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9:00 am - 10:00 am  |  Opening Keynote (Presidents Hall 1 & 2)

The Current State of Affairs: Pennsylvania’s Post-Pandemic Workforce
Chris Laney, PhD, Senior Workforce Strategist, EMSI Burning Glass
Ed Legge, Director, PA Center for Workforce Information & Analysis  

ACCESS the Video Replay of the Welcome & Opening PLENARY! 

10:00 am - 10:50 am  |  SolutionsTalk - Round I
#LMI – A New Look at Traditional Data (Room 204)
Kim DeLellis, Department of Labor & Industry, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis
Data plays an important role in workforce, economic, and other local decisions as the commonwealth adapts to its new future. Enhance your workforce intelligence by exploring tools and information available through the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis. Best practices and common questions from our customers will drive this discussion. 
ADDITIONAL PRESENTERS:  Mark Hoover & Pete Phelan, Department of Labor & Industry, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis
Building Bridges: How the WIOA Cross-Training Series Supports Collaboration (Room 205)
KayLynn Hamilton, Penn State University
This interactive session will provide participants with an opportunity to review the online cross-training modules.  Presenters will provide information about regional completion and present options for ongoing collaboration around the modules.  Additionally, presenters will provide attendees with activities that support the identification of content for the next anticipated model focusing on case management.  Finally, presenters will engage participants to identify potential future module content and follow-up.
Reimagining Work-Based Learning for 2021 and Beyond (Room 206)
Laura Radford, Grant Associates
Work-Based Learning programs will play a critical role in helping young people connect to careers in the future. In a matter of weeks, Grant Associates helped the New York City Mayor’s Office Center for Youth Employment provide high-quality remote internships that brought value to both the students and businesses. Join us as we share the tools and resources we developed to help the Center for Youth Employment implement more than 20,000 virtual workplace challenges.

10:55 am - 11:45 am  |  SolutionsTalk - Round II
Workforce Transformation Post COVID: Addressing Issues That Keep Us Up At Night (Room 204)

Mike Lawrence, Community Workforce Advancements
As we come out of the pandemic and attempt to find some "new normal," one of our most important strategic questions is How do we rethink the form and function of the public workforce system and system delivery in light of COVID impact? What are we called to do?

Building an Effective Workforce Development Ecosystem (Room 205)
Andy Petroski, NuPaths
An effective workforce development ecosystem creates opportunities at various stages of career development in a variety of formats, and with outcomes that have short-term and long-term impacts.  NuPaths and Harrisburg University have created a dynamic education and employment ecosystem for students 14-65 that supports skill development and career support for a variety of audiences and outcomes.  Join this session to learn about the components of the ecosystem and hear individual case studies about student impact.

Recovery Occupations: Developing and Implementing a Data-Driven Employment Recovery Plan (Room 206)

Patricia Blumenaur, Philadelphia Works
Philadelphia Works will present their Recovery Occupation plan and provide guidance on how to use data-driven decision-making to reproduce this COVID-considerate strategy locally. This strategy prioritizes investment in training for occupations that are experiencing demand now; pay livable wages; require only short-to-moderate term training and education; and are middle-skill or low-skill entry points with opportunity for advancement. Learn how to identify your region's Recovery Occupations and coordinate implementation across teams, providers, and partners.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  |  Lunch Keynote (President's Hall 1 & 2)

Bridging Education, Workforce Development, and Support Systems
Sheila Ireland, Deputy Secretary for Workforce, PA Department of Labor & Industry
Tanya Garcia, PhD, Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary & Higher Education, PA Department of Education
Inez Titus, Deputy Secretary of Office of Income Maintenance, PA Department of Human Services  

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm  |  SolutionsTalk - Round III

 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-From The Inside Out! (Room 204)
Darrell "Coach D" Andrews
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion systems can be a challenge for organizations to implement successfully. Often this is due to organizations seeing training and development as the only solution. What many leaders fail to realize is that DEI is an internal decision, not an external one. Training alone won't change things. This session will provide organizational leaders with concrete tools to help their teams embrace diversity from an internal perspective, as a human relations issue. Leaders and key staff will walk away with concrete solutions that benefit clients and staff.


PAsmart: An Evidence Based Approach to Policy (Room 205)
Judd R. Pittman, Department of Education 
Connect with workforce and economic development leaders to better understand the current impact, gaps and future opportunities for the PAsmart Initiative.

Going Digital! - PA CareerLink's New Customer Intake Initiative (Room 206)
Matt Flinner, Department of Labor & Industry
In 2022, PA CareerLink (PACL) Offices will be implementing the Digital Customer Intake Form.  This presentation will showcase the new initiative, stakeholder input that influenced the form design, and highlight advantages for job seekers and WD partners.  Once implemented PACL's innovative digital tool will automate processes by reducing paper forms, speed up customer wait times, improve data collection and analysis, and elevate PACL's ability to serve all Pennsylvanians.  Join us to learn more!

2:40 pm - 3:30 pm  |  SolutionsTalk - Round IV


Onboarding: What Helps, What Hinders and How You Can Fix It (Room 204)
Angela Rogers, Penn State University
Onboarding is one of the most common workforce development responsibilities and crucial for retention and engagement, but onboarding programs are often considered a waste of time by all involved. Why does it matter? What are the most common problems and how can they be fixed? What do newcomers really need? What are the best practices and the keys to implementing them effectively? What are the pitfalls to avoid? This program will answer those questions by sharing practical applications gleaned from 100+ research studies conducted over 40 years.

#Prepared4PA - A Collaborative Approach (Room 205)
Hope Lineman, Clarion University (PASSHE)
#Prepared4PA leverages the opportunity to be part of Pennsylvania's solution in building a vibrant economy and helping to foster a brighter future for learners. State System universities and employers have partnered across Pennsylvania to improve educational pipelines into high priority occupations.  Come hear how #Prepared4PA has cultivated strong partnerships with workforce and economic developers; postsecondary educators; employers and industry groups; and foundations to help advance equity, expand opportunities and increase educational attainment.

3 Steps to Solving Work Readiness and Socioeconomic Prosperity (Room 206)

Bob Castellucci, Partnership to Prosperity
Employers cannot find enough work ready people. Job seekers are unable to land a job in their field or that they feel prepared for. The traditional education model was not designed to adequately prepare job-ready applicants for the evolving needs of employers today. demands, and experience expectations of employers today. We will demonstrate an innovative workforce development solution based on collaboration, sustainability and socioeconomic success.





9:00 am - 10:00 am  |  Closing Keynote (President's Hall 1 & 2)

Local Workforce System Panel Discussion
Dillon Moore, Director of Policy, Partner4Work 

Pam Streich, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central PA
Ron Painter, President & CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards 


10:00 am - 11:00 am  |  Closing Keynote (President's Hall 1 & 2)

Legislative Insights on Workforce Development
Carrie Amann, Executive Director, PA Workforce Development Association
Ron Painter, President & CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards
Chris Andresen, Senior Vice President, Dutko GR