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Workforce Innovation Conference 2019


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

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

2019 Conference Schedule at a Glance:

Sunday, October 6
4:00 - 7:00pm Registration
Monday, October 7
7:30am Registration and Breakfast 
8:15 - 11:00am

By invitation: Office of Civil Rights Compliance Training – Tobias Wood, Kansas Board of Regents; Ray Petty, Great Plains ADA Center

What Right Looks Like - Presentation 1  What Right Looks Like - Presentation 2

8:15 - 9:15am By invitation: Perkins Needs Assessment Leaders Meeting – Connie Beene, Kansas Board of Regents  
9:30 - 11:15am

Pre-Conference General Session: The Missing Key: Using Mindset Neuroscience to Improve Resilience and Retention – Kristy Rooney
The Missing Key Presentation    
The Missing Key Notes

Main Conference  
7:30 - 11:15am

Registration (Continental Breakfast until 9:30)

11:00 - 11:30am  Visit Exhibitors/Vendors 
11:30am Lunch | Welcome & Introduction of Keynote – Dr. Blake Flanders, Kansas Board of Regents
12:00 - 1:00pm Keynote presentation – Dr. Scott Stump 
1:15 - 2:15pm 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
2:30 - 3:30pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Creating Thriving Communities to Attract Workers – Lisse Regehr, Thrive Allen County 
  2. Social Media in the Workforce Development World – Kat Johnson, Freelance Presenter 
  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. and Martin Loa, BurlingtonEnglish
  6. Addressing the Needs of a Tight Labor Market – Panel Discussion: Katie Givens, Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center; Deb Scheibler, Kansas WorkforceONE; Leanne Kehres, Southeast KANSASWORKS; Irene Brenon, Southeast KANSASWORKS
3:45 - 4:45pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Resources that Support Workforce Programs – Carla Tillmon, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  2. WorkLife Resource Navigator: An Employee Retention Project – Leanne Kehres and Irene Brenon, 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 and Tonya Witherspoon, Wichita State University
  5. Nex-Generation Round UP for Youth Programs – Mendi Anschutz, Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc.
  6. FlagshipKansas.Tech Conversations: What happens when you look beyond the walls? – Lisa Roberts Proffitt, FlagshipKansas.Tech
5:00 - 6:15pm Exhibitor/Vendor Reception
Tuesday, October 8
7:30am Continental Breakfast 
8:30 - 9:30am Panel – Swimming in a Shrinking Labor Pool: Ray Frederick, Technical Education Authority; Annette Suppes, Salina Regional Health Center, LA1; Krista Thacker, Stormont Vail Health, LAII; Greg Kindle, Wyandotte Economic Development Council, LAIII; Suzanne Scott, Spirit Aerosystems, LAIV; Gary Mattson, Kansas Crossing Casino, LAV
9:45am Introduction of Speaker – David Harwood, Chair, KANSASWORKS State Board 
9:45 - 10:45am

General Session: Kansas Active Shooter Mitigation Course – Trooper Ben Gardner, Kansas Highway Patrol 

11:00 - 11:45am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1. Generation Z: Zesty or Zombie – Tonya Bronleewe, Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center
  2. Employment, Ability and Choice – Madeleine Bowens, KDHE Working Healthy
  3. Today's Veteran – Gary Westerman, Kansas Department of Commerce 
  4. Local Economic Developer’s Perspective from KEDA Members – Andrew Nave, Kansas Economic Development Alliance; Debra Teufel, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce; Janet McRae, Miami County; Trent Armbrust, Kansas Department of Commerce 
  5. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms – Becky Nace, Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
  6. Communicating for Success – Sarita Maybin, International Speaker, Communication Expert and Author 
11:45am - 1:00pm


Remarks from Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers 


1:15 - 2:15pm

Concurrent 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 and Natalie Clark, Kansas Department of Education
  3. Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration through Coding– Brett Young, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center; Lori Hamilton, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center; Kelly Potter, Kansas Department of Corrections
  4. Social Media in the Workforce Development World – Kat Johnson, Freelance Presenter 
  5. The Current Kansas Labor Market and a Look Ahead – Tyler Tenbrink, Emilie Doerksen and Angela Berland, Kansas Department of Labor
  6. Get AHEAD and Complete to Compete: A Returning Adult Student Project – Tim Peterson, Kansas Board of Regents
2:30 - 3:30pm

Introduction of Speaker – Scott Smathers, Kansas Board of Regents 

If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?: Practical Solutions for Working Together Better – Sarita Maybin

3:30 - 3:45pm

 Closing Remarks – Mike Beene, Kansas Department of Commerce 


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


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