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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 
9:30am - 12:30pm 


Pennsylvania's Workforce Recovery: In-the-Moment Discussion on Policy & Practice 

Workforce development serves a pivotal role in Pennsylvania's economy. Unlike other economic downturns and recessions in U.S. history, the current state of affairs stems not from an economic crisis but a public health crisis. While lessons are to be learned and expertise extended, lingering uncertainties leave a handful of questions around the need to capitalize on opportunity and serve Pennsylvania workers, jobseekers and employers.

The Symposium 2020 will tackle discussion on critical workforce development policy, planning and practice issues guiding Pennsylvania's workforce recovery. Take advantage of this web-based event to inform your decisions, actions and thinking!  



A three(3)-hour web event, participants will listen in and engage in discussion on the following agenda items. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
I. Welcome & Symposium Kick-Off
Carrie Amann, PWDA Executive Director
II. Pennsylvania's Economic Health Status
Get insight on the latest economic conditions facing Pennsylvania and how it informs workforce 
development policy makers, funders, and practitioners.
III. Defining Access & Equity Needs in Workforce Development
Moderated by: Sheila Ireland, PA Department of Labor & Industry

Pivoting quickly to a remote and virtual-based service delivery model pushed the limits and
flexed the innovation of Pennsylvania's education,
training, and workforce development system.
Yet, the transition also
stressed the focal point that access to services and work supports are
equal for Pennsylvanians. Bringing clarity to the conversation, hear a panel of experts
discuss what it means to have a workforce recovery
that is accessible and equitable.
IV. Talent Management in Uncertain Times 
Moderated by: Earl Buford, Partner4Work

Directing the supply of talent and talent development requires a keen understanding of
employer demands. The current public health crisis is
introducing ever-changing
environments, safety conditions and fluctuations in certainty and risk impacting employer
operations and sustainability. A panel of employer representatives from targeted industries
will discuss top of mind issues and strategic actions they are deploying to manage their
talent and remain competitive.
V. Pennsylvania's Response to the Call for Recovery
Moderated by: Doran Condon, PWDA Director of Workforce Initiatives 

A diverse set of professionals will respond to the panel presentations and discuss recovery
implications on Pennsylvania's workforce development policy, planning, and practices
occurring at the state, regional, and local levels.
VI. Closing Remarks 


Post-Symposium Activities 
As part of the paid registration, Symposium attendees have the opportunity to participate in one(1) of the follow-up events noted below.
Event information will be sent with Symposium registration information.
October 5, 2020
Continuing the Conversation: Access & Equity in Workforce Development 
Hosted by PWDA 
Discuss and inform a Pennsylvania agenda for access and equity in workforce development 
October 6, 2020


Industry Partnership Round-table
Hosted by PA Workforce Development Board 
Engage with the PA Workforce Development Board to leverage Pennsylvania's Industry
Partnership network in a demand-driven sector strategy approach to workforce and
economic recovery.

Find the Symposium Program Here