Workforce Conference Banner 2019 with dates and location

Workforce Innovation Conference

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

Registration is now open! Click here to register. 

Conference Themes:  >> Developing the Future Workforce  >> Engaging the Talent Pipeline  >> Enhancing Career Pathways

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.

Pre-Conference Speaker

Kristy Rooney 

KristyRooneyKristy Rooney is a Program Advisor and Facilitator for Mindset Neuroscience and the Program Coordinator for Austin Adult Learning in Austin, Minn. She started working with Mindset Neuroscience as an attempt to battle the retention issues in her Adult Basic Education program. After putting the concepts to use, the program doubled student hours two years in a row. Kristy’s ability to communicate how our brain works and how to incorporate it into the workplace, in an easy to understand and powerful way, has made her a sought after educator to speak to organizations about creating resilience in their own programs. She is a proud Minnesotan… January and February notwithstanding. 

Her presentation titled "The Missing Key: Using Mindset Neuroscience to Improve Resilience and Retention" will focus on understanding how the brain works in order to create lasting change. She invites you to gain a deeper understanding of Mindset Neuroscience and how it relates to increasing resilience and retention. 

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, October 6

4-7 p.m. – Registration Begins

Monday, October 7

7:30 am                Registration and breakfast

8:15 - 11:00         Office of Civil Rights Compliance Training

8:15 – 9:15          Perkins Needs Assessment Leaders Meeting

9:30 – 11:15        Kristy Rooney – “River of Cruelty” (Cultural/Diversity/Poverty discussion)

Monday, October 7

7:30 – 11:15      Registration (Continental Breakfast until 9:30)

11:30                   Lunch | Welcome & Introduction of Keynote- Dr. Blake Flanders, Kansas Board of Regents

12:00 – 1 p.m.   Keynote presentation – Dr. Scott Stump 

1:00 – 1:15         Break

1:15 – 2:15         Panel – Governor’s Education Council; Alan Cobb, Kansas Chamber, Kansas Chamber Foundation; Dr. Blake Flanders, Kansas Board of Regents; Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas State Department of Education; Dr. Cynthia Lane; Coleen Tabor, Emprise Bank

 2:15 – 2:30        Break

 2:30 – 3:30        Breakout Sessions

Reintegration of Offenders
Social Media
KCSL- Boost Your Competitive Edge
JCCC- CTE and Apprenticeships
Kansas Department of Labor- The Current Kansas Labor Market and a Look Ahead

3:30 – 3:45          Break

3:45 – 4:45          Breakout Sessions

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation- Resources that Support Workforce Programs
Southeast KansasWorks- WorkLife Resource Navigator: An Employee Retention
Kansas WorkforceONE- Direct Linkage Training
WSU- Engaging with partners through applied learning
Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc.- Nex-Generation Round UP for Youth Programs

5:00 – 6:15          Vendor Reception   

Tuesday, October 8

7:30                       Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30          Panel - Swimming in a Shrinking Labor Pool; Ray Frederick; AG Industry Rep; LA1 Healthcare Industry Rep; LAII Greg Kindle;                                              EcoDevo LAIII; Suzanne Scott, Spirit, LAIV; Gary Mattson, Kansas Crossing Casino, LAV

9:30 – 9:45          Break

9:45 – 10:30        Breakout Sessions

WSU- Environmental Finance Center- Generation Z: Zesty or Zombie
GED Testing Services- The 3 R’s of GED Prep: Recruit, Retain, & Results
KDHE Working Healthy- Employment, Ability and Choice
How to recruit and attract military persons
Economic Developers Panel

10:30 – 10:45     Break

10:45 – 11:45     Trooper Ben Gardner- Workplace Safety

11:45 – 1 p.m.   Lunch

Introduction by David Toland, Secretary of Commerce

Remarks from Governor Laura Kelly (invited) 


1:00 – 1:15          Break

1:15 – 2:15          Breakout Sessions

Community Development
Kansas Department of Commerce-WBL and Youth Registered Apprenticeships
Kansas WorkforceONE- Disability Awareness Workshop
Social Media (repeated)
Panel - Addressing the Needs of a Tight Labor Market- Delia Garcia, Secretary, Kansas Department of Labor; Katie Givens, Wichita State University; Lisa Dodson, Wichita State University; Deb Scheibler; Leanne Kehres
Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center- Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

2:15 – 2:30          Break

2:30 – 3:30          General Closing Session - TBA

Current Sponsors: 

 KCCTE SedgwickCounty WSU_WPCE

Disability: IN Greater Wichita Brustein

Become a sponsor/exhibitor

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

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


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