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2024 SCHEDULE
MONDAY, MAY 13

1:00 - 1:15

Welcome from NSC’s New CEO, Robert Espinoza

1:15 - 2:15

Plenary

Bipartisanship in an Election Year  
 

Election years can shine a spotlight on political division and strain the ability of federal lawmakers to work across the aisle. It can be a challenging time for advocates to get the attention of Congress and inform their decisions.  
 

This session will explore where there is consensus and where there is not, where policymakers are working together on bipartisan solutions that aren’t necessarily making headlines, and what it will take to advance bipartisan solutions in 2024 and beyond.  

 

Moderated by

Katie Spiker, Managing Director, Government Affairs, National Skills Coalition

Public Perspectives 
Rachel Unruh, Chief of External Affairs, National Skills Coalition

View the slide deck.

Policymaker Perspectives 
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Democrat, Delaware (Virtual Remarks)

Senator Maggie Hassan, Democrat, New Hampshire (Virtual Remarks)

Senator Todd Young, Republican, Indiana (Virtual Remarks)


Panel Discussion

Keith Allred, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse

Liam deClive-Lowe, Co-Founder & Co-President, American Policy Ventures
Dr. Girard Melancon, President, Durango Works

2:15 - 2:30

Dr. Alma Salazar Bridge Builder Award
Presented by Dr. Girard Melancon, Board Chair, National Skills Coalition

 

2024 Award Winner: Luis Sandoval, Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership

2:30 - 3:00

Break

3:00 - 4:00

Concurrent Sessions

Scaling and Sustaining Industry Partnerships - South American AB

Robust, regional industry partnerships between business, labor, community and technical colleges, community organizations, workforce boards, and other stakeholders can support high-quality, inclusive skills training for workers, advance racial equity and jobs quality, and meet business demand for skills. Recent federal initiatives have helped launch these partnerships, but Congress can do more to scale and sustain effective industry training partnerships across the country. This session will feature Biden Administration leaders alongside local and national workforce experts. 

Moderated by
Caroline Treschitta, Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Skills Coalition

Interview
Harin Contractor, Director of Workforce Innovation at Burning Glass Institute & Former Director of Labor Policy at National Economic Council, White House 
 

Panel Discussion

Bertina Ceccarelli, CEO, NPower
Carrie Felton, Director of Worker Success at National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Julie Parks, Director of Workforce Training, Grand Rapids Community College 
Rachael Stephens Parker, Executive Director, Maryland Governor’s Workforce Development Board

  

Financial Aid Policy to Support Inclusive Career Pathways - Federal AB

Quality career-focused, short-term programs can offer a bridge to meaningful employment, higher pay, and future education and career advancement opportunities. Despite growing demand for these programs, many don’t qualify for federal financial aid. This session will feature state leaders who are making high-quality, short-term programs and pathways more accessible and will explore how their efforts can shape federal policy reforms and advance equity.  

Moderated by
Jennifer Stiddard, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition

Panel Discussion

Justin R. Nalley, MPA, Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

José Miranda, Director of Government Relations, Association of Community College Trustees

Panel Discussion
Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Randy Stamper, Associate Vice Chancellor, Career Education and Workforce Programs, Virginia Community College System

  

Skills Policy on the Hill: WIOA & Beyond  - Congressional 

Members of Congress and their staff are working together – in a bipartisan way - to move workforce legislation this Congress. Their focus includes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), National Apprenticeship Act, and the JOBS Act. This session will include a discussion with Senate staffers from both sides of the aisle about how bipartisan cooperation is shaping legislation and how workforce advocates can weigh in. 

Moderated by

Megan Evans, Senior Government Affairs Manager

Panel Discussion
Sujith Cherukumilli, Education and Workforce Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions
Ryan Sweeney, Education Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

4:00 - 4:15

 

 

 

4:15 - 4:45

Break

Plenary
Agency Perspectives: Scaling and Sustaining Industry Partnerships - Presidential Ballroom

 

Moderated by

Katie Spiker, Managing Director, Government Affairs, National Skills Coalition

Policymaker Perspectives

Susie Feliz, Assistant Secretary, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce

TUESDAY, MAY 14

7:30 - 8:45

Breakfast - Capital Terrace 

9:00 - 9:15

Founder's Circle Award - Presidential Ballroom
Presented by Robert Espinoza, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition

 

2024 Award Winner: Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation & President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

9:15 - 10:15

Plenary
Centering Care: The Ripple Effect of Quality Care Worker Training - Presidential Ballroom

 

Today's workforce depends on assistance from millions of direct care and childcare workers. Despite their crucial role supporting our loved ones—children, older individuals, and people with disabilities—care workers face challenges like inadequate training and compensation, limited advancement opportunities, and lack of respect and recognition.  

This session will examine perspectives on the care economy and how public and private leaders can prioritize skills training and job quality within the care workforce to strengthen jobs and create a stronger economy.  

Moderated by

Robert Espinoza, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition

Public Perspectives

Rachel Unruh, Chief of External Affairs, National Skills Coalition

View the slide deck.

Panel Discussion

Helen Adeosun, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CareAcademy

Kevin Coughlin, Policy Initiatives Advisor - Executive, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Jason Resendez, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving
Dr. Kezia Scales, Vice President of Research and Evaluation, PHI

Policymaker Perspectives 

Allison Barkoff, Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

10:15 - 10:35

Fireside Chat with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo - Presidential Ballroom
Hosted by Robert Espinoza, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition

10:35 - 10:45

Break

10:45 - 11:45

Concurrent Sessions


Work-Family Policies and Inclusive Skills Training  - Federal AB 

Work-family support policies include access to paid family and sick leave, affordable and high-quality childcare, basic needs assistance, and more. These policies help working people, particularly women and others who shoulder caregiving responsibilities, achieve lasting economic mobility and equity. They also make it possible to pursue skills training and earn credentials that enable employers to fill in-demand jobs. This session will explore work-family support policies and how skills advocates can advocate for them as part of broader coalitions. 

 

Moderated by

Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition

Interview

Wendy Chun-Hoon, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor

Panel Discussion
Kameron Dawson, Senior Staff Attorney, A Better Balance
Ife Finch Floyd, Director of Economic Justice, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Dr. Ja’Bette Lozupone, Director of Student Affairs, Montgomery College, and Owner, Wishful Doing

Implementing People-Powered Infrastructure - Congressional 

The combined $2 trillion investment from three new federal clean energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure laws will transform the physical landscape and create millions of jobs. But to realize the possibilities, our nation must invest in training, credentials, and essential supports needed to access these jobs. This session will feature federal agency representatives overseeing implementation of these policies along with partners in a new coalition working at the state and federal levels to build a diverse, multi-generation infrastructure workforce.   

Moderated by 

Melissa Johnson, Managing Director, State Strategies, National Skills Coalition

 

Panel Discussion

Traci R. Scott, Workforce Development Vice President, National Urban League
Mauricio Garcia, Senior Vice President, Programs, UnidosUS
Maya Goodwin, Senior Advisor, Workforce and Economic Opportunity Policy, Office of Energy Jobs, U.S. Department of Energy
Paige Shevlin, Strategic Advisor for Infrastructure Workforce Development, Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation

Digital Equity @ Work in Skills Policy - South American AB

As states implement the federal Digital Equity Act and the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program, best practices are emerging that connect efforts to close the digital skill divide with states’ broader workforce, education, and equity goals. Scaling these strategies across states, and helping workers and businesses remain resilient in the face of technological change, will require Congress to build on the success of the Digital Equity Act. This session will feature officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce, followed by a discussion with national and local experts.

Moderated by

Jeran Culina, Senior Network Manager, National Skills Coalition

Interview
Dr. Jon Gant, Director of the Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives, NTIA
 

Panel Discussion
Brittany Woods-Orrison, Broadband Specialist for Native Movement, Alaska Public Interest Research Group
Terri-Ann Brown, Director of Miami Tech Works, Miami Dade College
Monique Murphy, CEOARE fellow
Marcus Little, Director of Customized Workplace English, Literacy Center of West Michigan
 

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch

12:50 - 1:15

NSC Network Awards - Presidential Ballroom 

Presented by Yasmin Fallahkhair, Senior State Network Manager, National Skills Coalition

 

Bright Star Award winner: Anita Bruno, Executive Director, Rhode Island Women in the Trades

Fact Finder Award winner: Jason Walsh, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance

Long-game Award winner: Andre Green, Executive Director, SkillWorks

Messenger Award winner: Marc Goldberg, Principal, Skills Strategy Consulting

1:15 - 1:45

Plenary
AI, Worker Voice, and Industry Transformation - Presidential Ballroom

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will shape the economic future of our nation. From Capitol Hill to kitchen tables, people are talking about the role of AI and its impact on the country and the workforce. 

This session will investigate perspectives on AI and why workers’ expertise is essential to shaping AI in the workplace. It will explore how public policy can support workers’ skill needs and access to quality jobs as AI changes practices across industries.  

Moderated by 

Brooke DeRenzis, Chief Strategy Officer, National Skills Coalition

Public Perspectives

Rachel Unruh, Chief of External Affairs, National Skills Coalition

View the slide deck.

Q&A on Future of Work

Chike Aguh, Senior Advisor, The Project on Workforce at Harvard University 

1:45 - 2:10

Fireside Chat with Acting Secretary of Labor, Julie Su - Presidential Ballroom
Hosted by Robert Espinoza, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition

2:10 - 2:40

Plenary (continued)
AI, Worker Voice, and Industry Transformation - Presidential Ballroom

Moderated by 

Brooke DeRenzis, Chief Strategy Officer, National Skills Coalition

Panel Discussion
Amanda Ballantyne, Director, AFL-CIO Technology Institute
Allyson Knox, Senior Director of Education and Workforce Policy, Microsoft 

2:40 - 3:00

Break

3:00 - 4:00

Plenary
From Education to Hiring & Advancement: An Equity & Skills-Based Framework - Presidential Ballroom

Employers are reconsidering long-standing degree requirements and shifting toward skills-based hiring, an approach that emphasizes skills, not college degrees, as the primary qualification for a job. These policy and practice shifts aim to remove barriers that screen out quality candidates and to bring diverse perspectives and skill sets into the workforce.  

This session will explore perspectives on how companies and government agencies can implement skills-based hiring along with equity advancing policies that support hiring and career advancement for workers of color and other underrepresented groups. 

Moderated by
Melissa Johnson, Managing Director, State Strategies, National Skills Coalition

Policymaker Perspectives 
Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, North Carolina, Republican (Virtual Remarks)
Ranking Member Bobby Scott, Virginia, Democrat (Virtual Remarks)

Public Perspectives

Rachel Unruh, Chief of External Affairs, National Skills Coalition

View the slide deck

Panel Discussion

Michael Collins, Vice President, Center for Racial Economic Equity, Jobs for the Future (JFF) 
Blair Corcoran de Castillo, Vice President, Policy, Opportunity@Work 
Michael O'Bryan, Founder and CEO, Humanature
Dane Linn, Senior Vice President, Corporate Initiatives, Immigration, Business Roundtable

4:00 – 5:00

Taking it to the Hill: Strategy Session - Presidential Ballroom

View State Delegation Leads here.

 

Delegation resources (printable):

Video prep:

5:00

Reception - Capital Terrace

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

7:00 - 8:45 am

 

9:00 - 4:00 pm                

Breakfast - Capital Terrace 

Skills Summit on the Hill

(House side) Hill Briefing: Reimagining Workforce - Building Opportunities and Breaking Barriers (House side)

2261 Rayburn House Office Building
10am - 11:15am

Moderated by Nakeisha Ricks-Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow, Workforce Development, National Skills Coalition

Panel Discussion

Alex Camardelle, Vice President, Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative
Ian Record, Ph.D., Policy and Research Consultant, Workforce Grantmaking in Native Nations and Communities

Jina Krause-Vilmar, President & CEO, Upwardly Global

(Senate side) Hill Briefing: Workforce Partnerships and Pathways – Supporting Quality Education and Training Opportunities through Employer Engagement

430 Dirksen Senate Office Building
1 - 2pm

​Moderated by Celeste Granger, Senior Vice President of Programs & Initiatives, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Panel Discussion
Angie Barksdale, Chief Operating Officer, West Michigan Works!
Carol Phillips, Executive Director, WV Women Work
 

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Capitol Hill meetings with Policymakers
View State Delegation Leads here.
 

Delegation resources (printable):


Video prep:

4:00 - 5:00 pm                

Closing Reception

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