Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will host and speak at the third workshop of the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative on Oct. 16-17 in Oklahoma City.
The workshop, which is part of the Chairman's Initiative of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, WGA’s Chair, will be livestreamed and subsequently archived on WGA’s YouTube page. The initiative seeks to leverage the region’s best thinking to bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West to create enhanced career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers.
The Oklahoma workshop will examine how states can better utilize data to identify critical skills gaps and then align resources to guide jobseekers from career awareness to the training and credentials that will prepare them for in-demand careers. (Click here to register)
Following is the draft agenda and livestream information; sessions are in Central Time.
Introductory Remarks: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (11:45 a.m.)
With remarks by James D. Ogsbury, Executive Director of WGA and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
Roundtable I: Career Awareness: Engaging Students to Motivate Their Educational Journey to a Career (12:15 pm)
This session will highlight how two states are using state employment data to identify high-wage, high-demand jobs and then using web-based tools to engage students, make them aware of career opportunities, and help direct them to the education necessary to achieve the job. The session also will include a local, private sector partner working in schools to elevate awareness of emerging jobs in the energy sector. Moderator: Richard Laine, President, DFI Consulting. Panelists: Cindy Koss, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Affairs and Planning, Oklahoma State Department of Education; Mindy Stitt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board; Marcia Hultman, South Dakota Secretary of Labor; Erin Risley-Baird, Executive Director, Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development.
Roundtable II: Identifying Credentials of Value: How States and Employers Address the Skills and Credential Gaps (2 p.m.)
Economic data shows that a relevant workforce credential or postsecondary degree is the “new minimum” for young job-seekers. As states project economic growth in their private and public-sector jobs, they recognize the urgency to fill the gap between the number of young people with a postsecondary credential and the number employers need. This session will share the challenges facing states’ education and training institutions to meet the growing demand for more credentials and degrees and share examples of how states and employers are collaborating to solve the skills and credential gap. Moderator: Richard Laine, President, DFI Consulting. Panelists: Allison Bell, Director, HCM Strategists; Roy Swift, Executive Director, Workcred; Christine Niero, Vice President, Professional Testing Inc.
Roundtable III: Resource Alignment (3:45 pm)
Governors are working to create the talent pipeline their state’s employers need to thrive and grow their companies. But too often the vision is undermined by budgets, incentives, and other issues that prevent state agencies and the public and private sectors from effectively collaborating. This session will provide examples and lessons from states that are leading the way in realigning resources. Moderator: Richard Laine, President, DFI Consulting. Panelists: Nova Gattman, Legislative Director, Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and Co-Chair, NGA Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning; Steve Hendrickson, Chair, Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Workforce & Economic Development and Director, Government Operations, The Boeing Company; Aaron Fichtner, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Breakfast & Keynote: Giving Students Real World Experience - Apprenticeships, Work-Based Learning, and Mentors (8:15 am)
Chauncy Lennon, Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase
Roundtable IV: Creating Opportunities for Students to Learn at Work (8:45 am)
Work-based and experiential learning opportunities for youth have myriad benefits, including developing soft skills, increasing career awareness, and offering young people the opportunity to earn while they learn. This panel will explore effective work-based learning programs. Moderator: Richard Laine, President, DFI Consulting. Panelists: Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development and President of OSU-OKC; Kimberlee Carlile, Director of Industry and Talent Initiatives, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development; Chauncy Lennon, Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase; Sean Thurman, Director of Global Public Policy, Walmart.
Putting the Pieces Together (10:30 am)
Reflecting on lessons learned at this workshop, this session will explore what actions to take -- from Governors to the private sector to education institutions -- to build high-quality, equitable opportunities for young people. Moderator: Richard Laine, President, DFI Consulting. Panelists: Governor Mary Fallin; Lindel Fields, Superintendent & CEO, Tri County Tech; Nathaniel Harding, Chair of Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Workforce & Economic Development; Jennifer Monies, Executive Director, Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative.