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Workforce Innovation Conference

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

Registration is open through Oct. 1! 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.

Luncheon Remarks

Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers

 Lt. Governor Lynn RogersLynn Rogers was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Kansas on January 14, 2019. Lynn is a businessman, former State Senator, and former Wichita Board of Education president, who has been fighting for Kansas families for decades.

Lynn spent over thirty years traveling Kansas as an agriculture banker assisting farmers and ranchers with financial planning and investment. He worked to provide more than $750 million in leasing and financing services to farmers, ranchers, and grain cooperatives. This experience helped him understand the challenges Kansans in rural communities and in the agricultural sector face.

In 2001, Lynn was elected to the Wichita USD 259 Board of Education. He worked on behalf of the children and parents in Wichita serving as president or vice-president for seven of those years. Lynn also volunteered on his local Parent Teacher Organization and his local church.

Lynn represented the 25th District which includes parts of Wichita from 2017 to 2019. He is a commonsense leader who has a passion for public schools and improving the lives of Kansas families.

As Lieutenant Governor, Lynn will head the newly created Office of Rural Prosperity. He will focus on expanding opportunities in rural communities by working with farmers, ranchers, business owners, health professional and communities.

Lynn has lived in Wichita for over 30 years with his wife, Kris. They have three adult children – Kyle, Kelsey, and Keegan – all of whom are graduates of Wichita North High School.

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         by invitation: Office of Civil Rights Compliance Training 

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

9:30 – 11:15        Kristy Rooney – The Missing Key: Using Mindset Neuroscience to Improve Resilience and Retention 


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 Council on Education; 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

  1. Thrive Allen County – speaker being confirmed
  2. Social Media in the Workforce Development World Kat Johnson
  3. CTE and Apprenticeships John Littleton and Richard Fort, Johnson County Community College
  4. The 3 R’s of GED Prep: Recruit, Retain, & Results Liz Lanphear, GED Testing Service
  5. Meeting WIOA Demands: How to prepare all adult learners for future training – Robert Breitbard Ed. S., Robert Branch, Martin Loa - Burlington English
  6. Addressing the Needs of a Tight Labor Market Panel Discussion

3:30 – 3:45          Break

3:45 – 4:45          Breakout Sessions

  1. Resources that Support Workforce Programs Carla Tillmon, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  2. WorkLife Resource Navigator: An Employee Retention Leanne Kehres, Jim Maher & Angie Herrel, Southeast KansasWorks
  3. Direct Linkage Training Deb Scheibler, Kristin Doze, Laura Patzner, Kansas Workforce ONE
  4. Engaging with partners through applied learning Mark Vermillion, Dr. Clay Stoldt & Tonya Witherspoon, Wichita State University
  5. Nex-Generation Round UP for Youth Programs Mendi Anschutz, Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc.
  6. FlagshipKansasTech Conversations: What happens when you look beyond the walls? – Lisa Roberts Proffitt, FlagshipKansas Tech

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

  1. Generation Z: Zesty or Zombie Tonya Bronleewe, WSU- Environmental Finance Center-
  2. Employment, Ability and Choice Madeleine Bowens, KDHE Working Healthy
  3. How to recruit and attract military persons speaker being confirmed
  4. Local Economic Developer’s Perspective by KEDA Members Andrew Nave, Kansas Economic Development Alliance, Debra Teufel, Hutchinson Chamber, Janet McCrae, Miami County, Trent Armbrust, Manhattan
  5. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Rebecca Nace, Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
  6. Successful Communication Sarita Maybin

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 Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers 


1:00 – 1:15          Break

1:15 – 2:15          Breakout Sessions

  1. Boost Your Competitive Edge Vicky Roper, Kansas Children’s Service League and Anne Maack, Wichita State University
  2. WBL and Youth Registered Apprenticeships Chastity Troxel, Kansas Department of Commerce & Natalie Clark, Kansas Department of Education
  3. The Last Mile Program Kelly Potter, Kansas Department of Corrections
  4. Social Media in the Workforce Development World Kat Johnson
  5. The Current Kansas Labor Market and a Look Ahead Tyler Tenbrink, Emilie Doerksen, Angela Berland, Kansas Department of Labor
  6. Get Ahead Program Tim Peterson, Kansas Board of Regents

2:15 – 2:30          Break

2:30 – 3:30          General Closing Session TBA

Current Sponsors: 

  SedgwickCounty    KCCTEWSU_WPCEAGH_Employer_SolutionsFHSU       Cowley_College        EMSI    CPS_Logo      

KSU_GlobalCampus    MWI_Logo  BurlingtonEnglish Snap_IT

Disability: IN Greater Wichita AlliedHealthCareerTrainingBrustein

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.

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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


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