2021 Annual Texas Workforce Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Workshops 2:15–3:30 p.m.

Salon F, Level 4
Super Session
Hi, My Name Is _____. Meet Your Future Coworkers.  
Bryan Daniel, Christopher DeVault, Colonel Jack Fischer, Stephen Head, PhD, Brenda Hellyer, PhD, and Ryan Sitton

Salon G, Level 4
Caring for Our Caregivers by Identifying Disparities in the WorkplacePDF
Marilyn Diaz

Salon H, Level 4
Career Pathways: Serving Priority Populations with Your AEL PartnerPDF
Sandra Cortez, Jauneen Maldonado, and Ann Savino

River Oaks, Level 3
Sector-Based Approach to Workforce Solutions Office OperationsPDF
John Hershey, Adrian Lopez, and Mark Milton

Meyerland, Level 3
The Power of EngagementPDF
Shantelle Artis

Opening Keynote Address 4:00–5:15 p.m.

Houston Ballroom, Level 2
Lighten Up and Lead: Leverage Levity for Customer Connection and Employee Engagement
Tami Evans

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Workshops 10:15–11:30 a.m. 

Salon F, Level 4
Super Session
Booties to Boots: Quality Early Childhood Education and the Future Workforce 
Julian Alvarez III; Karla Cisneros; Lyn Lucas; Reagan Miller; Quianta Moore, MD, JD; Belinda Rojas, MEd and Mayor Sylvester Turner

Salon G, Level 4
CenterPoint Energy’s Disability Inclusion Journey to SuccessPDF
Bryan Glines and Kevin McCloskey
Salon H, Level 4

Getting There and Getting Ahead: Talent On-Ramps and Upskilling PathwaysPDF
Melanie Flowers and Amber Warne

River Oaks, Level 3
Transforming the Student Experience During a Pandemic: A Case Study of Two Texas CollegesPDF
Sammi Morrill, PhD and Christina Robinson, PhD

Meyerland, Level 3
Veterans Triage/Screening Procedures and an Introduction to the Veterans Reemployment ProgramPDF
Norman Bearden, Charles Connor, Bob Gear, Gabriel Lopez, and Blair Mosley

Briargrove, Level 3
Policies, Procedures, and Practices, Oh My!—Mitigating EEO Risk in the Private SectorPDF
Erin Humphreys

Hunters Creek, Level 3
Key to Local Control—New Board Member OrientationPDF
Mike Nolen and Les Trobman

Workshops 1:15–2:30 p.m.

Salon F, Level 4
Super Session
Words of Wisdom from Women Who Lead
Esperanza “Hope” Andrade, Aaron Demerson, Ruth Ruggero Hughs and Jo Betsy Norton

Salon G, Level 4
Shared Services: Supporting Child Care Business NeedsPDF
Shari Anderson, Shay Everitt, Madison Mattise, and Larrisa Wilkinson

Salon H, Level 4
WIOA Title I and Title II Partnerships: Building Quality Services for Low-Skilled Adults through CollaborationPDF
Mahalia Baldini, Jauneen Maldonado, and Norma Olivarez

Meyerland, Level 3
Creative Solutions for Employer EngagementPDF
Kevin Brackmeyer and Weston Sythoff

Briargrove, Level 3
Policies, Procedures, and Practices, Oh My!—Mitigating EEO Risk in the Private SectorPDF
Erin Humphreys

Hunters Creek, Level 3
Open Meetings Training for Public OfficialsPDF
Nicholas Lealos

Workshops 2:45–4:00 p.m.

Salon F, Level 4
Less Talk, More Walk—Creating a Culture of Trust and Accountability
Josh Davies

Salon G, Level 4
Creating Systems of Equity and Empowerment in Vocational Rehabilitation Organizations
Darrell “Coach D” Andrews

Salon H, Level 4
Pursuit of Advance Training High-Demand Skills for Texas—Meeting the Retail Apocalypse Head OnPDF
Kendra Ball, Crosby Brito, Lynn Hoffman, Nellie Reyes, and Alba Silvas

River Oaks, Level 3
Untapped Talent: Serving Highly Skilled English Language Learners under WIOAPDF
Leticia Farrera, Mechelle Marler, Elizabeth Moya, and Kelli Rhodes

Meyerland, Level 3
Creative Solutions for Employer EngagementPDF
Kevin Brackmeyer and Weston Sythoff

Briargrove, Level 3
The New Normal: Understanding the Post–COVID-19 Economy and Middle Skills JobsPDF
William Lutz and Nancy Moore

Hunters Creek, Level 3
Employer Engagement StrategiesPDF
Romanita Matta-Barrera

Workshops 4:15–5:30 p.m.

Salon F, Level 4
2020: Foresight, Not Hindsight
Josh Davies

Salon G, Level 4
Understanding Section 503 to Create Better Partnerships with EmployersPDF
Kevin McCloskey

Salon H, Level 4
WIOA Title I and Title II Partnerships: Building Quality Services for Low-Skilled Adults through CollaborationPDF
Mahalia Baldini, Jauneen Maldonado, and Norma Olivarez

River Oaks, Level 3
Full-Circle Employer Engagement Through Recruitment, Education, and Training Services PDF
Lisa Bogany, Michael Gutierrez, and Benito Guzman

Meyerland, Level 3
Leveraging Resources to Meet the Needs of the Community in a PandemicPDF
John Hershey, Adrian Lopez, and Mark Milton

Briargrove, Level 3
The New Normal: Understanding the Post–COVID-19 Economy and Middle Skills JobsPDF
William Lutz and Nancy Moore

Hunters Creek, Level 3
The Power of EngagementPDF
Shantelle Artis
 

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Workshops 8:30–9:45 a.m.

Salon F, Level 4
Apprenticeship “Straight Talk”PDF
Julian Alvarez III; Tamara Atkinson; Stephen Dodd, PMP®; and Mike Temple

Salon G, Level 4
Expanding and Promoting Pre-K Partnerships in Your RegionPDF
Shay Everitt, Rachel Robinson, and Kara Waddell

Salon H, Level 4
Employers Who Hire Foster YouthPDF
Aaron Demerson, Francois Reihani, and Elyse Rosenblum

River Oaks, Level 3
Create an Online, Remote Workforce Solutions Office to Serve and Engage Job Seekers, Partners, Employers, and StaffPDF
Doug Shryock and Harrison Tonne

Closing Keynote Address  10:15–11:30 a.m.

Houston Ballroom, Level 2
1MT1MT: One More Thing, One More Time
Josh Sundquist

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