1:00PM Welcome and Overview

Doran Condon, Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA


How can we smooth the rocky pathway to adulthood?

Kathryn Peltier Campbell
Associate Director of Editorial Policy and Senior Editor/Writer
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW)

Kathryn Peltier Campbell is Associate Director of Editorial Policy and Senior Editor/Writer at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW). She helps direct content development for CEW’s reports, collaborates on editorial strategy, and coauthors many CEW publications. She has extensive experience editing and writing publications on diversity, equity, and inclusion in postsecondary education and the workforce, as well as on the economic and noneconomic value of education. Her work focuses on improving opportunity for all people to thrive in the workforce and society.

At CEW, Kathryn has contributed to such reports as Youth Policy; If Not Now, When?; The Cost of Economic and Racial Injustice in Postsecondary Education; Workplace Basics; The Role of Education in Taming Authoritarian Attitudes; The Unequal Race for Good Jobs; and Born to Win, Schooled to Lose. Prior to joining CEW, Kathryn was editor of Liberal Education, the flagship periodical of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. At AAC&U, she also served as editor of the periodicals Diversity & Democracy and On Campus with Women.

Kathryn has an MA in English from the University of Virginia, where she also earned a BA with a double major in English and physics.

Artem Gulish
Senior Policy Strategist and Research Faculty 
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW)

Artem Gulish is a Senior Policy Strategist and Research Faculty at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. His areas of research include youth policy; transitions to economic independence; the future of human endeavors; pathways to good jobs; equity by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status in postsecondary education and labor markets; free college policies; the role of higher education in a democratic system; and educational adequacy.

Artem has been at CEW for more than 10 years. He regularly contributes to CEW’s prominent research, featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, U.S. News & World Report, the National Journal, and a variety of other national and local media outlets. He has co-authored many of CEW’s reports, including Youth Policy; If Not Now, When?; Failure to Launch; The Cost of Economic and Racial Injustice in Postsecondary Education; Buyer Beware; The Dollars and Sense of Free College; The Unequal Race for Good Jobs; Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs; Women Can’t Win; America’s Divided Recovery; and Good Jobs Are Back.

Prior to joining CEW, Artem was with the Citizen Advocacy Center, a public interest organization that enhances effectiveness of healthcare oversight bodies. Artem received an MS from Georgetown University and a BS from Cornell University.


Being an Ally for LGBTQ+ Youth

Understand the critical aspects of inclusion in your client engagement and program design for Pennsylvania's LGBTQ+ youth. 

Dr. Tyler Titus (They/Them/Theirs)
Founder of Compton's Table
Tyler Titus is a parent of three beautiful children, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, consultant, advocate, and elected School Board Director. Tyler became the first openly elected transgender official in the State of Pennsylvania in November 2017. They currently serve on the Erie Arts & Culture Grantmaking Committee, president of the Erie Public School Board, and co-vice chair of the State’s LGBTQ Commission of Affairs. Tyler completed their Doctorate in Social Work at the University of Southern California.


Back on Track – How to Support Reentry and Adjudicated Youth

Hear from a panelist of presenters with insights on Reentry Youth employment, what it takes to engage youth and young adults who are criminal-justice involved, and how to support the youth on their path to and sustaining employment. 

Mindy Rickabaugh
Coordinator of Reintegration Services, Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies 
Anthony Melf
Special Projects Manager, EDSI, PA CareerLink® Luzerne/Schuylkill Counties

2:55PM - 3:10PM


3:10PM DATA DISCUSSION: Navigating Murky Career Exploration Waters

Kimberly DeLellis
Workforce Development Division Chief

Center for Workforce Information & Analysis
PA Department of Labor & Industry | Workforce Development
Mrs. DeLellis started her career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis as a statistical assistant in 1999.  Throughout her career, Kim has worked on the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, employment projections and customer requests related to occupational data.  In 2021, Kim assumed the role of division chief overseeing the workforce information and partner services division within CWIA.  This group focuses on using demographic, industry and occupational statistics to support workforce development efforts as well as the evaluation of overall workforce system performance.

4:00PM Closing Remarks
Doran Condon, Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA


9:00AM Welcome Back and Overview
Doran Condon, Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA

Creating Job Ready Youth with TANF and WIOA Integration

Learn what TANF:WIOA integration looks like outside of Pennsylvania, some promising practices occurring within the Commonwealth, and how you can take the best of both into your youth service design and delivery. 

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“Provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children, young adults and families in need.” This is Eckerd Connects’ mission, Eckerd Connects’ lifework. It is the essence of almost five decades of caring, and it is the foundation of Eckerd Connects’ future.


Tackling Stigmas and Perceptions of Mental Health Issues in Youth

Learn what Pennsylvania is doing to support mental health and trauma in youth, what your workforce organization needs to do and the role our workforce ecosystem serves to support a path to healing for young adults across the Commonwealth. 

TaLisa Ramos, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I
Director of DEI Education | Office of Advocacy & Reform
Office of Governor Tom Wolf

TaLisa Ramos-Watts is a skilled DEI educator, strategist, mental health clinician, and a certified clinical trauma professional. A licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's and Master's in Social Work, for the past 13 years TaLisa has dedicated herself to cultivating an environment of equity and inclusion in higher education, health care, government, and community settings. TaLisa has created comprehensive and effective equity and inclusion strategic plans for several agencies and institutions, as well as implemented various intercultural mentorship and support programs. In the mental health field, TaLisa's clinical experiences includes inpatient and partial hospitalization, outpatient care, emergency room psychiatric services, and case management. Her areas of unique focus are identity development, intergenerational trauma, and cultural healing, to which she utilizes a comprehensive and client centered approach through trauma informed care and intersectionality. Currently TaLisa works in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy & Reform serving as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and tasked with providing DEI education and trainings, strategic planning support, and establishing trauma informed approaches to state government.

10:05AM - 10:15AM

Employer Engagement– Promising Practices as we emerge from the Pandemic

A panel of employers will provide remarks on how talent development is changing in light of the economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, what's working with their partnerships with the workforce development system, and how future engagement with employers will require new ways of partnership, communication, and service-delivery. 

Shelly Matter
Director of Business Development, HB McClure

Katie Hager
Workforce Development Manager, DMI Companies

Doug Reinsel
Brazing Technician, Ali Group North America-Refrigeration Division


Remarks from our Sponsor

Mike Lawrence
Senior Workforce Director, Workforce Development, ICF

Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative (CYAI) is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Office of Apprenticeship (OA). CYAI promotes sustainable development of cybersecurity apprenticeship programs for youth aged 16-21 and is administered by ICF. The goal of the initiative is to create at least 900 new cybersecurity apprenticeships for youth by 2024.


Closing Remarks
Doran Condon, Director of Workforce Initiatives, PWDA