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Workforce Innovation Conference

Hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Board of Regents

The 2019 Workforce Innovation Conference will feature a series of presentations and workshops aimed at enhancing and improving workforce solutions in Kansas.

Keynote Speaker

Scott Stump

 Keynote Speaker Scott StumpScott Stump is the assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 16, 2018, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump on May 15, 2018.

Stump serves as the principal adviser to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on all matters concerning high school, career, technical and adult education as well as community colleges, the workforce and economic development.

Prior to assuming the role of assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education, Stump served as the chief operating officer of Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations do good in the world.

Before that, Stump served as the assistant provost and state director for career and technical education (CTE) with the Colorado Community College System. During his tenure there, Stump also served as state FFA (Future Farmers of America) advisor, agriculture program director and interim president of Northeastern Junior College during the institution's presidential search process.

During his seven-year tenure as a state CTE director, Stump served as an officer in the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education. In this role, he served on the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) liaison.

Stump also served two terms on the Prairie RE11-J school board and one year on the Colorado Association of School Boards board of directors.

Stump received his bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Purdue University and taught at Manchester High School in North Central Indiana. Before moving to Colorado, he also worked for the National FFA Organization managing the national officer team and the national FFA convention.


Become a sponsor/exhibitor for the 2019 Workforce Innovation Conference! The conference will bring together a broad spectrum of professionals who are part of the workforce development system. It is an opportunity to share information, network and build partnerships with approximately 400+ attendees. The conference provides an opportunity for your organization to reach these influential professionals and impact workforce development decisions.

>> See Sponsor/Exhibitor Levels 

>> Apply to be a Sponsor/Exhibitor

The Workforce Innovation Conference Committee reserves the right to refuse Exhibitor or Sponsor status to any company or organization.

Sponsor/Exhibitor Contact
Paula Downs
Wichita State University, Public Policy and Management Center

Call for Presentations

You are invited to submit presentation proposals for the 2019 Workforce Innovation Conference. General and break-out sessions can be delivered by an individual, co-presenters, moderated panel or roundtable. Proposals should include presentations on relevant topics for a variety of attendees, including elected officials, government employees, business and industry, university/college/technical education providers, economic development professionals, workforce development professionals and partners and stakeholders in the workforce field.

The 2019 Conference theme is “Building Partnerships to Address the Future of Work."

You are encouraged to submit topics that support the conference theme and these tracks:
• Engaging the Talent Pipeline
• Developing the Future Workforce
• Enhancing Career Pathways

Proposal Details

• General and breakout sessions are one hour in length.
• Presentation Applications are due July 1, 2019.
• Proposals will be reviewed and approved by the Conference Planning Committee. Direct questions to Paula Downs via email at or phone at 316-978-6678.
• Presenters for general and breakout sessions will need to register for the conference. The registration fee is $100. Registration for the conference allows you full access to all sessions and includes the keynote luncheon, exhibitor social, breakfast, and the awards luncheon. If you do not plan to attend the conference and just want to present your individual session, you will NOT need to register for the conference, however, you will be UNABLE to attend the conference sessions and participate in the keynote luncheon, exhibitor social, breakfast and the awards luncheon.

>> Presentation Application

All presentation information should be completed and delivered by the lead presenter. The information submitted, if accepted, will be used in all marketing materials for the conference, including the conference program, website, social media and other materials. Please provide all the information in the application.

Audiovisual Needs and Handouts

Presenters will have access to a laptop, projector and screen during their presentation. Presenters are responsible for their own handouts. An electronic copy of presentations and handouts must be sent to by October 1, 2019 for posting on the website immediately after the conference.

Hotel Information 

Hyatt Regency Wichita 

The Hyatt Regency Wichita Conference Room Rate is $99 plus tax. The rate includes complimentary internet guestroom access, airport shuttle and free garage parking. The guest rooms include two queen-size beds. The last day to reserve a room in the conference block is September 15, 2019 or while they last. Book online here or call the Hyatt directly at 1-888-421-1442 and mention “Workforce Conference” to get the conference rate. 

A map and directions to the hotel can be found here

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, October 6

4-7 p.m. – Registration Begins

Monday, October 7

8:30 - 11:15 a.m. – Pre-Conference breakout sessions (45 minutes each)
8:30 - 11:15 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
11:30 a.m. – Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. – Keynote presentation by Dr. Scott Stump
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. – Break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. – General Session 
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. – Break 
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions 
3:45 - 4 p.m. – Break
4 - 5 p.m. – Breakout Sessions 
5 - 6:30 p.m. – Vendor Reception 

Tuesday, October 8

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast   
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – General Session 
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. – Break 
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. – General Session 
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. – Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. – Breakout Sessions 
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Lunch and Presentation Remarks 
1 - 1:15 p.m. – Break
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. – Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. – Closing General Session

Conference Contact
Paula Downs
Wichita State University, Public Policy and Management Center
(316) 978-6678


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