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!  

2020 Annual Conference Registration: May 13-15, 2020 

Announcing Keynote Speakers:

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!

Farai Chideya - Author, Broadcaster, and Journalism Program Officer

Farai HeadshotAuthor of 2016's "The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption", PWDA features Farai Chideya as the Closing Keynote on Friday, May 15th. Farai will draw on her experience as Program Officer at the Ford Foundation as well as her experience as a socio-political analyst, journalist, researcher, and author to discuss evolving careers in today's world of inequality and labor market effects. 


Conference Details
The PA Workforce Development Association’s Annual Employment, Training and Education Conference features informative speakers, more than 50 workshops, and opportunities to network with professionals at all levels of the workforce development system. Conference speakers and training 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.

Conference logo Agenda at-a-Glance 

Register for the Conference Today!  Early Bird Registration Ends on March 31st!  
All registration will be accepted online only. 

State Agency Registration (Only for commonwealth agencies and employees who are registering for the Conference)

All 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
3‐day registration $425 ($495 after March 31, 2020)
2‐day registration $405 ($475 after March 31, 2020)
1‐day registration $350 ($420 after March 31, 2020)
Registration closes April 20, 2020

Hotel Information
To make hotel reservations at the conference rate of $175 per night (single or double) plus tax, use the Hershey Lodge link or call 1-855-729-3108. Indicate that you are with the PA Workforce Development Association 2020 Annual Conference. Reservations must be made on or before Monday, April 13, 2020, to receive the favorable PWDA rate.

A refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given only if a cancellation is submitted in writing to [email protected] by April 1, 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.

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


2020 PWDA Symposium: September 29-30, 2020 

Save the Date! Information to be released in Spring 2020


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