Sept 21 – Tuesday

8:00-8:15 AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks with Ed Castile
8:15-9:00 AM | Human Centered Design for Public Workforce System Panel
9:00-9:45 AM | The State of Youth Employment: Learning from Youth-Centered Research
9:45-10:00 AM | Break
10:00-10:45 AM | Classroom to Career Pathway with Innovative Simulation-Based Training Programs
10:45-11:45 AM | Breakout Sessions:

  • EQ is the new IQ: Emotional Intelligence for Workforce Professionals
  • Partnerships that Work
  • Disability Etiquette Training

11:45-12:15 PM | Break (Lunch On Your Own)
12:15-1:15 PM | Keynote Address: Josh Davies – 2020: Foresight not Hindsight
1:15 – 2:15 PM | Breakout Sessions:

  • Branding Your Workplace to Reach Job Seekers
  • Breaking Down Barriers to Postsecondary Education
  • Visual Impairments & Blindness: the Myths, the Facts, and Legends

2:15 – 3:15 PM | Breakout Sessions:

  • Transforming STEM Education for a Stronger Workforce
  • WIOA – What is it? What does it do? Who does it serve?
  • Deaf Culture in the Workplace

3:15-3:30 PM | Afternoon Break
3:30-4:30 PM | Building Disability into Alabama’s “New Normal” with Dr. Richard Pimentel
4:30-5:00 PM | Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities State-Wide Awards Event

Sept 22 – Wednesday

8:00-8:45 AM | Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals
8:45-9:30 AM | The Silent Progress Killer: Unconscious Bias
9:30-10:30 AM | Breakout Sessions:

  • Alabama’s Talent Triad
  • Using the Baldrige Criteria to Improve Workforce Development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Bringing Unique Strengths to Work

10:30-10:45 AM | Break
10:45-11:45 AM | Keynote Address: Jason Phelps, ACRI Building Alabama – Meeting the
Workforce Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
11:45-12:30 PM | Keynote Address: Governor Kay Ivey and Presentation of the AlabamaWorks!
Innovator Awards