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2016 Regional Workforce Development Forum

What

2016 Regional Workforce Development Forum

When

June 1, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where

Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
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Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Workforce Development Boards from the counties of Ashtabula, Cleveland–Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit.

   Wednesday, June 1, 2016

7:00 – 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am

Welcome

Paul Kaboth, Vice President and Community Development Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
The Hon. Frank Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland
The Hon. Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
8:15 – 9:15 am

Aligning Workforce Policy with Inclusive Economic Development Goals

Speakers:
Harry Holzer, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University; and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research
(Workforce Policy: Employer Skill Needs and Inclusion)
Fred Dedrick, Executive Director, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
(Aligning Workforce Policy with Economic Development)

Moderator:
Mark Schweitzer, Senior Vice President, External Outreach and Regional Analytics, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
9:15 – 10:00 am

Economic and Labor Analysis of the Region: Identifying the Workforce Issues that Must Be Addressed

Presenter:
Jim Shanahan, President, Shanahan Resources, Inc.
(Developing the NOW Regional Plan: Understanding Labor Markets)

Comments:
Tom Lucas, Chief Information Officer, The Sherwin-Williams Company
Johnathan Holifield, Co-Founder, ScaleUp Partners

Moderator:
Mark Schweitzer, Senior Vice President, External Outreach and Regional Analytics, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Round 1 Breakout Sessions


Topic 1: Economic Inclusion for Workers

This session will highlight programs and initiatives that have been successful in linking lower-skilled workers to the local labor market. The highlighted presentations focus on two promising approaches in Northeast Ohio that target populations underrepresented in the labor market. The need to consider job quality in the workforce development conversation will also be raised.

Moderator:
Sharlene Ramos Chesnes, Chief Executive Officer and President, Interchez Companies; and Member, Summit County Workforce Development Board

Presenters:
Hannah Halbert, Policy Liaison and Researcher, Policy Matters Ohio
(High Road WIOA: Building Higher Job Quality into Workforce Development)
Gayle Hamilton, Senior Fellow, MDRC
(Impacts of WorkAdvance, An Evidence Based Sectoral Training Model)
Jill Rizika, Executive Director, Towards Employment
Integrated Reentry and Employment Programming: Strategies for Greatest Impact on Both Recidivism and Employment

Topic 2: Businesses’ Demand for Workers and Employer Engagement

Engagement with employers is essential to understanding and meeting the workforce needs of our local businesses. Collaboration among employers, educational institutions, and the workforce development system can lead to better alignment between skill needs of employers and the training and education of workers. The highlighted initiatives include an employer-led initiative that partners with the education, public, and nonprofit sectors to meet workforce gaps in the healthcare industry and an apprenticeship program among a number of industry-led sector partnerships developed to meet the employment needs of manufacturers. The need for employers to rethink their approach regarding talent development is also raised as an alternative strategy to consider.

Moderator:
Micki Tubbs, Chief Executive Officer, FIT Technologies; and Member, Cleveland–Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board

Presenters:
Joel Elvery, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
(Stop Shoveling: A New Workforce Development Strategy to Promote Regional Prosperity)
Sara Hunt, Senior Project Consultant, Thomas P. Miller and Associates
(From Grassroots Growth to Group-Sponsored Apprenticeships in the Greater Oh-Penn Interstate Region)
Kim Shelnick, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, University Hospitals
(How a Major Healthcare System’s Employment Data Can Inform Collaborations with Colleges and Workforce Development Organizations across Our Region)
12:15 – 12:30 pm Break
Boxed lunches will be provided upon entry into Round 2 Breakout Sessions
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Round 2 Breakout Sessions


Topic 1: Economic Inclusion for Workers

Moderator:
Hermione Malone, Senior Director, Workforce Readiness and Supplier Diversity, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Member, Cleveland–Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board

Topic 2: Businesses’ Demand for Workers and Employer Engagement

Moderator:
Anthony Esposito, Vice President for Information Technology and Human Resources, The Will-Burt Co.; and Member, Summit County Workforce Development Board
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 4:45 pm

Developing a Regional Workforce Plan

Presentation:
Northeast Ohio Regional Workforce Development Plan: A Working Draft

Presenters and Facilitators:
Bob Visdos, President, Workforce Institute
Jim Shanahan, President, Shanahan Resources, Inc.
4:45 – 5:15 pm

Next Steps and Closing Remarks

Moderators:
Kevin Goodman, Partner and Managing Director, BlueBridge Networks; and Member, Cleveland–Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board
Quentin McCorvey, President and Chief Operating Officer, M&R Distribution Services; and Chair, Cleveland–Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board
5:15 – 6:30 pm Networking Reception

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the regional Workforce Development Boards, with planning assistance from Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, Cleveland State University, Fund for our Economic Future, MAGNET, and the Cleveland Foundation.