bleier - Four-time Super Bowl Champion and Vietnam war heroRocky Bleier1

PWDA is excited to welcome legendary speaker Rocky Bleier to the 36th Annual Workforce Development Conference. Kicking off the conference on Wednesday May 13th, Rocky will reflect on the hard lessons learned early in life to overcome adversity and provide attendees with motivation and perspective to apply in their every-day professional and personal lives!

Closing Keynote Speaker:
Farai Chideya  - Journalist, Award-Winning Author, and Socio-Political Analyst
Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. She has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events around the globe.

The Value of Going Virtual

A virtual approach is new to the Annual Conference format, we recognize the value of going virtual in our time, reducing travel expenses, and expanding our opportunity to network, learn, and engage!. 


Conference Registration Details 
Conference speakers and presenters address emerging workforce challenges as workforce professionals chart a new course for employment and job-training to keep Pennsylvania competitive in a global economy. The conference offers great value with relevant staff training and updates on a wide variety of timely and important subjects at a single, central location.

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Registration for the conference is now open! Registration will be accepted online only. 

State Agency Registration (Only for commonwealth agencies and employees who are registering for the Conference). This does not include state universities. Registration will be accepted online only.

Do you need to register a group of individuals? Use this multi-registration template to efficiently gather the information you need prior to entering the information online.  Please note: This is just a guide for your internal use, you will still need to complete the online registration form.

Conference Registration Fees
Virtual conference registration $495 

A refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given only if a cancellation is submitted in writing to [email protected] by Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 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. Refunds will be processed after the conference, and will be made by check. 

If you select to pay by check, to receive the early bird discount payment must be received by PWDA no later than Friday, July 31, 2020 or your fees will automatically increase for each registration to the regular rate.  Payment must be received prior to attending the conference.  By electing to pay by check, you commit to making payment for your registration. Cancellation without payment does not exonerate you from payment.  

Exhibitor & Sponsors
Spotlight your services, expertise, projects and resources to Pennsylvania’s key workforce development experts, decision-makers, and professionals!

PWDA Annual Conference Vendors


2020 PWDA Workforce Development Symposium

September 29, 2020, 9:30am

Be part of the discussion on Pennsylvania's Workforce Recovery 

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